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Yesterday’s News

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Monday 24 July, 2017

'We need to reward people who will chuck the idea of having two cars and a garden outside their front door'

John Moran, the former Secretary General at the Department of Finance, has criticised one-off housing in rural Ireland.

Noonan's former right-hand man says government should consider raising retirement age

The former Secretary General of the Department of Finance said the focus should shift from tax cuts to reducing the cost of living.

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Friday 21 July, 2017

HSE boss defends the downgrading of Roscommon Hospital

The downgrading of the hospital and the closure of the emergency department polarised the community back in 2011.

Thursday 20 July, 2017

Dr Rhona Mahony: 'People on the frontline are becoming scared to practice medicine in Ireland'

The Master of the National Maternity Hospital said the fall in recruitment is a big concern in the Irish health service.

McDonald: 'Burning of McGuinness effigy on loyalist bonfire was a hate crime'

The Sinn Féin deputy leader said the burning of political posters must end.

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

'The optics are bad': Criticism levelled at Garda Commissioner for taking five-week holiday

Labour and Sinn Féin described the timing of the break as ‘strange’.

Ireland 'shouldn't go down US route of splitting security and policing'

The chair of the Future of Policing Commission said splitting security and policing systems might not be the answer to tackling terrorism.

A post-Brexit trip to Belfast to buy a new TV will mean you'll pay duty plus VAT, says TD

Pearse Doherty said there will be big tax implications if the customs union ends.

Tuesday 18 July, 2017

Fine Gael minister says left-wing policies would "break this country"

Paschal Donohoe said that a ‘social disorder’ has prevailed since the 2008 economic collapse.

Don't worry, Paschal has found the money to refund your water charges

Paschal Donohoe has identified an under-spend across all departments of €300 million.

Monday 17 July, 2017

Shane Ross to 'name and shame' drink-drivers by the end of this year

Shane Ross to 'name and shame' drink-drivers by the end of this year

Drunk-drivers disqualified from driving will have their names published on a list.

'It's an insult to my little boy': Families who lost loved ones to drunk-drivers slam politicians opposing new law

Following a meeting with the RSA and road traffic victim support groups today, Shane Ross published his new drink-driving bill.

Here are the questions on water charges you want answered

FINALLY. Talk about water charges might be coming to an end as the government figure out how to give the cash back.

Five times more children sign up to childcare schemes aimed at less well-off families

The highest sign-up rate for childcare services was in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim.

Saturday 15 July, 2017

Socks, jogging and Love Actually: One month in office, Leo has seen some highs and lows

The autumn is going to be a lot more challenging for the new Taoiseach.

'I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree'

Students in the UK are graduating with loans of £57,000, Labour says the same can’t happen here.

Friday 14 July, 2017

Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo

Three ministers were asked about their share-holdings during a press conference today.

Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide

Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Dáil debate on her party’s Bill to strengthen the rights of mental health patients.

Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Don't get too excited. We only have €300m to spend on new stuff this year

The Summer Economic Statement tells us what money we have to spend in October’s Budget.

Government yet to make final decision as to when water charges will be refunded

Officials are in negotiations with the EU for a special deal to pay around €160 million in water charge refunds.

Minister speaks to Insomnia and Supermacs about reducing use of disposable coffee cups

With cross-party support, the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill made its way through the Dáil.

Tuesday 11 July, 2017

RTÉ boss calls for hike in TV licence fee to €175

RTÉ is to post a deficit in its 2016 annual report due to be published soon.

Minimum age limit for all forms of gambling to be set at 18

The new law also seeks to clarify the regulations surrounding lottos and raffles.

New agreement ensures disqualified Irish licence-holders will also be banned in the UK

It’s understood clarity was needed in light of Brexit.

Harris 'sickened' at the 'misleading nonsense' spread by rogue crisis pregnancy agencies

The Regulation of Information Act may be strengthened to deal with rogue crisis pregnancy agencies.

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Scheme to give you 10c back for each bottle and can could cost €120m to roll-out

In a rare move, the Labour Party announced last week that it would co-sponsor the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill.

Monday 10 July, 2017

Archbishop says Church stubbornly reluctant to let go of the control of schools

Diarmuid Martin has raised concerns about growing hostilities between the Church and State.

Retailers say the rates they have to pay are way too high and it's damaging business

Retail Ireland has called for urgent reform of the rates system.

Saturday 8 July, 2017

The DUP and Sinn Féin are taking a hiatus for the summer - so when will a deal be done?

Yet again, both parties failed to reach agreement this week that would restore power-sharing in the North.

Would you like to work in Leinster House? A new apprenticeship programme could be on the way

Apprenticeships could be offered in parliamentary affairs, public administration and political communications.

Thursday 6 July, 2017

Day 2: Tillage farmers sleep overnight at the Department of Agriculture building

Some farmers are talking about taking their kids out of college due to the bad harvest.

'More censorship': Row in Dáil as TD asks why gardaí spoke to professor over Regina Doherty blog

Blogger and academic Catherine Kelly claims she was cautioned by gardaí about her social media posts and online articles which referenced Regina Doherty.

Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September

Some 864 assistants will be allocated in the coming days.

We're having another census in 2021

The last census was held in April of 2016.

Housing minister publishes emergency legislation to close planning permission 'blunder'

An issue had arisen whereby planning permission granted for large-scale housing developments during the recession could run out, forcing workers to down tools.

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'Dignity in the House': TD presents a bag of his plastic household waste in the Dáil

“We are in the House of Parliament on national television,” cried out the Leas Ceann Comhairle.

Taoiseach told it took Europe to take action on skyrocketing insurance hikes

Irish-based insurance companies were raided yesterday as part of investigations into alleged price-fixing.

Tuesday 4 July, 2017

143 women in Donegal are waiting over a year for a breast clinic appointment

Nearly 250 women who displayed symptoms of possible breast cancer have been waiting between six and 12 months.

Taoiseach says he is not opposed to holding a 'referendum day'

Varadkar says he has no intention of putting a referendum on the Eighth Amendment “on the long finger”.

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