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# government - Yesterday’s News

Taoiseach speaks to Theresa May ahead of her landmark Brexit speech

All eyes are on May as she prepares to spell out her key demands in a keynote Brexit speech.

# government - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Fianna Fáil aren't happy with Leo's tender to review the government's image

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been putting a focus on how his government is perceived by the public.

# government - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

# government - Saturday 16 September, 2017

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes

The Department of Housing says it doesn’t hold information on properties owned by other government bodies.

# government - Thursday 14 September, 2017

Donegal flood humanitarian scheme to be rolled out for all natural disasters

The financial assistance payment has been paid out to 138 people in Donegal to date.

# government - Monday 11 September, 2017

Bottle deposit scheme on the way for Scotland, but Irish government says it's still too expensive

Despite calls from the Green Party to introduce such a plan, the minister is not budging.

# government - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

Fresh calls for Garda Commissioner to step down after latest revelations about false breath tests

Questions are being raised after 500,000 more false garda breath tests have been found.

# government - Monday 4 September, 2017

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you

We’re holding a Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and we want to hear what you have to say on the subject.

Government says chances of a nuclear disaster impacting Ireland is low - but there is a risk

The costs associated with such a disaster range from €4 billion to €161 billion,

What's the point of having a childcare subsidy if under-pressure creches are just going to raise fees?

Many creches across Ireland are increasing their fees in parallel with the introduction of a new €20 weekly subsidy aimed at easing the financial burden on parents.

# government - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# government - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date

Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.

# government - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Restoring social welfare and an empty home tax: Peter McVerry Trust's plan to fix the housing crisis

Today, the Peter McVerry Trust will announce the details of its pre-Budget submission.

# government - Monday 28 August, 2017

Anyone who gets caught with a plastic bag in Kenya could face a €31,000 fine or four years in prison

The ban came into force today but has sparked a lot of criticism.

# government - Thursday 24 August, 2017

92 on-duty ambulances involved in road 'incidents' so far this year

Since 2010, 892 incidents have happened on Irish roads involving National Ambulance Service vehicles.

# government - Friday 11 August, 2017

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries

The UN Committee Against Torture is critical of the government’s record in a number of areas.

# government - Sunday 23 July, 2017

The long, slow process to refund almost €170m in water charges

The government must decide how best to repay people and avoid another PR disaster.

New poll shows Irish Government at its highest approval ratings since 2011

The election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach seems to have had a positive effect on the electorate from Fine Gael’s point of view.

# government - Sunday 16 July, 2017

The Government plans to start refunding water charges from autumn

It is estimated that the refunds will cost in the region of €160 million.

Micheál Martin is well ahead of Leo Varadkar in the satisfaction ratings

According to the latest Sunday Times behaviour & Attitudes poll, satisfaction with Martin as party leader is at 54%, compared to 43% for Varadkar.

# government - Thursday 13 July, 2017

'The start of Paschal's troubles': Primary teachers reject public sector pay deal

The INTO said that the pay deal did not address the issue of pay inequality for newcomers to the profession.

# government - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Government's 'over-reliance' on private rental sector could cost €23.8 billion over 30 years

A new report argues that investment should be made into local authority housing as opposed to privately owned homes.

New bill to support children with autism after 20,000 people sign petition for it

About 600 children are born with autism in Ireland every year.

# government - Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Tobacco giant Philip Morris ordered to pay Australian government millions

The order comes after the failed attempt to sue the country over its plain packaging laws.

# government - Thursday 29 June, 2017

'He pinned my arms down and he strangled me': Couple with challenged son call for more support

Edel Dooley and her husband Anton spoke this morning on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke about their eight-year-old son Jacob.

# government - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Royal family set for bumper year of income as €419 million renovation on Buckingham Palace starts

The refurbishment is set to replace electrical wiring, water pipes and boilers in the biggest overhaul since the 1950s.

# government - Thursday 22 June, 2017

Siptu recommends its members accept government's 'pay restoration' deal

The union said that “on balance”, the pluses outweighed the negatives on the deal.

# government - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

'New politics, my foot': Mayhem in the Dáil as TDs get heated on Máire Whelan row

The government again faced fierce criticism for its handling of the appointment this evening.

# government - Sunday 18 June, 2017

Help-to-buy scheme may be scrapped admits Housing Minister

Eoghan Murphy said that the possibility the help-to-buy scheme had had the opposite effect to that intended is “a concern”.

# government - Friday 16 June, 2017

New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O'Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

Mitchell O’Connor lost her role as a senior minister at the cabinet table in Leo Varadkar’s reshuffle.

# government - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach

The five IA members will vote for Varadkar next week.

# government - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Public service pay deal is 'fair to workers and taxpayers' - Donohoe

A draft deal to succeed the Lansdowne Road agreement was reached late last night.

# government - Saturday 3 June, 2017

'It's like living in a nightmare': Venezuelan student terrified of returning home

Protests have been building in the capital Caracas for months.

# government - Friday 2 June, 2017

€9 million to be made available this year for Traveller housing

The accommodation includes group housing and halting sites for Traveller families.

# government - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Just one in four of Ireland's key Brexit positions have been filled so far

Only 13 of 50 new Brexit roles created at Irish State agencies have been recruited.

# government - Monday 29 May, 2017

The government is giving almost €60 million towards home improvements for older people

The Housing Adaptation Grant scheme provides aid for older people and people with disabilities.

# government - Sunday 21 May, 2017

Poll: Should waste companies be charging extra for heavy bins without approval? Weighty Issue This post contains a poll

Poll: Should waste companies be charging extra for heavy bins without approval?

Greyhound this month started charging extra for bin bags over a certain weight, with Panda set to follow suit in July.

# government - Sunday 14 May, 2017

Ibec calls for more funding to protect businesses following cyber attack

The call comes after a global ransomware attack on Friday which targeted businesses and state services across the world.

# government - Saturday 13 May, 2017

Has the government delivered on its 'ultimate goal'? One year in, here's how it has fared

Last week we looked at its record on health and housing. This week we’re looking at jobs and education.

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