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Today’s News

After long delays, access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed under new law

Simon Harris has today signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis for five years.

Tributes to the late Jackie Healy-Rae to be heard in the Dáil

The South Kerry TD passed away on the 5 December 2014.

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Yesterday’s News

'Disorderly' Brexit a real possibility, says minister as he outlines how much money there is for Budget 2020

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

New law will pave the way for gardaí to wear body cams

Front-line gardaí have been calling for the roll out of equipment like body cameras and tasers.

'It's no secret': Eir boss says telecoms company could complete broadband plan for less than €1bn

Government announced that it is to proceed with its plans for the €3 billion NBP

Monday 24 June, 2019

Government plans to 'phase out' fur farming in Ireland

Government will consider an implementation plan to ban fur farming.

Sunday 23 June, 2019

The perks, the costs and the end of free charging?: Here's what you need to know about switching to an electric car

By 2030, it wants one million electric cars on Irish roads. It’s a big ask.

Friday 21 June, 2019

My Options website has over 170,000 visits since last December

The majority of visitors to the site are female, around 82%

Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath

Over 226,851 people have engaged with the government’s JobPath service in the last four years.

Thursday 20 June, 2019

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Taoiseach says government will review UK's new 'porn block' law to see if it could work in Ireland

Leo Varadkar confirmed that legislation to set up the office of a Digital Safety Commissioner is on the way.

Over half a million people have applied for Irish passports so far this year

The Passport Office has been receiving more than 100,000 applications each month.

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Bank bosses may face fines and sanctions in the future, but won't get jail time under new law

The new laws were drawn up in the wake of the tracker-mortgage scandal.

Varadkar blaming Fianna Fáil for ministers using diesel cars is 'petty' and 'cheap', says Martin

Leo Varadkar said the government would move to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan questioned behind closed doors

Robert Watt warned ‘strongly recommended against’ the decision to proceed with the NBP.

Free public transport ruled out despite Dublin being 'the slowest city centre in Europe'

Luxembourg rolled out free public transport last year.

Monday 17 June, 2019

'No decisions made' as to how Ireland will quadruple its carbon tax by 2030

The government’s Climate Action Plan did not give any detailed timeline of the changes to the carbon tax.

More electric vehicles and no congestion charge for cities: Here's what you need to know about the new Climate Action Plan

A scrappage scheme to encourage the uptake of EVs is to be considered.

ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'

The government is looking at two models to increase carbon tax and offset the cost to householders.

Sunday 16 June, 2019

Restaurants and bars that don't display their tips policy will face fines of up to €2,500 Exclusive

An amendment to the law is to be introduced to ensure tips go to the employee.

Government denies UN claim that housing in Ireland is 'unaffordable'

A letter from the UN said private housing investment has impacted security of tenure for renters.

Friday 14 June, 2019

PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year

Rapid testing will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Revenue reviewed Top 100 Rich List ahead of decision to increase focus on wealthy individuals' tax affairs

The PAC was told the list proved ‘beneficial’ to Revenue.

Thursday 13 June, 2019

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits

TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.

Dáil told insurance profits have jumped more than 1000%, but government says it's being 'as aggressive as it can be'

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said customers are being ‘fleeced’ by insurance providers.

Fianna Fáil takes aim at funfairs ahead of summer holidays

The Health and Safety Funfair Amendment Bill looks to further regulate funfairs.

Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Law to ban microbeads in Ireland set to be published

Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs.

Enniscorthy to become the New Delhi of Ireland if smoky coal ban not rolled out, Dáil hears

The delay in expanding the smoky coal ban nationwide is due to fears over court action.

'Lack of transparency to Irish women was entirely unacceptable': Report finds smear tests were sent to 16 labs

Dr Gabriel Scally’s latest report is the just the latest review into the CervicalCheck scandal.

Thursday 6 June, 2019

Minimal pomp, no harps on the tarmac: Government can breathe easy after Shannon balancing act

The greeting went fine – but the Shannon events had the air of a box-ticking exercise.

Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Aontú sets its sights on Dáil seats as new party wins a handful of seats in the locals

Aontú won three seats in the local elections in the south, and one seat in the Northern Ireland local elections.

Monday 3 June, 2019

Ministers considering alternative approaches to dealing with drug possession for personal use

A working group was set up last year to consider issues such as the possession of drugs for personal use, and to review other jurisdictions’ drug laws.

Sunday 2 June, 2019

More banks to face fines over tracker mortgage scandal as officials coy about revealing cost details

Ulster Bank recently told an Oireachtas Finance committee that it will not be disclosing the amount of money it has set aside to deal with the fine.

Saturday 1 June, 2019

Leo says it wasn't 'a bad day at the office after all', but swing-gate and co-living did real damage to FG

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said there was not one issue that did the damage.

Friday 31 May, 2019

'I wasn't sneering': Ross says he wasn't 'having a go' at Maria Bailey with swing photo

The minister said Bailey taking out an insurance claim after falling off a swing at a Dublin hotel was ‘a mistake’.

Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules

Earlier this year, a student spoke on the radio about having to sit her Leaving Cert a day after her mother died.

Gerry Ryan’s voice returns to 2FM this morning for hour-long special

The show will air from 9am to 10am this morning.

Pedestrian dies in hit-and-run in Dublin

A man in his 20s was killed after being struck by a HGV vehicle that failed to remain on the scene.

Liberal Democrats top new UK poll, surging ahead of Conservatives and Labour

The Brexit Party and the Greens have also both seen gains.

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