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Thursday 25 November, 2021

Double bank holiday earmarked for St Patrick's Day weekend next year, says Varadkar
# Bank Holiday
# Bank Holiday

Double bank holiday earmarked for St Patrick's Day weekend next year, says Varadkar

Nov 25th 2021, 1:18 PM 50,752 Views 45 Comments

A permanent bank holiday would then be held on St Brigid’s Day from 2023 onwards.

What's behind the delay in announcing a plan for subsidised antigen testing?
# Awaiting Result
# Awaiting Result

What's behind the delay in announcing a plan for subsidised antigen testing?

Nov 25th 2021, 6:30 AM 13,985 Views 19 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin would not pin down a date for when a decision on the scheme will be made.

Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic
# Infection Rates
# Infection Rates

Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic

Nov 24th 2021, 6:25 PM 17,412 Views 13 Comments

With community transmission rates high, the department says it is inevitable there will be hospital outbreaks.

Taoiseach tells councils that families shouldn't be evicted from homeless accommodation
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Taoiseach tells councils that families shouldn't be evicted from homeless accommodation

Nov 24th 2021, 6:11 PM 16,465 Views 16 Comments

Micheál Martin has urged local authorities to ‘use common sense’.

Tuesday 23 November, 2021

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar

Nov 23rd 2021, 8:13 PM 30,708 Views 38 Comments

The Tánaiste said he believes more evidence will emerge that the Covid vaccine is a three-dose vaccine.

Government to keep wage subsidy scheme levels 'under review', says minister
# Covid Supports
# Covid Supports

Government to keep wage subsidy scheme levels 'under review', says minister

Nov 23rd 2021, 3:59 PM 7,424 Views 8 Comments

The scheme is supporting 289,000 workers and 25,800 employers at cost of €414 million, as of last month, said Donohoe.

Banking review to assess mortgage pricing, savings rates and bankers' pay
# Banking
# Banking

Banking review to assess mortgage pricing, savings rates and bankers' pay

Nov 23rd 2021, 3:13 PM 15,878 Views 12 Comments

The review will also assess submissions on the salary cap for bankers.

Monday 22 November, 2021

'Time has passed, but the love for Garth hasn't': The dance continues for Brooks fans at Croker
# Standing Outside
# Standing Outside

'Time has passed, but the love for Garth hasn't': The dance continues for Brooks fans at Croker

Nov 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 15,935 Views 22 Comments

The country singer was in Dublin today to promote his two gigs set for next year.

Dust off your Stetson hat, Garth Brooks is back in Ireland today
# Party On Garth
# Party On Garth

Dust off your Stetson hat, Garth Brooks is back in Ireland today

Nov 22nd 2021, 6:30 AM 17,243 Views 21 Comments

After seven long years, he’s back on Irish shores.

Friday 19 November, 2021

Gove confident progress can be made on NI Protocol without triggering Article 16
# British-Irish Council
# British-Irish Council

Gove confident progress can be made on NI Protocol without triggering Article 16

Nov 19th 2021, 1:02 PM 8,336 Views 4 Comments

The British-Irish Council meeting is taking place in Cardiff today.

Kelly says Government should have bought some private hospitals outright last year
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Kelly says Government should have bought some private hospitals outright last year

Nov 19th 2021, 9:28 AM 23,037 Views 48 Comments

Government are taking solace in trolley numbers being lower than 2019.

Thursday 18 November, 2021

Expert rapid testing group proposed twice-weekly tests two months before NPHET recommendation
# Anitgen Testing
# Anitgen Testing

Expert rapid testing group proposed twice-weekly tests two months before NPHET recommendation

Nov 18th 2021, 9:30 PM 17,719 Views 17 Comments

The proposal was discussed by officials at a meeting two months ago.

Parties to pay for politicians' antigen tests while Oireachtas staff to get tests for free
# Antigen Tests
# Antigen Tests

Parties to pay for politicians' antigen tests while Oireachtas staff to get tests for free

Nov 18th 2021, 1:16 PM 15,573 Views 56 Comments

The Oireachtas says antigen tests will not be free to TDs and Senators.

Wednesday 17 November, 2021

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin

Nov 17th 2021, 2:40 PM 66,015 Views 118 Comments

Micheal Martin has denied that he said teachers would be exempt from Covid-19 isolation rules.

Saturday 13 November, 2021

'It's a con job': Kelly criticises other parties for promising tax cuts and increased spending
# Labour Party Conference
# Labour Party Conference

'It's a con job': Kelly criticises other parties for promising tax cuts and increased spending

Nov 13th 2021, 8:55 PM 23,223 Views 106 Comments

The Labour leader said he wants Ireland to be “a fairer, kinder, better place”.

No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases

Nov 13th 2021, 1:00 PM 34,224 Views 35 Comments

Cabinet sources believe the country needs to ‘ride this out’.

Government looks to subsidise cost of antigen tests to help people buy them at a lower price
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

Government looks to subsidise cost of antigen tests to help people buy them at a lower price

Nov 13th 2021, 11:00 AM 28,607 Views 61 Comments

The minister wants the Government Covid Contingency Fund to cover the costs of rolling out antigen tests nationally.

Eamon Ryan did not sanction €10m emergency power contract payment, says spokesperson
# Winter Power Supply
# Winter Power Supply

Eamon Ryan did not sanction €10m emergency power contract payment, says spokesperson

Nov 13th 2021, 7:00 AM 25,001 Views 0 Comments

The Dáil heard claims that EirGrid made a €10 million payment to ESB for a contract that was never completed.

Thursday 11 November, 2021

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government

Nov 11th 2021, 11:54 AM 29,158 Views 83 Comments

It is believed that a cap of approximately €400,000 per home will ultimately be agreed upon.

Wednesday 10 November, 2021

Developer of 1,600 units open to leasing to DCC despite council's 'alarm' at build-to-rent scheme

Developer of 1,600 units open to leasing to DCC despite council's 'alarm' at build-to-rent scheme

Nov 10th 2021, 8:00 PM 18,930 Views 31 Comments

There has been much local opposition to a scheme in Drumcondra, which was approved this week.

Housing minister has had no discussions about cuckoo fund trade shows, says Dept
# Cuckoo Funds
# Cuckoo Funds

Housing minister has had no discussions about cuckoo fund trade shows, says Dept

Nov 10th 2021, 3:27 PM 9,809 Views 15 Comments

The Department of Finance has said the Housing for All plan states that it will engage with institutional investors, including through trade show events.

Tuesday 9 November, 2021

Cabinet approves the drafting of new law to cover all emergency Covid powers
# Government Powers
# Government Powers

Cabinet approves the drafting of new law to cover all emergency Covid powers

Nov 9th 2021, 7:45 PM 40,496 Views 51 Comments

It is understood a sunset clause will be included in the new legislation.

'How did this happen?' Dáil hears further concerns about €10m emergency power contract payment
# Esb And Eirgrid
# Esb And Eirgrid

'How did this happen?' Dáil hears further concerns about €10m emergency power contract payment

Nov 9th 2021, 4:21 PM 17,811 Views 0 Comments

Last week, TD Barry Cowen alleged that the ESB may have “orchestrated” the current energy crisis for its own benefit.

Hospitality industry collectively call for 'stronger sanctions' against businesses that flout rules
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Hospitality industry collectively call for 'stronger sanctions' against businesses that flout rules

Updated Nov 9th 2021, 3:50 PM 31,765 Views 78 Comments
  • The head of the restaurants association has said the hospitality sector shouldn't be used as a “scapegoat” for rising case numbers.
  • It follows data showing that just over a third of customers were asked for their Covid certs in restaurants in October, Christina Finn writes.

Monday 8 November, 2021

Eamon Ryan has said he took a second Covid-19 test because the first was 'inconclusive'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Eamon Ryan has said he took a second Covid-19 test because the first was 'inconclusive'

Nov 8th 2021, 6:52 PM 43,853 Views 60 Comments

A spokesperson said that the HSE had recommended a second test and that has returned a negative result.

Sunday 7 November, 2021

ESB assures staff it had no hand in 'orchestrated' energy crisis, following TD's Dáil claims
# Dáil Claims
# Dáil Claims

ESB assures staff it had no hand in 'orchestrated' energy crisis, following TD's Dáil claims

Nov 7th 2021, 12:09 PM 26,319 Views 0 Comments

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen alleged in the Dáil that EirGrid made a €10 million initial payment to the semi-State firm on a €110 million contract.

Friday 5 November, 2021

Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister
# Spiked
# Spiked

Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister

Nov 5th 2021, 2:16 PM 11,427 Views 26 Comments

Minister Simon Harris says there have been a number of cases in the UK that are concerning.

There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
# Student Options
# Student Options

There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes

Nov 5th 2021, 1:02 PM 14,272 Views 30 Comments

The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.

Thursday 4 November, 2021

Low-cost loans and scrappage scheme to convince drivers to buy electric could be on the cards
# Climate Action Plan
# Climate Action Plan

Low-cost loans and scrappage scheme to convince drivers to buy electric could be on the cards

Nov 4th 2021, 6:41 PM 56,251 Views 131 Comments

Currently the government offers €5,000 grant to someone looking to buy an electric vehicle.

Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Barry Cowen claims the ESB may have ‘orchestrated’ the current energy crisis
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Barry Cowen claims the ESB may have ‘orchestrated’ the current energy crisis

Nov 3rd 2021, 6:45 PM 45,126 Views 0 Comments

Cowen asked why the ESB is being rewarded “handsomely despite exacerbating the supply shortage”.

Monday 1 November, 2021

Helen McEntee returns as Justice Minister today after six months maternity leave
# Back To Work
# Back To Work

Helen McEntee returns as Justice Minister today after six months maternity leave

Updated Nov 1st 2021, 12:48 PM 54,320 Views 49 Comments

McEntee gave birth to a boy in April, becoming the first woman to have a baby while serving in Cabinet.

Saturday 30 October, 2021

Les Miserables overtones as SF pivots and primes itself for government
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

Les Miserables overtones as SF pivots and primes itself for government

Oct 30th 2021, 8:55 PM 53,169 Views 121 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald says she wants to be Taoiseach.

Mary Lou McDonald: 'I want to lead as Taoiseach if you give us that chance'
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

Mary Lou McDonald: 'I want to lead as Taoiseach if you give us that chance'

Oct 30th 2021, 5:30 PM 35,778 Views 172 Comments

‘The writing is on the wall for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael,’ says the Sinn Féin leader.

Sinn Féin votes in favour of non-jury courts in 'exceptional circumstances'
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

Sinn Féin votes in favour of non-jury courts in 'exceptional circumstances'

Updated Oct 30th 2021, 1:13 PM 34,105 Views 116 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald’s leader’s address will be aired at 5pm

‘Do they want a solution at all?’: O’Neill questions the UK’s red lines on NI Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

‘Do they want a solution at all?’: O’Neill questions the UK’s red lines on NI Protocol

Oct 30th 2021, 12:53 PM 19,201 Views 17 Comments

Sinn Féin is ready to fight the Assembly election next May, or sooner, she said.

Antigen tests should be free to members of the public, says Mary Lou McDonald
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

Antigen tests should be free to members of the public, says Mary Lou McDonald

Oct 30th 2021, 11:20 AM 13,965 Views 46 Comments

The Journal reported this morning that the Irish Pharmacy Union and the HSE have entered preliminary talks about the distribution of antigen tests to the wider public.

HSE in talks with pharmacies about distributing antigen tests to the wider public
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

HSE in talks with pharmacies about distributing antigen tests to the wider public

Oct 30th 2021, 12:10 AM 19,269 Views 14 Comments

Ireland currently has over two million antigen tests in stock in the country.

Thursday 28 October, 2021

Booster vaccine programme for over-60s to begin next week
# Booster Shots
# Booster Shots

Booster vaccine programme for over-60s to begin next week

Updated Oct 28th 2021, 9:05 PM 56,131 Views 30 Comments
  • Those aged between 60-69 will get their booster shot at a mass vaccination centre, while GPs will administer the jabs to those aged between 70 to 79.
  • Booster shots will only be given to a person six months after the date of their second dose of the vaccine.
  • The Irish Pharmacy Union said the decision to exclude community pharmacies from the campaign is 'illogical'
Varadkar: Antigen tests may be sent to schools to test close contacts of pupils
# Rapid Tests
# Rapid Tests

Varadkar: Antigen tests may be sent to schools to test close contacts of pupils

Updated Oct 28th 2021, 6:14 PM 27,894 Views 23 Comments
  • Varadkar said that rapid tests could be given to children in a school pod where there has been a confirmed case.
  • Five rapid tests will be sent in the post to close contacts from today.
  • The Tánaiste says he anticipates primary school children being offered the vaccine in the coming months.

Wednesday 27 October, 2021

Cabinet agrees not to make €500 million payment into the country's rainy day fund
# Empty Piggy Bank
# Empty Piggy Bank

Cabinet agrees not to make €500 million payment into the country's rainy day fund

Oct 27th 2021, 7:11 PM 19,813 Views 22 Comments

There is currently no money in the rainy day fund which was set up in 2018.

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