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Today’s News

Taoiseach: 'JobPath may not be needed in the future'

Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

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Yesterday’s News

Government wants building of old age retirement villages to begin by November 2019

A recent PAC report said it is not clear that the cost of care in public nursing homes is providing value for money to the taxpayer.

Friday 14 December, 2018

Trouble in the ranks: 'We've a health and housing crisis and our solution is to keep Fine Gael running the show'

Trouble in the ranks: 'We've a health and housing crisis and our solution is to keep Fine Gael running the show'

Micheál Martin announced this week that he would extend the confidence and supply arrangement with Fine Gael.

Thursday 13 December, 2018

How much is being spent by Áras an Uachtaráin? Michael D's spending has been revealed

This is the first time such a review has been published since the Irish Presidency was established in 1938.

Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Calls for TDs who are landlords to abstain from anti-eviction Bill vote due to conflict of interest

Varadkar said TDs who landlords are able to make a distinction between their personal interests and the public interest,

Irish politicians told to stay silent ahead of Tory vote with hopes Brexit no-deal can be avoided

At tonight’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting, Leo Varadkar said support for Ireland in Europe on Brexit remains ‘rock solid’.

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Taoiseach vows to close loophole that allows €1.3bn mortgage 'vehicle' not to pay tax

Last week, PTSB bank bosses confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ which more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax.

Details revealed of how drivers face higher fines and penalty points the more they break the speed limit

A graduated penalty system for speeding will be introduced where the speed limit is exceeded by 30kph.

Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive'

The Sinn Féin leader said a “crash” no-deal Brexit moves the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.

Justice minister to seek fast-tracking of blasphemy Bill

Almost 65% voted in favour of the 37th amendment to the Constitution in the blasphemy referendum.

Landlords to be sanctioned up to €30,000 if they breach rent caps under new laws

The new rules will mean notice periods given to tenants by landlords will be extended.

Monday 10 December, 2018

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

Friday 7 December, 2018

Anti-vaccination myths can have devastating impacts on uptake rates, Harris warns EU

There has been an increase in HPV uptake rates to 65% in 2018.

Thursday 6 December, 2018

Removing 300,000 homes from original broadband plan 'made original tender less attractive'

That was according to the Secretary General of the Department of Communications Mark Griffin.

Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next?

The Seanad will now sit on Monday in order to get the legislation over the line by the Christmas deadline.

Calls for naming and shaming of tax defaulters who do not pay their settlements

From 2016 to May 2018, Revenue received a total of 9,721 ‘good citizen reports’ about suspected tax evasion.

Wednesday 5 December, 2018

State spent over €1m renting Brussels embassy last year, as PAC questions value-for-money

Committee concerned about State renting buildings long-term rather than buying.

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Fianna Fáil TD invites Shane Ross to travel with him on public transport to Dublin from the commuter belt

James Lawless said commuters can’t get parking at the train stations and can’t get on carriages in the morning.

Divorce waiting time referendum to be held in May 2019

A referendum to give Irish citizens living abroad the right to vote in the Irish presidential election is to be held on the same day.

'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints Drink Driving Laws This post contains videos

'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints

The Taoiseach said he would not apologise for an increase in Garda checkpoints around the country.

Monday 3 December, 2018

Aer Lingus 'dismayed' at 'small subset' of staff who do not behave in an exemplary manner

SIPTU is to contact Aer Lingus over roll-out of CCTV in staff areas due to missing stock.

Social Protection Department gives older age of workers as reason why it's near top of sick leave list

The secretary general of the department said 3,000 staff members are over 55.

Saturday 1 December, 2018

Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week

It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.

Safe zone law around GP clinics offering abortions will prohibit photos being taken of women

Graphic posters were unfurled outside the Rotunda Hospital this summer were described by the minister as “despicable”.

Friday 30 November, 2018

Taoiseach tells new gardaí: 'Your loyalty is not to the person in the uniform. It is to the uniform and all that it stands for'

A change in the culture of gardaí in which ‘no-one ever hesitates in speaking truth to power’ is needed, according to Leo Varadkar.

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme

How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.

Thursday 29 November, 2018

PTSB transfers thousands more of its customers to vulture fund servicer

Many of the mortgage-holders sold today had engaged with the bank and reached arrangements.

Calls for a Cold Weather Payment for severe weather to be introduced

In Northern Ireland, the Cold Weather Payment scheme kicks in when the temperature falls below zero degrees for seven days.

Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

Homeless figures to show fall in children in emergency accommodation, but rise in individuals presenting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil the figures will show a reduction in the number of families presenting as homeless in Dublin.

'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)

Leo Varadkar broke Dáil rules today by holding up a poster in the chamber.

John Delaney and other football bosses invited to appear before Oireachtas committee FAI

John Delaney and other football bosses invited to appear before Oireachtas committee

TD Catherine Murphy says there are concerns about salaries and transparency within the FAI.

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Ireland in 'active discussions' to host the 2026 Ryder Cup

Shane Ross today briefed his Cabinet colleagues on the work being done behind the scenes.

Contingency plans for a no-deal 'hard Brexit' scenario approved by ministers

3,000 job applications for 600 customs positions have been received.

Businesses refused insurance to get 'quick' payments for severe weather flood damage

The scheme is for businesses and organisations who have been refused insurance.

Twitter portal to allow election partners flag issues directly during European elections

Fianna Fái’s Bill which seeks tackle political advertising on online media platforms is to be discussed today.

Monday 26 November, 2018

Taoiseach meets with Orange Order reps to discuss needs of Protestant communities at the border

The Taoiseach met with the grand secretary of the Orange Lodge Reverend Mervyn Gibson.

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach

Following yesterday’s summit, the focus now shifts to the UK Prime Minister who is beginning an intensive campaign to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

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