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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Bernard Durkan

Last year
# National Lottery
Lotto regulator suggested media helped spread 'misinformation' that €19m jackpot was 'unwinnable'
The prizes rolled over for a record number of draws before it was won last month.
Carol Boate told Lotto regulator staff in January that it was necessary to counteract false claims about the draw.
Regulator was concerned over 'inaccurate' comments in media and social media about the record-breaking rollover.
Spokesperson clarified to The Journal that additional money not added to the capped jackpot did not benefit the operator.
All time
# rollover blues
TD namechecks Ronan Collins, Shergar and Squid Game in plea to drop two balls from Lotto draw
Bernard Durkan wants punters to have a better chance of winning after months without a jackpot victory.
# e-cigarettes
'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague
The Health Minister has said he has no intention of meeting with vaping companies.
# Kildare
'I support building houses': Fine Gael TD stands over concerns about 366 new homes in his constituency
Bernard Durkan was among 61 people to make an observation about the new scheme.
# work life balance
Government to examine if 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours would work in Ireland
The law would give workers the right to avoid emails out of hours.
# line of duty
Over 290 gardaí injured while on duty so far this year
That’s according to new figures shared by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
# why so slow?
'There's a lot of hidden antipathy towards helping immigrants'
Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan on how more empathy and an overhaul of the refugee system can see Ireland take in more migrants.
# Meet the new boss
Here's the first ever Ceann Comhairle to be elected by secret ballot
The 32nd Dáil has completed its first act in electing a new chairperson.
# no woman no cry
There are very, very few women in the Irish Army...
And none at all with rank more senior than lieutenant colonel.
# Suns out guns out
Here's the definitive proof that summer has arrived in Leinster House
TDs have been raiding their summer wardrobes…
# at large
Nearly 300 prisoners have escaped custody in the last five years
Three who absconded this year are still at large.
# repeat offenders
Here's how many crimes were committed by people on bail last year
Figures show some 10,600 crimes were committed last year by offenders on bail.
# Overcrowding
There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more
The average capacity is 91%.
# Defence Forces
Here's a gender breakdown of our army and navy
The DF has recently encouraged more women to join its ranks.
# Employment
The number of people doing apprenticeships has nearly doubled since last year
There has been a steady increase in the number of people signing on to do apprenticeships.
# Fashion
Here are 5 TDs who could do with a new stylist
There’s been some fashion disasters in the Dáil in recent years…
# get on board
Leap Cards to be extended to Cork, but which counties are next in line?
The cards are already usable on buses in the county and the scheme will extend to trains by early 2015.
# STrength
This chart shows how the strength of the garda force has changed since 2008
Frances Fitzgerald has said the first group of trainees are expected to join the force in early 2015.
# Animal Welfare
‘No major welfare problem in horse sector’ – Coveney
The Minister said his department is adopting a ‘pro-active’ approach in relation to horse welfare issues.
# Child Abuse
19,044 referrals about child abuse concerns were received in 2012
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said figures for 2013 indicate will be similar to previous years.
# gubu
WATCH: TDs try to figure out what 'amazeballs' means
The only problem was they were pronouncing it ‘amazey-balls’.
# Missing
18 children reported missing every day last year
Nearly 20,000 adults have been reported missing in the last decade, with 205 remaining untraced.
# Crime
Just 22 per cent of witness intimidation cases lead to a conviction
Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan says that there must be ‘at least 50 per cent convictions’.
# mad as hell
Video: Vincent Browne just wants everyone to shut up
It took the veteran TV3 host two minutes of shouting to silence a FG TD… And for at least some of that time he was shouting at the wrong person.
# farms
20 per cent increase in dead animals as fodder crisis deepens
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney urged farmers to seek help if they cannot cope.
# pic of the day
Summer Has Arrived in the Dáil Pic of the Day
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