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# Cabinet

28th May 2024
Palestinian flag flies and Taoiseach greets families as Ireland formally recognises Palestine
The Government has agreed to establish full diplomatic relations between Dublin and Ramallah.
Taoiseach Simon Harris said that the decision "is about keeping hope alive".
He told the Dáil today that he has "no knowledge" of any Irish exported technology being used by Israel as part of its assault on Gaza.
The Dáil was temporarily suspended this afternoon after a group of protesters in the public gallery interrupted statements to call for sanctions to be imposed on Israel.
Cabinet agrees to renew Ireland’s counter-terrorism laws as 'real and persistent' threat remains
Last week
19th May 2024 - 25th May 2024
Drogheda set to get electric Dart train connections to Dublin by 2026
This month
May 2024
Taoiseach says plans to cut social welfare rates of some Ukrainian refugees is 'sensible'
It will not apply to Ukrainians living in pledged accommodation.
12-week lead-in time for streamlining of Ukrainian social welfare payments.
Review of benefits for international protection applicants to be completed within six weeks.
Plans to increase the legal smoking age to 21 have been approved - but vapes aren't included
Last month
April 2024
Cabinet approves emergency legislation to enable return of asylum seekers to UK
Opposition warns on neutrality as Government moves to scrap 'triple lock' to send army overseas
Harris does not intend to provide 'loophole' for UK's migration challenges after Sunak comments
IPO to prioritise asylum seekers from countries with highest number of applicants
Government to increase sentences for crimes involving knives
Ireland to increase number of peacekeepers deployed to south Lebanon to beef up security
Cabinet to sign off on one-year lease extension for Citywest accommodation centre
Junior Ministerial jobs up for grabs as Cabinet meets under Taoiseach Harris for first time
This year
The Government unveiled two big plans around asylum seekers today - here's what they are
It involves empty office spaces and a new EU Pact.
Simon Harris says processing asylum applications in third country is 'worth considering'
Ex-Garda deputy commissioner to head up new stakeholder group on dog control
Terence O'Rourke set to be appointed as new RTÉ chairperson
Changes to school transport scheme to be phased in with 'nearest school' rule to be abolished
Prisoners convicted of minor crimes to undergo training programmes ahead of release
Garda reserve rules to be updated ahead of campaign launch to recruit 1,000 new hires
Taoiseach expects Oireachtas committee on drug use to be up and running no later than April
Plans to extend child benefit to over-18s still in education brought forward to May
'Campaign of arson' on properties linked to asylum seekers is 'unprecedented', says Tánaiste
Donnelly to tell Cabinet probability of introduction and spread of measles in Ireland is high
There have been increasing numbers of measles cases notified in Europe since the beginning of 2023.
MMR vaccine uptake in Ireland is currently below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended target uptake.
The HSE is exploring developing a proposal for an MMR catch-up programme in Leaving Cert pupils.
It may also expand to college students.
Business as usual for overseas St Patrick's Day trips as 11 govt politicians to head to US
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is expected to meet US President Joe Biden to mark St Patrick’s Day.
Algeria and Botswana to be added to 'safe countries' list from today
New law to halt the decline of ATMS in towns and villages around the country
New flood forecasting centre now providing daily updates to local authorities
Terms of reference for judge-led tribunal into military abuse approved by Cabinet
Cabinet told 500 refugees arriving from Ukraine per week, as social welfare rates set to reduce
Last year
Bank holiday penalty points hike not included in Road Traffic Bill going to Cabinet today
Leitrim businesses affected by tornado to be offered low-cost loans
Social welfare rates reduced for new Ukrainian arrivals as new reception centres to be rolled out
A subsistence payment of €38.80 per week will be provided to those in state accommodation for 90 days.
The reduced subsistence payment will be made for the 90-day period, with an additional payment of €29.80 per child per week.
Minister Roderic O'Gorman says he doesn't envisage that homelessness will rise as a result of the new changes.
New reception centres are to come online next year.
Cabinet to approve legislation that will approve and recognise surrogacy arrangements
Social welfare cuts and 90-day state accommodation limit for new Ukrainian arrivals agreed by coalition leaders
Cabinet to decide this week on social welfare and accommodation changes for Ukrainian refugees
Two rail lines proposed in All-Island Rail Review could be in line for European funding boost
Recruitment age for gardaí to rise from 35 to 50 from next month after Cabinet sign off
Cabinet to hear of plans to seek approval to open extradition negotiations with the UAE
Tánaiste says McEntee will have full backing of all Fianna Fáil TDs if no confidence vote called