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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Costs

This year
# parking prices
Visitors to National Children's Hospital to pay maximum charge of €10 for 24-hour parking
The private operator of the new hospital’s car park is to be required to make a “premium up-front payment” of €5 million to operate it.
Last year
# Gender Equality
Sinn Féin tables proposals to cut cost of childcare by two thirds
The party launched their childcare policy this afternoon.
All time
# Delayed
Officials refuse to reveal cost of new children’s hospital as opening delayed
David Gunning, of the NPHDB, said that even a hypothetical discussion on costs would prejudice the existing contract with construction company BAM.
# Home Office
UK government spent over £55,000 on legal fees against Emma DeSouza
“You have to be at the very bottom or you have to be rich to use the legal system,” DeSouza said.
# Finance Minister
Paschal Donohoe says it's 'frustrating' to see another costs row over National Children's Hospital
BAM released a statement saying that it was excluded from the government’s Covid-19 ex-gratia payments, which it called “unfair”.
# Costs
Celtic agree 'significant' wage reduction with players and staff
Manager Neil Lennon and the entire first-team squad agreed to the cut.
# sitting costs
It's going to cost €50k a day for the Dáil to sit in Dublin's Convention Centre
There will be no charge for hiring the venue itself.
# Irish League of Credit Unions
Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school
Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.
Leinster House refurbishment to cost €17m
Leinster House was commissioned to be built between 1745-47.
# brexit planning
Irish online shoppers will have to pay more when buying from UK retailers post a no-deal Brexit
An updated action plan on a no-deal Brexit was discussed at Cabinet today.
# WiFi
Government set to decide whether to sign off on €3bn National Broadband Plan
The plan aims to bring high-speed internet to smaller towns and one-off homes around Ireland.
# Report
Construction costs to rise further as Dublin one of most expensive cities to build in the world
It is the third most expensive in Europe behind London and Zurich.
# Costs
Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings
The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.
# Overrun
Taoiseach can't say if anyone will be held to account over children's hospital overspend
It’s emerged the budget for the new hospital may cost more than €1.433 billion.
# Courts
Ex-Anglo banker Tiarnan O’Mahoney seeking legal costs for original trial
O’Mahoney successfully appealed his original conviction in March 2016.
# Social Welfare
Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice
Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.
# works in theory
Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August
How much it’s costing to do so is another matter however.
# High Court
Denis O'Brien application to have costs awarded against Red Flag and Declan Ganley delayed
O’Brien had sought to have costs awarded against Red Flag Consultants (and five others) and Declan Ganley regarding amendments he secured last month.
# changing tack
'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.
# Whistleblowers
The Disclosures Tribunal cost the State €87,000 a month this year
These expenses only cover administrative and legal costs for the tribunal’s own team as third-party costs have not been paid out yet.
# Early Years
Cost of childcare increases for first time in five years
The early years sector profile of each county is broken down in the Pobal report.
# House Prices
The cost of a three-bed house in Dublin city has gone up by €17,000 in three months
Nationally, the average cost of a three-bed semi-detached home has risen by 3.1% to €221,843 since June.
How weddings, festivals and Hennessy are helping Irish art after 'devastating' funding cuts
We spoke to the director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) about how it thought outside the box to bring in more money.
# School Costs
'You have to ask: why are voluntary contributions necessary in a country where we're on the rise financially?'
School principals say rising costs are putting pressure on parents and on schools.
# Childcare
Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit
The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.
# recycling
Scheme to give you 10c back for each bottle and can could cost €120m to roll-out
In a rare move, the Labour Party announced last week that it would co-sponsor the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill.
Hospital patient 'no shows' are costing the State nearly €12m
Minister of State Catherine Byrne said the administrative cost associated with non-attendance is approximately €25 per patient visit.
# Dáil privilege
Denis O'Brien must pay all costs after failed High Court case
Judge Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said that the issue of O’Brien’s “means to pay the costs” was not a factor in the decision.
# Your Say
Poll: Are school uniforms too expensive?
Guidelines are to be issued to schools outlining how they can help cut costs for parents.
# beacon south quarter
Apartment owners could face 'up to €30 million' bill to bring complex up to regulations
Residents of Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford have been informed that they may be faced with a huge bill.
# Money Money Money
The gap between private pensions and public pensions has the government worried
Enda Kenny said Minister Paschal Donohoe will not deal with its strategy for public pay until the Public Pay Commission sends its report.
# On the up
Children's hospital costs like a 'runaway train' as they rocket to €1bn
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the debate about where the new children’s hospital should be built is “finished”.
# death dues
This is how much funerals cost in different parts of Ireland
It’s an expensive business.
# budget2017
Giving parents a tax credit for childcare would have cost nearly €600m
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said providing tax credits for paid child care would fail an equity test.
# rising costs
VHI to raise health insurance prices by average of 3%
The changes come into effect on 1 November.
# Back To School
It now costs almost €800 to send a child to first year in secondary school
Barnardos is demanding action to help parents deal with back to school costs.
# On the up
There's been a big jump in the number of people being refused car insurance
This week, Fianna Fáil is to propose a motion to tackle the rise in motor insurance costs.
# take it or leave it
HSE to cut what it pays drug companies after talks fail
The state entered into negotiations to reduce the price of medicines to the Irish taxpayer.
# last rites
Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies
It can seem like an overwhelming task – here it is step by step.
# Dismissed
That late (late) legal challenge against same-sex marriage has been thrown out
Gerry Walshe had launched a series of appeals against the referendum result, the last of which was thrown out of court today.