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# department - Sunday 4 November, 2018

State has covered the cost of 5,000 funerals and burials over two years

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

# department - Sunday 18 February, 2018

The government has no idea if people are serving on more state boards than they should be

The allocation of state board memberships has caused no end of controversy in Ireland in the past.

# department - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

# department - Saturday 16 September, 2017

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes

The Department of Housing says it doesn’t hold information on properties owned by other government bodies.

# department - Sunday 14 May, 2017

Can schools link 'voluntary contributions' with schools tours and book schemes?

Voluntary contribution fees can cause stress for many parents who say they feel there’s an onus on them to pay – despite the ‘voluntary’ term.

# department - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

Religion in the classroom: How other countries in the EU deal with it

Ireland is not the first country to experience these types of issues around religion and education.

# department - Friday 22 April, 2016

Woman gave birth at Dublin social welfare office

Paramedics and staff helped the woman with the birth.

# department - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

Thousands of people didn't get their disability payments this morning

The Department has apologised and said everyone due a payment should have it by tomorrow.

# department - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Leo Varadkar has a plan to put calorie counts on beer bottles

Five new health warnings are to appear on every alcohol product under proposed new rules.

# department - Sunday 16 August, 2015

French police set to return to Cork to question Du Plantier witnesses

The Department of Justice has said that it remains “fully committed to meeting its international obligations to mutual assistance.”

# department - Monday 10 August, 2015

The government wants to stop you making mistakes on your passport form

Passport cards are going to become available from the end of September.

# department - Monday 29 June, 2015

Irishman dies after assault in Mexico

It’s understood the man was in a coma since the attack.

# department - Friday 8 May, 2015

Here's what Prince Charles and Camilla will get up to on their Irish visit

They’re on their way at the end of the month.

# department - Thursday 12 March, 2015

The vast majority of staff in Enda Kenny's office are proud to work there

That’s according to a new survey that was carried out last year.

# department - Thursday 22 January, 2015

'Why have 16 children died in Direct Provision?'

A Sinn Féin Senator wants to know after new figures revealed 16 children died over 12 years.

# department - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

Here's where Government saved almost €2 million last year

… but millions were still spent.

# department - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Come one, come all: Ireland's sheep and goats are going to be counted this week

Flock owners are required to return census forms before this Sunday.

# department - Monday 10 November, 2014

Why we won't need to knock down as many ghost estates as we thought...

40 of the country’s worst ghost estates were targeted for destruction this time last year, but a rising economic tide means that number is coming down…

# department - Friday 7 November, 2014

Sheep farmer wins appeal against State over foot and mouth compensation

Brendan Rafferty lost almost 700 sheep in 2001.

# department - Thursday 9 October, 2014

There's been a drop of 2,000 in the number of mortgages in arrears

There figures relate to the six main banks, which cover 90 per cent of the market.

# department - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Third-level grants could be open to asylum seekers next year

Minister Jan O’Sullivan intends on ensuring that people in Direct Provision are able to avail of grants like their classmates are.

# department - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

Pictures: Animal rights protesters think Simon Coveney has 'blood on his hands'

The ARAN animal rights group says the Minister is doing nothing to protect “the most vulnerable in society, the animals”.

# department - Friday 25 July, 2014

Advice for Irish travelers updated, as Ebola spreads to Nigeria

A Liberian national who traveled to Africa’s most populous nation has died in quarantine in Lagos.

# department - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Government reminded local authorities of their obligation to report infant deaths in mother and baby homes in 1946

Maternity homes that did not notify the authorities were liable to be fined up to ten pounds.

# department - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Fatsuits, priests' robes and corsets... Backstage with the Abbey Theatre's costumes

Costumes worn by the likes of Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw are for hire from the theatre’s costume department.

# department - Monday 23 December, 2013

Forfás dissolution will 'strengthen capacity and drive job-creation policy'

Under the new legislation, the functions of the quango will be transferred to Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

# department - Monday 2 September, 2013

Long-term unemployed man “at a loss” after college course cancelled

A course in Construction, Management, Maintenance and Refurbishment was due to begin on 9 September, but was cancelled last week.

# department - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Here's how much would be raised if income tax increased for earners over €100k

Michael Noonan has indicated that he won’t be considering any kind of ‘wealth tax’ in Budget 2014 – but has released figures on how much it would bring in.

Banks will be 'named and shamed' over complaints from now on

Financial service providers who have at least three complaints against them substantiated will be named by the Financial Sevices Ombudsman.

# department - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Animal rights activists unhappy as Department issues licences for hare coursing

Around 90 hare coursing meetings will be held in Ireland in the coming months, with each event using around 100 hares.

# department - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

"Difficult to justify" oil refinery in Ireland - study Oil

"Difficult to justify" oil refinery in Ireland - study

The study, commissioned by a government department, said that overall oil demand has declined since 2006.

# department - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people

The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.

# department - Monday 15 July, 2013

No full record of who visited Taoiseach's department on bank guarantee night

Enda Kenny has revealed that their is no exhaustive record of who visited his Department during the period leading up to the State guarantee of the banks nearly five years ago.

# department - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Did the Taoiseach talk to staff in his department about the bank guarantee?

The Taoiseach did not directly address a question about seeking oral or written recollections from seven senior staff in his department who worked there during the period of the bank guarantee five years ago.

# department - Monday 1 July, 2013

Here's why the Government is to begin mapping broadband nationwide

The plan is to see where the State needs to intervene and support provision of the service.

# department - Friday 5 April, 2013

Minister warns of risk of more land and forest fires

High to extreme risk conditions for fire will persist until the coming weekend at least, according to Met Éireann’s fire weather index.

# department - Monday 25 March, 2013

Revenue property tax website cost just under €50,000, says Noonan

Latest figures from Revenue show just over 7,000 people have paid the property tax in its first fortnight.

# department - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Justice Department got no specific legal advice on Magdalene report response

The government has come under fire for failing to provide a full apology on behalf of the State for its role in the Magdalene Laundries.

# department - Monday 28 January, 2013

Coveney to "force the pace" on agriculture policies in EU

The Agriculture Minister is taking part in the Agriculture and Fisheries

# department - Sunday 27 January, 2013

Calls for Ireland to (finally) outlaw corporal punishment in the home

Corporal punishment was banned in schools in 1982 but is still legal in homes – despite repeated calls for it to be stopped.

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