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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

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# exceptional needs
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.
# not a clue
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.
# Social Protection
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.
# Housing
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.
# Education
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.
# examples
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.
# gardiner street
Woman gave birth at Dublin social welfare office
Paramedics and staff helped the woman with the birth.
# Disability Allowance
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.
# Health Warning
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.
# Cork
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.”
# make it clearer
The government wants to stop you making mistakes on your passport form
Passport cards are going to become available from the end of September.
# Ciudad Juarez
Irishman dies after assault in Mexico
It’s understood the man was in a coma since the attack.
# the trip
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.
# Speaking out
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.
# Asylum Seekers
'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.
# Expenses
Here's where Government saved almost €2 million last year
… but millions were still spent.
# un-baaa-lieveable
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.
# One Year On
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…
# Supreme Court
Sheep farmer wins appeal against State over foot and mouth compensation
Brendan Rafferty lost almost 700 sheep in 2001.
# right direction
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.
# Education
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.
# badger culling
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”.
# Outbreak
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.
# maternity homes
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.
# sneak peek
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.
# Jobs
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.
# Education
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.
# Budget 2014
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.
# public airing
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.
# Hare coursing
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.
# 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.
# error
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.
# Internet
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.
# Fire Warning
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.
# Property Tax
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.
# Magdalenes
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.
# Agriculture
Coveney to "force the pace" on agriculture policies in EU
The Agriculture Minister is taking part in the Agriculture and Fisheries
# Children
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.