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#Fergus Finlay

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

'The kid who's helping others, is not the kid who's terrorising their neighbour'

Should it be compulsory for young people to volunteer for a year? There are pros and cons.

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Patient advocates among new board members of the HSE

The board will be appointed on an administrative basis until legislation has passed.

# fergus-finlay - Friday 5 October, 2018

Fire in Bray destroys fleet of buses at special needs facility

It’s believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 19 April, 2018

Barnardos chief Fergus Finlay 'very interested' in seeking presidency if Michael D does not

An election is expected to be held in October, however other candidates have been put forward to date.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

'We're failing children': One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect

Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested in public services to help children in need.

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

Barnardos didn't stick to the guidelines for paying its senior staff, says audit

Another HSE audit found a discrepancy in fuel cards used by the National Ambulance Service.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 20 July, 2016

'We'll believe it when we see bulldozers' - locals give guarded welcome to Dolphin's Barn plan

Housing minister Simon Coveney has announced €25 million in funding for regeneration of the Dolphin House estate in south Dublin.

# fergus-finlay - Friday 29 January, 2016

'They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways'

Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

Fergus Finlay had a terrifying encounter with this well-known dolphin

“… to my knowledge, a headbutt is head to head contact. This was head to nether regions contact.”

# fergus-finlay - Monday 15 June, 2015

Barnardos has a plan to make education free for primary school children

The children’s charity estimates that €103 million would eliminate costs for all parents.

# fergus-finlay - Monday 23 February, 2015

The number of children living in poverty could fill Mayo

“In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”

# fergus-finlay - Friday 7 February, 2014

Gaps in HSE supports putting futures of children with speech problems at risk

Figures released this week reveal there are eleven HSE areas that have no early intervention teams at all.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Charities speaking in Leinster House have a bottom line: 'No more cuts'

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay says that policy makers seem to ‘regard children as being the cause for the mess we’re in’.

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Child missed 17 days of school because they had no lunch - Barnardos

Barnardos’ annual School Costs Survey has revealed that parents are continuing to struggle to meet the cost of sending their child to school.

# fergus-finlay - Saturday 27 July, 2013

What would you do to improve Ireland?

‘Citizen parliament’ to brainstorm at festival on ways to shake up our society, culture, government and economy. What ideas would you have?

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Cyber-bullying should be a crime says rapporteur on child protection

The child protection report also recommends guardianship should apply to civil partnerships.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

As it happened: Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate Referendum This post contains images

As it happened: Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate

Emotional language and arguments as Frances Fitzgerald and Fergus Finlay argued for a ‘Yes’ vote as John Waters and Kathy Sinnott argued for a ‘No’.

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Falling donations results in €1.5m shortfall for Barnardos

A new director’s report shows income from donations fell to €6.8 million from €7.4 million the previous year.

# fergus-finlay - Friday 12 October, 2012

Barnardos gets its own stamp on 50th anniversary Charity This post contains images

Barnardos gets its own stamp on 50th anniversary

The launch of the 55c stamp took place at the GPO yesterday.

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Outlook for charities is 'questionable', say advisers

Barnardos closure is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, according to Grant Thornton.

# fergus-finlay - Sunday 29 July, 2012

My favourite speech: Fergus Finlay

Continuing our summer series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, Fergus Finlay picks a speech by one of Ireland’s most famous trade union leaders.

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Opposition, lobby groups come out against means-tested Child Benefit

Political groups, charities and other groups are all opposed to the IMF’s proposal for a means-tested system.

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Campaign group proposes €15bn stimulus to 'bust myth that austerity works' Plan B This post contains videos

Campaign group proposes €15bn stimulus to 'bust myth that austerity works'

Claiming our Future says its plan works within the bailout agreement but has admitted its proposals are not fully-formed as yet.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

‘Shameful day’ as child deaths report ‘signifies our societal failure’

There has been plenty of reaction to a report which examined the deaths of 196 children and young people in contact with State services between 2000 and 2010.

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Poll: Should Cardinal Seán Brady resign? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Cardinal Seán Brady resign?

As the pressure on Cardinal Brady shows no sign of abating, we want to know what you think.

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Up to 40,000 more children living in poverty since last year – Barnardos

The children’s charity estimates that there could be nearly 130,000 children living in consistent poverty in Ireland.

# fergus-finlay - Sunday 19 June, 2011

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your Fix tonight: Labour picks its president; the cost of a second Greek bailout; the former government minister and the social network; The Boss looses his Big Man; and the dog who loves a riot.

Michael D Higgins chosen as Labour Party presidential candidate

He beat Fergus Finlay and Kathleen O’Meara to the nomination.

Presidential election: Who will get Labour's nomination? Race For The Áras This post contains a poll

Presidential election: Who will get Labour's nomination?

And which of these three candidates would you like to see getting the nod today?

The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know as you start your Sunday…

# fergus-finlay - Thursday 9 June, 2011

THE LABOUR PARTY has confirmed it is to hold a convention on June 19 where the party will choose its candidate to contest this October’s presidential election. A single transferable vote will be extended to the party’s 37 TDs, 12 senators, three MEPs and the 14 members of its Executive Board. The party confirmed that there are three nominees for the spot: Fergus Finlay, Michael D Higgins, and Kathleen O’Meara.

# fergus-finlay - Sunday 5 June, 2011

Fianna Fáil may not run Áras candidate as Fine Gael could opt for Martin McAleese

New poll also finds that support for David Norris’ presidential bid does not appear to have been adversely affected by the recent controversy surrounding an interview he gave nine years ago.

# fergus-finlay - Monday 30 May, 2011

Former senator Kathleen O'Meara confirms Labour presidential bid

The two-term former Senator will join Michael D Higgins and Fergus Finlay in seeking Labour’s presidential nomination.

# fergus-finlay - Friday 27 May, 2011

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland?

Up to ten names have now been mentioned in connection with the presidency. We want to know which of these ten – some who’ve already declared an interest and a few who’ve shown none at all – would be mostly likely to get your vote at this stage.

# fergus-finlay - Sunday 13 March, 2011

Labour may begin Presidential nominations process this week

Just as one election wraps up, another begins: Labour may agree a candidate for the Presidency this week.

# fergus-finlay - Wednesday 8 December, 2010

Budget 2011: The first legislation 'to make families hungry'

The low paid, middle-incomes, families, social welfare recipients, the Taoiseach, the President: did only the TDs escape?

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 23 November, 2010

You wait so long for a public protest...

…and then three come along at once: campaigns to hold placards at the Dáil, march on the streets, and… do nothing?

# fergus-finlay - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

FERGUS FINLAY had a mixed day yesterday – while listeners to RTÉ Radio’s Liveline were picking him as their favourite prospective President of Ireland ahead of the October 2011 elections, his car was being broken into.

In the apparent absence of any newsworthy topic worth discussing on yesterday’s programme, Liveline gave users a prospective list of ten presidential candidates and asked users to vote by text to eliminate candidates until there were just two left.

Early eliminated candidates included Bertie Ahern, Mary O’Rourke, and John Bruton. Even David Norris, considered a popular independent choice for Ireland’s highest office, failed to make it past fifth place.

Ultimately, of the final two candidates, Finlay won a head-to-head vote of support against Emily O’Reilly – but evidently didn’t have much reason to celebrate afterward, with his car being broken into while the poll was ongoing.

The ironic break-in was revealed by Liveline host Joe Duffy on his Twitter account earlier this morning.

The Liveline top ten:

  1. Fergus Finlay, CEO, Bernardo’s; columnist and occasional broadcaster
  2. Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner and former jouralist
  3. Feargal Quinn, Senator; businessman and founder of Superquinn supermarkets
  4. Michael D Higgins, former Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
  5. David Norris, Senator
  6. Adi Roche, Chernobyl charity worker and 1997 Presidential candidate
  7. Brian Crowley, MEP and former co-president of UEN parliamentary group in European Parliament
  8. John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU ambassador to the United States
  9. Mary O’Rourke, TD and former Minister at Departments of Health, Education and Public Enterprise
  10. Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach