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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Fergus Finlay

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# volunteering
'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.
# Health
Patient advocates among new board members of the HSE
The board will be appointed on an administrative basis until legislation has passed.
# Bray
Fire in Bray destroys fleet of buses at special needs facility
It’s believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
# president
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.
# lost children
'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.
# ceo pay
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.
# Regeneration
'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.
# Foster Care
'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.
# nether regions
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.”
# Barnardos
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.
# national scandal
The number of children living in poverty could fill Mayo
“In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”
# early intervention
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.
# Austerity
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’.
# School Costs survey
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.
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?
# Child Protection
Cyber-bullying should be a crime says rapporteur on child protection
The child protection report also recommends guardianship should apply to civil partnerships.
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’.
# Barnardos
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.
# Charity
Barnardos gets its own stamp on 50th anniversary
The launch of the 55c stamp took place at the GPO yesterday.
# Recession
Outlook for charities is 'questionable', say advisers
Barnardos closure is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, according to Grant Thornton.
# Famous words
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.
# Child Benefit
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.
# Plan B
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.
# Children in Care
‘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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Cardinal Seán Brady resign?
As the pressure on Cardinal Brady shows no sign of abating, we want to know what you think.
# Child poverty
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.
# Daily Fix
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.
# Race for the Áras
Michael D Higgins chosen as Labour Party presidential candidate
He beat Fergus Finlay and Kathleen O’Meara to the nomination.
# Race for the Áras
Presidential election: Who will get Labour's nomination?
And which of these three candidates would you like to see getting the nod today?
# Race for the Áras
Labour confirms Presidential convention for June 19
# Race for the Áras
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.
# Race for the Áras
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.
# Your Say
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.
# Race for the Áras
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.
# Budget11
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?
# Rebellion Republic
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?
# President Finlay?
A President-in-waiting - but his car still gets robbed
Fergus Finlay’s car is broken into – just as he’s winning a Liveline poll to pick the next President.