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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# jack chambers

This month
March 2023
# Drones
Dublin Airport to have counter-drone technology in place in a 'number of weeks', Chambers says
Flight activity in Dublin Airport was briefly suspended on Thursday evening due to illegal drone activity.
Last month
February 2023
# Homelessness
Government still deciding on extending eviction ban for fear of 'making matters worse'
Jack Chambers said that extending the ban could lead to a surge in landlords leaving the market and evicting tenants when the ban eventually ends.
# Active travel
National Transport Authority allocates €290m for walking and cycling infrastructure
The investment will fund around 1,200 Active Travel projects.
This year
Road deaths in Ireland increased by 13% last year
The number of pedestrian deaths more than doubled.
Last year
Construction to begin on national velodrome centre next year
A planning application for the project was lodged by Sport Ireland in August.
# Great expectations
Co-hosting Euro 2028 could earn Irish economy €361 million boost
Meanwhile, €135 million is the projected cost for bringing the tournament to Dublin.
# euro 2028
Cabinet approve Ireland's bid to co-host Euro 2028
A final bid will take place in spring, Minister Michael McGrath said.
Consultant role to assist Sport Ireland in developing transgender policy goes unfilled
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland Dr Una May said Sport Ireland wants to provide governing bodies with general guidance and support.
# Euro 2028 bid
Joint bid to host Euro 2028 by Ireland and UK backed by Government
Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Jack Chambers sought approval from Cabinet this morning to send a letter of support.
All time
# Moving On
'They did release a more conciliatory statement' - Minister 'optimistic' IRFU will mend relations with women's players
The Union have performed a major u-turn in confirming they will publish two ongoing reviews in full.
# Game Change
Rugby players use government meeting to press for 'genuine cultural change' in IRFU
Four player representatives welcome ‘very positive and constructive’ meeting with government ministers.
# Fallout
Chambers ‘disappointed’ by IRFU response to players’ letter
The Minister would not be drawn on the possibility of withholding funding from the Union.
# Ministers
Irish government seeks meeting with IRFU after letter from women's players
Ministers Martin and Chambers are considering the letter with “the upmost seriousness.”
# Appointment
Government seeks applicants to help lead 2030 Fifa World Cup bid
Work on the bid, which will be launched in tandem with the UK, is ‘gathering pace’, says Jack Chambers.
# Northern Ireland
'Constitutional republican' Jack Chambers attending NI service 'to build on peace and reconciliation'
The Fianna Fáil MInister of State is to attend the event with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.
# Open The Gates
Government ‘optimistic’ stadiums will return to full capacity from 22 October
Remaining Covid-19 restrictions are set to be lifted at the end of the month.
# The North
Coveney and Chambers to represent Government at Northern Ireland centenary service
Last month, President Michael D Higgins announced he had declined his invitation.
# take your seat
'Optimistic we'll reach that 100%' - Ireland's November internationals set for full crowds
Ireland’s international rugby and football teams have important fixtures at home this autumn.
# Money Talks
Women in Sport programmes to receive €4 million government funding
The funding will be shared across 45 national governing bodies.
# Swim Team 33
Minister backs Swim Ireland in their appeal to have Olympic relay team reinstated
Irish 4x100m medley team had their Olympic invitation rescinded on Monday.
# return to sport
Contact tracing through ticket details to form major part of plans for return of fans at sporting events
A code of conduct, which includes mask wearing and social distancing, will have to be followed by event organisers and spectators.
# parity
State funding for female GAA players to treble to €2.4m this year
Up to now, male players earned three times as much in State grants.
# Called Off
Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for the second year running
Work is underway on developing an appropriate stabilisation package for the sector.
# Bums on seats
Government hopeful that sports fans will be able to return to grounds this summer
No definitive timeline for first test events, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers said.
# Summertime
Minister 'optimistic' fans will be able to attend test sporting events during the summer
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers says Ireland can learn from what other countries are doing.
# Wait in Line
Irish Olympic athletes won't be prioritised for vaccines, says Minister Chambers
As things stand, the rescheduled Tokyo Games will kick off in July.
# let the games begin
Elite sport exemptions to mandatory hotel quarantine to be granted on 'case-by-case basis'
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers says any exemptions will be approved by the HSE and policed by Sport Ireland.
# Fall-out
Dublin suspend manager Dessie Farrell for 12 weeks following players' Covid breach
The six-in-a-row All-Ireland champions’ county board has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for a ‘serious error of judgement’.
# joint bid
'We can be incredibly positive' - Minister Chambers on 2030 World Cup bid
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers also condemned the controversial photo of Gordon Elliott.
# clarity
'It wasn't a case of removing, it was a case of giving clarity' - Minister on GAA's playing exemption
Meanwhile, the GAA president confirmed the games’ inability to operate from within bubble environments was a large factor in the decision.
# matches and gigs
Talks ongoing about holding large sporting events and concerts under Level 1 and 2
Minister Catherine Martin says she hopes some smaller live performances will take place before Christmas.
# Big Money
€15 million in funding for GAA, ladies football and camogie associations officially approved
The additional cash will help ensure this year’s All-Ireland Championships go ahead as planned.
# super turnaround
Three junior ministers at Cabinet who were to receive €16k pay rise set to give part of it back
The move from the government had come under sustained criticism in recent days.
# memory lapse
Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism
Minister for public expenditure Michael McGrath “didn’t recall” his party, Fianna Fáil, trying to block the same allowances in 2017.
# Racism
Twitter defends response to 'absolutely abhorrent' abuse directed at Ryan family
TD Jack Chambers described their response to the situation as “weak”.
# Social Media
Twitter to be challenged by TDs over racist comments which forced Ryan family to leave Ireland
Meath couple Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis spoke of death threats they received on the Late Late show on Friday.
# Defence Forces
'A retention crisis': Concerns raised as numbers serving in Defence Forces drops below 9,000
As of 30 September, permanent Defence Forces numbers dropped to 8,989.
# Pope Visit
'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit
Soldiers have to provide assistance when requested to do so, but groups say they are not being compensated adequately.
# ethical investment
Courts Service of Ireland still holds €6 million worth of shares in tobacco companies
The Charities Regulator sold off its shares this year.
# bookie ban
Self exclusion and age checks - new legislation to curb gambling habits in Irish children
Alan Shatter’s Gambling Control Bill looks likely to finally see the light of day in 2017.