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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Joe Costello

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# Courts
RTÉ asks court to strike out damages claim made by politician Joe Costello
The hearing of the pretrial motion continues next week.
# High Court
Former minister says next Dáil may have to dissolve 'at earliest possible moment' over constituency changes
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s expected resignation may avert an imminent general election.
# High Court
Former minister says having general election before constituency changes are made would be 'unconstitutional'
Joe Costello has submitted a High Court challenge in an attempt to prevent the dissolution of the Dáil until planned constituency changes are made.
# Before government
Revealed: Labour voted against extending Special Criminal Court's powers in 2009
Legislation to extend the powers of the non-jury court to deal with cases involving organised crime was opposed at final stages by Joan Burton and her party.
Eamon Gilmore named one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2015
That’s according to Foreign Policy magazine – and it’s thanks to his work on the marriage referendum.
# Poll wallop
This man got more than he bargained for when he tried to question a Labour TD
Joe Costello was accosted by anti-water charge protesters in his constituency last night.
Whistleblower report: HSE consultancy contracts 'awarded to former employees'
The issue is set to be discussed at the Public Accounts Committee.
# grounded
No deal: The government is playing hardball over the Aer Lingus sale
The Transport Minister wants a longer guarantee on the airline’s Heathrow slots
# dodgy dossier
Dossier of politician 'tax-dodging' claims handed to PAC
A senior civil servant has come forward with information relating to incidents that occurred over a 30-year period.
# the sweetest deal
Bono in the Dáil? TDs to probe 'inappropriate' property deal with U2
“In that area, €450,000 wouldn’t be worth a semi-detached residence.”
# Small Areas Policing
"Only a matter of time" before private security try to take over residential policing
A chief superintendent has made the warning while discussing the Small Areas Policing Programme, where community gardaí will be assigned to individual areas.
# West Africa
Ireland commits a further €144K to fight worst Ebola outbreak in history
The outbreak started in Guinea in early 2014 and has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
# helping hands
Here's how Ireland is tackling violence against females during conflict
The money will be used by the International Rescue Committee to help during times of conflict or natural disaster.
# Healthcare
Ireland donates virtual reality technology to train surgeons in Africa
The new mobile surgical training unit simulators and can be used by up to ten trainees at any one time.
'I hope he survives': Senator Crown doesn't think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health
Earlier this week Reilly said the health budget had run over by €158 million.
# off to europe?
Costello says Gilmore has the 'strongest credentials' for European Commissioner job
He said Ireland would be looking for a significant portfolio in Europe.
# let's be diplomatic
We spent €35k last year monitoring elections in Tajikistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan
The current roster of election observers, drawn up in May of last year, includes about 200 people with previous experience of elections or public office.
# Exploitation
Concerns raised about some Irish businesses involved with Qatar World Cup
As fresh bribery allegations throw the spotlight back on to Qatar, an Irish human rights lawyer has warned that the country’s ‘kafala’ labour system is leading to the exploitation of migrant workers.
# flood relief
Ireland provides €50k to Balkans after worst flooding in living memory
The funding will be used solely in Bosnia and Herzegovina for vaccines and psychological support.
# unlocking the code
Are women the 'untapped answer' to Ireland's IT skills shortage?
A new report proposes that women could be the key to bridging the skills gap in the IT sector, but found that three quarters of females working in the industry had not planned on making it their career.
# rift
Labour minister brands fixed water charges as "ridiculous"
Junior Minister Joe Costello said his party has a problem with Fine Gael’s water charges proposals.
# arriba
The government liked* Mexico so much they're sending someone there again
*And by liked, we mean liked the potential of increased trade with the country.
# Aughrim Street
Minister's car stolen from outside his constituency office
Joe Costello was in his office working when the robbery occurred.
# Big in China
Chinese middle classes hungry for Irish goods
Exporter body predicts growth in Ireland-Asia trade for next 15 years.
# Drugs
283 Phoenix Parks worth of poppies were cultivated in Afghanistan last year
And one Sinn Féin TD says that is a problem for Ireland.
# Aid
Latest round of Irish humanitarian funding for Syrian crisis announced
€5.3 million has been approved, out of a total of €12 million this year.
# Syria
Ireland is providing another €12 million in Syrian aid
This brings the total contribution by Ireland since 2011 to over €26 million.
# Central African Republic
Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic
With over 700,000 people displaced, Ireland is stepping in to help.
# typhoon haiyan
Ireland sends €120k more aid to Philippines
The 16 tonnes of supplies are being sent from Irish Aid’s stocks in Malaysia.
# the Philippines
Ireland pledges additional €1.6 million to Philippines relief efforts
The funding brings to over €3 million the amount pledged by the Irish Government.
# typhoon haiyan
100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in the Philippines
The UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday.
# Foreign aid
Ireland ceased funding for Iran anti-drug programme over death penalty concerns
The country donated €600,000 to the initiative between 2005 and 2011, when the decision was made to cease supporting it.
# Irish Aid
Ireland falls farther behind on international aid commitment
For a sixth year in a row, funding for Irish Aid was cut bringing it down to €602 million.
# Middle East
Costello: Ireland supports search for peace in Palestinian territories
The TD detailed his trip to Gaza and the Lebanon to an Oireachtas committee today.
# volunteering
Costello launches initiative to encourage retired public servants to volunteer
An online register is being set up to match the skills of volunteers to the needs of the countries and communities.
# Gaza
Costello to meet refugees during fact-finding visit to Gaza
He described this as a time of hope but also increasing difficulty for ordinary Palestinians.
# Irish Aid
Ireland gives 4,500 blankets, 150 tents and 2,100 mosquito nets to Niger
About 8,500 families have been displaced because of recent flooding.
# pic of the day
Politicians Be Playin' Pic of The Day
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# Foreign aid
Government announces aid funding for women and children
The foreign aid minister says the money will protect the youngest and neediest in Irish society.
# Middle East
Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees
Minister Joe Costello says the crisis equates to “almost every child under the age of eighteen being forced to flee their homes”.