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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# John Brady

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# retained firefighters
Retained firefighters hold 'demonstration of frustration' to highlight issues facing the service
‘We need more time off, guaranteed wages, and increase of staff,’ said one protester.
# Mali
Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali
The exchange between Simon Coveney and Deputy John Brady happened during a Defence and Foreign Affairs committee on peace keeping.
Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.
# Season's Greetings
Five TDs spent almost €4,000 between them printing Christmas material using Oireachtas facility
51 different TDs and senators used the Oireachtas printer in the run up to Christmas.
51 different TDs and senators used the printer in the run up to Christmas.
Figures released under Freedom of Information show that the total cost of Oireachtas printing before Christmas was €6,428.96.
All time
# Almighty God
European court rejects challenge to 'almighty God' wording in Presidential oath
The case is being taken by TD Róisín Shortall and others including Senator David Norris.
# Secretary General
Top civil servant declines to answer questions about Cabinet leaks during 'mischievous' committee
The Secretary General at the Department of An Taoiseach was appearing before an Oireachtas Committee.
# Unemployment
Concerns that thousands spent on Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a fourth time
The two private companies operating JobPath have been paid €207m.
# Job Losses
Calls to push ahead with capping insurance payouts as government criticised for taking too long to act
ISME boss says a referendum is not needed on payouts and calls for action before businesses close down.
# Jobseekers
JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit
Controversy has overshadowed the scheme over the years due to complaints from users of the service.
# Employment
Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath
Over 226,851 people have engaged with the government’s JobPath service in the last four years.
# garda probe
Gardaí launch investigation into Wicklow County Council over allegations of planning irregularities
A number of sworn affidavits were handed over to Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy last week.
# Unemployed
TDs say there are cheaper ways than JobPath to get people back to work
A new policy document on JobPath has been launched by Sinn Féin.
# Jobseekers
Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year
Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour.
# Jobseekers
Dail votes to end referrals to JobPath scheme as opposition parties unite to defeat government
The government was defeated by 81 votes to 42.
# Social Welfare
Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity
Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme
# Unemployment
Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme
How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.
# Cold Snap
Calls for a Cold Weather Payment for severe weather to be introduced
In Northern Ireland, the Cold Weather Payment scheme kicks in when the temperature falls below zero degrees for seven days.
# Illness Benefit
'Disgraceful way to treat any human being': Families forced to dip into Christmas funds as delays in Illness Benefit continue
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said discussions are ongoing in relation to the rollout of the new software systems causing the delays.
# Social Protection
Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister
TDs said constituents have been in touch about the delay or cessation of customer payments since the new system kicked in.
# Petition
Bray school calls for halt in deportation of nine-year-old boy
More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition organised by St Cronan’s School to prevent the deportation of one of its pupils.
# Social Welfare
Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice
Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.
# the third degree
'If everything's fine, why's it being investigated?' - Social Protection peppered with tough questions over PSC
It emerged at today’s Oireachtas committee on social protection that roughly 450 people have had welfare payments suspended over failing to register for a Public Services Card.
# flood waters
'My house has flooded twice in my lifetime': Bray residents concerned about development on floodplain
A Bray community group said the development of a town centre is planned on a natural floodplain that protects their homes.
# st columcille's hospital
Man suffers heart attack after being turned away from Dublin hospital
Sinn Féin TD John Brady said the man was turned away because he had no GP referral letter, despite complaining of chest pains.
# this is new
People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
The news was welcomed by a number of parties.
# Fire Safety
Housing estate where 7 people have died in blazes 'must be brought into new fire safety review'
The new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has ordered a fire safety review of all multi-story apartments in the State.
# Investigation
Investigation launched into allegations of serious abuse at centre for those with intellectual disabilities
Families of the service users have been calling for an independent investigation since last August.
# former landfill
Asbestos and other toxic waste leaking into Irish Sea off Bray and Dublin coast
It has been warned that people’s health could be at risk.
# Waiting Lists
We used to screen for scoliosis in schools, so why was it stopped?
Health Minister Simon Harris says the hew HSE action plan will review if the screening programme can be re-introduced.
# Ballynagran
'Worst landfill in the state' to receive 40,000 extra tonnes of waste
“There was a failure to put in place any plans to deal with this – now Wicklow will become a dumping ground because of this failure.”
# Social Welfare
'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.
Sinn Féin candidate woos voters with special political Valentine's card
Oh, you shouldn’t have. No, really.
# Wicklow
Sinn Féin candidate welcomes apology from former councillor over 'fake syringes' allegation
General election candidate John Brady had taken a defamation case against former Bray Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.
# Eviction
Bray Town Council attempts to evict Councillor John Brady, he says no way
Brady says he’s “not making his family homeless”.
# no diy allowed
Bray councillor served with eviction notice on family's council house
Council says ‘modifications’ to a home are not allowed – councillor says he carried them out 10 years ago.
# No Confidence
Motion of no confidence in Wicklow county manager defeated
Wicklow County Council hired four men from a private security firm to attend the meeting today.
# Accommodation
Protest by homeless women resumes at Bray Town Council offices
The women were due to meet with Bray Town Council this evening but the meetings did not go ahead as planned.
# Homeless
Women continue sleep-in protest at Bray Town Council over homelessness
Bray Town Council says the two mothers, who are currently homeless along with their children and are demanding that their housing situation be addressed, “have not been locked into the council offices” and are free to leave at any stage.
# Bray
Two women ‘locked in’ at Bray Town Council offices after protesting their homelessness
Two homeless mothers and a Sinn Féin Councillor have been locked into Bray Town Council offices for the long weekend, after the women refused to leave until they were given safe accommodation for their families.
# ambulance cuts
Ambulance cuts "will cause fatalities"
Kildare TD says cutbacks in ambulance services that will see night time service curtailed is “a disgrace”.