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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

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# Thomas Byrne
Where does Ireland's Europe minister think Brexit talks stand now?
The Meath-East TD, who worked in European law and twice ran as an MEP candidate, talks to about an extraordinary Brexit week.
# emergency powers
Junior minister concerned about Garda treatment of Debenhams protesters, calls for regular review of powers
Minister of State John Hallligan says the powers should be reviewed on a monthly-basis.
# Split
Explainer: Why has a massive row blown up between two Independent Alliance TDs?
The crux of the issue is there is just one Minister of State role up for grabs but two government TDs want it.
# John Halligan
'There are good landlords, but there are some leeches and vipers out there'
He made the comment while discussing the problems contributing to Ireland’s worsening housing crisis.
# Expansion
Registration for over-70s free GP care begins today
The announcement has been made by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
# Poll
Poll: Will parents bring their under-sixes to the GP more now that it's free?
Parents are able to sign-up for free GP care for under-sixes from today.
# constantly taunting
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin opens up about being bullied at school: 'I used to be called Gaydhán Ó Queerdáin'
The Labour Minister of State said he stood out because he was tall.
# mo laethanta saoire
New Gaeltacht minister now "thinking in Irish" after summer cramming classes
Joe McHugh’s been sent to the Gaeltacht to brush up on the teanga.
# Jimmy Deenihan
Demoted minister on his next move (...and his links to Michael Fassbender)
Deenihan is now the Minister of State for the Diaspora.
# Labour's choice
One TD wants to be Labour's deputy leader, but not a minister. What about the others?
Ciara Conway says she does not want to be compromised by the “vested interest” of a ministerial position. But do her rivals share that view?
# Transport
Live in a rural area? You could be getting nicer bus shelters soon
A new round of public transport funding has been announced, and includes improvements to cycle paths.
# tensions
It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister
The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.
# operation taximeter
Taxi drivers to face geography tests and tax monitoring under new clampdown
Operation Taximeter will also see stamp 2 Visa holders come under scrutiny.
# flood funding
Here's the breakdown of €20m for flood repairs across the country
Clare has been allocated almost half of the money made available.
# volunteering
Minister encourages retired public servants ‘twiddling their thumbs’ to volunteer abroad
Minister of State Joe Costello told that his department plans to launch a new civilian volunteer corps later this year.
Minister Kathleen Lynch discharged from hospital
The junior minister will continue her recovery from a bout of blood poisoning at home after being discharged from hospital in Cork.
# Kathleen Lynch
Minister said Bethany Home must be included in redress scheme... in 2010
Three years ago Kathleen Lynch said the government’s refusal to include the Bethany Home in a redress scgeme was a “running sore”. Yesterday she said the government’s decision to refuse redress was an “appropriate one”.
# Moving fast
Paschal Donohoe the favourite to replace Lucinda as European Affairs Minister
The Dublin Central TD is the clear favourite to replace Lucinda Creighton in her junior ministry after she lost the party whip tonight.
# Jobswatch
24 new IT jobs created in Dundalk firm
The US multi-national works with clients in Ireland like the Road Safety Authority and the Irish Medical Council.
# flood prevention
New website monitors 'real time' water levels
The site was launched by Minister of State Brian Hayes TD, as part of flood risk management in Ireland.
# Agriculture
Doyle confirms interest but still no decision on junior agriculture minister
Andrew Doyle, the chairman of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, has confirmed his interest in filling the vacancy at the Department of Agriculture which arose following the death of Shane McEntee last year.
# Prom Night
Hayes: "Substantial contingency planning" by government on IBRC
He also said that Ireland is the most likely country to get back to the markets due to the “extraordinary patience and hard work” of its people over the last five years.
# Shane McEntee
McEntee removal takes place in Co Meath
The removal of the late Minister of State began at 7pm this evening in Nobber, Co Meath.
Shane McEntee to be laid to rest on Christmas Eve
The late TD and Minister for State, who died yesterday, will be removed to his local church in Meath on Sunday.
# Gender Equality
Lynch calls for action to increase women's roles on State Boards
The Junior Minister said the government will have to strengthen its efforts if it is to meet its own targets.
# Drugs
Alex White announces reforms to drugs task forces
More than €28 million will be made available to the task forces next year to support community based initiatives.
# Boost
Local sports projects to receive €26m in funding - Ring
It was also announced that funds of €4 million would be made available for national and regional projects.
# Severance
Shortall gives up €33,100 payoff after quitting ministerial job
The former junior minister says she had instructed officials not to pay her any severance she may be entitled to.
# tendering
New website to make awarding of state contracts easier for firms
Procurement Minister Brian Hayes said the website will significantly reduce the amount of documentation for companies bidding for contracts.
# Mental Health
Widow calls for mental health changes to protect children
Una Butler’s husband took his own life in 2010 after killing their two young daughters.
# Funding
€2.6 million in sports equipment grants approved
Minister of State Michael Ring said he hoped the equipment grants would boost participation in sport.
# Severance
Shortall won't get ministerial pension - but can receive €33,100 severance
Ministers aren’t allowed to receive both – but Róisín Shortall isn’t entitled to one, so she is entitled to the other.
# Resignation
Róisín Shortall resigns as Primary Care Minister
The Labour Party TD’s decision follows a much-publicised dispute with the Health Minister James Reilly. She has also resigned the Labour Party whip.
# Travel
Journey Planner iPhone app released
Have you been using Transport for Ireland online planner or Android app? Did it help you find your way – or send you out of the way?
# Referendum
'Govt has been sent clear message they have to get their act together' - Brian Hayes
Junior minister says government has to reach out to people who are frustrated with their prospects and living standards.
# Referendum
'Complacency and arrogance' ensured Lisbon Treaty referendum defeat: Creighton
Creighton says that early polls on the Fiscal Treaty referendum should not encourage complacency among ‘yes’ voters.
# Expenses
SF condemns €17,205 pay boost for Labour junior minister
The government has given Jan O’Sullivan a pay raise in line with her status as a ‘super-junior’ minister with a seat at Cabinet.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it irresponsible to let under-18s drink at home?
Junior Minister Roisin Shortall thinks parents who do so might mean well – but could be doing harm. What do you think?