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May 2023
# Covid-19
Over 100 faulty ventilators ordered by HSE in March 2020 still in storage amid legal dispute
The HSE is currently seeking to recoup €22.3 million for faulty and undelivered ventilators.
# Housing
Irish Government ‘will move heaven and earth’ for older renters facing eviction, says minister
A new report finds a quarter of older renters expect to remain in rental sector for the rest of their lives.
# Storm Shadow
UK send long-range 'Storm Shadow' missiles to Ukraine
The United Kingdom is now the first country to provide long-range missile weapon systems to Ukraine.
Why owning a pet is good for your health
Learn about all the ways owning a pet can help you enjoy life more.
# outdoor dining
No restaurant street furniture fees for another year as regulations extended
Government to remove fees charging restaurants €125 per table for street dining.
# Inflation
Government holds discussion with retailers over prices as Tesco and Aldi cut bread by 10c
Opposition parties have been pressuring the Government to bring transparency to food prices and profits made by the industry.
Junior minister Neale Richmond will meet large retailers at 2pm this afternoon.
Earlier today, Tesco and Aldi announced a 10c cut in the price of their own-brand bread.
# gaa go
GAA rebukes Virgin Media following claim that broadcasters were not offered chance to air matches
Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon said that the controversy had increased the perception that both the GAA and RTÉ were in a “cartel”.
# now what
'Nothing feels authentic': Why is Ireland flatlining at Eurovision and what needs to happen?
Ireland’s dark decade continued last night – so how can we turn things around for next year?
# Tax windfall
Ireland may join the likes of Norway and Saudi Arabia as sovereign wealth fund considered
Finance Minister Michael McGrath said that corporation tax receipts are likely to total €12 billion this year.
National Bike Week 2023: What’s happening and how to get involved
Bike week is a great excuse to get cycling, to connect with others, enjoy the outdoors, and promote the benefits of cycling.
# Pakistan
Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan remanded in custody as violent protests over arrest continue
Khan was arrested during a routine hearing in the capital Islamabad yesterday.
# Liverpool
Ireland's Wild Youth have crashed out of Eurovision at the semi-final stage
The group’s entry, We Are One, failed to make the grade when the ten finalists were announced.
# Liverpool
Eurovision: Everything you need to know as Ireland's Wild Youth compete in the first semi-final
So who are the favourites this year? Who’s hosting it? Does Ireland have a shot?
# td security
New €5,000 allowance for TDs and Senators to beef up personal security
The allowance was approved by Cabinet this morning.
# Up In The Air
Tánaiste claims that Ireland 'does not rely' on a secret deal with RAF to police Irish skies
Gary Gannon called for the Tánaiste to appear before the Oireachtas Defence Committee.
EVs to suit your needs available on DoneDeal
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# transcript
'I did yeah, absolutely': Here's (exactly) what Niall Collins said today in response to reporters
In recent weeks, Niall Collins has been forced to make two Dail statements in relation to controversies.
# contactless payments
Transport authority defends slow roll out of contactless payments on all bus services
A trial of contactless payments on buses is due to take place on Local Link services.
# rival celebrations
Putin tells Moscow's Victory Day parade that 'war' has been unleashed on Russia
Meanwhile, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen is in Kyiv to mark the Europe Day celebration of peace and unity.
# met police
Rishi Sunak backs police powers used to arrest anti-monarchy protesters at coronation
He said it was right to give officers the ability to tackle ‘serious disruption’ despite concerns of a crackdown on the right to protest.
# Pakistan
Large public gatherings banned in Pakistan after former PM Imran Khan arrested
Khan’s political party urged supporters to protest but police warned that an order prohibiting gatherings would be strictly enforced.
Regulator 'encouraging' energy suppliers to pass on price reductions 'as soon as possible'
A report by
Christina Finn
The CRU says it is ‘very concerned’ about the impact of high energy prices on households and businesses.
# Explanation
Showing every match on RTÉ 'not realistic' - GAA responds to paywall backlash
The association has been heavily criticised for showing Munster hurling games on GAAGO instead of free-to-air television.
# Cost of Living
Retailers must 'step up to the plate' and reduce grocery prices, Richmond says
A meeting of the Retail Forum is due to take place on Wednesday.
# Petrol Pumps
Ireland is switching to E10 petrol - what does this mean for drivers?
Concerns have been raised about the switchover resulting in additional maintenance to older cars.
# Firearms
Minister commits to meeting gun groups before any changes made to firearm ownership rules
A public consultation on proposed changes to firearm ownership rules is now open.
# Coronation
Met Police say they 'police proportionately' following outcry over coronation arrests
Among those arrested was Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-monarchy group Republic.
# tap on
Contactless payments on buses to be trialled from the end of May
The project is said to be at an “advanced stage”.
What to look out for when buying a car, according to a motoring expert
Nervous about buying a car? Here’s everything you need to know to help you on your way.
# irish chinese relations
How relationships with China are shifting due to Ukraine and an overturning of local norms
Tánaiste Micheál Martin delivered a landmark speech on Irish-Chinese relations earlier this week.
FactCheck: Is the Govt correct to claim that 400 people are buying their first home every week?
A report by
Shane Raymond
Last week, a Government statement included a suggestion from the Taoiseach that 400 people in Ireland are buying their first home every week.
# Hate speech
Harris takes aim at Elon Musk and Donald Trump Jr during defence of Govt's hate speech bill
There have been concerns raised about Section 10 of the proposed legislation by the ICCL.
# pared back living
Is there a market for apartments for sale or rent with no kitchen or wardrobes? Govt told to find out
Government told to undertake market research on whether renters or buyers would be open to properties with pared back finishes.
# Local Elections
Tories braced for tough night as polls close in England’s local elections
Photographic ID was required to vote in England for the first time and campaigners said some people had been turned away from polling stations.
# Micheál Martin
Tánaiste says he stands by Dáil comments about The Ditch and Paddy Cosgrave
Martin described The Ditch as “a political organisation” that wanted to attack and undermine confidence in the government.
# Housing
Construction cost review finds it costs less to build the same house in Birmingham as in Dublin
Taoiseach says we build to higher standards than some other countries.
# dail questions
Paul Murphy's request to take Dáil questions about Jobstown protest should be facilitated, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach indicated it wouldn’t be in return for a Q&A with Niall Collins.
# Mortgage Relief
Varadkar: Govt will examine mortgage relief as part of Budget 2024 as ECB hikes rates again
However, the Taoiseach said that it was not a promise that relief would be included in the next budget.
# eileen flynn
Senator Eileen Flynn describes racism against Travellers after taxi driver refused to take her home
Senator Flynn said that she felt the discrimination “to the gut of my stomach” yesterday.
# Dáil
Varadkar suggests Paul Murphy should be quizzed on 2014 Jobstown protest in heated Dáil session
Varadkar said it is the job of Dáil Éireann to hold ministers to account.
# Pension reform
Govt prioritising getting pension auto-enrolment up and running, Humphreys says
A report on the proposed auto-enrolment scheme recommended a two-year lead in time.
# Cost of Living
Govt acting like commentators by failing to ensure energy companies pass on savings, says SF
Irish wholesale electricity prices have been falling in recent months.
# energy poverty
Cost-of-living pressures led 230,000 people to seek help from St Vincent de Paul last year
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said falling inflation was not a cause for celebration.