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# privatisation - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Poll: Should the privatisation of Irish bus services continue? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the privatisation of Irish bus services continue?

British bus firm Go Ahead has failed to meet the targets agreed with the National Transport Authority.

# privatisation - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Dentists say government's new oral health policy will result in more teeth being extracted in both children and adults

The Irish Dental Association says policy will be ‘catastrophic’ for adults and children in lower income areas.

# privatisation - Friday 5 April, 2019

Recruitment under way for new drivers as routes switch to Go-Ahead buses

Successful applicants will receive training and their pay package will be €32,000 per year.

# privatisation - Monday 3 December, 2018

Union fears privatisation as Bus Éireann routes 101, 101x and 133 to be put out to tender

The NTA first announced its intentions to put routes up for competitive tender in October.

# privatisation - Monday 7 November, 2016

Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership?

A bill is coming before the Dáil calling for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.

'There's a real chance of a referendum on the ownership of water, but we need FF to back it'

The bill, supported by 39 TDs, calls for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.

# privatisation - Thursday 30 July, 2015

Ireland's railways could be the next up for privatisation...

The government is reportedly coming under pressure from the Union’s competition branch to put our rail services out to international tender.

# privatisation - Friday 15 May, 2015

Syriza has done another big U-turn on its election promises

The new Greek government is pushing ahead with privatising ports and airports.

# privatisation - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Former minister who set up Irish Water says 'forces' at work to privatise company

Fergus O’Dowd is calling for a referendum to be held next year.

# privatisation - Friday 14 November, 2014

Privatisation of bus routes stalled to allow for further talks with unions

Both Siptu and the NBRU are opposed to the move.

'We don't want to privatise Irish Water but no-one believes politicians when we say that'

The Fine Gael MEP believes legislation is a more sensible option.

# privatisation - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Opinion: The Irish civil service is a genuine success story – other countries should follow our model

So much irrationality is directed at our civil service, including the dangerous notion of privatisation of functions, that the hard work of many decent people is overlooked.

# privatisation - Saturday 1 November, 2014

Opinion: Attempts to reform the civil service (again) may simply waste more money

The only effective public sector reform is privatisation.

# privatisation - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Irish Water to review how it treats customers (and, maybe, its bonus structure)

Minister Alan Kelly has said he expects “a reinvigoration in customer focus”.

# privatisation - Friday 25 July, 2014

Transport Minister defends bus route privatisation plan

Around 10% of bus routes will be privatised.

# privatisation - Friday 18 July, 2014

Protests called off as bus routes privatisation row heads to the LRC

Siptu and the NBRU were due to take part in protests next week.

# privatisation - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Government accused of moving to privatise seaweed cutting

Sinn Féin TDs want to know the governments plans for the future of seaweed harvesting on the Western seaboard.

# privatisation - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Got post to send to the UK? Do it before Royal Mail staff go on strike

Workers at the postal service will strike for the first time in four years on 4 November.

# privatisation - Sunday 9 June, 2013

Burton: "Questions to be asked" about privatisation of creches Childcare This post contains videos

Burton: "Questions to be asked" about privatisation of creches Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that some parents are leaving their jobs because of the cost of childcare.

# privatisation - Sunday 14 April, 2013

Blog shines spotlight on Dublin city's illegal dumping problem Dirty Dublin This post contains images

Blog shines spotlight on Dublin city's illegal dumping problem

The Dublin Litter Blog showcases the overstuffed bags, rubbish and random items illegally dumped on the capital’s streets.

# privatisation - Thursday 21 March, 2013

SIPTU members to protest against EU water privatisation

The members, which include local authority workers, are to protest outside the Dáil today.

# privatisation - Thursday 18 October, 2012

Poll: Would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes?

Private bus operators have said they could save the State up to €30 million a year if they take over some subsidised bus routes. But would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes?

# privatisation - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Increase in Dublin bin charges set to kick in from today

The waste collection companies say that the price rise is to cover the cost of the Government landfill levy.

# privatisation - Saturday 19 May, 2012

Column: It’s time to privatise RTÉ and the DAA. Offload them now.

The two troubled semi-states are living in fantasyland, writes Aaron McKenna. Why should we keep them there?

# privatisation - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

Italy's economy 'on the right track' - IMF

IMF official says Italy has made notable progress since Mario Monti took office.

# privatisation - Saturday 7 April, 2012

# privatisation - Monday 23 January, 2012

Emergency meeting over Dublin city bins 'disaster'

Dublin City councillors are angry with the city managers over how the bin collection service was privatised, saying residents are confused over what’s happening.

# privatisation - Sunday 22 January, 2012

Councillor criticises 'disruption and confusion' of Dublin bin changeover

Sinn Féin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha said the council had failed to negotiate the handover properly with private operators Greyhound.

# privatisation - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Column: Selling State assets risks damaging our future for short-term gain

The Government is considering selling key State companies, writes Donal Palcic – but are the returns worth it for what we will lose?

# privatisation - Friday 30 December, 2011

Column: Who are the winners when we sell State assets? Not the public…

With the deadline for a privatisation plan at hand, Fergal Browne warns of the pitfalls of selling public companies to private investors.

# privatisation - Friday 23 December, 2011

16k people sign petition asking for Thatcher's funeral to be privatised

The former British prime minister hasn’t died – but 16,000 people have signed a petition on a UK government website calling for the private sector to bear the cost of her funeral.

# privatisation - Monday 24 October, 2011

Cork and Shannon airports could be privatised - Varadkar

The transport minister has said the two airports are losing millions of euro every year.

# privatisation - Monday 19 September, 2011

Strife at the ESB as unions clash over strike plans

The TEEU has hit out at fellow union Unite, saying it is “not appropriate” to threaten shutdown of Ireland’s electricity supply.

# privatisation - Sunday 31 July, 2011

Government planning minority stake sale for state companies

Plan aims to raise €2 billion to support state infrastructure projects.

# privatisation - Friday 15 July, 2011

Italy faces crunch vote on austerity package

Italy’s finance minister warns that Europe needs a plan because “like on the Titanic, not even the first-class passengers will be saved”.

# privatisation - Sunday 29 May, 2011

A quarter of Bank of Ireland to remain in private hands - report

Despite resistance from the bank, quasi-nationalisation appears inevitable but the government does want to keep a portion of the Bank of Ireland in private ownership.