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This week
5th February 2023 - 9th February 2023
# fly on the wall
Bono will be among guests attending Biden's State of the Union address tonight
The State of the Union is an annual address delivered by the US President to Congress.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Irish Film
Growth and impact of Irish film highlighted as Screen Ireland unveils its slate for 2023
Director John Carney and actors Charlene McKenna, Eve Hewson and Eva Birthistle were among the talent at today’s event.
Kia Sportage review: "I loved how much space I had"
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THE MORNING LEAD
High and dry: Offshore islands a footnote in State priorities
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy talks to islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive.
Islanders not directly involved in designing the State's first policy for the islands in 25 years
Our remaining 27 inhabited islands have a combined population of just 2,700 - and numbers are dropping
Islander: “There are cases of increasing population but few. It’s really hard to watch places going down.”
Last month
January 2023
# Recovery Files
Cash for reforms: €700 billion EU recovery fund sparks concern and criticism
Analysis by Noteworthy and European journalists finds that Ireland is among several member states who repackaged old promises in reform plans.
# Corruption
Senior Ukrainian officials quit amid corruption crackdown
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, resigned, along with deputy defence minister Viacheslav Shapovalov.
# tax treatment
NBC top execs warned Martin and Varadkar that Ireland could miss out on big movie productions
Movie executives urged Martin and Varadkar to review movie-making tax treatment, as culture minister makes case for €100m tax cap.
Best in brunch: Banish the January blues at Roberta's
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Absolut Brunch Club in Roberta’s is teaming up with Haus of W.I.G. to start the new year in style.
# Transport
Used car prices jump by almost 70% - due to pandemic, Brexit and Ukraine - report says
In particular, used cars in the lower end of the market are becoming less affordable despite being lower in safety standards and higher in emissions.
# silent treatment
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Just four of the planned specialist eating disorder teams are operating, with recruitment issues cited by the HSE for the delay.
THE MORNING LEAD
Unpublished pensions report shows roll back on Climate Action Plan measure
A report by
Lauren Boland
Ambition for tighter scrutiny regarding the investment of pension funds in fossil fuels was quietly rolled back only months after the target was set.
Noteworthy reveals contents of unpublished government report on a proposal for tighter scrutiny on pension fund investment in fossil fuels
Before a working group had met to examine this proposed measure, it was deemed 'not prudent'
Several matters recommended by the report have not come to fruition but the measure is marked as complete
# Overcrowding
Minister says patients that could be treated in minor injury units are turning up in A&E Depts
Stephen Donnelly says having more senior decision makers on site over the weekend will ramp up hospital discharges.
# parking pressure
Government commitment to reduce hospital parking charges ‘not prioritised’
Despite repeated promises, little progress has been made to prevent the cost of hospital parking falling on the most vulnerable.
A HSE implementation plan to reduce parking charges was written in 2019 but 'has been superseded by the passage of time'
It would cost at least €4.75 million to cap daily charges at €10
Advocate: 'It would be an easy win for the government'
Last year
2022
# Annus Horribilis
These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year
We take a look at who did well – and who didn’t fare brilliantly.
# short-term lets
Cabinet approves new short-term let register aimed at bringing 12,000 properties back into use
Property owners face fines of €300 if they advertise their property without a valid registration number.
# Exchequer Returns
Bumper €5 billion worth of corporation tax collected in November as Donohoe urges caution
A total of €77.5 billion has been collected by the Exchequer so far in 2022.
# Northern Ireland
Full abortion services to be commissioned in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were liberalised in 2019, but the Department of Health never centrally commissioned the rollout of full services due to a political impasse at Stormont.
# House Of Commons
Abortion services ‘will be commissioned in Northern Ireland’, UK minister tells MPs
A Labour MP urged the UK Government to act, warning that for three years ‘abortion might be legal, it is not accessible’.
# Defence spending
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ‘to cut defence spending in real terms’ as inflation soars
The allowance for all departments, including the Ministry of Defence, will rise in line with the 2021 spending review, according to reports.
# Housing Crisis
Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
Local authorities are currently carrying around €309 million of land legacy debt.
# F1
Formula One to launch female-only academy racing series next season
The F1 Academy will consist of five teams entering three cars to make up a 15-strong grid.
# not on target
Garda retention: Rise in number of trainees quitting before they qualify as full members
There are more than 300 fewer gardaí in the force compared to two years ago.
THE MORNING LEAD
Revolving Door: Revealing the relationship between government officials and lobbyists
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald and Stephen McDermott
At least 86 individuals who held senior positions in government have lobbied once or more since 2015.
Extent of lobbying by former senior public officials in Ireland revealed for the first time
At least 86 individuals who held senior positions in government have lobbied at least once since 2015
Expert: "The current one year cooling-off period is, in our view, inadequate"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?
Former Government officials' details missing from hundreds of lobbying returns
# Josepha Madigan
'Extremely disappointing': Minister criticises school for separating girl with Down Syndrome from class
The Minister of State for Special Education said that every school can access the resources necessary for inclusion
# birdwatch ireland
Charities Regulator identifies several financial oversight failings at Birdwatch Ireland
The regulator was informed of concerns at the charity in 2019.
# tax receipts
Exchequer surplus of €7.3 billion recorded in year to the end of October
This compares to a deficit of €7.4 billion in the same period last year.
# Irish Defence Forces
'Ludicrous': Govt departments at loggerheads as date for forced retirement of sergeants looms
The rule means that Sergeants who have joined on post-1994 contracts must resign when they reach the age of 50.
# open all hours
Licensing changes to allow nightclubs open until 6am and pubs open until 12.30am by summer 2023
While venues will be prohibited from serving alcohol after 5am, dancing will continue until closing time.
# Number 10
Who is the UK's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak?
Sunak will now have to unite a divided party that has seen huge blows in opinion polls
# is that all there liz
From economic turmoil to chaos in the Commons: The events that led to Liz Truss's resignation
Truss announced her resignation yesterday afternoon after just 44 days in office.
# Tories
Could Boris Johnson make a comeback to Downing Street?
How quickly can 356 MPS forget Party-gate, Pincher-gate and the rest?
# Junior Cert
Delayed Junior Cert results to be issued on Wednesday 23 November
The resutls are typically released in October.
# adult deprivation
People who experienced childhood poverty more likely to experience deprivation as an adult
Ireland had the eight highest level of inequality within the EU in 2019.
# Dublin
Woman 'definitely did not consent' to any sexual activity at centre of trial, court hears
The woman’s husband is on trial accused of assaulting her over a period of nine years.
# commons chaos
Truss's morning on the brink amid Braverman resignation and chaos in the House of Commons
There were mounting calls for the Prime Minister to step down, before did at lunchtime today.
# 7 great reads
Sitdown Sunday: What it's like to be alone at the edge of the world
Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads.
# Defence
Action on pay imperative if Govt serious about overhauling Defence Forces, PDFORRA insists
The group is holding its annual delegate conference in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
# good reads
Dinner with Cantona, the life of Brian Mullins and more of the week's best sportswriting
A selection of pieces that caught our eye this week.
# AFL
Wexford's O'Connor released by AFL outfit Sydney Swans
The Wexford footballer spent three years with the club.