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# State

Last year
Oireachtas Golf Society told not to use state harp emblem as its logo
A government department had fears that the state could suffer reputational damage.
All time
Joe Biden wins total of 306 electoral votes, with 232 for Donald Trump - US media
Biden’s win in Arizona represents a ‘flip’ of the state to Democrat for the first time since 1996.
54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money
Changes to the State pension in 2012 meant carers who took time off work received less in their State pension.
Landmark High Court challenge against State over peat regulations opens before High Court
The action has been taken by the environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment.
'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands
Despite government revisions, only 32,307 pensioners have received an increase in their pension, which is “significantly lower than expected”.
Row breaks out in Alabama senate over 'foetal heartbeat' abortion law
If Alabama’s new laws are challenged, pro-life politicians are hoping it will eventually be brought before the Supreme Court.
Defence Forces representative group brings legal challenge against State over allowances
The proceedings were issued on Monday 21 January by PDFORRA.
The government is paying €88m to rent private properties - but it also owns almost 100 empty buildings
Fianna Fáil has called it ‘ridiculous’ that one will be liable for the vacant sites tax next year.
Abused aged 6: 'I was screaming and had to be tied into a buggy with a rope to be brought to school'
Thomas Hogan said that even as a child he knew the clergy ruled and that he couldn’t say anything negative about a Christian Brother.
State settles case with Drogheda family over death of eight-day-old baby
In July 2014, baby Thomas died after a feeding tube was inserted into a chamber of his heart.
Elk dies after leaping at low flying helicopter
The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt.
Poll: Does the State do enough to help parents with childcare costs?
Tell us what you think.
Poll: Should the State relax free legal aid rules to cover more arrears cases?
More than 30,000 accounts have been in arrears for more than two years.
Family suing gardaí after officers wrongly raided their home
The State offered a full apology to the family in February of this year.
Receptionist at child services company fired for visiting hardcore porn sites
The woman denied accessing the sites and had sued the child services company for unfair dismissal.
How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input
What would be classed as misuse of the anthem, and how should potential misuses be punished?
Civil service bullying: Government seeks firm to investigate future complaints
A request for information was posted to the government’s e-tender website this week.
State spends €650k on WB Yeats' furniture and letters to his wife
In the past two years, the State has spent €4 million on archive material once belonging to the great Irish poet.
FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.
Bishops have 'constructive' meeting with Varadkar and ministers
The agenda for the meeting included the Eighth Amendment and the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.
One US lotto player won $758 million dollars overnight
The odds of winning the Powerball lotto are the same as flipping a coin and getting ‘heads’ 28 times in a row.
Puerto Rico votes to become 51st US state
However, turnout was low and the referendum result isn’t binding.
'Neutrality and pluralism are not particularly good reasons for taking God out of our Constitution'
There are certainly very strong philosophical reasons for accepting at least the existence of God, writes Dr Thomas Finegan.
Residents' favourite foods withheld: The problems found in Ireland's care services
At one hospital, “patients who were unable to walk did not have access to fresh drinking water”.
Grace case whistleblower says she's 'disappointed' with HSE's response
The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, told RTÉ’s This Week that she wants to appear before committee to set the record straight.
Gardaí should interview the surviving Bon Secour nuns over Tuam burial site, says TD
“Age should not diminish responsibility,” said the Independent Alliance TD.
Ireland's top judge is worried about the country's reputation
It’s all down to the lack of a judicial council.
Seven sex abuse victims dropped cases against the State after it sent them letters
Earlier this year, it was reported that people abused while in Irish national schools had received the letters.
15 things that are guaranteed to make Irish people feel old
Some facts. Some experiences. So old.
Court clears way for deportation of man accused of being Isil's “main recruiter” in Ireland
He claims he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s due to his political activities and fears being tortured if returned there.
Gay clubs are a sanctuary when being LGBT could get you killed
Conor Behan DJs at gay club The George, and says that it’s important we recognise the Orlando attack was an attack on the LGBT community.
Everything you need to know about the Easter Rising events in Dublin this weekend
Around half a million people are expected to attend, with the main event of 2016 taking place on Sunday.
Here’s how much it will cost if the state becomes a living wage employer
The suggested wage at €11.50 per hour, based on the Civil Service 37 hour standard net working week, equates to an annual salary of €22,203.
'Insulting Muslims diminishes us': Obama uses last State of the Union to take aim at Trump
Obama took on the Republicans for talking up the threat posed by Islamic State.
Swimmer mauled in shark attack near Brisbane, Australia
There were four shark attacks in Queensland in 2015.
'Sometimes you’d despair for humanity. And sometimes you’d be wrong'
This story about a young girl shows there are kind people out there, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
Loophole in vetting procedure leaves Irish children open to predators
The Garda Vetting Unit are not currently required to seek information from police outside the State about people who have lived abroad.
'Quite startling': €31m of church property for redress fund yet to be transferred
€83 million of donations has been made from congregations since the Ryan Report.
'By getting on that train a group of brave women made the Catholic Church and the Irish state look ridiculous'
Playwright Arthur Riordan explains how two men go about writing a musical about feminism.
Denis O'Brien's legal action against the Oireachtas is back in court today
The action was taken by the businessman earlier this year over remarks made in the Dáil under privilege regarding his banking affairs with IBRC.