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# White Paper

This year
Public finance surplus of over €9.6 billion projected for this year
The figure was contained in the Department of Finance’s White Paper.
Last year
'Huge' challenge to provide for refugees this year as State estimates €850m spend
Further funding will have to be sought for accommodating refugees from Ukraine and other countries, says minister
Public finance surplus of over €4.4 billion projected for this year
Ireland’s finances are in rude health, even compared with projections from earlier this year.
All time
Department 'feared' plan to end Direct Provision would be undermined without access to State lands
There are concerns new accommodation for asylum seekers could be delayed as a result.
The Government has committed to ending Direct Provision by 2024.
However, there are fears this could be difficult without access to State lands, Cónal Thomas reports.
Sinn Féin had called for the Land Development Agency to build some asylum accommodation.
White Paper for ending Direct Provision 'won't work unless processing times get significantly shorter' - O'Gorman
There are 5,225 people living in Direct Provision at present and a 1,185 people living in hotels and B&Bs.
The Explainer: What is the government's radical new plan for Direct Provision?
Activist Ola Mustapha, Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council and reporter Cónal Thomas talk us through it.
Government's plan for ending Direct Provision delayed until February 2021
A White Paper on replacing the controversial system was due to be completed and submitted to Cabinet by late December.
'Rainy Day Fund is finished before it even started' say TDs as minister drops €500m top-up
Donohoe has rowed back on his commitment to top up the fund this year.
Where's Fianna Fáil's promised 12-point plan on a United Ireland?
In 2017, Fianna Fáil said it planned to publish a white paper on unification.
Ministers told corporation tax windfall will not be used in next week's Budget
Taoiseach says measures to put money into people’s pockets next week will be “modest”.
Simon Coveney says UK's Brexit bill amendments 'not helpful' for negotiations
He also said that Sinn Féin should explain its policy of abstentionism as it could have influenced the vote on Monday.
Theresa May's Brexit plan criticised as a 'real blow' for London's finance sector
The controversial plan prompted the resignation of chief negotiator David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Tánaiste 'looking forward' to seeing what the UK's Brexit approach is made of
The UK cabinet has finally agreed on a 12-point Brexit approach.
Ireland plans to bulk up the Defence Forces
The Army, Navy and Air corps are all set to receive new equipment and vehicles.
GPs say they were not 'adequately consulted' on Universal Health Insurance paper
The Irish College of General Practitioners say they are in favour of equity of access but the costs need to be known.
Health insurance white paper could be published in coming weeks
The long-awaited plan could come before the cabinet as early as Tuesday.
The 11 main points of Scotland's blueprint for independence
The country’s First Minister unveiled detailed proposals ahead of next year’s referendum.
Independent Scotland would 'cut corporation tax, keep sterling, stay in EU and scrap the BBC'
The Scottish government has put forward its blueprint for independence in a white paper published this morning.