Oireachtas committee fails to entice civil servant regards broadband investigation

The Department of Public Expenditure’s top civil servant has refused to come before an Oireachtas committee investigation into broadband today.

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SNAs for schools, insurance costs and Ireland's space strategy discussed at Cabinet

All schools are to be notified of their Special Needs Assistants (SNA) allocations by next week.

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Questions over attendance of top official at broadband committee

The Department of Public Expenditure’s top civil servant looks likely to snub an Oireachtas broadband investigation until after the local elections.

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Broadband concerns: Senior department official keeps communications committee waiting

The Department of Public Expenditure's top civil servant has yet to say whether he will appear before Wednesday's Oireachtas committee's broadband investigation.

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Special Report: Irish MEPs claim €600k each

In this special report Elaine Loughlin reveals the extent of expenses payments accrued by Irish MEPs over the most recent five-year European Parliament term.

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Government urged to set up National Relocation Scheme for homeless families

The Government has been urged to set up a national relocation scheme to take hundreds of families out of homelessness each year.

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Government urged to ‘put manners’ on insurers

The Taoiseach has been urged to “put manners” on insurance companies with new laws to combat crippling premiums.

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Taoiseach urged to 'put manners' on insurance companies

Sinn Féin has called on Leo Varadkar to introduce major reforms on how insurers do business.

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Missing persons bill to help families left in 'limbo'

The Government is to make changes to help families who are left in “limbo” when a relative goes missing.

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Cabinet approves missing persons Bill to help families 'left in limbo'

The Government is to make changes to help families who are left in "limbo" when a relative goes missing.

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'Crucial' families make contact with familicide review group

The head of a new familicide review group has said it is "crucial" that families come forward to tell their stories.

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Government to approve study of family homicides

The Government is to sign off on an independent specialist research study on familicide today.

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Senior public and civil servants to seek wage hike

Top civil and public servants are demanding "real increases in wages" to take account of inflation.

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Declaration must now lead to government action on climate: Campaigners

The declaration that there is a climate emergency must lead to Government action campaigners and opposition politicians have said.

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Government accused of 'playing fast and loose' with taxpayers' money over broadband plan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the National Development Plan is now "in shreds" and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe can no longer say he will ...

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Micheál Martin says National Development Plan is 'in shreds'

Fianna Fáil has hit out at the Government for now spending almost €10bn on three projects that are all billions over budget.

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Broadband plan report: State will pay double

The taxpayer is set to pay twice as much as the private company awarded the National Broadband Plan contract, a report reveals.

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Broadband plan: Bruton ‘very coy’ on firm’s liability

Communications Minister Richard Bruton has refused to say how much money a private firm will have to invest in the rollout of broadband despite pressure from opposition ...

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Fine Gael accused of 'fueling racism' through actions on housing and poverty

Speaking at the Social Justice Ireland event, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan claimed it is "only a matter of time" before the far-right gain traction in this country. ...

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Crowded field in Dublin as well-known contenders do battle for just four seats

In the second day of a three-part series on the European elections, Elaine Loughlin profiles Dublin — the ‘constituency of death’.

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MEP Brian Crowley to get €350k payout and €1.4m pension

Cork MEP Brian Crowley will be entitled to severance payments of more than €350,000 over the next two years and a pension pot of €1.4m, the Irish Examiner ...

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Varadkar rules out offering ESB a second bite at broadband roll-out

The Taoiseach has ruled out using the ESB to deliver rural broadband claiming it would be "a bit much to ask".

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Varadkar stops short of full apology for Waterford hospital comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has twice declined to fully apologise for his response to the Waterford hospital morgue crisis to date, despite admitting he regrets how his ...

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Varadkar welcomes Ruth Morrissey decision

The Taoiseach has welcomed the €2.1m awarded to Ruth Morrissey who has terminal cervical cancer.

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Govt must invest €12m per annum to tackle 'crisis' in dementia care - Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Government must invest at least €12m each year to tackle a "crisis" in dementia care the Alzheimer Society of Ireland warns.

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Plan B needed to resolve northern impasse, say 'realistic' Sinn Féin

Leo Varadkar must come up with a plan B to resolve the political impasse in the north, Sinn Féin has warned.

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Defence Forces pay and retention issues to be addressed, says minister

The Minister for Defence promises that pay and retention issues in the defence forces will be addressed in the coming weeks.

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Sinn Féin 'realistic' that talks may not break Northern Assembly deadlock

Sinn Féin has raised concerns around the timing of the latest Northern Ireland talks citing Brexit and upcoming elections as significant challenges to finding ...

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No evidence to back up mortuary claims, says Waterford hospital

University Hospital Waterford has said there is no evidence to substantiate claims made by consultants of poor and dangerous mortuary facilities at the hospital.

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Fianna Fáil seek meeting with Govt over rising cost of broadband plan

Fianna Fáil have sought a meeting with the Government to seek an explanation on the rising cost of the National Broadband Plan.

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TDs who raised concerns on vaccinations have defended their actions

Opposition TDs who have raised concerns around vaccinations have defended their actions.

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Harris piles pressure on politicians to publicly back vaccines

Health Minister Simon Harris has witten to politicians, ordering them to publicly support childhood vaccinations to combat anti-vax “scaremongering” ...

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FF want all advice on €3bn broadband plan published

The Government must publish all advice on the controversial National Broadband Plan (NBP), Fianna Fáil have demanded.

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Fresh talks to restore assembly in North

A referendum on marriage equality should be held to solve the political impasse in Northern Ireland, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has suggested.

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Calls mount to scrap €3bn National Broadband Plan

Calls are mounting to scrap the proposed National Broadband Plan.

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Minister wants to make vaccines the law

Health Minister Simon Harris wants to make children’s vaccinations mandatory and has sought legal advice on the matter.

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‘Be inspired by Lyra’ in Stormont negotiations

Politicians have been urged to take inspiration from Lyra McKee ahead of fresh talks to restore power sharing at Stormont.

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Mary Lou McDonald: SF will enter NI talks 'optimistically' but onus on Govts to find solutions

Sinn Féin will be entering talks "positively and optimistically" but have firmly placed the onus back on the British and Irish Governments if solutions cannot ...

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Finance Minister: Govt yet to decide on roll-out of broadband plan

The Government has yet to decide whether it will go ahead with the roll-out of the controversial National Broadband Plan (NBP), the finance minister Paschal Donohoe ...

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Paschal Donohoe: Lyra McKee murder should be 'solemn reminder' of need for Northern Ireland Assembly

The murder of Lyra McKee should be a "solemn reminder" of the need for an Assembly in Northern Ireland the Finance Minister has said.

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New talks aim to break North impasse

Talks to break the political impasse in the North are set to reconvene in the next fortnight amid mounting public pressure.

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Quinn was ‘best president that Ireland never had’

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Feargal Quinn as a gifted entrepreneur and lifelong supporter of small businesses following his death.

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Sinn Féin: We need mandatory review of the Long-Term Illness Scheme

Calls for a mandatory review of the Long-Term Illness Scheme have been made to ensure that patients get the support and care they require.

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Solidarity candidates to be ‘disturbers of the political peace’

Solidarity-People Before Profit has put forward four European election candidates to become “disturbers of the political peace”.

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‘Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman to get us to this point?’

The spontaneous applause was echoing around the vaulted Cathedral and mourners were on their feet before the full sentence had even been uttered.

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Lyra honoured with prolonged applause at vigil

The death of a journalist doing their job should not be marked with silence and so Lyra McKee was honoured with prolonged applause and cheers.

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New parental scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, ISME warn

A new parental leave scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, a body representing small and medium-sized enterprises has warned.

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Govt hiding worst case Brexit scenarios for fear they 'will be twisted by some in Westminster'

The Government is purposely hiding worst-case Brexit plans from the public as they fear they could be "twisted" by MPs in Westminster.

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Overcrowding in Limerick like 'scenes in the hospital after a major natural disaster'

Overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick has been compared to a scene in a hospital after a major national disaster in the Dáil.

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Council used Google to translate website into Irish

It appears Cork County Council will have to brush up on their cúpla focal after being called out for using Google Translate on its official website.

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