Government climate policy ‘may hike home prices’

The price of homes could rise as a result of Government initiatives planned to tackle climate change, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted.

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Clinic safe zones expected to be agreed next month

Safe zones for people accessing abortion services at GP offices or hospitals are expected to be agreed by the Government next month.

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European Elections: Clare Daly is taking her fight to the top — to Europe

Clare Daly believes that the EU is a neo-liberal body protecting big business — her bid for Europe intends to change all that. Juno McEnroe follows her on ...

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No date set for online safety guidelines in Ireland

Internet safety guidelines for Ireland will be published soon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, as he and other leaders met to discuss a crackdown on online abuses.

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Broadband investigation will also look at how best to roll out rural network

A cross-party investigation into the €5bn national broadband plan will also look at the best way to roll out a high-speed network to rural Ireland.

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Peadar Tóibín: Aontú would welcome migrants and offer safe sanctuary

Newly formed party Aontú said it would welcome migrants fleeing war-torn countries or economic hardship here and accused the Fine Gael-led government of hollowing ...

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Donald Trump to meet Leo Varadkar during brief visit to Ireland

US president Donald Trump will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a brief visit to Ireland on June 6.

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€5bn National broadband plan faces Oireachtas inquiry

Cross-party support for an Oireachtas committee investigation into the €5bn national broadband plan is likely to be agreed as the Government urges opposition ...

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Varadkar: Renationalising Eir to run NBP too costly

Opposition calls to take Eircom back into state ownership to run the National Broadband Plan could cost up to €9bn, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

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Labour seeks clarity over Granahan-McCourt investment in broadband plan

Labour is demanding to know what the consortium leading the €5bn broadband project will put up front as the party warned that a tribunal may rake over the costs ...

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Varadkar slams Sinn Féin idea to use ESB for broadband plan as 'political stunt'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has slapped down calls by Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to use the ESB to roll out high-speed broadband, saying this could be “illegal” ...

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Farm families to benefit from Fair Deal scheme

Thousands of farm families are set to benefit from changes to the Fair Deal scheme which will see the introduction of a cap on farm contributions taken by the State ...

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Commuters left waiting for rail carriages until 2023

Frustrated commuters will have to wait until 2023 for new rail carriages to cater for a significant increase in passengers.

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Halting broadband plan would marginalise rural communities, says civil servant overseeing project

The civil servant overseeing the broadband plan has strongly defended the project, insisting that any decision to halt it would “likely result in the marginalisation ...

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Ministers back €3bn plan in ‘digital fairness’ for all of Ireland

Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has overruled his most senior officials to back the €3bn broadband plan in what he deems is “digital ...

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Q&A: Govt agrees €3bn National Broadband Plan, what next?

The Government has agreed a €3bn plan to roll out high-speed broadband to over 540,000 homes and premises in rural Ireland over the next seven years.

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€3bn National Broadband Plan will provide broadband to over 540,000 homes

The Government has agreed a €3bn plan to roll out high-speed broadband to over 540,000 homes and premises in rural Ireland over the next seven years.

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Concern as IVF funding still not in place

Couples struggling with infertility have been facing uncertainty after it emerged that financial and legal supports promised by Leo Varadkar three years ago still ...

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‘Everyone must have access to broadband’: Govt expected to approve plan today

There is an onus on the Government to deliver broadband to rural Ireland, ministers have said ahead of Cabinet debating a €3bn plan to roll out a national high-speed ...

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Gender balance cash incentive benefits main parties

Cash incentives for female candidates in the upcoming local elections will benefit established parties more than Independents.

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Fine Gael launch referendum campaign to reduce waiting period for divorce

More than 4,000 couples separating annually will be spared lengthy emotional and financial distress if voters back proposals to allow for quicker divorces in Ireland. ...

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National broadband plan to be approved

11 alternatives considered but rejected to existing €3bn project

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Govt expected to give update on 'state of play' of Cork's stalled event centre

The Government is expected to announce an update on the stalled Cork event centre after a special Cabinet gathering in the city on Wednesday.

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Civil rights group calls on Govt to repeal censorship act

The threat of censorship that hangs over artists and writers must be removed once and for all, according to civil rights activists.

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Taoiseach's comment about Cork event centre 'mistake' dismissed by Fianna Fáil

An admission by the Taoiseach that a pre-election sod turning on the Cork event centre was a "mistake" has been dismissed by Fianna Fáil who argue that communities ...

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Wallace: I have €250 a week but I’ll be debt free next year

MEP candidate Mick Wallace says he has no money as he is only allowed €250 a week under his bankruptcy deal but will be “debt free” next year.

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Wallace: I think we are better off working together

The EU is a “neo-liberal club” that favours corporations and business as well as the “big boys” in farming and fishing, according to Independent ...

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Dáil rebel Mick Wallace wants to take fight to Europe

The colourful, unconventional Wexford TD, a former construction firm owner, tells Juno McEnroe he wants to become an MEP so that he can stand up for the less-well-off. ...

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Environment watchdog: Ireland may face fines because of water treatment failings

The State’s environmental watchdog has warned that Ireland is not addressing wastewater deficiencies at a “fast enough pace”. The country is facing ...

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'Breathtaking conflict of interest': Anger as PwC 'paid twice for the same job'

Public Accounts Committee members blasted the use of the firm to advise health chiefs about the build and then to later assess problems over escalating costs for ...

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Taoiseach denies broadband cost has risen to €3bn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied the cost of the national broadband plan has “ballooned” to €3bn and also said the Government will have the option ...

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Almost 150 asylum seekers living in direct provision centres for at least seven years

Almost 150 asylum seekers have been living in direct provision centres for seven years or more.

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Housing Minister lobbied by developers for approval for Dublin high-rise buildings

Developers lobbied ministers to get approval for high-rise buildings in Dublin city, including attempts to overcome “red tape” in obtaining planning ...

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Tribunal open to those in CervicalCheck scandal

Terms for a tribunal to hear and determine claims from women and families caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal have been agreed by government.

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US has a vested interest in Irish peace, says Nancy Pelosi

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives emphasised the US was a “guarantor” of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Annual carbon tax hikes on cards from 2020

Carbon tax hikes every year will be considered after an energy report warned that a third of all electricity demand here in future is set to come from data centres ...

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Several TDs among list of 59 candidates declared for Euro election

The latest figures to confirm they will seek an MEP seat were Independents Mick Wallace and Clare Daly, who will run in Ireland South and Dublin.

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Richard Bruton confirms carbon tax rises will be 'considered in 2020 budget'

Energy Minister Richard Bruton is open to considering annual hikes in carbon taxes and confirms that upward changes to the levy will be considered for the 2020 budget. ...

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Sexual violence survey delayed as jobs unfilled

Difficulties filling up to 75 posts in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) are impacting on plans for a new national sexual violence survey, which is not due to ...

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PAC seeking 'immediate clarity' in PwC advisory roles at new Children's Hospital

The Public Accounts Committee is seeking "immediate clarity" in any possible conflict of interest over professional services firm PwC which not only advised health ...

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PAC row over alleged theft by prison staff to be referred to Dáil dispute body

An internal Public Accounts Committee row over questions to justice chiefs about alleged theft by prison staff in jails is to be referred to a Dáil dispute ...

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Clarity sought on potential conflict of interest over hospital review

The Public Accounts Committee wants immediate clarity over any possible conflict of interest over firm PwC which not only advised health chiefs on the children's ...

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Maternity hospital needed alongside new children's hospital to avoid 'catastrophe', PAC will be told

Failure to construct a maternity hospital alongside the new €1.7bn children's hospital on the St James's Hospital (SJH) campus in Dublin would “be a financial ...

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New museum marking women's place in Irish history could be on the way, Josepha Madigan suggests

This would follow on the success of The Rising commemorations and other events which had marked women's place in Irish history.

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Report into cost children's hospital overspend 'damning indictment' of process, FF leader says

There are growing calls for accountability over the massive children's hospital overspend following the damning PWC report on the handling of the project.

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EU considers flexible extension to Brexit deadline

EU leaders will today decide on recommendations to offer Britain a flexible, year-long extension to negotiate its exit from the union ahead of this Friday’s ...

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No set plan for border in case Britain crashes out of EU, Government say

The Government says there is still no plan for the border area in the event of Britain potentially crashing out of the EU this Friday.

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Taoiseach plays down concerns as 631 patients wait for hospital beds

Latest: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has played down concerns about the highest hospital trolley numbers this year amid warnings patients are fearful of attending emergency ...

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Health minister's 'story' on repeat smear tests has shifted, Opposition claim

The government is facing further questions over how Health Minister Simon Harris' story has “shifted” around advice he received over offering women free ...

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