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This year
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
Almost 50k Learner drivers to wait 19 weeks for a test, says RSA
The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 19 weeks, almost double the RSA’s target.
Last year
St Vincent's Hospital experiencing 'significant delays' in processing blood tests for GP patients
Staffing issues over the last three weeks has resulted in a backlog from the time the bloods are received in the lab to when the results are sent back to GPs.
Extra resources promised to clear backlog of nearly 5,000 PPS number applications
One man waiting nearly two months for his PPSN said the wait had left him financial difficulty.
All time
RSA confirms plans to allow you sit your car theory test online within a 'number of months'
A minister has said that the pandemic has had a “profound effect” on theory testing services leading to a large backlog.
HSE says it will check if people asked to identify close contacts themselves were able to
A rapid increase in cases this month resulted in a backlog in the HSE’s contact tracing system.
Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately
Health officials say including the results from a German lab in ‘new cases’ would skew the curve.
Six Nations 'fully intends' to complete championship as Italy v England postponed
Meanwhile, Munster and Connacht have seen Pro14 visits to Italy postponed.
Gardaí cut backlog of child sex abuse case analysis in half, but long delays remain
At one stage, it could take five years before gardaí would get to a case because of the volume of material for analysis.
Former CervicalCheck boss says Harris was warned that offering extra smear tests could cause delays
Micheál Martin said the decision was made by the government to “save their own skin and cover their own tracks”.
Delays at forensic lab mean rape victims have to wait longer for cases to progress
€10 million has been taken from the National Forensic Science Laboratory to pay for the National Children’s Hospital.
Harris asks HSE to introduce HPV testing 'as soon as possible' as roll out is pushed out due to smear test backlog
Health Minister Simon Harris promised it would be introduced in September last year. This was then pushed out to January 2019.
'It would be foolhardy to say there is no risk': HSE reveals 78,000 slides left in CervicalCheck backlog
The HSE will tell the Health Committee about the backlog latest today.
Women with history of abnormal smears face 'anxious wait' for delayed results
There is no provision for expediting cases where there is a known history of cancer or abnormal smear results.
Some smear tests to be repeated due to backlog resulting in samples expiring
Simon Harris had been warned on numerous occasions that his announcement of free repeat smear tests was “dangerous” .
'Not happening by accident' - waits for heart services at Dublin children's hospital exploded in the last two years
Temple Street says it currently has access to only one consultant cardiologist, with that consultant “only commissioned to one clinic per week”.
'We're not trying to manipulate figures': Tusla says social worker backlog is lower than numbers suggest
The stats show that there are just under 5,300 cases where children are not allocated a social worker.
Children with potential mental health issues have been waiting over a year for a psychologist
Almost a third of children on waiting-lists have been waiting for over a year.
Maternity benefit payments in Ireland are backlogged by 'a number of months'
A Department of Social Protection official has said “it is not possible to give an accurate date” for the process of backlogged maternity claims.
Rule change should lead to less time in Direct Provision centres for asylum seekers
The “single procedure” process for asylum applications has come into effect.
Not getting a promotion was the most common complaint in the Defence Forces last year
Cases under review by the Ombudsman for Defence Forces rose 15% in 2015.
Technical issue stopping people applying for medical cards
A backlog is expected once the issue is resolved.
NCT about to expire? Urgent cases will get an appointment or get the test for free
The Road Safety Authority said there is no backlog and they are very prepared for the new rules.
Court of Appeal sits for the first time, but they already have a 'ready-made backlog'
The President of the Court said it is their goal to keep up to date with current appeals as far as reasonably possible.
Long-term arrears would take 33 years to clear at current rate
Progress in solving mortgage arrears is slow, with industry experts criticising the solutions deployed.
Some 500 GP referrals awaiting ultrasounds in Donegal
Patients are now being told they will have to wait an additional six weeks for the backlog to be cleared.
Parents continue to report problems with
The company had claimed to have cleared its backlog of orders but frustrated parents who ordered books over a month ago continue to wait for them to be delivered. says backlog WILL be cleared by tomorrow
The online company says that it has reduced its backlog from 5,000 orders to 1,300 today.
Ulster Bank: Full services will be back to normal by Monday
Bank is working to clear backlog created after last week’s technical glitch.
Minister defends back-to-school allowance backlog
Joan Burton was responding to criticism over a major backlog in processing applications for the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance.