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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: -2°C

# Brian Hayes

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# Budget 2014
Central Bank cuts growth forecast and tells govt: Don't ease-up on austerity
The bank has also cut its forecast for growth of the country’s economy or gross domestic product from 1.2 per cent this year to 0.07 per cent blaming the falls in the export of goods and services.
# Sympathy
Minister: John Perry is like thousands of small business owners across Ireland
Brian Hayes has said he has a lot of sympathy for fellow junior minister John Perry who had a €2.47 million judgment ordered against him in the courts this week.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everybody’s talking about the devastating train derailment in Spain, Michael Lowry’s home being raided and the threat to child benefit in the budget.
# Budget 2014
Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out
“Clearly no one wants to reduce child benefit, but there will be cuts and there will be adjustments,” Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said of the social welfare budget this evening.
# Seanad Abolition
Senators fail to delay referendum as Norris slams ‘its most disgraceful night’
The Seanad adjourned debate on abolishing itself without a vote tonight.
# Dignitaries
Just 11 heads of state have stayed in Farmleigh in four and a half years
The estate in the Phoenix Park has cost the state €39million in operational costs since 2001.
# over to you
Open thread: What should we do with all the empty garda stations?
Your suggestions please…
# For Sale
State can't find other uses for closed garda stations
Forty former garda buildings will be sold as part of a wider disposal programme.
# Situations Vacant
The government owns 203 empty buildings
The majority of the buildings are recently closed garda stations, says Minister of State Brian Hayes.
# JFK 50
“The Kennedys were more than emigrants” – 50 years on, Wexford remembers JFK
Thousands of people are attending events in New Ross today to mark JFK’s visit to the town half a century ago.
# Jobswatch
90 jobs announced at IBS-Xerox in Dublin and Cork
The jobs will be in technical support, sales and marketing, with 50 jobs to be created immediately.
# Talking tax
Ireland is "stealing" the UK's tax funds, according to NI finance minister
Safe to say we know what Sammy Wilson wants to see on the G8 agenda, then.
# Public Sector
Brian Hayes: 'Unions who reject new public pay deal will face harsher cuts'
Negotiations have “concluded” on the Haddington Road deal, said the junior finance minister, adding less favourable conditions will apply to those unions who reject it.
# Croke Park II
Doctors and teachers reveal details of revised Croke Park 2 plans
The IMO and INTO have both published details of the sector-specific deals tabled at the Labour Relations Commission.
# public sector deal
Howlin: 'Public servants have given a huge amount but this is the last ask'
The minister said he was glad the structure was there for a new deal but was “not taking anything for granted in relation to the ballot”.
# Penalty Points
FG ministers back Shatter in penalty points comments row
Both Richard Bruton and Brian Hayes say Shatter’s comments added context to complaints about the penalty points inquiry.
# Bankers' Pay
Government won’t use Bank of Ireland stake to oppose Boucher’s €843k salary
The taxpayer’s 15 per cent stake in the bank won’t be used to try and stop shareholders approving Richie Boucher’s pay.
# Dáil Reform
Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform
Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.
# flood prevention
New website monitors 'real time' water levels
The site was launched by Minister of State Brian Hayes TD, as part of flood risk management in Ireland.
# Mortgage Arrears
Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government
The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.
# garda stations
Government to sell off some of the 139 closed garda stations
Office of Public Works Minister Brian Hayes has announced plans to find other State uses or to sell off the 139 garda stations that have been closed in the past two years.
# Air Miles
19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day
13 senior ministers, five junior ministers, and the attorney general are all jetting off next week to lead trade missions.
# Pensions
Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions
The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.
# Croke Park Agreement
Brian Hayes: Legislation on public pay 'inevitable if there is no agreement'
The Junior Finance Minister said that while this was the case, government would rather not impose “some unilateral settlement”.
# Promissory notes
Explainer: What happened last night? Why was IBRC liquidated? What happens now?
Why on earth were the Dáil and Seanad sitting until the small hours of this morning? This might help…
# Prom Night
Hayes: "Substantial contingency planning" by government on IBRC
He also said that Ireland is the most likely country to get back to the markets due to the “extraordinary patience and hard work” of its people over the last five years.
# Invoices
New system to eliminate half a million public service invoices
The new agreement will target up to €200 million of state expenditure which involves processing the invoices.
# Eurogroup
Noonan arrives in Brussels for key talks on aid for banks
Michael Noonan will chair tomorrow’s meeting of EU finance ministers; today’s Eurogroup meeting will elect a new head.
# Exchequer Returns
Ireland set to beat EU's deficit target for 2012, says Hayes
The EU wanted the general government deficit to be under 8.6 per cent of GDP, but it could be under even 8 per cent.
# Abortion
Expert group report on abortion set to be published today
The long-awaited and heavily-leaked report is expected to be published in full today after the Health Minister James Reilly brings it to Cabinet.
# Abortion
Junior Minister wants free Dáil vote on any X Case legislation
The issue of abortion will dominate this week’s political agenda as the expert group report is expected to be published.
# Closure
Pics: Government publications sales office closes today
No more queues for tribunal reports or the latest CSO stats.
# tendering
New website to make awarding of state contracts easier for firms
Procurement Minister Brian Hayes said the website will significantly reduce the amount of documentation for companies bidding for contracts.
# EU
Brian Hayes in Brussels to discuss EU budget
The Minister of State will meet with other EU finance ministers to discus the bloc’s budget for the coming year.
# phoenix park 350
In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park
The pen and ink drawings by the Irish artist Sheelagh Duff are part of a free exhibition in the Phoenix Park until the end of November.
# Budget 2013
Government 'open to suggestions' on ideas to free negative equity families
Brian Hayes says he believes new products being rolled out by banks should include options for people who can afford their mortgages, but whose properties are unfit for their families.
# bank debt
Junior Minister: Bank debt deal negotiations best done in private
Brian Hayes said that outlining Ireland’s negotiating position in public would not be “very clever from the country’s perspective.
Aaron McKenna: Enda is the darling of Time – but there’s trouble in Fine Gael
A proxy war is under way against the Taoiseach from within his own party, writes Aaron McKenna.