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Sunday 11 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Brian Hayes

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# Public Sector
Hayes: Public sector salaries over €100k have to be looked at
The junior finance minister says that salaries of over €100,000 paid to people in the public sector is “the biggest area” the government needs to look at.
# Property Tax
Property tax will only apply for half of 2013 - Hayes
The junior finance minister tells Newstalk that people “shouldn’t overreact” to the IMF’s suggestions on a 0.5% tax.
MCD ‘should face ban on similar music events until it answers SHM Garda report’
Dublin councillor Mary Fitzpatrick, head of a joint policing committee, calls on OPW junior minister to force response from concert promoter on Swedish House Mafia debacle.
# Where's Peter?
Search for Peter Darragh continues as Govt 'work hard' to retrieve assets
Meanwhile, support for the Quinn family remains strong in their home county of Fermanagh.
# Quinn
Government liaising with Ukrainian authorities over Quinn assets
Brian Hayes has said that the assets are the rightful property of the Irish people.
# Personal Finance
Government will oppose SF bill to limit moneylenders' interest rates
Sinn Féin’s legislation would mean licensed moneylenders would not be allowed to charge interest higher than 40% APR.
# Gay Marriage
Taoiseach won't be 'pressurised into box-ticking exercise' on gay marriage stance
Enda Kenny declined to express a personal view on whether or not he supports gay marriage during heated exchanges in the Dáil today insisting it was a matter for the Constitutional Convention.
# Ulster Bank
A dozen Ulster Bank branches open today
The bank says that many customers should see an improved position on their accounts today.
# Gay Marriage
Hayes supports same-sex marriage, defends Taoiseach's silence
Brian Hayes is the latest member of government to say he is in favour of same-sex marriage but has defended the Taoiseach’s decision not to comment on his stance.
# Ulster Bank
Minister slams 'appalling' Ulster Bank and says fines should be considered
Brian Hayes said that it was a matter for the Financial Regulator but he believes that financial penalties against the bank should be considered in the wake of its current problems.
# Transparency
Friday Dáil sees bipartisanship as Govt supports FOI legislation
The Fianna Fáil-proposed legislation would see the Central Bank, NAMA and the Gardaí brought under the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.
# bank debt
Negotiations on bank debt deal 'best done in private' - Hayes
Finance Minister Michael Noonan will meet with his counterparts in Brussels next week to lay out Ireland’s case for reducing the burden of Ireland’s bank debt.
# Flooding
Bandon to get 100-year flood protection
A €10 million scheme for the Cork town was revealed yesterday.
# Spanish bailout
German conditions on Spanish bank deal strike blow to Ireland's hopes
Germany ensured that Spain’s €100bn banking bailout would go through the government – meaning it counts towards national debt.
# Bailout
Spain didn't get better bailout deal than Ireland, insists Hayes
Sinn Féin have said it is “clear that Spain got more favourable conditions” than we did.
# Referendum
'Govt has been sent clear message they have to get their act together' - Brian Hayes
Junior minister says government has to reach out to people who are frustrated with their prospects and living standards.
# BFFs
In pics: Unlikely Friendship of the Day
Brian Hayes and Declan Ganley. Who knew?
# Mini-Budget
No mini-Budget planned this summer - Brian Hayes
Hayes said a proposed €400million in cuts “would harm the economy” as it struggles to regain growth.
# Said and done
By the grace of God and blood sport: The week in quotes
“By the grace of God, we have won the most sensational victory in British political history.”
# Public Service
Public sector bashing 'has become a blood sport' - Hayes
However, Hayes warned that a cultural change was essential for Ireland’s economic recovery.
# Household charge
Hayes says 'no difficulty paying household charge' as over 363k register
The Minister of State admitted the government needed to “learn lessons” from the handling of the controversial €100 tax.
# Handover
Former Dublin Garda station leased to childcare company
Minister of State Brian Hayes said that he was open to leasing other State properties to businesses and the community.
# Heritage
OPW enlisting voluntary groups to develop heritage sites
Brian Hayes said the OPW does not have the resources to exploit the historical sites’ full potential for tourists.
# outspoken
Young Fine Gael branch told Ireland is not a ‘victim of foreign bogeymen’
Junior minister Brian Hayes also had more to say on what he calls the North Korean School of Economics.
# Greece
Greek minister 'optimistic' about approval of second €130bn bailout
Arriving in Brussels, Evangelos Venizelos says Greece is “ready to conclude this long process” and secure more funding.
# TD Expenses
Taoiseach, Noonan, Howlin among ministers claiming unvouched TDs' expenses
While the country struggles under immense financial pressure, eight cabinet ministers take expenses that can’t be audited.
# Emigration
Noonan on emigration comments: 'I am being quoted out of context'
The Finance Minister’s comments that emigration was in some cases “a lifestyle choice” have been heavily criticised by opposition parties.
# outspoken
Brian Hayes tells Irish people: Stop being victims and fight back
“We live in a tough, competitive world – nobody owes us a living,” Junior Minister Brian Hayes said in a strongly-worded speech delivered this evening.
# public sector reform
Public sector reforms need 'more urgency' to succeed - Hayes
The Minister of State has warned that pay cuts will be back on the agenda if Croke Park changes are not pushed through.
# garda stations
State spends over €65k this year on Garda stations that will close in 2012
Four of the 31 Garda stations that will close next year have had refurbishment works carried out on them in the past 12 months.
# Debt deal
Better deal for Ireland if we pass EU referendum? Government says maybe...
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore also said it is “too early” to make a call about whether a referendum will be necessary on the EU budget deal.
Column: Cardinal Rules - On giving Brian Hayes a helping hand
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland reflects on the needy and vulnerable of Ireland, including members of Government who now have to subsist on only several thousand euro a week…
# Public Sector
Decentralisation scrapped and over 23,000 public sector jobs to go by 2015
The government has outlined plans which also include the merging of nearly 50 state agencies.
# Public Sector
Government to unveil public service reform plans
The public service reforms to be announced will see less of a reduction in staff numbers in the public sector than had been pledged in the programme for government.
# Floods
Government may offer humanitarian aid to flood victims
Brian Hayes has said the Government would look at providing assistance – but it’s not yet clear what form this could take.
# Flag-gate
Another flag-gate? Maybe not… SF complains over Dublin Castle flag shortage
A Sinn Féin TD has complained about the shortage of flagpoles in Dublin Castle – there’s only room for 26 counties.
# Debt forgiveness
Govt rules out blanket debt forgiveness - but Noonan says banks can write off mortgages
The Department of Finance says there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution – but the Minister says banks can afford to absorb some losses.
# Mortgage Relief
Are Labour ministers split over mortgage debt relief for homeowners?
The party denies it but that appears to be at odds with the differing lines ministers gave on the much talked about issue yesterday.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the State abolish the cap on bankers' pay?
Matthew Elderfield says the pay cap is making it tough to get the best talent. Should we consider lifting it?