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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Cabinet

This week
29th January 2023 - 31st January 2023
# Minister for Housing
Government haven't yet decided to extend eviction ban despite record homelessness, says O'Brien
A new record high of 11,632 people are homeless, according to the latest official figure.
This month
January 2023
# Housing
New scheme to repair Celtic Tiger-era defective apartments set to cost up to €2.5 billion
50% to 80% of apartments built between 1991 and 2013 are estimated to have at least one defect.
# on the agenda
Grooming children into a life of crime to carry penalty of five years in prison under new law
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the new Bill.
# Europe
Cabinet clears way for Irish Defence Forces to send 174 troops to German-led EU Battlegroup
The Battlegroup will be on standby to respond rapidly to major humanitarian incidents and peacekeeping work.
Taoiseach: 'No cliff edge to cost-of-living supports at the end of February'
Discussions will take place in the coming weeks on what further supports will be needed.
# oil supplies
Bill to strengthen State’s capacity to manage oil supplies to be brought before Cabinet
The Bill will move to put all aspects of oil emergency planning on a statutory footing.
Last year
2022
# no phones allowed
Government ministers to be banned from using phones at Cabinet meetings from today
The Minister for Finance confirmed the ban this morning,
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Varadkar to seek promises from ministers he appoints that they'll be seeking re-election
Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night he will be giving the formation of the new Government a lot of thought over coming days.
# Housing
Councils to secure proportion of any land value increase arising from residential zoning decisions
Land value increases when planning decisions are made to zone land, with the uplift going to the landowners or developers, but not to the State.
# Housing
Coalition parties may clash over planning reforms as Green ministers flag concerns at Cabinet
Green Party members have raised concerns about restricting access to justice.
# Pay deal
Student nurses and midwives to get extra accommodation, meal and uniform allowances
Two additional uniforms for student nurses and midwives will also be provided at the start of their internship.
# energy costs
Long-awaited energy poverty plan published as Ryan warns prices may not drop for two years
The plan includes a €10 million Government hardship fund for vulnerable energy customers.
# Executive Decisions
Cabinet approves international surrogacy policy proposals with aim of giving 100s of families a 'route to recognition'
A busy Cabinet session also saw Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien bring draft laws to overhaul Ireland’s planning system.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Ahead of the return of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Coalition leaders to discuss reshuffle on Monday
The role of Taoiseach will rotate to Leo Varadkar next Saturday.
# banking review
Bankers 'rewarded' with bonuses and a pay boost despite tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
AIB and Permanent TSB will follow suit as the State sells off more of its stake in those banks.
# Maternity Leave
New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
Currently, female councillors are office-holders rather than employees and are not covered by the statutory framework for maternity leave.
# Windfall levy
Cabinet expected to sign off on windfall tax on electricity companies
A memo will be brought to Cabinet tomorrow seeking to introduce a cap on market revenue on non-gas electricity generators.
# Gambling
Gambling ads to be banned before 9pm watershed under new laws
The Gambling Regulation Bill was approved by Cabinet this morning.
# Cabinet
Social welfare supports of €141.4m provided to Ukrainians this year
Department of Social Protection spending is 1.4% higher than profiled for this year.
# refugee crisis
Ukrainian refugees set to be accommodated in five army barracks
Modular housing is set to be built on defence force sites, it is understood.
Buildings on Defence Force sites are set to be repurposed to house refugees in what is described as 'dormitory style' accommodation.
Lands on the five sites have also been offered to the Office of Public Works (OPW) for modular builds.
Over the course of the weekend, 53 people refugees could not be accommodated – 44 Ukrainian, and 9 International protection applicants.
Govt plans to double payment for Ukrainian hosts to €800 in response to accommodation crisis
# refugee crisis
Govt plans to double payment for Ukrainian hosts to €800 in response to accommodation crisis
A temporary facility is opening at Dublin Airport today.
# crackdown
'Cyber-flashing' to be tackled under new online safety legislation
Cyber-flashing is when someone sends an unsolicited sexual image to another device without their consent.
# iraq embassy
Government approves plans for Iraq to establish embassy in Ireland
It comes as Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney spoke with the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister on the death of Mahsa Amini.
# Healthcare
HSE announces €169 million winter plan to tackle overcrowding and other issues
Minister Stephen Donnelly brought the plan to Cabinet for approval today.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
The controversial €800 million scheme was approved by the Cabinet today.
# budget 2023
Cabinet signs off on plan for three €200 energy credits
The credits are due to be paid in November, January and March.
# An Bord Pleanála
Report says An Bord Pleanála in need of 'urgent reform' as government adopts recommendations
The report includes 11 recommendations aimed at restoring public confidence in the Board and ensuring effectiveness in the planning system.
# pension age
Pension age to stay at 66, but higher payments for those who continue to work
People will have the option of working to age 70 in exchange for a higher rate of pension payments.
Pension age shouldn't go beyond 66, says Micheál Martin
Opinion: I am one of 'generation rent' - it sounds like a joke but we've stopped laughing
# Electricity
Customers to receive electricity credit before Christmas, says minister
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan said households will get another energy credit to help with their skyrocketing bills before Christmas.
Householders will receive an increased energy credit before the end of the year.
Cabinet has approved a renewed public advice campaign on energy consumption.
The EU has proposed to cap the huge revenues earned power companies.
# Energy
Using household appliances outside peak hours will help shore up energy security, says Ryan
The three coalition leaders met last night to discuss the rising cost in energy and supports needed.
# Energy Crisis
Use of street Christmas lights being considered by local councils amidst energy crisis, says Ryan
The energy minister said there’s no guarantees that power blackouts can be avoided this winter.
# Energy prices
Eamon Ryan warns that this winter will be a 'dramatic and difficult period in energy'
The first Cabinet meeting since the recess took place this morning.
# Deal
Challenging but achievable: Govt announces 25% emission reduction target for agriculture sector
Weeks of negotiations were not completed before yesterday’s final Cabinet meeting of the summer.
The government previously set out a 22-30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions target for the agriculture sector.
Farming groups pushed for a target at the lower end but climate experts say close to 30% is needed to meet overall emissions targets.
The EPA said last week that Ireland’s 2021 greenhouse gas emissions increased compared to the previous year.
Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
# Crunch time
'We're still working on it': Cabinet ends without agreement on agriculture emissions target
Negotiations between the two departments are set to continue on tomorrow.
# Cabinet
Banker accountability Bill brought forward to Cabinet
The Bill aims to give greater powers to regulators to punish individual misconduct.
# Milestone
Councillors can avail of paid maternity leave beginning next year
Councillors can also be given funding to hire someone to assist with secretarial work.
# Healthcare
Cabinet green lights free contraception plan for young women
Legislation enabling a free contraception scheme for women aged 17-25 is to be published in the coming days.
# Housing
Government expands mica scheme to include homeowners in Clare and Limerick
The estimated cost of the scheme now stands at €2.7 billion.
# new rule
Government rushing in emergency laws to solve High Court ban on Garda court presenters
Ms Justice Marguerite Bolger said that the use of court presenters was beyond the permitted powers of gardaí.
# Ukraine
Ukraine refugees to be allowed register at regional immigration hubs under new law
The new legislation will remove the current requirement to travel to Dublin.