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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Cabinet

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# 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.
# Cabinet
New law to override NI Protocol will represent a new low in British-Irish relations - Coveney
Minister Simon Coveney has urged the UK Government to step back from its plan to publish domestic legislation.
# Housing
Conditions attached to 15,000 planning permissions to prevent bulk purchasing by investors
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien will update Cabinet on the measures introduced last year.
# Retirement
Proposals on possible pension age increase to go to Govt before summer recess, says minister
The Pensions Commission has recommended a gradual increase in the qualification age from 66 to 68 over the next 17 years.
# Cost of Living
No 'magic money tree' to help with fuel costs, says minister as pump prices jump above €2 a litre
Minister Heather Humphreys says remote working is a ‘sensible option’ for those looking to cut costs.
# Cabinet
Cabinet approves two-year lease on Citywest Hotel to accommodate Ukrainian refugees
The hotel and conference centre currently accommodates about 2,300 people fleeing the war.
# payment
Cabinet subcommittee approves €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees
The final sign off of the decision will take place at Cabinet next week.
# Ukraine
Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says work is continuing across a number of departments.
# rising costs
Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
# pension age
Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister
The Pension Commission has recommended that the State pension age should rise to 67 by 2031.
# Cabinet
Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s
The Government plans to abolish charges for overnight stays as well as fees for day cases.
# Cabinet
One-stop hub to open next week for Ukrainians who want to continue studying, Harris says
We cannot allow Putin’s wish of depriving the next Ukrainian leaders an opportunity to finish their education, Simon Harris said.
# energy costs
VAT rate cut from 13.5% to 9% on energy bills until the end of October
Targeted supports for those on fuel allowance will mean an additional three weeks payment.
# Cabinet
Further package of measures to help ease the cost of living to be approved next week
Environment Minister Eamon Ryan and his officials are finalising measures that will help tackle the rising costs of fuel, energy and food.
# judicial appointments
McEntee says diversity will be a focus of new process for appointing judges
The new Bill was approved by Cabinet earlier this week and will be published shortly.
# Ukraine
Citywest to be used as 'overflow' processing centre for refugees if needed
30,000 refugees are expected to arrive in Ireland by the end of April.
# Leaving Cert
Major revamp to Leaving Cert planned as fifth year students to sit some exams starting in 2024
There will also be two new subjects introduced: Drama, Film and Theatre Studies and Climate Action and Sustainable Development.
# Cabinet
750,000 workers set to be auto-enrolled in new pensions scheme by early 2024
Auto-enrolment was initially meant to start this year but due to the pandemic the roll out was delayed.
# Cabinet
€12 million package on way to support farmers planting more crops
It aims to incentivise farmers to grow additional tillage crops.
# Euro 2028 bid
Joint bid to host Euro 2028 by Ireland and UK backed by Government
Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Jack Chambers sought approval from Cabinet this morning to send a letter of support.
# Refugees
Up to 40,000 Ukrainian refugees may arrive in Ireland by end of April, says Varadkar
Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since Russia launched its invasion almost a month ago.
# fuel costs
Excise cut: Average tank of petrol should drop by €12 and diesel by €9, says government
Paschal Donohoe says a 60-litre tank will see excise duty reduce by an average of €12 for petrol and €9 for diesel.
# Cabinet
Taoiseach to update Cabinet on Ukraine and Ireland's humanitarian response
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will also bring a memo to Cabinet on the Government’s Women’s’ Action Plan.
# wheat and grain
Farmers say they will 'play our part in national effort' as minister to ask them to plant crops
The IFA has questioned if the request is the best use of resources for farmers to plant wheat, grain and barley.
Cabinet agrees to publish bill on regulation of reproductive healthcare
An Assisted Human Reproduction watchdog is to be set up under the new bill.
# Cabinet
Burials Bill will be published today, paving the way for Tuam site to finally be excavated
Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman will bring the draft legislation to Cabinet this morning.
# nphet
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
# commissioner
'A great honour': Drew Harris granted extension to remain Garda Commissioner until 2025
Cabinet granted the two year extension at a meeting this morning.
# Sanctions
Ministers who breach 'cooling-off' period before lobbying could soon be fined €25k
There was controversy over Michael D’Arcy taking up a top job in the Association of Investment Managers.