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# government - Sunday 5 January, 2020

Game workers in Ireland are concerned about low pay, unpaid overtime and uncertain work
# Game Workers Unite
# Game Workers Unite

Game workers in Ireland are concerned about low pay, unpaid overtime and uncertain work

Jan 5th 2020, 6:00 AM 31,517 Views 51 Comments

The Irish games industry employs around 2,000 people.

# government - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office
# SUPPORTS
# SUPPORTS

Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office

Dec 14th 2019, 12:05 AM 61,672 Views 138 Comments

New documents obtained under FOI detail what would be involved in the supports.

# government - Friday 13 December, 2019

Johnson says he has an 'overwhelming mandate' to take Britain out of EU by end of January
# Getting It Done
# Getting It Done

Johnson says he has an 'overwhelming mandate' to take Britain out of EU by end of January

Updated Dec 13th 2019, 10:13 PM 27,305 Views 59 Comments

Johnson lead the Tories to a massive victory in the general election.

# government - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines
# Procurement
# Procurement

Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines

Nov 20th 2019, 12:05 AM 26,891 Views 45 Comments

Millions has been spent on services procured on almost 350 occasions over a three-year period.

# government - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Single-use plastics ban Bill aims to put biodegradable packaging on supermarket shelves
# Waste
# Waste

Single-use plastics ban Bill aims to put biodegradable packaging on supermarket shelves

Oct 20th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,596 Views 18 Comments

This Bill would leapfrog over the government’s strategy, which Fianna Fáil has said is slow to materialise.

# government - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Revealed: Data Protection Commission's pleas for more staff and 'fit-for-purpose' office
# Stretched
# Stretched

Revealed: Data Protection Commission's pleas for more staff and 'fit-for-purpose' office

Oct 12th 2019, 11:00 PM 19,098 Views 28 Comments

The watchdog’s pre-budget submission has been released following a Freedom of Information request.

# government - Monday 7 October, 2019

Portugal's socialist party prepares for another term in government after general election
# Four More Years
# Four More Years

Portugal's socialist party prepares for another term in government after general election

Oct 7th 2019, 9:34 AM 8,438 Views 25 Comments

The party fell short of a parliamentary majority.

# government - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Taoiseach says he'd sooner bring back wolves to Ireland than let Sinn Féin into government
# Speech
# Speech

Taoiseach says he'd sooner bring back wolves to Ireland than let Sinn Féin into government

Oct 6th 2019, 7:00 AM 40,443 Views 145 Comments

The Taoiseach mentioned Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s idea of rewilding the countryside with wolves during his speech last night.

# government - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

'We're preparing for worst-case-scenario': No-deal Brexit planning to be ramped-up by Government
# Dark Clouds
# Dark Clouds

'We're preparing for worst-case-scenario': No-deal Brexit planning to be ramped-up by Government

Updated Sep 4th 2019, 1:28 PM 17,514 Views 44 Comments

Cabinet met to discuss preparations for a no-deal Brexit last night.

# government - Tuesday 13 August, 2019

Talks underway between HSE and labs that could carry out drug-testing at festivals
# Drugs
# Drugs

Talks underway between HSE and labs that could carry out drug-testing at festivals

Aug 13th 2019, 6:15 AM 11,546 Views 18 Comments

A senior HSE doctor has outlined a number of ways drug-testing could be introduced in Ireland.

# government - Friday 9 August, 2019

Italy's Matteo Salvini calls for snap elections amid coalition crisis
# LEAGUE PARTY
# LEAGUE PARTY

Italy's Matteo Salvini calls for snap elections amid coalition crisis

Aug 9th 2019, 7:52 AM 8,715 Views 17 Comments

Salvini has clashed with his fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

# government - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Irish government says it will follow expert guidance after Austria approves ban of controversial weedkiller
# Glyphosate
# Glyphosate

Irish government says it will follow expert guidance after Austria approves ban of controversial weedkiller

Jul 7th 2019, 7:30 AM 97,513 Views 59 Comments

Austrian members of parliament earlier this week approved a total ban on glyphosate.

# government - Wednesday 3 July, 2019

Varadkar says 'better enforcement' is needed to tackle scrambler bikes, but no new law
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

Varadkar says 'better enforcement' is needed to tackle scrambler bikes, but no new law

Jul 3rd 2019, 2:08 PM 10,959 Views 53 Comments

Varadkar said the use of scrambler bikes in parks and community areas is a ‘very serious and dangerous act’.

# government - Monday 17 June, 2019

'Action was taken and our fears were conquered': Varadkar inspired by his generation's acid rain and ozone layer threats
# Action Plan
# Action Plan

'Action was taken and our fears were conquered': Varadkar inspired by his generation's acid rain and ozone layer threats

Jun 17th 2019, 5:48 PM 19,970 Views 67 Comments

New government plans launched today include removing petrol and diesel cars, and doubling the reliance on renewable energy.

# government - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Varadkar's popularity continues to slide as satisfaction with him and government at lowest level in years
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Varadkar's popularity continues to slide as satisfaction with him and government at lowest level in years

May 11th 2019, 9:12 AM 26,378 Views 111 Comments

From a high of 60%, Varadkar’s satisfaction rating now stands at 36%.

# government - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?
# Cannabis
# Cannabis

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?

May 7th 2019, 6:10 AM 11,220 Views 12 Comments

This will make it significantly less of a grey area in Irish law – and it could also herald the start of the Irish cannabis industry.

# government - Tuesday 16 April, 2019

A national memorial and health supports: Zappone offers new measures for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes
# Former Residents
# Former Residents

A national memorial and health supports: Zappone offers new measures for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes

Apr 16th 2019, 4:21 PM 6,221 Views 25 Comments

But the forum of former residents of these institutions that made recommendations are frustrated the government won’t publish its full report.

# government - Friday 12 April, 2019

Airbnb says new laws are 'unenforceable' but minister says locals know the short-term let on their street
# Short-term Let
# Short-term Let

Airbnb says new laws are 'unenforceable' but minister says locals know the short-term let on their street

Apr 12th 2019, 8:30 PM 32,977 Views 52 Comments

The minister said neighbours see the wheelie suitcases going in and out of properties at all hours.

# government - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

To avoid 'traumatic' extractions, government set to expand dental care for kids under 6
# Oral Health Plan
# Oral Health Plan

To avoid 'traumatic' extractions, government set to expand dental care for kids under 6

Apr 3rd 2019, 12:05 AM 15,092 Views 18 Comments

Children receive free dental check ups in 2nd, 4th and 6th class but there has been huge cuts to those services.

# government - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

'A national trauma': There are now 9,987 people living in homeless accommodation in Ireland
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

'A national trauma': There are now 9,987 people living in homeless accommodation in Ireland

Feb 27th 2019, 5:03 PM 13,082 Views 51 Comments

This is an increase of 169 adults and 65 children on last month.

# government - Saturday 23 February, 2019

Micheál Martin calls out Fine Gael as an 'out-of-touch and arrogant government'
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Micheál Martin calls out Fine Gael as an 'out-of-touch and arrogant government'

Feb 23rd 2019, 8:54 PM 20,698 Views 158 Comments

Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, he said Fine Gael “simply don’t understand the pressures which people are facing every day.

# government - Monday 11 February, 2019

The Labour Court is intervening in the nurses' strike
# Strike
# Strike

The Labour Court is intervening in the nurses' strike

Updated Feb 11th 2019, 5:00 PM 43,459 Views 113 Comments

A formal hearing will take place at 3.30pm.

# government - Sunday 3 February, 2019

Government fortifying IT systems for 'fear of Russian interference' in European elections
# Interference
# Interference

Government fortifying IT systems for 'fear of Russian interference' in European elections

Feb 3rd 2019, 7:05 AM 13,020 Views 65 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted at the start of the year that he is concerned about potential interference.

# government - Saturday 2 February, 2019

The Rainy Day Fund will not be used for Brexit
# Piggy Bank Savings
# Piggy Bank Savings

The Rainy Day Fund will not be used for Brexit

Feb 2nd 2019, 7:30 AM 8,565 Views 24 Comments

The rainy day fund will be supplemented with an annual €500 million from the Exchequer, starting this year.

# government - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

Divorce referendum: Voters will be asked whether to delete 'living apart period' from Constitution
# Constitution
# Constitution

Divorce referendum: Voters will be asked whether to delete 'living apart period' from Constitution

Jan 29th 2019, 2:52 PM 25,010 Views 60 Comments

The government announced the terms of the referendum today.

# government - Sunday 27 January, 2019

Nurses' strike: HSE releases info on which health services will and will not operate on the day
# Industrial Action
# Industrial Action

Nurses' strike: HSE releases info on which health services will and will not operate on the day

Jan 27th 2019, 11:30 AM 28,256 Views 119 Comments

The action will begin at 8am on Wednesday and finish at 8am on Thursday.

# government - Saturday 19 January, 2019

Varadkar to brief party leaders on possibility of a no-deal Brexit scenario
# Tick Tock
# Tick Tock

Varadkar to brief party leaders on possibility of a no-deal Brexit scenario

Jan 19th 2019, 8:00 AM 7,334 Views 30 Comments

Leo Varadkar will meet with opposition leaders next Tuesday.

# government - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Government shutdown becomes longest in US history
# Border Wall
# Border Wall

Government shutdown becomes longest in US history

Jan 12th 2019, 7:53 AM 11,451 Views 43 Comments

The shutdown has entered its 22nd day – eclipsing a 21-day shutdown under Bill Clinton.

# government - Friday 4 January, 2019

Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws
# Environment
# Environment

Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws

Updated Jan 4th 2019, 2:42 PM 27,875 Views 56 Comments

The Green Party has said the ban only addresses “the lowest of the low-hanging fruit”.

# government - Thursday 3 January, 2019

'White collar crimes will not be tolerated': Cabinet backing for new anti-money laundering laws
# Approved
# Approved

'White collar crimes will not be tolerated': Cabinet backing for new anti-money laundering laws

Jan 3rd 2019, 4:13 PM 14,684 Views 53 Comments

The new bill will give enhanced powers to the gardaí and the Criminal Assets Bureau, Minister Charlie Flanagan said.

# government - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Leo hints at a Cabinet reshuffle in the summer
# Reshuffle
# Reshuffle

Leo hints at a Cabinet reshuffle in the summer

Jan 1st 2019, 12:19 PM 13,549 Views 53 Comments

Varadkar indicated that he would most likely reshuffle the cabinet following the European and local elections.

# government - Monday 31 December, 2018

The government is paying €88m to rent private properties - but it also owns almost 100 empty buildings
# Landlords
# Landlords

The government is paying €88m to rent private properties - but it also owns almost 100 empty buildings

Dec 31st 2018, 1:02 PM 18,320 Views 61 Comments

Fianna Fáil has called it ‘ridiculous’ that one will be liable for the vacant sites tax next year.

The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)
# Microbeads
# Microbeads

The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)

Dec 31st 2018, 9:47 AM 27,303 Views 64 Comments

Unnecessary use of the plastics will be completely banned in the public sector.

# government - Thursday 27 December, 2018

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission
# A Long Time Coming
# A Long Time Coming

Future Irish elections and referendums will be overseen by a new Electoral Commission

Dec 27th 2018, 7:30 AM 6,755 Views 22 Comments

A public consultation on what structure and responsibilities the Commission will have has been launched today.

# government - Monday 17 December, 2018

The government wants to know if you're okay with it using your PPS number to clean up the electoral register
# Electoral Reform
# Electoral Reform

The government wants to know if you're okay with it using your PPS number to clean up the electoral register

Dec 17th 2018, 12:05 AM 58,600 Views 82 Comments

Duplication on the register is rife and changes are needed to ensure Ireland has a modern electoral register, says the minister.

# government - Friday 14 December, 2018

Trouble in the ranks: 'We've a health and housing crisis and our solution is to keep Fine Gael running the show'

Trouble in the ranks: 'We've a health and housing crisis and our solution is to keep Fine Gael running the show'

Dec 14th 2018, 6:05 AM 17,630 Views 78 Comments

Micheál Martin announced this week that he would extend the confidence and supply arrangement with Fine Gael.

# government - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Redress Board work cost €1.1bn, while abused residents in industrial schools get €970m
# Pay Outs
# Pay Outs

Redress Board work cost €1.1bn, while abused residents in industrial schools get €970m

Nov 20th 2018, 8:55 PM 10,414 Views 19 Comments

The awards are made to those abused while resident in industrial schools.

# government - Monday 19 November, 2018

'We are way off target': All-government plan to be drawn up on climate action
# Before It's Too Late
# Before It's Too Late

'We are way off target': All-government plan to be drawn up on climate action

Nov 19th 2018, 6:15 AM 9,504 Views 92 Comments

Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton has recently purchased an e-car, and said a change of behaviour is needed to tackle climate change.

# government - Saturday 17 November, 2018

'It is not going to happen': FG rule change to copper-fasten promise not to enter coalition with SF
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis

'It is not going to happen': FG rule change to copper-fasten promise not to enter coalition with SF

Nov 17th 2018, 7:00 AM 10,171 Views 43 Comments

Fine Gael heard a rallying call at its Ard Fheis last night for the party to be election ready.

# government - Friday 16 November, 2018

Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families'
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families'

Nov 16th 2018, 7:50 PM 14,219 Views 88 Comments

Varadkar said Fine Gael is a “compassionate party” that has a role in offering a helping hand to those that need it.