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# government - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

Dec 26th 2017, 7:30 AM 14,519 Views 47 Comments

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

'Some scoff at his use of social media and attire but 'brand Leo' is resonating with us'
# Review 2017
# Review 2017

'Some scoff at his use of social media and attire but 'brand Leo' is resonating with us'

Dec 26th 2017, 7:00 AM 950 Views 60 Comments

The big questions is: can the present government last another year, writes Larry Donnelly.

# government - Saturday 16 December, 2017

From next year, stores will have to track the sales of rodent poison
# Rat Pack
# Rat Pack

From next year, stores will have to track the sales of rodent poison

Dec 16th 2017, 8:30 AM 18,258 Views 31 Comments

EU directives will mean new regulations for the general public, professional pest controllers, and farmers.

# government - Thursday 30 November, 2017

Poll: Who do you want to see as Tánaiste?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Who do you want to see as Tánaiste?

Nov 30th 2017, 8:57 AM 29,331 Views 110 Comments

Simon Coveney and Heather Humphreys are seen as the frontrunners for the position.

# government - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

What can be recycled? Government publishes first national list to help you out
# Recycle This
# Recycle This

What can be recycled? Government publishes first national list to help you out

Nov 29th 2017, 7:02 PM 52,063 Views 50 Comments

The list includes plastic bottles and egg cartons – and excludes coffee cups and tissues.

# government - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'A mockery of our democracy': Pressure increases on Varadkar to make Dept of Justice docs public
# Political Crisis
# Political Crisis

'A mockery of our democracy': Pressure increases on Varadkar to make Dept of Justice docs public

Nov 26th 2017, 1:10 PM 33,579 Views 111 Comments

Frances Fitzgerald is at the heart of a government crisis as it was revealed she failed to disclose an important email.

# government - Friday 24 November, 2017

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week
# Thank Christ
# Thank Christ

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week

Nov 24th 2017, 12:12 PM 30,446 Views 92 Comments

But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.

# government - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

FactCheck: Does Ireland really have a low rate of homelessness by international standards?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Does Ireland really have a low rate of homelessness by international standards?

Nov 15th 2017, 8:30 PM 43,106 Views 65 Comments

The Taoiseach and Housing Minister have both made the claim in recent weeks.

Analysis of homelessness rates in other countries vs Ireland
# Homeless Rates
# Homeless Rates

Analysis of homelessness rates in other countries vs Ireland

Nov 15th 2017, 5:00 PM 5,222 Views 0 Comments

A brief look at homelessness rates in other countries.

# government - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Britain's government has survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill
# Brexit Battles
# Brexit Battles

Britain's government has survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill

Nov 14th 2017, 10:15 PM 9,880 Views 14 Comments

An amendment giving devolved legislatures – like Northern Ireland – a veto over the Brexit agreement was defeated.

# government - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

'I didn't realise it was inappropriate': Woman receives €7k after Halligan asked if she was married in job interview
# Government
# Government

'I didn't realise it was inappropriate': Woman receives €7k after Halligan asked if she was married in job interview

Nov 8th 2017, 4:15 PM 135,781 Views 54 Comments

The woman said she felt “exposed” by being asked the question in such a situation.

# government - Saturday 4 November, 2017

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
# Misinformationfest
# Misinformationfest

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Nov 4th 2017, 6:05 AM 44,013 Views 112 Comments

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

# government - Saturday 28 October, 2017

Sinn Féin calls on Irish government to recognise Catalan independence
# Spain
# Spain

Sinn Féin calls on Irish government to recognise Catalan independence

Oct 28th 2017, 6:00 PM 30,325 Views 273 Comments

“It is a travesty that in relation to Catalonia, this Fine Gael government ignores our country’s own history,” one MEP said.

# government - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
# Sneaky Fashion
# Sneaky Fashion

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC

Oct 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 39,508 Views 88 Comments

A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.

# government - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Receptionist at child services company fired for visiting hardcore porn sites
# Warranted Dismissal
# Warranted Dismissal

Receptionist at child services company fired for visiting hardcore porn sites

Oct 11th 2017, 1:52 PM 41,717 Views 48 Comments

The woman denied accessing the sites and had sued the child services company for unfair dismissal.

# government - Monday 9 October, 2017

Government accused of suppressing Brexit document as FF and FG trade barbs on Twitter
# Some Nerve
# Some Nerve

Government accused of suppressing Brexit document as FF and FG trade barbs on Twitter

Oct 9th 2017, 12:55 PM 12,472 Views 64 Comments

Fianna Fáil and Labour have called for the Revenue report on Brexit to be published.

# government - Sunday 8 October, 2017

No one has taken up the offer of free CCTV cameras from the government
# Crime Prevention
# Crime Prevention

No one has taken up the offer of free CCTV cameras from the government

Oct 8th 2017, 8:45 AM 70,990 Views 67 Comments

To boost crime prevention, the Partnership of Government commits to supporting investment in CCTV at key locations along the road network and in urban centres.

# government - Tuesday 3 October, 2017

'It's 2017, things are a bit different now': Varadkar defends video on government jet on way to EU Summit
# Private Jet
# Private Jet

'It's 2017, things are a bit different now': Varadkar defends video on government jet on way to EU Summit

Oct 3rd 2017, 10:45 PM 44,712 Views 91 Comments

Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin accused Varadkar of using a government event to publicise the Fine Gael Party.

# government - Friday 29 September, 2017

Civil service bullying: Government seeks firm to investigate future complaints
# Bullying And Harassment
# Bullying And Harassment

Civil service bullying: Government seeks firm to investigate future complaints

Sep 29th 2017, 12:10 AM 16,436 Views 32 Comments

A request for information was posted to the government’s e-tender website this week.

# government - Thursday 28 September, 2017

'Street thuggery has not won' - Just seven TDs in the Dáil to talk about water charge refunds
# Water Cooler
# Water Cooler

'Street thuggery has not won' - Just seven TDs in the Dáil to talk about water charge refunds

Sep 28th 2017, 9:18 AM 23,002 Views 121 Comments

Just seven TDs attended last night’s late-night discussion of a Bill for the refund of water charges.

'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland
# HIV
# HIV

'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland

Sep 28th 2017, 6:10 AM 18,729 Views 33 Comments

17% of people living in HIV say they have felt suicidal in the last year.

# government - Friday 22 September, 2017

Taoiseach speaks to Theresa May ahead of her landmark Brexit speech
# Money Dominates
# Money Dominates

Taoiseach speaks to Theresa May ahead of her landmark Brexit speech

Sep 22nd 2017, 12:28 PM 13,032 Views 69 Comments

All eyes are on May as she prepares to spell out her key demands in a keynote Brexit speech.

# government - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Fianna Fáil aren't happy with Leo's tender to review the government's image
# Rate My Government
# Rate My Government

Fianna Fáil aren't happy with Leo's tender to review the government's image

Sep 21st 2017, 5:00 PM 13,358 Views 52 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been putting a focus on how his government is perceived by the public.

# government - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
# Long Time Coming
# Long Time Coming

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

Sep 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,696 Views 46 Comments

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

# government - Saturday 16 September, 2017

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes
# Housing
# Housing

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes

Sep 16th 2017, 12:05 AM 20,690 Views 43 Comments

The Department of Housing says it doesn’t hold information on properties owned by other government bodies.

# government - Thursday 14 September, 2017

Donegal flood humanitarian scheme to be rolled out for all natural disasters
# Hardship Payment
# Hardship Payment

Donegal flood humanitarian scheme to be rolled out for all natural disasters

Sep 14th 2017, 7:00 PM 5,915 Views 1 Comment

The financial assistance payment has been paid out to 138 people in Donegal to date.

# government - Monday 11 September, 2017

Bottle deposit scheme on the way for Scotland, but Irish government says it's still too expensive
# Recycling
# Recycling

Bottle deposit scheme on the way for Scotland, but Irish government says it's still too expensive

Sep 11th 2017, 6:15 AM 16,601 Views 61 Comments

Despite calls from the Green Party to introduce such a plan, the minister is not budging.

# government - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

Fresh calls for Garda Commissioner to step down after latest revelations about false breath tests
# Caught Out
# Caught Out

Fresh calls for Garda Commissioner to step down after latest revelations about false breath tests

Sep 6th 2017, 3:50 PM 22,362 Views 120 Comments

Questions are being raised after 500,000 more false garda breath tests have been found.

# government - Monday 4 September, 2017

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you
# Facebook Live
# Facebook Live

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you

Sep 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 13,250 Views 172 Comments

We’re holding a Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and we want to hear what you have to say on the subject.

Government says chances of a nuclear disaster impacting Ireland is low - but there is a risk
# Radiation
# Radiation

Government says chances of a nuclear disaster impacting Ireland is low - but there is a risk

Sep 4th 2017, 6:00 AM 9,231 Views 19 Comments

The costs associated with such a disaster range from €4 billion to €161 billion,

What's the point of having a childcare subsidy if under-pressure creches are just going to raise fees?
# Robbing Peter
# Robbing Peter

What's the point of having a childcare subsidy if under-pressure creches are just going to raise fees?

Sep 4th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,754 Views 47 Comments

Many creches across Ireland are increasing their fees in parallel with the introduction of a new €20 weekly subsidy aimed at easing the financial burden on parents.

# government - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
# Wherefore Art Thou
# Wherefore Art Thou

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,444 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# government - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date
# Media
# Media

Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date

Aug 31st 2017, 2:05 PM 15,094 Views 83 Comments

Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.

# government - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Restoring social welfare and an empty home tax: Peter McVerry Trust's plan to fix the housing crisis
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Restoring social welfare and an empty home tax: Peter McVerry Trust's plan to fix the housing crisis

Aug 29th 2017, 6:45 AM 18,048 Views 91 Comments

Today, the Peter McVerry Trust will announce the details of its pre-Budget submission.

# government - Monday 28 August, 2017

Anyone who gets caught with a plastic bag in Kenya could face a €31,000 fine or four years in prison
# Plastic Bag Ban
# Plastic Bag Ban

Anyone who gets caught with a plastic bag in Kenya could face a €31,000 fine or four years in prison

Aug 28th 2017, 10:11 PM 24,782 Views 24 Comments

The ban came into force today but has sparked a lot of criticism.

# government - Thursday 24 August, 2017

92 on-duty ambulances involved in road 'incidents' so far this year
# Parliamentary Question
# Parliamentary Question

92 on-duty ambulances involved in road 'incidents' so far this year

Aug 24th 2017, 6:01 AM 8,476 Views 18 Comments

Since 2010, 892 incidents have happened on Irish roads involving National Ambulance Service vehicles.

# government - Friday 11 August, 2017

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries

Aug 11th 2017, 3:31 PM 11,229 Views 40 Comments

The UN Committee Against Torture is critical of the government’s record in a number of areas.

# government - Sunday 23 July, 2017

The long, slow process to refund almost €170m in water charges
# Drip Drip Drip
# Drip Drip Drip

The long, slow process to refund almost €170m in water charges

Jul 23rd 2017, 4:03 PM 16,482 Views 52 Comments

The government must decide how best to repay people and avoid another PR disaster.

New poll shows Irish Government at its highest approval ratings since 2011
# Party Like It's
# Party Like It's

New poll shows Irish Government at its highest approval ratings since 2011

Jul 23rd 2017, 11:05 AM 16,794 Views 159 Comments

The election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach seems to have had a positive effect on the electorate from Fine Gael’s point of view.

# government - Sunday 16 July, 2017

The Government plans to start refunding water charges from autumn
# Water Under The Bridge
# Water Under The Bridge

The Government plans to start refunding water charges from autumn

Jul 16th 2017, 2:09 PM 13,476 Views 55 Comments

It is estimated that the refunds will cost in the region of €160 million.