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Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus
# Pandemic
# Pandemic

Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus

Updated 1 hour ago 168,376 Views 206 Comments

In addition, from 2023 there will be a new annual public holiday at the start of February.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 19 December, 2021

Government to announce revamped restriction supports for businesses by Tuesday at the latest
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

Government to announce revamped restriction supports for businesses by Tuesday at the latest

Dec 19th 2021, 2:40 PM 21,817 Views 30 Comments

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said that the Government was asking businesses to keep employees on their books if they can.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 5 December, 2021

New Covid measures would lift if Omicron risks don't meet 'worst fears', Minister says
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

New Covid measures would lift if Omicron risks don't meet 'worst fears', Minister says

Updated Dec 5th 2021, 4:22 PM 46,608 Views 101 Comments

The government agreed a number of new measures on hospitality and household visits on Friday.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Minister refuses to rule out costs for National Children's Hospital surpassing €2 billion
# Receipts
# Receipts

Minister refuses to rule out costs for National Children's Hospital surpassing €2 billion

Nov 24th 2021, 7:25 PM 19,038 Views 57 Comments

The project has been hit with around 900 claims worth approximately €540 million.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 10 October, 2021

‘Reduced deficit will not see Government splurge in Budget’
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

‘Reduced deficit will not see Government splurge in Budget’

Oct 10th 2021, 2:12 PM 9,198 Views 21 Comments

The projected 20 billion euro deficit has fallen dramatically to 13 billion euro, as the economy rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 4 October, 2021

Taoiseach says no conflict of interest in Attorney General's private work cases
# Paul Gallagher
# Paul Gallagher

Taoiseach says no conflict of interest in Attorney General's private work cases

Updated Oct 4th 2021, 3:25 PM 20,641 Views 0 Comments

Michael McGrath also says that Covid contributed to Paul Gallagher’s work continuing for longer.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'

Sep 21st 2021, 1:09 PM 20,154 Views 16 Comments

Affected homeowners are seeking 100% of the costs associated with fixing their homes.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 19 September, 2021

Public services among 'key objectives' that will frame budget, public expenditure minister says
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

Public services among 'key objectives' that will frame budget, public expenditure minister says

Sep 19th 2021, 5:09 PM 14,655 Views 32 Comments

The budget, which will be published next month, is also expected to include an increase in social welfare rates.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Is housing the 'big winner' from the Government's Summer Economic Statement?
# Budget 2022
# Budget 2022

Is housing the 'big winner' from the Government's Summer Economic Statement?

Jul 15th 2021, 5:11 PM 17,222 Views 15 Comments

Housing looms large in the Government’s budgetary thinking at the moment.

Amid pressure on Ireland, Donohoe 'won't speculate' on future position on corporation tax
# Taxing Matters
# Taxing Matters

Amid pressure on Ireland, Donohoe 'won't speculate' on future position on corporation tax

Jul 15th 2021, 12:21 PM 9,985 Views 33 Comments

In its Summer Economic Statement, the Government has revised Irish growth projections upwards.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Former ministers that breach 'cooling off period' rules could face fines under proposed reforms

Jul 13th 2021, 8:50 PM 12,654 Views 10 Comments

Proposals to tighten laws on lobbying activity were approved by Cabinet today.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government
# Transparency
# Transparency

Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government

Jun 17th 2021, 6:46 PM 11,011 Views 8 Comments

The Act will be reviewed for the first time since being updated in 2014.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 14 May, 2021

'Club players' voices need to be heard once and for all' - calls to complete 2020 All-Ireland camogie series
# Saga
From The42
# Saga

'Club players' voices need to be heard once and for all' - calls to complete 2020 All-Ireland camogie series

May 14th 2021, 9:37 PM 2,708 Views 0 Comments

The Camogie Association’s recent poll to endorse a split season came at a cost for clubs involved in the unfinished 2020 competitions.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Government to review how Lotto funds are given to charity after concerns about 'transparency' of system
# Good Causes
# Good Causes

Government to review how Lotto funds are given to charity after concerns about 'transparency' of system

Apr 28th 2021, 4:34 PM 16,417 Views 9 Comments

Charities Institute Ireland raised concerns about Good Causes funding last December.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 6 April, 2021

Paschal Donohoe defends Ireland's corporation tax rate after US treasury secretary's remarks
# Exchequer Returns
# Exchequer Returns

Paschal Donohoe defends Ireland's corporation tax rate after US treasury secretary's remarks

Apr 6th 2021, 6:38 PM 28,140 Views 26 Comments

Ireland’s budget deficit increased by nearly €4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 14 March, 2021

Pregnancy, parenting and politics: 'It's not advisable to go on a campaign trail two weeks postpartum'
# Women In Politics
# Women In Politics

Pregnancy, parenting and politics: 'It's not advisable to go on a campaign trail two weeks postpartum'

Mar 14th 2021, 6:30 AM 30,688 Views 2 Comments

This week saw the government announce Justice Helen McEntee will take six months of paid maternity leave, but the conversation has already turned to bigger questions.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Unions agree deal to give 1% pay rise to public servants this year and another in 2022
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Unions agree deal to give 1% pay rise to public servants this year and another in 2022

Feb 23rd 2021, 1:27 PM 67,046 Views 68 Comments

The package was ratified at a meeting this morning.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

€81,000 salary hike for senior Department of Health role 'right decision', says Minister
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

€81,000 salary hike for senior Department of Health role 'right decision', says Minister

Feb 2nd 2021, 9:01 PM 72,306 Views 124 Comments

The role of secretary general at the Department of Health has been advertised with a salary of €292,000.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

Ministers confident of financial 'firepower' to withstand Covid-19 in 2021 despite €19 billion deficit last year
# Money Men
# Money Men

Ministers confident of financial 'firepower' to withstand Covid-19 in 2021 despite €19 billion deficit last year

Jan 5th 2021, 6:00 PM 21,867 Views 25 Comments

The deficit is compared to a pre-pandemic predicted surplus for the year of €2.5 billion.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 11 December, 2020

Public sector staff to get 1% pay rise next year - with another to follow in 2022
# ICTU
# ICTU

Public sector staff to get 1% pay rise next year - with another to follow in 2022

Dec 11th 2020, 12:43 PM 29,476 Views 42 Comments

Each of the public service unions will now consider the proposal before putting the package to their members.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Talks on new public service pay agreement to start this week
# PSSA
# PSSA

Talks on new public service pay agreement to start this week

Nov 24th 2020, 8:30 PM 32,308 Views 98 Comments

The Public Service Stability Agreement expires at the end of the year.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister

Oct 28th 2020, 1:53 PM 27,073 Views 63 Comments

Cabinet is expected to discuss the fallout from the controversy over the handling of legislation which was passed last week.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers

Oct 14th 2020, 6:45 AM 21,098 Views 22 Comments

Sinn Féin has called for vouchers to be given to people to spend in restaurants.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning

Oct 13th 2020, 3:25 PM 18,851 Views 10 Comments

SUSI grant to be increased for post-graduate students.

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus
# PUP
# PUP

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus

Oct 13th 2020, 2:29 PM 48,893 Views 27 Comments

The announcement that those on the PUP in December will receive a Christmas bonus was part of Budget 2021 announced today.

Incomings and outgoings: Here is a very (very) basic guide to the State's finances
# Budget Day
# Budget Day

Incomings and outgoings: Here is a very (very) basic guide to the State's finances

Oct 13th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,990 Views 3 Comments

How has Covid hit the State coffers so far?

Budget 2021 will be revealed today - here's a look at how things will unfold
# New Normal
# New Normal

Budget 2021 will be revealed today - here's a look at how things will unfold

Oct 13th 2020, 12:05 AM 48,126 Views 56 Comments

Today the biggest budget in the history of the State will be revealed – here’s what we know.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 10 October, 2020

Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?

Oct 10th 2020, 12:05 AM 49,092 Views 55 Comments

All will be revealed on Tuesday.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 4 October, 2020

Minister says Covid-19 numbers are 'deeply concerning and the current trend is not sustainable'
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

Minister says Covid-19 numbers are 'deeply concerning and the current trend is not sustainable'

Oct 4th 2020, 3:02 PM 51,217 Views 54 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said the government stands ready to act on any fresh NPHET advice.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 2 October, 2020

Exchequer deficit for 2020 now €9.4bn as Finance Minister reaffirms pledge of no income tax increase in Budget
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Exchequer deficit for 2020 now €9.4bn as Finance Minister reaffirms pledge of no income tax increase in Budget

Oct 2nd 2020, 5:13 PM 15,984 Views 46 Comments

Overall, tax receipts have remained strong despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Budget will be based on the assumption of no deal Brexit, say ministers
# OCTOBER'S BUDGET
# OCTOBER'S BUDGET

Budget will be based on the assumption of no deal Brexit, say ministers

Sep 16th 2020, 5:25 PM 20,603 Views 40 Comments

Budget 2021 will be no windfall but will target those sectors impacted the most.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 24 July, 2020

Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism
# Memory Lapse
# Memory Lapse

Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism

Updated Jul 24th 2020, 5:13 PM 50,194 Views 158 Comments

Minister for public expenditure Michael McGrath “didn’t recall” his party, Fianna Fáil, trying to block the same allowances in 2017.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Extra bank holiday not ruled out as tourism industry says Covid-19 impact has been 'catastrophic'
# Staycation
# Staycation

Extra bank holiday not ruled out as tourism industry says Covid-19 impact has been 'catastrophic'

Jul 2nd 2020, 7:07 PM 42,568 Views 42 Comments

Fáilte Ireland is calling for the VAT rate to be changed to 5% to help the tourism sector.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs to discuss forming coalition after leaders sign off on 'foundation document'
# Policy
# Policy

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs to discuss forming coalition after leaders sign off on 'foundation document'

Apr 15th 2020, 9:00 AM 10,760 Views 83 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said today there’s “undoubtedly” different opinions in his party on going into coalition with Fine Gael.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 9 April, 2020

'To go to the very top with your club, nothing tops it' - through the years with Galway's Hopper McGrath
# Super Sars
From The42
# Super Sars

'To go to the very top with your club, nothing tops it' - through the years with Galway's Hopper McGrath

Apr 9th 2020, 7:30 AM 5,814 Views 0 Comments

The Galway and Sarsfields great recently steered his beloved club – and his four daughters – to a first All-Ireland senior camogie title, having done it all as a player himself.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 2 March, 2020

'A bit surreal,' as four Sarsfields sisters and their dad finally taste All-Ireland success
# Teenage Dream
From The42
# Teenage Dream

'A bit surreal,' as four Sarsfields sisters and their dad finally taste All-Ireland success

Mar 2nd 2020, 7:15 AM 9,529 Views 2 Comments

19-year-old Siobhán McGrath clinched their first title and ended Slaughtneil’s four-in-a-row bid.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

'I'd be happier if we won it for him' - seeking glory for Galway club with two-time All-Ireland winner Dad
# Family Affair
From The42
# Family Affair

'I'd be happier if we won it for him' - seeking glory for Galway club with two-time All-Ireland winner Dad

Feb 25th 2020, 7:00 AM 9,166 Views 1 Comment

Sarsfields are looking to dethrone the All-Ireland champions Slaughtneil in the senior camogie club decider.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 8 July, 2019

Government accused of 'washing its hands' of pledge to publish insurance claims database
# Michael McGrath
# Michael McGrath

Government accused of 'washing its hands' of pledge to publish insurance claims database

Jul 8th 2019, 5:13 PM 14,549 Views 41 Comments

The Central Bank is to publish its report on the database later this year – but it was meant to have been set up at the end of 2018.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 9 April, 2019

PTSB boss says it has 500 vacant properties on its books
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

PTSB boss says it has 500 vacant properties on its books

Apr 9th 2019, 7:33 PM 23,948 Views 14 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath described the figure as ‘extraordinarily high’.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Almost 7,000 loans in arrears held by 'unregulated loan owners'
# Vulture Funds
# Vulture Funds

Almost 7,000 loans in arrears held by 'unregulated loan owners'

Dec 20th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,390 Views 77 Comments

Unregulated loan owners hold 17% of all mortgages in arrears over 720 days.

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