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#Michael McGrath

# michael-mcgrath - Yesterday’s News

Budget aims to help 'most vulnerable' and the 'squeezed middle', says McGrath
# Cost Of Living Crisis
# Cost Of Living Crisis

Budget aims to help 'most vulnerable' and the 'squeezed middle', says McGrath

Updated 8 hours ago 16,377 Views 34 Comments

Cabinet could decide next week to bring the Budget forward to the end of September.

Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending
# Commission On Defence
# Commission On Defence

Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending

Fri 12:05 AM 26,186 Views 25 Comments

Simon Coveney was due to deliver an action plan on defence to Cabinet in June.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 29 June, 2022

Government teases new tax bracket for middle-income earners - but charity warns against proposal
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Government teases new tax bracket for middle-income earners - but charity warns against proposal

Wed 1:38 PM 47,070 Views 49 Comments

Fine Gael Ministers have shown support for a proposed 30% tax band.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Contact Department of Social Protection if you're struggling with bills, says McGrath
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Contact Department of Social Protection if you're struggling with bills, says McGrath

Jun 21st 2022, 10:48 AM 18,762 Views 31 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said the government cannot counter every increase in people’s expenditure.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 9 June, 2022

Public service pay talks are now officially underway
# Rising Inflation
# Rising Inflation

Public service pay talks are now officially underway

Jun 9th 2022, 3:17 PM 18,981 Views 19 Comments

The talks will be facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission from next week.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 31 May, 2022

Cabinet approves two-year lease on Citywest Hotel to accommodate Ukrainian refugees
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet approves two-year lease on Citywest Hotel to accommodate Ukrainian refugees

Updated May 31st 2022, 9:21 PM 44,137 Views 53 Comments

The hotel and conference centre currently accommodates about 2,300 people fleeing the war.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'

May 10th 2022, 5:21 PM 16,267 Views 29 Comments

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says work is continuing across a number of departments.

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
# Rising Costs
# Rising Costs

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects

May 10th 2022, 1:45 PM 11,146 Views 15 Comments

The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 6 May, 2022

McGrath gives the green light to exploratory talks on public service pay
# Rising Inflation
# Rising Inflation

McGrath gives the green light to exploratory talks on public service pay

May 6th 2022, 5:21 PM 18,851 Views 18 Comments

The talks will centre around the pay for 350,000 people who work in the public sector.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 5 May, 2022

State's deficit drops by over €6 billion following conclusion of Covid-19 measures
# Exchequer Returns
# Exchequer Returns

State's deficit drops by over €6 billion following conclusion of Covid-19 measures

May 5th 2022, 9:44 AM 18,090 Views 18 Comments

An Exchequer deficit of €1.1 billion was recorded at the end of April, compared with a deficit of €7.6 billion in the same period last year.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

Taoiseach calls Russia 'sinister' after video shows mock-up of nuclear attack on Ireland
# Nuclear Strike
# Nuclear Strike

Taoiseach calls Russia 'sinister' after video shows mock-up of nuclear attack on Ireland

May 3rd 2022, 5:34 PM 46,545 Views 59 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that it represented a mindset that was “out of touch with reality”.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

New Cabinet committee on Ukrainian crisis as TD makes 'strong call' for holiday homes to be used for refugees
# Housing
# Housing

New Cabinet committee on Ukrainian crisis as TD makes 'strong call' for holiday homes to be used for refugees

Updated Apr 26th 2022, 3:40 PM 23,844 Views 37 Comments

Taoiseach Micheá Martin said that he had met with Ukrainian refugees over the weekend.

Government minister and public representatives met with garda management about Cork resources
# Cork
# Cork

Government minister and public representatives met with garda management about Cork resources

Apr 26th 2022, 6:30 AM 9,823 Views 0 Comments

Michael McGrath and other elected representatives have met with senior garda management about the policing service in Cork.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 31 March, 2022

Plan for 'major shift’ on remote working for civil servants launched by government
# Working From Home
# Working From Home

Plan for 'major shift’ on remote working for civil servants launched by government

Mar 31st 2022, 1:34 PM 23,994 Views 27 Comments

Most civil servants will now be able to work remotely at least some of the time.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Ministers who breach 'cooling-off' period before lobbying could soon be fined €25k
# Sanctions
# Sanctions

Ministers who breach 'cooling-off' period before lobbying could soon be fined €25k

Feb 15th 2022, 6:00 AM 11,222 Views 16 Comments

There was controversy over Michael D’Arcy taking up a top job in the Association of Investment Managers.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 11 February, 2022

Cost of living: Government rejects criticism of 'universal' and 'anti-motorist' measures
# Inflation Crisis
# Inflation Crisis

Cost of living: Government rejects criticism of 'universal' and 'anti-motorist' measures

Updated Feb 11th 2022, 10:26 AM 19,921 Views 85 Comments
  • The central plank of the government's package is a once-off €200 electricity credit.
  • Critics have argued that everyone will get the same credit regardless of their circumstances.
  • Minister Michael McGrath has said that 'speed' was the government's priority in devising the support.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 27 January, 2022

Home help workers to receive the €1,000 Covid bonus payment
# Recognition Payment
# Recognition Payment

Home help workers to receive the €1,000 Covid bonus payment

Jan 27th 2022, 5:10 PM 49,180 Views 35 Comments

Labour health spokesperson Duncan Smith said the payment should be extended to include all workers in the disability sector.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

Employers will need 'a very good reason' to refuse a request for remote working
# Hybrid Working
# Hybrid Working

Employers will need 'a very good reason' to refuse a request for remote working

Updated Jan 25th 2022, 5:42 PM 48,622 Views 45 Comments
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said new legislation will 'make it harder' for employers to say no.
  • The legislation lists 13 potential reasons why an employer might refuse such a request.
  • Varadkar has also said employers should give a pay rise to employees 'where they can afford' it.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

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 Jan 19th 2022, 4:15 PM 242,211 Views 240 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 21,833 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 46,660 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 19,092 Views 58 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 9,204 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 20,652 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 20,190 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 14,665 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 17,232 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 9,988 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 12,683 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 11,029 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 2,721 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 16,565 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 28,150 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 30,716 Views 3 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 70,121 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 72,457 Views 126 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 21,872 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 29,961 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 32,330 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 27,080 Views 63 Comments

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

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