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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

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# Mural high ground
Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals
The council sent 35 letters under the Planning and Development Act in recent years.
# left high and dry
Flood victims in an Offaly village feel forgotten and 'never really considered in the first place'
Paddy Towey hasn’t lived in his house since the last major flood in 2015. He wants the government to come and talk with him.
# under control
Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites
Companies were called more than 50 times by the OPW over a two-year period.
# pounding the pavement
Hitting the road in the unpredictable urban/rural battleground of Cork North-Central
The constituency sees just two TDs seeking re-election, one of whom was elected only months ago.
# Your hometown
This Tipperary 'biketown' has worked hard to recover from recession - but it's been an uphill struggle
In an area in need of more mental health services, Carrick-on-Suir locals have devised a plan to try to sustain itself.
# ge2020
Q+A: Here's where Ireland's political parties stand on housing and homelessness ahead of the election
We asked each political party where it stands on housing and homelessness policies in Ireland.
# thank you brext
'Normally you’d be celebrating - but not this time': Ireland's newest MEPs to take their seats thanks to Brexit
Ibec has said that a new economic order awaits Ireland following the UK’s departure today.
# Retirement Age
The pension age is now a major election issue - so where do all the parties stand?
The pension age is set to increase to 67 in 2021, and 68 in 2028.
# ge2020
'It will get worse': 'Embarrassed' over-65s forced to sign on the dole
Sinn Fein has pledged to restore the pensionable age to 65
# driver theory test
Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator
The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.
# chemsex
'GHB is a killer, I know of eight men who died after taking it'
Concerns have also been raised about people being sexually assaulted while taking drugs such as GHB.
# HIQA
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Penalty Points
Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.
# rebuilding ireland
FactFind: How many homes is the Irish government actually building every year?
Eoghan Murphy says Rebuilding Ireland has delivered 64,000 places to live – but how many are new builds?
# FOI
Richard Bruton told BAI the Communicorp ban was 'antithetical to a free and open press'
The Communications Minister said it was a matter of “grave concern” that some journalists had been banned from radio stations.
# Shannon
Power failures and overheating cause long-term outages at Ireland's 'most important' weather radar
The Shannon Airport Rainfall Radar has been taken offline a number of times this year.
# Avalon House
'I'm sick of being railroaded': Angry scenes as locals meet to oppose State's largest homeless hostel
Avalon House in Dublin 2 is set to become a 150-bed homeless hostel in January.
# Protest Camp
Extinction Rebellion: Parks chief was worried removal of Merrion Square camp would look 'aggressive'
The camp was set up by protesters during a week of demonstrations last month.
# Procurement
Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines
Millions has been spent on services procured on almost 350 occasions over a three-year period.
# Irish Water
Raw sewage from 77,000 people in Ireland flowing into environment every day
Ireland needs “substantial” investment in waste water treatment, the EPA report said.
# Renting
A new record high: The average monthly rent in Ireland is now over €1,400
Areas like Munster have seen large increases in rent prices this year compared to 2018.
# no appointments
HSE doesn't collate data on how many patients can't get a doctor's appointment
A number of regions have closed GP panel lists due to capacity.
# rte cuts
If everyone with a TV paid their licence fee in 2018, RTÉ would have an extra €32 million
As RTÉ restructures its organisation with staff cuts and asset sales, there’s a new focus on Ireland’s high TV licence evasion rates.
# Steven Anderson
Anti-LGBT preacher banned from Ireland over 'abusive' views which were 'likely to stir up hatred'
Steven Anderson was the first person to be issued with an exclusion order preventing him from entering Ireland.
# Smoking
Anti-smoking policy at two Dublin maternity hospitals being flouted by patients and visitors
In 2013, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the National Maternity Hospital became tobacco-free campuses.
# mumps
Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital
In September, Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of 69 cases of mumps.
# porn block
Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial
Two departments claimed they weren’t responsible for monitoring the issue.
# track record
'It confirms our worst fears about privatisation': Half of Go-Ahead bus routes fail to meet punctuality targets
The British-owned firm began operating 24 routes in Ireland in September 2018.
# Hyde and Seek
RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé
The RTÉ documentary about the Hyde and Seek chain was broadcast on 24 July.
# central bank forecast
The consumer cost of a no-deal Brexit: Grocery prices at risk of rising
A no-deal scenario would also cost Ireland 73,000 jobs over the next two years, according to analysts’ predictions.
# Childcare
Parents left in limbo after Tusla closes unregistered aftercare facility in south Dublin
Dimples Creche in Sandyford has been forced to close its after-care from tomorrow.
# budget 2020
Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
All will be revealed on Tuesday.
# extinction rebellion
'Our aim is to get people arrested': Climate activists gear up for week-long protest on streets of Dublin
Protesters are planning to block roads and cause disruption around the capital next week.
# budget 2020
Behind-the-scenes pressure on minister to raise inheritance tax threshold in the Budget
A tax-free threshold on transfers between parents and their children currently stands at €320,000.
# Brexit
No-deal Brexit fears: Health chiefs say enough medicines stockpiled to last till New Year
The HPRA will state that no major supply concerns have been identified to date.
# Public Services Card
Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.
# PSC
Criminal sanctions possible if government ignores watchdog’s orders on Public Services Card
The long-awaited report into the card was published yesterday evening.
# Interview
Micheál Martin puts pressure on Fine Gael to include green policies in this year's Budget
Martin wants the government to set a target for when it will be fossil-free.
# Clár funding
Fine Gael minister awards highest level of money from government rural funding scheme to own constituency
Mayo received over 10% of the total money awarded as part of the Clár funding scheme since 2016.
# mandatory vaccinations
Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines
Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.