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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Phil Hogan

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# Election 2014
Taoiseach: Tensions with Brian Hayes ‘so far back in history they’re irrelevant’
The junior minister was formally selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the European elections in Dublin at an event in the city centre this evening.
# Undecided
30 Dublin councillors don't know how they feel about a directly-elected mayor
In a survey released today, 43 out of 129 councillors said they were in favour of proposals.
# tackling cancer
Selling your home? You might have to test it for radon
A new report from the Department of Environment makes the suggestion as part of the effort to tackle the cancer-causing gas.
# spring watch
"Some fine weather": Those three words from Evelyn Cusack that mean so much...
Good news, just in time for Valentine’s. (We just need to get through the next 48 hours of rain, unfortunately).
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach accused of having a ‘King Canute’ response to the floods
Enda Kenny told the Dáil today that the cost of installing 10km of new flood defences at between €50 and €100 million.
# hazardous fumes
Government to review storage of ‘toxic materials’ near homes
The Environment Minister also confirmed last night that three investigations will be carried out into the cause last weekend’s fire at a west Dublin recycling plant.
# cold water
"It's not a quango": Rabbitte defends €5.7m Irish Water 'transition' body
The office was set up to manage the transfer of water services from councils to the remit of Irish Water.
# More Water
Barry Cowen to Phil Hogan: ‘You misled Dáil’. Hogan: ‘No, you did’.
Cowen has claimed that Hogan “either deliberately lied” or “accidentally gave a gross underestimation” about Irish water costs. The Minister says Cowen was “selective in his quotes”.
# Hot Water
'Did it come from the taxpayer?': PAC chief slams Hogan's officials over Irish Water funding
A suggestion that the exchequer is not funding Irish Water drew criticism from the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness last night.
# Water Charges
Water charges will be announced ‘in or around August’
The charges are set to begin in October with the first bills due in early 2015 but a pricing structure has yet to be decided.
# More Water
"This government is shrouding itself in secrecy," - Fianna Fáil hit out at Irish Water controversy
The Oireachtas heard a lot more about Irish Water today, with the Dáil and Public Accounts Committee both sitting into the evening.
# Leaders' Questions
'No, is the answer to that question': Taoiseach won't ask Phil Hogan to resign
Enda Kenny has insisted that Irish Water will be “wide-open” and transparent while confirming he knew it would cost €180 million to set up.
# Big Philly Style
'You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs': Hogan defends Irish Water spending
The Environment Minister has been called on to resign by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams today.
# More Water
“We’re not getting transparency at Irish Water,” Barry Cowen and Phil Hogan face off on Prime Time
After earlier releasing copies of redacted letters, Barry Cowen got to air his grievances over Irish Water to the Minister for the Environment tonight.
# Final Countdown
In late twist, Donegal County Council passes budget by a single vote
A change of mind by one Independent Councillor and the inability of another to vote, meant the budget was passed after it seemed likely to fail.
# Dissolution threat
Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed
And Phil ‘Big Phil’ Hogan will be doing the removal…
# Donegal
Donegal County Council on verge of collapse after failure to agree budget
The budget was defeated with 15 votes to 13.
# Planning
Planning process criticised as Government publishes details of public consultation
Ireland has submitted its first report on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention which ensures public participation in environmental planning.
# local government
Local government model and funding to "change considerably" this year
When Irish Water takes over water services, Minister Hogan said local authorities will have lower funding needs.
# Water Meters
Almost 80,000 homes have so far been fitted with water meters
Irish Water came into operation yesterday and says that over 1 million household connections have also now surveyed by authorities.
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
Reshuffle in late 2014 with junior ministers and backbenchers in line for promotion
The Taoiseach is keen to give talent a chance next year with some “movement” planned.
# Political Reform
Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay
SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.
# Landslide
Extra funding granted to prevent landslides in Cobh
The Minister for Environment announced an extra €2 million in funding for tackling landslides in Cobh in Co Cork.
# Household charge
Late payment penalties for the household charge amounts to €9.3m
Minister Phil Hogan said the compliance rate stands in excess of 80.5 per cent.
# Pyrite
Pyrite remediation work to begin in new year
Yesterday Cabinet approved the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill, which will provide for the operation of a scheme to fund the work.
# property ladder
Local authorities issue 99 mortgage approvals this year
If you have been turned down for a bank loan you can apply for a loan from your local authority.
# Dáil Reform
Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms
Changes to the question time have been criticised but the government chief whip has defended the new format following near-farcical scenes in the chamber on Thursday.
# I have a dream
Fine Gael Mayor of Tralee: Phil Hogan has a dream - to get rid of town councils
Pat Hussey said the Fine Gael party has lost the run of themselves since getting into power.
# Good News
It’s over: Dublin water restrictions to be lifted from tonight
However water pressure will remain low in the evenings over the coming weeks.
# local government
"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors
Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.
# Water Restrictions
Dublin City Council passes motion to call Hogan and Irish Water before it
Councillors heard from the City Engineer at a meeting tonight, the first since restrictions were imposed last week.
# Water
Hogan: Communication of water restrictions could have been handled better
The minister said the problem is one engineers have never experienced before.
# local government
Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland
The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.
'Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply'
The Irish Restaurant Association said businesses will be seriously affected by water restrictions saying they are paying the highest water rates in Europe and the water service should reflect that.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about a threat against Phil Hogan, an ATM scam and a plane crash in Belgium.
# Threat
Hogan reports email threat to burn his family home to gardaí
A spokesperson for the minister said he had previously received threats in relation to the household charge but they were “not like this”.
# Dublin Mayor
Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'
The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.
# Local government reform
Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years'
“With this bill we intend to to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.