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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Prime Time

All time
# Portlaoise
Taoiseach: Independent report into baby deaths would only happen after HSE inquiry
Health Minister James Reilly has ordered a HSE investigation, but there have been calls to have health watchdog HIQA brought in straight away
# Further Investigation
Portlaoise midwives wrote to Cowen and Harney over 'fears that a mother or baby would die'
Last night’s Prime Time showed how four babies died in 6 years at Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
# fatal failures
Missed the Prime Time investigation last night? Here’s what you need to know
The programme investigated the deaths of four babies at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
# run rabbitte
Was Pat Rabbitte called "Fat Rabbitte" on Prime Time last night?
He was. He definitely was.
# warning
The HSE is in danger of ‘regressing to a previous era’
The stark warning is made in a confidential internal report that details difficulties in recruiting consultants.
# Angela Kerins
Rehab are waiting 'too long' to reveal their CEO's salary
Jerry Buttimer, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, said the move is needed to restore confidence in the organisation.
# 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.
# Compromise
Meghan O'Sullivan warns of 'darker downside' to Northern Ireland stalemate
The vice-chair of recent talks told RTÉ’s Prime Time that some parties are continuing to focus on the parts of the deal they disagree with.
# Brian Conlan
Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief 'puts two fingers up to the PAC'
Brian Conlan has said he will not appear at a PAC hearing tomorrow morning as the other directors and officers know everything he does.
# Creches
Funding of €900,000 for childcare staff training
The money is part of wider reforms for the pre-school childcare sector following Prime Time’s exposé earlier this year.
# Health Service
Hospital chiefs write to HSE saying cuts are threatening patient safety
A report on RTÉ’s Prime Time this evening claimed that hospital chief executives have warned of delays in cancer treatment due to budgetary reductions.
# Budget
Fiscal Advisory Council clarifies Spring's Prime Time Budget comments
It said that its preferred policy is to continue with the planned adjustment of €3.1 billion.
# Seanad referendum
Sinn Féin: Let us take part in the Prime Time debate
Meanwhile Fianna Fáil has slammed Fine Gael’s “play acting” over who takes part in tonight’s TV debate. Luckily this will all be over in a few days…
# Seanad referendum
Richard Bruton is representing the government on the Prime Time debate
And it’s on tonight.
# Ryanair
"I've made mistakes...I have to change those rough edges" - Michael O'Leary
The Ryanair chief executive told Prime Time on RTÉ that the company could grow Aer Lingus and was reviewing policy in the wake of the Muhammad Sattar incident.
# Seanad referendum
Bruton: I haven't been asked to take part in RTÉ debate
Enda Kenny has said ‘no’ to an invitation to appear in the Prime Time programme, but Richard Bruton says he’s not in a position to confirm who might represent Fine Gael on Tuesday.
# yes but no
Kenny says 'no' to TV debate on Seanad abolition
RTÉ say they’ve been told the Taoiseach won’t be taking part in the Prime Time debate, and will make other arrangements to have the ‘yes’ side represented.
# Seanad referendum
Martin: I'm turning up for Seanad TV debate... but no one knows if the Taoiseach will
Micheál Martin has also said he has been invited by TV3 and Vincent Browne to debate Seanad abolition with the Taoiseach next week, in addition to the planned Prime Time debate on Tuesday.
# Seanad referendum
Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen
Micheál Martin has accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate between the party leaders on 1 October but will the Taoiseach?
# Speaking out
'We've been waiting for this battle for the last 17 years': IRFU chief on Heineken Cup
Philip Browne says that the Heineken Cup situation has been coming since 1995.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about Enda Kenny promising to act on Priory Hall and the death of Ariel Castro.
David McCullagh to replace Pat Kenny as new Prime Time presenter
The RTÉ political correspondent starts his new gig next week.
# Pat Carey
This former Fianna Fáil government minister is now working for a PR company
Pat Carey, a Cabinet minister with multiple briefs in the final days of the Cowen government, has joined DHR Communications.
Miriam on replacing Pat Kenny: 'I haven't actually thought about it'
Miriam O’Callaghan claims she hasn’t even thought about filling in for the departed Pat Kenny on his lucrative mid-morning slot on RTÉ Radio One.
# Changes
Tubridy: Others might be tempted to leave RTÉ after Pat Kenny departure
The Late Late Show host confirmed that he is not looking to leave the State broadcaster but admitted that others might be.
# Pat Kenny
Pat Kenny on his Newstalk move: 'The money is not the overriding factor'
The broadcaster has been speaking to Newstalk about his shock decision to leave RTÉ and join the radio station.
# moving
Pat Kenny is leaving RTÉ to join Newstalk
The veteran broadcaster will present a mid-morning show on Newstalk from September, it has been confirmed.
# Lariam
Shatter dismisses link between anti-malaria drug and soldiers' suicides
The minister says an investigation has shown it is “extremely unlikely” that Lariam was linked to mental health concerns.
# Childcare
HSE: 'Creche breached child-adult ratio - we marked it compliant by accident'
An inspection report handed to parents whose children attend a Dublin creche identified breaches of child-adult ratios yet marked the facility compliant. The HSE said this was an “administrative error”.
# Peadar Tóibín
Gerry Adams issues discipline warning as one Sinn Féin TD rejects abortion law
Peadar Tóibín says he cannot support the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.
# Childcare
Crèche inspection reports to be put online from next month
Frances Fitzgerald has outlined plans to change the childcare regulation system following RTÉ’s exposé last month.
# Childcare
Burton: "Questions to be asked" about privatisation of creches
In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that some parents are leaving their jobs because of the cost of childcare.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a second free pre-school year be included the next budget?
Minister Frances Fitzgerald has ruled it out, but do you think she should change her mind?
Lisa McInerney: Caring for children is a tough job - so why don't we value it more?
Childcare is more of a vocation than a 9-to-5 – but many workers are still underpaid and underqualified, writes Lisa McInerney.
# A Breach of Trust
HSE director 'sorry' for not putting creche reports online
“I apologise for that…It was in a queue of things to happen. It was resource-restricted. It will happen now.”
# A Breach of Trust
Profit-making childhood services to pay 'significant registration fee'
Chief executive-designate of the Child and Family Agency Gordon Jeyes described the portrayal of childcare in RTÉ Prime Time’s investigation as “truly horrifying”.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Your Say
Poll: Should CCTV be installed in Irish creches?
The idea has been mooted in light of revelations in this week’s Prime Time investigation.
# Not the News
Alan Shatter 'humbled', HSE versus the China baby video: The week's news skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: HSE officials too busy watching video of Chinese baby to appear on Prime Time, and parents using clothes recycling containers to mind children…
# Little Harvard
In letter to parents, creche 'does not accept general thrust' of RTÉ footage
Little Harvard has defended itself in a letter sent home with children who attend its five creches this week in the wake of the ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme.