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# Privatisation

Last year
# Channel 4
UK Culture Secretary and presenter Kirstie Allsopp clash over Channel 4 privatisation
The Culture Secretary said it was time for the broadcaster to ‘fly the nest towards a very exciting future’.
All time
# Your Say
Poll: Should the privatisation of Irish bus services continue?
British bus firm Go Ahead has failed to meet the targets agreed with the National Transport Authority.
# Privatisation
Dentists say government's new oral health policy will result in more teeth being extracted in both children and adults
The Irish Dental Association says policy will be ‘catastrophic’ for adults and children in lower income areas.
# Privatisation
Recruitment under way for new drivers as routes switch to Go-Ahead buses
Successful applicants will receive training and their pay package will be €32,000 per year.
# Transport
Union fears privatisation as Bus Éireann routes 101, 101x and 133 to be put out to tender
The NTA first announced its intentions to put routes up for competitive tender in October.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership?
A bill is coming before the Dáil calling for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.
# Irish Water
'There's a real chance of a referendum on the ownership of water, but we need FF to back it'
The bill, supported by 39 TDs, calls for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.
# Private practice
Ireland's railways could be the next up for privatisation...
The government is reportedly coming under pressure from the Union’s competition branch to put our rail services out to international tender.
# wrong direction
Syriza has done another big U-turn on its election promises
The new Greek government is pushing ahead with privatising ports and airports.
# concerns
Former minister who set up Irish Water says 'forces' at work to privatise company
Fergus O’Dowd is calling for a referendum to be held next year.
# Bus Eireann
Privatisation of bus routes stalled to allow for further talks with unions
Both Siptu and the NBRU are opposed to the move.
# Privatisation
'We don't want to privatise Irish Water but no-one believes politicians when we say that'
The Fine Gael MEP believes legislation is a more sensible option.
Opinion: The Irish civil service is a genuine success story – other countries should follow our model
So much irrationality is directed at our civil service, including the dangerous notion of privatisation of functions, that the hard work of many decent people is overlooked.
Opinion: Attempts to reform the civil service (again) may simply waste more money
The only effective public sector reform is privatisation.
# Alan Kelly
Irish Water to review how it treats customers (and, maybe, its bonus structure)
Minister Alan Kelly has said he expects “a reinvigoration in customer focus”.
# on the buses
Transport Minister defends bus route privatisation plan
Around 10% of bus routes will be privatised.
Protests called off as bus routes privatisation row heads to the LRC
Siptu and the NBRU were due to take part in protests next week.
# Connemara
Government accused of moving to privatise seaweed cutting
Sinn Féin TDs want to know the governments plans for the future of seaweed harvesting on the Western seaboard.
# Strike
Got post to send to the UK? Do it before Royal Mail staff go on strike
Workers at the postal service will strike for the first time in four years on 4 November.
# 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.
# Dirty Dublin
Blog shines spotlight on Dublin city's illegal dumping problem
The Dublin Litter Blog showcases the overstuffed bags, rubbish and random items illegally dumped on the capital’s streets.
# Europe
SIPTU members to protest against EU water privatisation
The members, which include local authority workers, are to protest outside the Dáil today.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes?
Private bus operators have said they could save the State up to €30 million a year if they take over some subsidised bus routes. But would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes?
# Rubbish
Increase in Dublin bin charges set to kick in from today
The waste collection companies say that the price rise is to cover the cost of the Government landfill levy.
Column: It’s time to privatise RTÉ and the DAA. Offload them now.
The two troubled semi-states are living in fantasyland, writes Aaron McKenna. Why should we keep them there?
# Italy
Italy's economy 'on the right track' - IMF
IMF official says Italy has made notable progress since Mario Monti took office.
Column: How do you solve a problem like the public sector?
The public sector is old, bewildered and struggling, writes Cormac McGrane. Here’s what we need to do.
# Bins
Emergency meeting over Dublin city bins 'disaster'
Dublin City councillors are angry with the city managers over how the bin collection service was privatised, saying residents are confused over what’s happening.
# Bin Collection
Councillor criticises 'disruption and confusion' of Dublin bin changeover
Sinn Féin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha said the council had failed to negotiate the handover properly with private operators Greyhound.
Column: Selling State assets risks damaging our future for short-term gain
The Government is considering selling key State companies, writes Donal Palcic – but are the returns worth it for what we will lose?
Column: Who are the winners when we sell State assets? Not the public…
With the deadline for a privatisation plan at hand, Fergal Browne warns of the pitfalls of selling public companies to private investors.
# thatcher
16k people sign petition asking for Thatcher's funeral to be privatised
The former British prime minister hasn’t died – but 16,000 people have signed a petition on a UK government website calling for the private sector to bear the cost of her funeral.
# Airports
Cork and Shannon airports could be privatised - Varadkar
The transport minister has said the two airports are losing millions of euro every year.
# State Assets
Strife at the ESB as unions clash over strike plans
The TEEU has hit out at fellow union Unite, saying it is “not appropriate” to threaten shutdown of Ireland’s electricity supply.
# State Assets
Government planning minority stake sale for state companies
Plan aims to raise €2 billion to support state infrastructure projects.
# Italy
Italy faces crunch vote on austerity package
Italy’s finance minister warns that Europe needs a plan because “like on the Titanic, not even the first-class passengers will be saved”.
# Bank of Ireland
A quarter of Bank of Ireland to remain in private hands - report
Despite resistance from the bank, quasi-nationalisation appears inevitable but the government does want to keep a portion of the Bank of Ireland in private ownership.