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# regulation

Last year
2022
# sipo report
Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying
Under the law, public officials are subject to a one year “cooling-off” period after they leave their roles.
# the new digital age
A pivotal moment: The internet is in a state of uncertainty right now - what happens next?
Things are changing, and fast. Are Ireland and the EU ready? The Good Information Project is looking into this new digital age.
All time
# regulation
'The system is weak': Just 29 sanctions for landlords in past year despite hundreds of investigations
In the majority of cases the landlord received either a written or monetary fine, or both, for breaches of rent pressure zone requirements.
The majority of RTB investigations relate to alleged breaches of rent pressure zone rules, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Social Democrats TD Cian O'Callaghan said the sanction figures indicate the enforcement system is not working.
# caring for carers
‘It's dangerous’: How Ireland is behind the curve on home care regulation
Part three of Noteworthy’s investigation reveals no legal requirements for training or registration in carer sector.
# regulation
Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.
# scrutiny
Thomas Cook's auditors under investigation over role in signing off on latest accounts
If the FRC’s investigation finds any wrongdoing, it could lead to a severe reprimand and a fine for those involved.
# Richard Bruton
Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety
Minister Richard Bruton said that new legislation will be introduced to regulate social media companies.
# regulation
Central Bank urged to ensure banks don't pass on tracker scandal fines to customers
This week Permanent TSB was fined €21 million for regulatory breaches.
# Dangerous
Government to oppose quad bike and scrambler regulation Bill
The government said it has established its own working group to assess the issue.
# fire sale
'It's not fair': Fianna Fáil poised to block PTSB loan sale to 'unregulated' vulture funds
The bank, which is 75% owned by the State, plans to sell off a loan book worth €4 billion.
# Long Time Coming
Casinos, gaming machines and online gambling to be overseen by independent regulator
The Gambling Control Bill, which has been gathering dust in Leinster House, is to be updated.
# standard of care
Plastic surgery clinics to be regulated under new licensing plan
The new laws will give Hiqa more powers to investigate both public and private hospitals.
# what do you think
Poll: Should there be tougher penalties for using fireworks?
It’s currently an offence to import, ignite, throw, possess, or sell fireworks in the Republic.
# regulation
'A dog who won't bark, never mind bite': Central Bank in the firing line over tracker scandal
More than 20,000 people were impacted by the scandal and numbers are likely to rise.
# your experience
Government study asks people if rickshaws should be regulated
The National Transport Authority wants responses from rickshaw drivers and passengers.
# Counselling
Harris 'sickened' at the 'misleading nonsense' spread by rogue crisis pregnancy agencies
The Regulation of Information Act may be strengthened to deal with rogue crisis pregnancy agencies.
# Consumer rights
Inspector says 'an awful lot' of bouncy castles haven't been safety-checked
Bouncy castles are one of many holiday-related items people are being warned to ensure they are safety-certified.
# education regulation
English Language Teachers start shouting louder about their working rights
The Department of Education won’t meet with the teachers as they are private workers.
# Careful Now
Dublin City Council issues warning regarding safety of rickshaws
The council has stated that rickshaws are not regulated, and are often not insured.
# Complaints
3,500 complaints made to energy regulator - including one person who was wrongly charged €2,500
The regulator said it is important that customers know their rights.
# regulation
This Irish fintech startup is helping banks wade through an 'Eiffel Tower' of regulation
As part of our weekly Startup Spotlight series, we profile Corlytics.
Voices
Luke Ming Flanagan: 'Regulation, like taxes, is only for the little people'
Corporate Ireland doesn’t need to live up to the laws that are put in place for our health and our environment, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.
# fight the fags
From September, all cigarette packs sold in Ireland will look the same
This makes part of effort to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025.
# at the coalface
Donald Trump will today begin repealing Obama's main environmental protection laws
The US president will today unveil a series of measures to review regulations curbing oil, gas, and coal production.
# droning on
Here's how the international community stops drones from crashing into aircraft
As commercial and private drones become ever more prevalent, the risk of airplane strikes heightens accordingly.
# Michael Healy-Rae
Michael Healy-Rae says Trump's view on deregulation 'shows intelligence of the man'
He added that he’d have problems with Trump’s views on other issues.
# Your Say
Poll: Should MMA be regulated in Ireland?
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says the current situation means “anybody can run an MMA event … to whatever standard they see fit”.
# regulation
When politicians support cannabis-based medicines they're supporting medicine, not cannabis
Moves towards regulating the drug have taken a step forward this week.
# An Bord Pleanála
Lease out a room through Airbnb? New guidelines could be on the way
Simon Coveney has said local authorities and property owners don’t always know where they stand.
Voices
'Women right now are being lied to in the most grotesque fashion. Enough is enough'
Today, the Labour Party is introducing to the Dáil legislation that will require those who provide counselling services to women experiencing crisis pregnancies to be registered and regulated.
# BUST
More than 3,000 holidaymakers claiming refund following collapse of Lowcostholidays
The Spanish tour operator collapsed on 15 July and customers have until 19 September to submit their claim.
Voices
Charity founders are often strong personalities who are left unchallenged
In the wake of the Console scandal, Cormac O’Ceallaigh says we need to make sure this crisis never happens again.
# Banking
The financial regulator's enforcement division is down a quarter of its staff
The recruitment campaign is ongoing.
# Longboat Quay
Development in Kildare among other apartments with major fire safety problem
That’s according to the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.
# Licensing
'If pubs are selling c**k rings, how are they going to regulate sex shops?'
Suggestions to regulate sex shops in the same way as casinos has been mooted.
# warning
The Irish version of Facebook could end up worse than the US version
Facebook’s chief of public policy in Europe said the numerous investigations into the company could see new features roll out slowly, or not arrive at all, in Europe
# Yes or No
The British government has no plans to regulate Ouija boards
No – he didn’t ask for the answer to be spelled back slowly to him, letter by letter.
# Investigation
A man bought a voucher for paragliding and was horribly injured in first flight
The pair met in a car park before undertaking the flight.
# lovely e-fags
'I've seen children using e-cigs and that is terrifying'
If passed, a new bill will mean ‘vaping’ becomes subject to the same regulation as ordinary cigarettes
# Relief
First-time buyers will be able to borrow 90% of property value up to €220k
New mortgage regulations announced today will mean all other primary dwelling buyers will have to pay 20% of the value themselves.