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# This Week

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2022
# Leo Varadkar
Varadkar: Ireland coming to the point where it needs to 'move on' from Covid-19 restrictions
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was speaking on RTE Radio.
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# mercosur
'It's a bad deal, there's no point in saying otherwise': Agriculture minister on trade agreement with South American countries
The deal with hit the Irish beef sector.
# Interview
Varadkar confirms that children's hospital review WILL be able to find individuals accountable
Varadkar said the terms of reference of the review would be changed.
# confidence and supply
Taoiseach denies early election plan and accuses Fianna Fáil of dragging out agreement talks
The war of words between the two main parties continues, but Varadkar said he still wants a 2020 general election.
# bus that wouldn't slow down
More than half the buses tested on Irish roads have been deemed unsafe
More than a third of the buses tested had ‘major or dangerous defects’.
# Health
Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals
RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.
# care of the state
Grace case whistleblower says she's 'disappointed' with HSE's response
The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, told RTÉ’s This Week that she wants to appear before committee to set the record straight.
# confidence and supply
Fianna Fáil to abstain from vote of no confidence in Government
The Taoiseach meanwhile says he isn’t ruling out a criminal investigation into the Tusla saga.
# Organ Transplant
Fears raised over transfer times for children needing transplants
A confidential hospital report has said that current travel arrangements are “unsustainable”.
# Charities
Appeal to HSE to ensure Console services are secured in wake of controversy
The Health Minister has described an audit into the charity as a “harrowing” read.
# Southwest
Teenager with intellectual disabilities left in foster home despite allegations of sexual abuse
The young person had been living in the home in the Cork/Kerry area since 2003.
# Midland Regional Hospital
'They were lied to': Health Minister speaks out over baby deaths
The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has spoken out about the findings in HIQA’s report on the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
# Water Charges
Irish Water says over 1 million have registered ahead of tomorrow's deadline
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today that those who do not register will not have their water cut off.
# pay packet
'There's no way USC can be abolished overnight'
The suggestion of more taxes to offset any further reduction in the charge hasn’t been ruled out.
# direct provision
'There’s a growing sense across the country that something is seriously wrong'
A Bishop has called for the conditions in Direct Provision centres to be improved.
# big spend
Phil Hogan 'personally signed off on' funding relating to Irish Water consultants
New documents have reportedly revealed that he was aware of the spend as far back as December 2012.
# Bad timing
It's the last thing he needs, but Phil Hogan's just been landed with ANOTHER Irish Water scandal
The former minister had the biggest job interview of his life this week, as he bids to become Agriculture Commissioner. But the issue of Irish Water just won’t go away, it seems.
# Drug use
Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction problems
Christy Burke said that “certain senior politicians don’t see any votes in addiction, so they don’t see it as a priority”.
# Exports
"I don't think we're back to cheese mountains": Coveney plays down Russian sanctions
The Agriculture Minister has said the effect on the Irish market this year might only be €8.2 million.
# slow response
The State isn't talking to abuse victims - Louise O'Keeffe
She’s now written to he Taoiseach and to Minister for Education to requesting a meeting.
# 800 babies
Archbishop calls for 'full-bodied investigation' into all mother-and-baby homes
Diarmuid Martin said that any investigation needs to ensure that the culture that existed in past has been stamped out.
# Ian Bailey
Witness threatened to "blow the Bailey case out of the water" if any attempt was made to arrest her
RTÉ’s This Week programme says that they have seen memos from a garda in Schull which show warrants against a witness went unexecuted.
# This Week
Regrets, friends and the Dubai connection: 6 things we heard at the Anglo trial
A look back at seven days of evidence at the Criminal Courts of Justice.
# limerick city of culture
Arts Minister read about Limerick City of Culture resignation 'in the paper'
The Arts Minister says he won’t be seeking changes to the board, other than including the ‘Limerick arts community’.
# ESB
ESB hits out at 'inaccuracies' in reports about pension scheme
Reports over the last couple of days suggested the company had changed the nature of the scheme and failed to tell its auditor KPMG about opposition to the changes from unions.
# Cocaine
'Missing' Michaella McCollum Connolly visited by British embassy in Peru
The larger the amount of drugs the longer the sentence in Peru, and if convicted, the women could face up to 25 years in prison.
# Northern Ireland
Calls for Justice Minister to release Belturbet bombing files
A Freedom of Information request submitted by RTÉ’s This Week programme was refused earlier this year.
# Constitution
Lobby groups warned over intensive lobbying of constitutional convention
Convention chairman Tom Arnold says citizen members are entitled not to be bombarded with unwanted contact.