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Management body says schools might not re-open after midterm

October 25, 2016 |

The General Secretary of the Joint Managerial Body has said that he does not envisage many secondary schools opening after midterm break as members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland withdraw from supervision and substitution duties.

ASTI members are … Read More

Five people die in Maltese plane crash

October 24, 2016 |

Five people have died after a light aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff at Malta International Airport.

An airport source said the five victims were all French, although it is not yet clear if they were members of the military or … Read More

Iarnród Éireann funding crisis puts lines at risk, report warns

October 24, 2016 |

A number of rail lines may be forced to close as Iarnród Éireann is threatened with insolvency, a confidential report has warned.

The draft report given to Minister for Transport Shane Ross shows the country’s rail infrastructure has deteriorated to … Read More

Foley’s flight home carried special call-sign for the fallen warrior

October 20, 2016 |

The Ryanair corporate jet that flew Anthony Foley’s body home from Paris did so under special call signs to denote the Munster coach’s birth year as well as his famous number as a player.

The Boeing 737-700 jet, which had … Read More

Doctors latest group to threaten strike over pay claim

October 19, 2016 |

With thousands of gardaí and teachers preparing to stage work stoppages, doctors are the latest group to warn of strike action as pressure on the Government over public service pay reaches crisis levels.

The Government insisted yesterday, however, there could … Read More

Teachers’ pay gap narrows but is not going away soon

October 18, 2016 |

The pay gap between new teachers and more established colleagues has emerged as one of the most fiercely debated issues in the looming strike.

The ASTI insists that teachers who entered the profession during the crash lag far behind those … Read More

Ladbrokes, Gala Coral to sell 359 shops ahead of merger

October 17, 2016 |

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral said they agreed to sell 359 shops for £55.5m to rivals, in a deal which will reduce their footprint and pave the way for competition authorities to allow their merger to proceed.

The pair were … Read More

Chief executive resigns as Goal reels from Syria inquiry

October 13, 2016 |

Barry Andrews has resigned as chief executive of Goal as the aid agency reels from a US investigation into its multimillion-euro Syria operation, The Irish Times has learned.

Mr Andrews, a former Fianna Fáil minister who took the helm at … Read More

Increased benefits for landlords in Budget 2017

October 12, 2016 |

Interest deductibility for residential landlords is to be increased by 5% to 80% as part of measures in Budget 2017 to support the rental market.

The rate had been restricted to 75% in 2009.

In addition, full interest deductibility for … Read More

Budget based on prudent management, says Kenny

October 12, 2016 |

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Budget 2017 is the first in a series of budgets that are focused on what the public said was important.

Speaking on RTÉ News, Mr Kenny said it was based on continued prudent management of … Read More

Government Statement on Preparations for Brexit

October 11, 2016 |

Government intensifies preparatory work on Brexit and announces All-Island Civic Dialogue to seek broad based views on all-island implications.

Next Steps to include:

· An all-island Civic Dialogue on Brexit with the initial meeting to be hosted by the Taoiseach … Read More

Budget 2017: Just about everything we know so far

October 10, 2016 |

We’re down to the final straight, and after a budget that has had more leaks that a colander, where are we at?

The Government has about €1.2 billion for tax cuts and spending increases in Budget 2017 and nobody will … Read More

ASTI asked to cooperate in event of industrial action

October 7, 2016 |

The Department of Education has asked teachers’ union the ASTI to cooperate with arrangements it is attempting to make to keep secondary schools open in the event of industrial action by teachers.

The Association of Secondary School Teachers is currently … Read More

Rising from the Ashes: The Athenaeum in Enniscorthy has officially re-opened following restoration

October 6, 2016 |

Enniscorthy was the final garrison in Ireland to surrender in 1916. Today, the Athenaeum theatre and town hall, where the Volunteers made their brave stand, will once again return to a central position in Enniscorthy, following its re-opening on Friday, … Read More

€6m fund to reduce flooding risk in Athlone

October 6, 2016 |

A multi-million euro fund is to be made available for a series of emergency measures over the next nine months to reduce the risk from flooding for 250 homes in Athlone.

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of … Read More

‘Hard Brexit’ could cost UK financial industry £38 billion

October 5, 2016 |

The British financial industry could lose up to £38 billion (€43 billion) in revenue in a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ that would leave it with restricted access to the European Union’s single market, according to a report commissioned by a financial … Read More

First-time buyers need up to four years to save deposit

October 4, 2016 |

New research by Central Bank economists suggests that it takes up to four years for a first-time buyer to save up a deposit for a house in south Dublin.

In other urban areas of the country, the time to … Read More

LÉ James Joyce to conclude three-month Med tour of duty

September 30, 2016 |

LÉ James Joyce returns to Cork later this morning after a three-month humanitarian tour of duty in the Mediterranean. During the operation, the ship’s crew rescued almost 2,500 people, and recovered 21 bodies.

LÉ James Joyce departed the Naval Service … Read More

Aran Islands Air Services Contract Extended

September 29, 2016 |

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne T.D., has today (27 September 2016) announced that the contract between his Department and GASL with regard to the provision of air services to the Aran Islands has been extended. The contract … Read More

Budget to dominate as Dáil returns after summer break

September 27, 2016 |

The new Dáil term begins later today after a two-month summer recess, with focus immediately turning to next month’s Budget. Ahead of detailed negotiations, the Independent Alliance is due to meet this week to discuss their budget strategy.

Minister for … Read More

Medical device research centre to open in Galway

September 26, 2016 |

A €68m centre for medical device research will be officially launched at NUI Galway this morning. The Centre for Research in Medical Devices will involve more than 250 researchers from a total of six academic institutions across the country.

It … Read More

Noonan says corporation tax not under EU pressure

September 26, 2016 |

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said there is no pressure on Ireland from Europe to change its tax laws or to alter the tax incentives for companies to invest in Ireland.

Speaking at an event in Limerick marking the … Read More

Obesity problem focus of new Government plan

September 23, 2016 |

The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at tackling Ireland’s growing obesity problem.The action plan includes a proposal for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

The “healthy weight for Ireland” policy seeks a targeted reduction in the excess weight of … Read More

Oxygen equipment on all ambulances being checked after Naas death

September 23, 2016 |

Safety notices have been issued to all staff to carry out basic checks on oxygen equipment in ambulances following the death of a man in an ambulance fire at Naas General Hospital. HSE National Director with Responsibility for the Ambulance … Read More

Commuters face disruption with Dublin Bus strike

September 23, 2016 |

Hundreds of thousands of commuters in the capital face disruption today, as Dublin Bus drivers stage a fifth day of strike action.

The National Bus and Railworkers’ Union has warned that unrest could spread to Bus Éireann and Irish Rail.

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SoftwareONE announces the creation of 100 new jobs as part of €16m expansion plan, supported by IDA Ireland

September 22, 2016 |

Ambitious plan for innovative new PyraCloud Platform aims to drive success in the cloud for the €5bn company.

SoftwareONE has today announced a major expansion of its Irish operations, creating 100 new jobs in a move that will increase its … Read More

Launch of Donegal Road Safety Plan 2016-2021

September 21, 2016 |

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Terence Slowey will today launched the Donegal Road Safety Plan 2016-2021 produced by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group, with the objective of improving road safety for all road users.

The Donegal Road Safety … Read More

Minister English announces €100k prize money for innovation in the design of housing solutions for older people

September 21, 2016 |

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here this morning at one of the greatest events in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships, to highlight for the second time today, the important work of my Department, following on from Minister … Read More

Bus Éireann says pay increase cannot be considered

September 21, 2016 |

Bus Éireann has told staff that it is planning to separate its loss-making Expressway service from the rest of the company, and is also contemplating changing terms and conditions for staff working in that division. In a letter to employees, … Read More

Operations at Oberstown detention centre to be reviewed

September 19, 2016 |

A review of operations at the Oberstown children’s detention campus has been announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone and the board of the facility.

The review was ordered after a number of incidents at the centre, … Read More

GE to invest €150 million in biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus in Cork, Ireland, and establish advanced manufacturing training centre at NIBRT

September 19, 2016 |

GE plans to establish four prefabricated, off-the-shelf biologics factories for GE customers in GE BioPark Cork, creating up to 500 jobs

GE’s factory is between 25 and 50 percent more cost-effective to build than traditional manufacturing facilities

GE is also … Read More

GE Healthcare to create 500 jobs with €150m investment

September 19, 2016 |

Biopharma company GE Healthcare is to create up to 500 jobs in the Republic with a €150 million investment in a manufacturing campus.

The company plans to establish four prefabricated, off-the-shelf biologics factories at GE BioPark, Cork.

In addition, it … Read More

Minister Humphreys hosts regional meetings of Local Authorities to progress broadband roll out

September 15, 2016 |

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is today (Thursday) holding the first of two regional meetings with Local Authorities from across the country as part of her plans to ensure the timely roll out of rural … Read More

400,000 Dublin Bus users disrupted as strike continues

September 15, 2016 |

Over 400,000 Dublin Bus customers face a third day of travel disruption as staff at the company continue their strike over pay.

With no sign of any intervention that could break the deadlock between management and workers, union representatives will … Read More

Water charges: Where do we stand now?

September 13, 2016 |

Water charges have become one of the major political issues of our time, and arguably significantly influenced the outcome of the general election earlier this year.

The suspension of charges earlier in 2016 marked a temporary victory for those who … Read More

James Reilly is selling his cars – 10 Jags, three Daimlers and a clapped out Pajero

September 13, 2016 |

The deputy leader of Fine Gael, Senator James Reilly, is to sell his collection of vintage and classic cars along with the contents of his country home, Loughton House, the 13-bedroom Anglo-Irish mansion on 82 acres outside the village … Read More

Ministers congratulate Michael McKillop on winning Gold

September 13, 2016 |

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, have extended their congratulations to Michael McKillop following the successful defence of his T37 1,500metres crown in Rio today, winning … Read More

Investigation over coast guard volunteer’s death

September 13, 2016 |

An investigation is due to get under way today into the circumstances surrounding the death of a coastguard volunteer off Co Clare yesterday.

Caitríona Lucas was searching for a missing man with two other volunteers when their rigid inflatable … Read More

Irish Navy involved in the rescue of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean

September 13, 2016 |

An Irish naval vessel has been involved in a mission to rescue migrants off the coast of Libya.

The LÉ James Joyce this morning located and rescued 423 migrants from 18 separate vessels during a complex operation 40 nautical miles … Read More

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD launches ‘Construction Safety Week 2016’

September 12, 2016 |

Minister applauds construction workers who speak about their accidents and rehabilitation in order to help others in a moving new video series ‘IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE’

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD has launched ‘Construction … Read More