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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 Public Works Sean Canney said the €6m project will proceed ahead of an ongoing study […]
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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 headquarters at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour on 8 July and was operational in the Mediterranean […]
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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 was to come to an end on 30 September 2016 but has now been extended […]
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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 Finance Michael Noonan is also due to hold further talks this week with Fianna Fáil’s […]
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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 is being supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The medtech industry in Ireland is booming, with […]
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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. Dublin Bus, meanwhile, has said the stoppages to date have cost the company over €4m […]
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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, including industrial action by staff who have raised concerns about their health and safety, a […]
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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 meet later today to decide whether to escalate their industrial action. Dublin Bus has urged […]
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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 opposed them – but there is no question the subject remains a major source of […]
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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 his fourth Paralympic Gold medal. Minister O’Donovan said: “I am just back from Rio, and […]
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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 boat overturned in heavy swells. The mother-of-two was pronounced dead shortly after being airlifted from the […]
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A new accelerated garda recruitment programme will see 800 gardaí recruited next year and 3,200 on a phased basis over the next four years. The Government has said the recruitment programme would take into account the numbers of gardaí retiring over the period and is designed to bring the strength of the police service up […]
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Thousands of commuters are facing serious disruption in Dublin as bus services are cancelled due to a 48-hour strike over pay. Over 400,000 passengers each day will have to make alternative travel arrangements, while city retailers have warned of the economic impact on businesses. The first of a series of two-day Dublin Bus strikes officially […]