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Leaked memo says UK government has no overall plan for Brexit

November 15, 2016 |

The British government has no overall plan for Brexit due to divisions in cabinet, a leaked Cabinet Office memo seen by The Times newspaper says.

The government there may need another six months to decide on Brexit priorities due to … Read More

President Higgins on State visit to Vietnam

November 7, 2016 |

President Michael D Higgins has begun a State visit to Vietnam with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

The State visit marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Vietnam.

The blossoming southeast Asian state is … Read More

Brexit court defeat for UK government

November 3, 2016 |

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.

This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal discussions with the EU – … Read More

Background: Cork’s Proposed Council Amalgamation

November 1, 2016 |

Like Galway, Cork is also in the midst of an amalgamation conundrum, in the first of two articles we take a look at the background to the current situation.

Last year’s report, released in September 2015 by a working group … Read More

Bruton not optimistic ASTI strike can be averted

October 26, 2016 |

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said that discussions with the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland will continue today ahead of industrial action due to begin tomorrow.

However, Mr Bruton said he was not optimistic that tomorrow’s strike could be … Read More

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

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

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

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

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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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