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New National Cycle Standard Launched

January 17, 2017 |

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross T.D. has announced funding for a new national cycle training standard – Cycle Right.

Cycle Right was developed by a partnership steering committee consisting of a wide-range of stakeholders including the … Read More

EPA Urges Owners to Ensure End-of-Life Vehicles are Disposed of Correctly

January 12, 2017 |

The EPA has released waste data about end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres managed by Authorised Treatment Facilities or other waste management organisations in Ireland in 2014.

In 2014, 82 per cent of end-of-life vehicle material was reused and recycled, meeting … Read More

Donegal Drivers Urged to Use Gritting Routes Map

January 11, 2017 |

Following Status Yellow weather warnings issued from Met Eireann, Donegal County Council are reminding road users to check their Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map that is linked to the Council’s social media platforms and provides information on … Read More

Institutes of Technology should be lightning rods for entrepreneurs

January 9, 2017 |

Undermined by financial problems, Ireland’s Institutes of Technology have a powerful role yet to play in the country’s entrepreneurial journey, writes John Kennedy.

by John Kennedy

At the end of the working week, I had time for one more phone … Read More

Limerick sees off stiff competition to host World BBQ Championship

January 4, 2017 |

Fáilte Ireland today welcomed a €500k revenue boost for Limerick as it was announced that Ireland will play host to the World BBQ Association World Championship 2017, the largest international BBQ competition. 100 teams from across the globe will compete … Read More

Fianna Fáil has ‘genuine concerns’ about rental strategy

December 14, 2016 |

Fianna Fáil has “genuine concerns” about several aspects about the Government’s rental strategy, the party’s spokesman Barry Cowen has said.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney will be forced to make changes to his rental plan in order to have it … Read More

OCI will not pay Pat Hickey’s €410k court bond

November 17, 2016 |

A spokesperson for the Olympic Council of Ireland has said it will not be paying the €410,000 bond which Pat Hickey is required to pay as a condition of having his passport returned and being allowed to leave Brazil on … Read More

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