Increased pay to attract “high calibre” TDs and Senators, a room to gather and have “space”, and a confidential support service for politicians suffering abuse from the public are just some of the suggestions made in a survey of senior politicians in Leinster House.
THE government gathered video evidence which they claim showed some hospital consultants were working privately when they were supposed to be working in public hospitals.
EVEN the smallest changes in Ireland’s system of direct provision had the potential to “sink the asylum system” in Ireland, a Department of Justice briefing warned.
FACEBOOK looked for advice on how to deal with U.S. pages targeting Irish voters in the run-up to the repeal referendum only to find there was no “definitive answer” on what could be done.
MORE than two out of every five childcare services being funded by the state were found to be majorly non-compliant with requirements, a damning report has found.
TWO rugs together costing over €6,200, a €5,000 contribution towards sculpting a bust of a former diplomat, renting a juicer for Prince Charles, and €32,500 for a luxury car were just some of the ways the Department of Foreign Affairs spent taxpayer’s money last year.
The Information Commissioner has denied an application to release information on the identities of former members of the Oireachtas who had Dáil bar/restaurant bills written off.
MORE than €27,000 was spent sending five politicians and three officials on a week-long trip to China and Hong Kong. The entire delegation flew business class at a cost of at least €2,712 each and stayed in a string of five-star hotels, most of which were generously paid for by their Chinese hosts.
A CONTROVERSIAL banner that adorned the Ha’penny Bridge has been put into permanent storage after Dublin City Council found it was in breach of its own planning guidelines.
A CRACKDOWN on learner drivers could leave waiting times for driving tests of up to 68 weeks unless extra staff were hired, an internal briefing report warned the Department of Transport. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) said plans to fine and jail motorists who give their vehicles to unaccompanied learner drivers might lead to 150,000… Read More »