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Advisers to Transport Minister Shane Ross believed anxieties were being deliberately stirred about bus network revamp for “political purposes”

TRANSPORT minister Shane Ross and his advisers believed anxieties over a revamp of Dublin’s bus network were being deliberately stirred up for political reasons. The Minister for Transport – who was later accused of having disowned the capital’s BusConnects plan – was under “considerable pressure” over the redesigned network according to internal emails. Records released… Read More »

NAMA paying developers €2.3 million in salaries with the top earner receiving €195,000 annual “allowance”

TWENTY three developers are still in receipt of incomes from NAMA with the highest earning receiving €195,000 per year. Three more get an “allowance” worth €180,000 annually according to figures released under FOI by the asset management agency. Altogether, the 23 developers – who manage sites on behalf of NAMA – receive €2.3 million, an… Read More »

Department of Health wanted €100,000 salary for two-day-a-week job as chairperson of the HSE

THE Department of Health wanted to pay the new chairperson of the HSE €100,000-a-year for a job that would involve working for just two days each week. After negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure – the fee was instead agreed at €80,000-a-year, internal records have revealed. The Department of Health wanted the pay package… Read More »

Health Minister Simon Harris approved second cath lab for Waterford against advice of his officials

HEALTH Minister Simon Harris gave the green light to a controversial cardiac lab despite strong recommendations against it from senior departmental officials. The second cath lab at Waterford University Hospital had been a key priority for Independent Alliance junior minister John Halligan and was given approval by Minister Harris in early July. However, internal Department… Read More »

Guidance on what Met Éireann staff should say when asked if specific extreme weather events are linked to climate change

STAFF in Met Éireann have been told to be non-committal when asked if specific extreme weather events in Ireland are linked to global warning. The advice is contained in a guidance document for staff on what to do when hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, and snow storms are being blamed directly on climate change. In their… Read More »

Driving down the wrong lane, vehicles on fire, running out of fuel – a year in the life of the country’s busiest motorway

THE country’s busiest motorway has witnessed more than 5,100 accidents and incidents since the beginning of 2017. Dublin’s M50 ring road has recorded “incidents” at the rate of over 243 per month, according to a detailed list provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The events vary from low priority to major incidents with drivers falling ill… Read More »

Attorney General advised Department of Justice it did not have to search private email address for correspondence between ex-minister Frances Fitzgerald and PR advisor Terry Prone

THE Information Commissioner threatened to use his legal powers to force the Department of Justice to have searches carried out on private emails between former minister Frances Fitzgerald and PR advisor Terry Prone. The request was made as part of the handling of a Right to Know request for correspondence between Ms Fitzgerald and Ms… Read More »

Fine Gael Minister Michael Ring allocates almost one-eighth of national funding pot to home county

THE constituency of Minister Michael Ring got almost one eighth of the national pot of money from a recreation scheme funded by his Department. Mayo received €216,000, over €26,000 more than the next highest allocation given to a county under the scheme according to departmental records. Altogether, €1.82 million was given out in the first… Read More »