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TDs and Senators told no more credit in Dáil bar or restaurant without an automatic pay deduction system

TDs and Senators have been told not to ask for credit at the Dáil bar or restaurant unless they set up a new automatic pay system. Politicians have been informed that they will have to pay their bills immediately if they do not sign up to a new catering policy. The new policy – which […]

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Minister Michael Ring allocated €118,000 in funding to constituency project despite warnings from civil servant of “problematic precedents”

MINISTER Michael Ring allocated almost €120,000 in funding to a constituency project despite warnings from civil servants it could set “problematic precedents”. Another official said that the project appeared to have the least merit of four proposals that were looking for an extra grant on top of what they had already received. The Kiltimagh Velo […]

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Why do TDs & Senators get a €25-a-day unvouched “daily telephone allowance” when travelling in Europe even after the abolition of roaming charges?

NB: The spreadsheets below detail all claims made for the daily telephone allowance after roaming was abolished within the EU. Obviously, if travel involved leaving the EU, the expense involved could easily be justified depending on location of travel. POLITICIANS are being paid a €25-per-day telephone allowance when travelling in Europe despite the abolition of roaming […]

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Internal report reveals chaos in trying to ensure medical consultants work all the hours they’re meant to in public hospitals

AN INTERNAL report has shown the major difficulties behind trying to manage the contracts of medical consultants and ensuring they stick to the hours they are supposed to in public hospitals. The document effectively admits that for many consultants, the HSE has no way of monitoring their earnings or private practice to ensure they fulfil […]

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More than €800,000 in tax relief on second homes claimed by government ministers through “dual abode allowance” since Enda Kenny promised to abolish it

THE country’s most senior politicians have claimed more than €800,000 over the past seven years through a controversial tax write-off to maintain a second home in Dublin. The government ministers have been allowed to write off more than €100,000-a-year from what is known as the ‘dual abode allowance’. The tax perk applies to ministers, ministers […]

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Department of Education fails to enforce its own rules on school funding leaving taxpayer to pick up €11.5 million bill

 * A guest post by Jill Nesbitt on how one primary school charges thousands in “voluntary parent contributions” while drawing down state funding. A former private primary school in Dublin 4 sought recognition as a national school and undertook to comply with all Department of Education requirements for schools in the free education system, one […]

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Department warned of legal challenges if they tried to withdraw tax incentive for developers and landlords who “hoarded” properties and land

THE Department of Finance warned that the state would face legal challenges if it tried to withdraw a tax exemption that has been blamed for fuelling land hoarding. The exemption, which allows land owners avoid capital gains tax if they hold onto a property for seven years, was introduced to kickstart the flagging Irish real […]

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Human Rights Commission spent €320,000 on “fixtures and fittings” including €14,000 for five top-of-the-range TVs and €16,278 for a meeting table

A PUBLIC body spent more than €14,000 on five display televisions as part of a €1.6 million makeover of its city centre offices. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) paid out over €320,000 for “fixtures and fittings” as part of the renovation of three floors of office space in Dublin. Among the items […]

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Despite one of the lowest betting taxes in the world, government opted not to increase tax because of job loss warning from bookies

FINANCE Minister Paschal Donohoe kicked to touch on doubling tax on betting amid warnings of jobs losses from the Irish bookmaking industry. The Department of Finance had presented three options that could have raised up to €50 million extra from bookies or punters as part of a review of betting tax. However, Mr Donohoe decided […]

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