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What type of prisoners are most likely to get temporary release from Irish jails?

DRUG dealers and thieves are the most likely offenders to benefit from temporary release from jail. More than 270 men and women have been freed from prison early from their sentence, the majority of them permanently. Of the criminals given early release, 33 of them were serving jail terms of at least five years meaning […]

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Naval Service said LE Aisling was proving a massive drain on manpower and resources before controversial sale for just €110,000

THE Naval Service were eager to sell off one of their old ships because it was taking up space and every time they needed to move it, they had to hire expensive tug boats. The LE Aisling was sold in public auction for just €110,000 to a Dutch businessman in March. However, it caused controversy […]

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Local authorities spend more than €200,000 sending sixty councillors and officials away for St Patrick’s Day

THE annual pilgrimage of government ministers to cities across the globe for St Patrick’s Day has become a national institution. It’s not just our Cabinet however who get to represent Ireland abroad each year, with over €200,000 spent sending more than 60 councillors and local authority staff away this year for March 17. Of the […]

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Irish Water, public pay, and capital spending: briefing notes prepared for Department of Public Expenditure secretary general

Copies of briefing notes prepared for Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt ahead of his appearance at Committee on Budgetary Oversight in early April 2017. Some interesting material in there on Irish Water, public pay, and calls for more spending on infrastructure. They have been posted over at thestory.ie […]

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TDs and Senators who get their expenses audited find it “onerous” and “stressful” and struggle to gather all their receipts

UNFORTUNATE politicians who were randomly picked to have their generous expenses audited found the process “onerous” as well as “stressful”, according to Oireachtas records. In feedback given to Leinster House on the audits, one Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin also explained how he had been audited three times in the space of just six years. […]

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Central Bank’s deputy governor to be paid more than €120,000 in “garden leave” before he moves to private sector

A SENIOR banker at the Central Bank will be paid more than €120,000 for effectively doing nothing whilst on ‘garden leave’ from the bank. Cyril Roux, who announced he was quitting his job as deputy governor in February to work in the private sector, was told his services would not be required for more than […]

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Only two formal complaints were actually received about the Babestation saga that made headlines right across the world

THE telecoms regulator ran into difficulty when trying to solve the problem of householders receiving misplaced calls to a sex chat-line when emails about the controversy were blocked from sending. Some messages sent from ComReg, which was tasked with solving controversy over ‘Babestation’ calls, ended up falling foul of the regulator’s internal email system. They […]

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Controversial blood donation ban was not removed entirely because of risk of future “emerging sexually transmitted diseases”

A CONTROVERSIAL ban on gay men donating blood was reduced as there was no evidence it would increase HIV risk. However, a controversial one year ‘celibacy’ rule was maintained whereby gay men could not have sex for a year before giving blood because of fears of future “emerging sexually transmitted diseases”. A report from the […]

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Untangling the inheritance tax loophole: shedding light on why Fianna Fáil government introduced the changes

In 2000, the then Fianna Fáil government introduced dramatic changes to inheritance tax law. Those changes had an unintended consequence and in recent years were being used by very wealthy people to give property tax-free to their children. This loophole could only be used by those in a position to purchase new properties outright, and was costing […]

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The chain of letters between Simon Coveney and the EU Commission over introduction of water charges

HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney was under significant pressure from the EU Commission to persist with the introduction of water charges, a previously unreleased letter has revealed. Mr Coveney was told that the EU Commission had serious concerns over how Ireland’s approach to water fitted in with legislation. In a letter – details of which were […]

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