Tag Archives: Ken Foxe

Health Minister Simon Harris frustrated as opening of new €24 million A&E at hospital does little to ease overcrowding

HEALTH Minister Simon Harris wrote to the management of a hospital asking them how overcrowding seemed to be getting worse even after a new €24 million A&E had been opened there. The new emergency facility had opened at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) during May amid promises of three times more space and far better conditions […]

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The €25,000 bill for moving paintings and artworks when Irish Ambassador to Vienna moved five miles to new €8,964-a-month home

THE Department of Foreign Affairs spent more than €25,000 moving paintings and other artwork when the Irish Ambassador to Vienna moved to a new diplomatic residence five miles away. The massive bill was paid as a “donation” to the National Gallery, who in turn hired specialist movers to bring the art to its new home […]

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Which counties have the highest rates of marriage breakdown and where are divorce and judicial separation least likely?

COUNTY Carlow was the divorce capital of Ireland in 2015, according to the latest figures on marital breakdown from the Courts Service. There were 68 divorce applications in the county last year, which was enough to give Carlow the highest rate in the Republic last year at around 120 applications per 100,000 people (based on […]

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Department of Taoiseach refuse Minister Charlie Flanagan’s request for €90k flight on government jet to Mongolia

FOREIGN Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan had his wings clipped by the Department of the Taoiseach after requesting use of the government jet for an epic voyage to a conference in Asia. Mr Flanagan had sought use of the government’s €3,780-an-hour Learjet for a trip to Ulaanbaatar, which would have involved no less than eight separate […]

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The bill for furnishing our embassies and ambassador residences: €10,000 for curtains, dining tables costing €11,000, and €5,500 for a walnut sideboard

A DINING table costing almost €11,000, curtains worth over €10,000, and two book cases – each costing €3,600 – were among just some of the hand-made furniture and interior items purchased by the taxpayer for embassies and ambassadorial residences last year. The Department of Foreign Affairs spent over €200,000 kitting out diplomatic buildings in the […]

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State pays astonishing €6,700 per week for rental of home for the Irish Ambassador in New Delhi

THE Irish government is spending an astronomical €29,000-a-month to rent an ambassador’s residence in New Delhi, in a country where hundreds of millions of people live below the poverty line. The extraordinary rental agreement was signed for a property in the “diplomatic enclave” of New Delhi, the capital of India in January 2013 even as […]

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Ireland’s €4 million annual rent bill for ambassadorial residences including €46,000-a-month for a property in Tokyo

THE Department of Foreign Affairs is paying a staggering €46,000-a-month for a residence for the Irish Ambassador to Japan. The colossal rental fee, which comes to more than €550,000 each year, is paid for a property in the upmarket Tokyo suburb of Moto-Azabu. It is located in the embassy belt in Minato City where rental […]

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The “Double Irish”, tax avoidance, on-shoring of assets and Ireland’s miraculous 26% growth rate

THE closure of the controversial “double Irish” and efforts to shut down other international tax avoidance schemes had a significant impact on the extraordinary 26% growth figure recorded in the Irish economy this year. Documents obtained from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the EU suggest that “on-shoring” of assets by enormous multinationals are one […]

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The special adviser salaries and how Freedom of Information has helped significantly cut the annual wage bill

The Department of Public Expenditure has published a full list of all special adviser salaries on their website. There are a handful of cases where people have jumped up the salary scale beyond the point that they should normally start as reported here previously. There are also a couple of instances where individuals are above the scale altogether, […]

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Minister John Halligan used “erroneous” figures to overstate level of cardiac services at Waterford Hospital

THE head of the HSE’s national programme for coronary care said Minister John Halligan had misrepresented patient numbers to overstate the level of cardiac care services being provided at Waterford Hospital. Prof Kieran Daly – clinical lead for the National Programme for Acute Coronary Syndrome – said that Halligan had used “erroneous” figures in an […]

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