The Social Democrats Leader resigns from party. Stephen Donnelly one of the three leaders of the Social Democrats has left the his position of co-leader of the Social Democrats, a party set up by leading independent TDs before the last general election. Roisin Shorthal and Catherine Murphy remain as co-leaders and as of yet the party has no plans to vote in a single leader, but as a third of their TD's leave the party the position may become available.
RTÉ's General Election Televised will air tonight live from Limerick, the first time a leaders debate has been held outside of the Capital City. The second debate of the election with just 1 more to follow. The next will be on RTÉ One live from Dublin, as the proposed TG4 debate has been called off. Seven parties are due to debate, with The Green Party excluded following a short legal battle earlier today. The parties will debate their policies for the next 5 years and in some cases beyond. Labour just launched its manifesto, and the current polls show Fine Gael at 28%, Labour at 8%, Fianna Fail at 18%, Sinn Fein at 20%, Social Democrats on 4%, AAA-PBP 3%, The Green Party at 2%, Renua at 1% and Independents at 16%.
TV3 are first with the General Election Televised debates. This is the first debate of the election with 3 more to follow. The next will be on RTÉ One live from Limerick, followed by TG4 and then the final show down on RTÉ One. The main parties debate their policies for the next 5 years and in some cases beyond. Fianna Fail just launched its manifesto, and Paddy Power had the first Election Campaign Poll. Showing Fine Gael at 30%, Labour at 8%, Fianna Fail at 18%, Sinn Fein at 17% Other Parties at 9% and Independents at 16%. The Debate will broadcast live on TV3 and Newstalk from the Virgin Media's HD Studio's in Dublin at 9pm.
Broadcasting is becoming old fashioned but both the Right and the Left of the political spectrum have huge interest in the National Broadcasters. Renua plan is simple cut the License Fee and retain just €56million from the Department of Social Protection for the procurement of Public Service broadcasters from different sources. The proposal is cost neutral according to the Party. As such RTÉ must stand on its own two feet. So why the problem with such a simple and, for many voters, an agreeable plan.
Good news for the government parties coming into the General Election 2016 as the Central Statistics Office suggests that unemployment has fallen in January 2016. The figures released show that the Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 8.6% this compares to 10.1% this time last year. The total number of people unemployed in January 2016 was 186,700, this is a change of -3,000 from December 2015.
The Central Statistics Office have released their monthly House Prices Index. The Index shows continued growth in the Irish property sector, but they are 34 to 40% lower than their highest levels in 2007. The national monthly change in December 2015 was 0.5%, but they were up 6.6% from December 2014.
Irish TV broadcasters are experiencing one of their worst years ever. Even the arrival of UTV Ireland and the biggest sporting events of 2015 failed to boost audiences. The highest audience share for all Irish TV channels was 48.26% and by November all of the broadcasters had lost 3% of their total audience with the biggest loss of viewers by TV3. The lowest audience share was in July with just 42.4% of viewers watching Irish TV channels. We take a look at the problems faced by each of the channels over the last 11 months and what they can expect for December 2015.
IFTA announced their 23 categories and the nominations for each category. Comedy and Soap have been merged for a number of the categories due possibly to the low number of dramas produced by the industry, however both comedy and soap are given their own categories with Fair City facing off against newcomer Red Rock, though IFTA failed to give a nod to Ros Na Run, which failed to make the cut at this year’s awards. Irish Pictorial Weekly, Moone Boy, Mrs Browns Boys and The Savage Eye are all up for best comedy, with Damo and Ivor getting a nomination the acting categories
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has paved the way for the acquisition of TV3 by Virgin Media Ireland (Liberty Global). The news comes following a number of failed attempts by TV3 owners Doughty Hanson to sell the company following its acquisition of the broadcaster in 2006 for €265 million from Canwest and ITV. The deal means that Liberty Global will buy TV3 via Virgin Media Ireland for an estimated €80 million, a fraction of the 2006 price.
The rate of unemployment in Ireland has remain at 9.7%, this compares to a figure of 11.4% in June 2014. According to the just 500 people came of the live register in June since May. This means the figure has remained unchanged.
The hearts and minds of Irish people across the world are today with the friends and families of the young people who have died in a tragic accident in Berkley, California. There are no words to describe the sadness and feelings of Irish people today.
RTÉ, the BAI and DCENR have refused to give details of proposed changes to RTÉ schedules that never took place. These proposed changes took place (sorry did not take place) in 2013 when RTÉ requested that it move all RTÉjr programming from RTÉ2. In an FoI all three organisation took the decision to refuse the freedom of information request on a lapsed project where no ministerial decision was ever taken, no public consultation was provided and where the project was ultimately scrapped by RTÉ.
Catherine Murphy's Statement to the dail about the IRBC, Denis O'Brien and her bill to bring IRBC under the powers and functions of the Comptroller and Auditor General. With thanks to broadsheet.ie and Catherine Murphy, TD.
TV3 have just added the FA Cup Final to its sporting events available for it to broadcast. This comes with news that it had retained UEFA Champions League coverage and the coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2015. TV3 is heating up the pressure on competitors Setanta Sports, Sky Sports and RTÉ2, as it begins picking up more sporting events since lossing UEFA Europa League to Setanta Sports, GAA to Sky Sports and ITV Soaps to new entrant UTV Ireland. TV3 has been steadly holding on to 8% of it audience since the depature of ITV soaps, but it has increase it audience for Champions League and Britian's Got Talent and is expected to repeat this success with Live coverage of the FA Cup Final and the Rugby World Cup 2015.
With the exit of Phil Hogan to Brussels, Carlow-Kilkenny is the 5th by-election since the general election 2011. By-elections take place when a member of the Dail (TD) vacates their seat. In this instance the seat was left vacant by the promotion of the Environment Minister to an EU commissioner. There are 9 candidates in the running for the seat. 3 women and 6 men. Bobby Aylward, Fianna Fáil, David Fitzgeral, Fine Gael, Kathleen Funchion, Sinn Féin, Breda Gardner, Independent, Patrick McKee, Renua Ireland, Conor MacLiam, Anti-Austerity Alliance, Malcolm Noonan, Green Party, Willie Quinn, Labour Party and Adrienne Wallace, People Before Profit.
TG4, Ireland's National Irish Language TV Broadcaster, is to bring Ireland to the Eurovision in 2015. This will be the first time in the history of the contest to see Ireland enter. Junior Eurovision (nó Eurofís Sóisearach) is open it children between the ages of 10 and 15. Adare Productions is set to produce the Junior EuroSong for TG4, having produced many of TG4 talent competitions in the past. TG4 are now looking for entrants.
TV3 has announced that its sister channel will broadcast Conor McGregor's homecoming fight, after reaching an agreement with The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC Fight Night Dublin will feature McGregor V Brandao on the 19th of July at The o2 areana in Dublin. This is the first time a UFC fight will be broadcast by an Irish free-to-air broadcaster.
UTV Ireland are getting ready for their launch on 1 January 2015. They have produced a Green and Yellow version of their standard UTV logo but with word Ireland located just beneath the TV part of the logo. The logo was launched today (19/06/2014) less than six months from their launch. The Logo Launch coincides with a meeting with independent producers and UTV's management. UTV is set to look to commission new Irish programming for the channel outside of News and Current Affairs.
Both DC and Marvel are set to launch a number of TV show related to their graphic novels. Currently running TV serials include Arrow (the TV adaptation of DC's Green Arrow) and Marvel's Agents of Shield. DC are adapting The Flash as a spin off to Arrow and it is set to arrive in the States this autumn, while 4 new serials from Marvel are set to arrive on Netflix. RTÉ have announce that they will broadcast DC's Batman prequel on RTÉ TWO, a move that sees FOX TV take a DC character to the small screen.
Gardaí have identified the two bodies found on Lough Shellin in Co. Meath as that of Eoin O'Connor (32) and Anthony Keegan (33). Both men had gone missing in April. Post-mortems took place on the bodies but for operational reasons the Gardaí are not releasing there details. The Gardaí are treating their deaths as murder.
Eddie Barrett will be off the Waterford side for at least two months after picking up a knee injury during a Cork Waterford match on Sunday. The sides drew. 21 minutes into the game the hurler dislocated his right knee cap.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have launched their National "Slow Down" Day. As the June Bank Holiday Approaches the RSA and the Gardaí have called on drivers to reduce their speed. The June Bank Holiday weekend is the worst weekend for Road Traffic Accidents. Applegreen service stations are providing free coffee for drivers.
An Tainiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced his resignation as the leader of the Labour Party. This comes after a major drop in support for Labour at the Local and European Elections. He stated at a press conference today that a new leader will be able to renew the Labour Party, he told reporters that in 2011 he and his party took the difficult decision to enter government at a time of great economic pressure. He said he believes that Labour delivered on many of the issues that they had brought to government, however he also stated that the Elections had sent a clear message to the government parties. He will remain on as Leader of the party until the new Leader is elected and will remain as Tainiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs until a decision is made between An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the new leader of the Labour Party.
Election counts for the European and Local Elections are continuing around Ireland. Local Election counts in Northern Ireland finished on Saturday with the DUP and Sinn Fein remaining the main political parties with 130 and 105 seats respectively. The SDLP made some gains with 66 councilors across the 11 new northern councils, as did the UUP with 88 councilors elected. The Alliance Party won 32 seats with independents and others getting 41. In the Republic counting is still underway with 915 seats declared. Fianna Fail are currently leading with 259 seats across the country. They are followed by Independents and Others, with 230 seats. Sinn Féin has made major gains in the republic with 153 seats, with Fine Gael holding 223 seats. The Labour Party are currently just holding on to 50 seats, with many calling Election Day Independance Day.
TV3 and the IRB have announced that TV3 will be the Irish broadcaster for all 43 Rugby World Cup Matches in 2015, which take place in England. TV3 also announced its plans to provide a HD service across all platforms by mid-2015, in time for the RWC which takes place from 18 September to 31 October 2015. The news comes as a welcome relief to TV3 who had lost major programming right to UTV Ireland and Sky Sports in recent months. TV3 had previously provided free coverage to the 2007 RWC, with the majority of games on Setanta Sports.
The Annual IFTA (Irish Film And Television Awards), took place in the Burlington Hotel last night (05/04/2014). With awards for acting going to Jamie Dornan, Brendan Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Sinead Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Judi Dench, Eva Birthistle, Peter Coonan and Michelle Fairley. Best Film was given to Calvary, while The Fall took best TV drama. Full List below with a collection of clips from each winning film/series.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO Ireland) have release their monthly unemployment figures. The new figures suggest a decrease for those signing on in March 2014. A total of 396,900 people were signing on in March, representing an annual decrease of 33,856 or 8%. The unemployment rate in March 2014 was 11.8%, down from 11.9% in February 2014.
The GAA have announced Broadcast rights for the next 4 years. GAA provide a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches to Television. A total of 31 games will be provided to RTÉ. Sky will take the remaining 14 games, a move by the GAA into Pay TV, resulting in the loss of these games by TV3.
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, T.D., is expected to announce a new broadcasting strategy, the news comes after the BAI's Report into the "Prospects for a Commercial DTT in Ireland?", which stated that the Digital Terrestrial Platform gave little diversity outside RTÉ channels. The new broadcasting strategy is to build on the current Broadcasting Act but will lead to new legislation in the future, which will incorporate the new Broadcasting charge as announced by the minister in 2013. It is expect that the Minister and his department are keen to push new services on to the DTT network, particularly the Oirechtas TV channel and the Irish Film Board Channel.
Stradbally, Co. Laois is gearing up to rock like its never rocked before, and any other cliché you can think of to start this epic account of the Electric Picnic line up 2014. The headline acts at this years EP include Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic ft Nile Rodgers and Lily Allen.
The Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, T.D., is expected to block RTÉ's plans to move their RTÉjr strand from RTÉ Two according to The Sunday Times. A report into the planed move was announced in April 2013 when TV3 objected to the move. The BAI submitted this report to the Minister in July 2013, in November 2013 in the Dail Minister Rabbitte said he expected to be able to make a decision shortly, he restated in the Dail that he would be make a decision shortly in Feburary 2014. The Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland stated that they were unaware of the move during the recent Five-year Review of Public funding, however the review took place during 2013 and was published some months after RTÉ's request.
Stanley Tucci is to be honoured at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014 with a Volta Award. The Oscar nominated actor will also attend a public interview at the Light House Cinema on Saturday February 15th at 2pm. Tucci is known for his many roles in film, TV and theatre.
Gavin Jennings and Jimmy McGee are to commentate on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Winter Olympic Games on RTÉ News Now. Coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be live on the channel. The opening ceremony coverage starts at 16:15 on RTÉ News Now tomorrow (07/02/2014), highlights will air each night of the games after the RTÉ Nine News. The highlights programming is provided to RTÉ from the Olympic Broadcast Services. Graphics will also be provided courtesy of OBS. RTÉ have not stated whether RTÉ News Now's live news ticker and panels will remain on screen during the duration of their Winter Olympics Coverage.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has entered negotiations with UTV Ireland, with it to begin broadcasting in 2015. The licence will come under Section 71 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, unlike TV3, RTÉ and TG4, the new service from UTV does not have the same additional requirements for content and it also pays a different type of levy to the BAI. The BAI will now enter into contract negotiations with UTV Ireland Limited.
Irish Postal Codes have yet to be even created. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) awarded a new contract to Capita Ireland to role out Postal Codes. The codes will be issued on a household by household basis much like the already available Property IDs issued by Revenue for the Local Property Tax, but unlike the unique property ID which contain just 10 digits the new postal codes will have just 7 characters with a mix of letters and numbers. The codes come into effect after 10 years after their announcement in 2005. Currently An Post, Ordnance Survey Ireland and Google Maps use GeoDirectory, which was developed by An Post and OSi.
Offaly County Council have announced their details of their Arts Grant for 2014. Applications are sought by the Council for groups and individuals working in the area of the arts in County Offaly. The projects should be aimed at the community, while also providing professional arts and cultural experiences. Closing date for applications is Friday, 14th February 2014.
The Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan T.D., today (11/01/2013) defended the €1 million per week spent by Irish Water on consultancy fees. His party colleague Regina Doherty, T.D., also defended the spend by pointing to the massive over spends on projects by previous governments.
The annual BT Young Scientist Award was announced yesterday evening (10/01/2014). Each year the best and brightest young scientists competit to win the covited title. This years winner Paul Clarke, from St. Pauls College in Dublin, won for his project titled "Contributions to Cyclic Graph Theory".
Irish Water has defended its €50 million spend on expert consultants. The amount was announced by their CEO, John Tierney, on RTÉ Radio, and has since gone on to become a major issue for the new utility company. Irish Water will take over control of water services in Ireland from 34 local authorities.
The Arts Office at Waterford County Council in association with the ArtLinks Partners in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford are now taking applications for the ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2014. This is the 8th year of the bursary, which supports artists in Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford.
The Mayo Stroke Support Group is an initiative of the HSE and Croí (a Mayo based charity). The group has announced its new schedule with the first meeting being held in Ballina's Newman Institute on Thursday 30th January from 11:30 to 13:00. Regular meetings will take place on the last Thursday of the month until June, the meetings will alternate between Castlebar and Ballina.
The HSE and the GAA in cork are joining forces to tackle stress. Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, launched the joint initiative in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Stress Control courses are to begin on Wednesday, January 29th at Midleton and St. Finbarr's GAA clubs, the courses will last six weeks. This is the first time in Ireland that a sports and health care partnership is to tackle stress in the community.
Riverdance turns 20 this year. In 1994 the international phenomena took centre stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 in Dublin. To mark its 20th anniversary Riverdance and Trinity College Dublin have announced "The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School". Participants are expected from across the world. They will learn from special guest tutors on aspects of the performance, choreography and the Irish cultural context of Riverdance. They will also examine the development of the music from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy Award-winning success. The international summer school will be hosted by Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music, The Lir − Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
A report by Oliver & Ohlbaum puts the final nail into the coffin of Irish Broadcasting as its findings have been published by the BAI. The report was commissioned by the BAI after the failed 2008 Commerical Digital Terrestrial TV licensing round, which saw big players Communicorp, UPC, RTÉ, TV3 and Eircom all pull out of negotiations with RTÉ's 2RN. The report was formally given to the BAI in August 2013 and has just been published today. Saorview was launched in 2011 with a tiny number of channels in comparison to its European counterparts.
RTÉ have launched their spring schedule for 2014. The launch begins tonight at 21:35 on RTÉ as they broadcast the feature length documentary The Summit. The documentary follows a team of mountaineers climbing K2. 11 members of the team failed to return.
TV3's 2013 was up and down. Financial pressures increased during the year with the decision by the government to sell on TV3's loan book as part of the liquidation of IRBC (formally Anglo Irish Bank) and the continued dip in advertising revenue through out the year. In November the announcement that many of TV3's top shows would move to UTV in early 2015 was a surprise blow to the channel. Since that announcement TV3 have been able to hold on to some of its top shows, including Downton Abbey and The X Factor. TV3 then announced that its owners Doughty Hanson (DH) had bought back their loan book from the government at a discount, preventing such loans ending up as part of NAMA.
Ennis will host the annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship on Sunday, 5th January 2014 from 13:00 until 16:00 at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. The event is organised by Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council and the proceeds of the event will go to the Clare Branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. The event is common across Germany and Austria. Last years winner was John O'Dea from Co. Limerick who launched his Christmas tree 10.2 metres, just 2 metres short of the world record held by German Klaus Pubnaz. The contestants must throw a standard 1.5 meter tree.
UPDATE: The man assulted in Tallaght on New Year's Morning 2014 has died from his injuries. Two men in their 20s have been detained in connection with this murder. A man aged 20 was seriously assaulted in Tallaght in the early hours of New Year's Day 2014. The assault was carried out by a group of suspects. The assault occurred on a pedestrian bridge on the Saint Dominic's road in Tallaght. The injured man was taken to the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght and later transferred to Beaumount Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The BAI have issued a statement today, 2nd January 2014, outline their achievements in 2013. 2013 was the first full year without analogue television and the development of HD television services. Radio licences were re-advertised. The biggest television news story of the year was the entry of UTV into the television marketplace.
TG4 will broadcast the final season of Breaking Bad from the 8th of January 2014. The highly acclaimed series was shown on the channel over the course of 2012 and 2013 and they will finish the series off a few months after its original run on AMC and Netflix. Joining Breaking Bad on TG4 in the New Year is the highly acclaimed Danish political drama Borgen which starts on the 30th January 2014. Irish short film series Scéal (Story) returns on the 7th of Janurary 2014.
Irish parents assist their children with homework. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published a report showing that in 2013 over 60% of parents with children in primary school assisted their children with their homework on a daily basis, however this figure falls to just 13% for secondary school students. 4% of primary school students and 28% of secondary school students receive no help with homework. The survey of Parents with children of school going age (3 to 18) was carried out by the CSO in 2013.
A 30 year old man was killed after he was stabbed. The incident occurred in the early hours of New Year's Day 2014. The incident occurred in the Rathmullen Park area of Drogheda. A 40 year old woman has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and had been detained at Drogheda Garda Station.
Two men were killed when their cars collided on the N26, the Ballina to Foxford road in Ballinahaglish, Co. Mayo. Both men were in their 40s, they were pronounced dead at the scene and they were both travelling alone. The accident took place in the early hours of New Year's Day 2014.
Gardaí are investigating an armed robbery that took place in a service station in Waterford City on Tuesday 17th December 2013. The robbery occurred at 19:15 at a service station in Park Road. Two raiders entered the premises and threatened staff and customers, the raiders were in a possession of a knife. The left the service station with a sum of cash. One customer was injured during the raid and was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, his injuries are not life threatening.
The Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., has approved the HSE Service plan 2014, which will see the HSE save €619million. The plan hopes to protect safety, quality and the volume of front-line services, with €178million of new service initiatives. The HSE has also said that €113million in savings will not come from medical card holders. The HSE has been given €13.12 billion worth of funding from the exchequer for 2014, this is a reduction of €619million from 2013.
The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) have announced that it is to fund a new capital project for TG4. The project was launched by the Minister (Pat Rabbitte, T.D.) at TG4 Headquarters in Baile na hAbhann. The project receive €690,000 from DCENR. The Minister met with the board of TG4 and visited the state of the art studios in the Gaeltach region of Co. Galway.
Two men have been arrested following a Garda search operation in Co. Limerick on Saturday (14/12/13). The operation was part of an ongoing investigation into criminal activate in the Limerick area. Cash was discovered at a property in Portcrusha near Castleconnell. The Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched the property and found €1million in cash. The men are aged in their 40s and 50s.
A man and a woman have been arrested by Gardaí following a fatal shooting in Finglas on Sunday (15/12/2013). The man is believed to be in his 20s, while the woman is in her 30s. Both have been detained at Finglas Garda Station, under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.
The Union representing employees of Bord Gáis Energy has issued a statement saying that it is disappointed that the Government have decided to sell the profitable semi-state company to a consortium headed up by Centrica Plc. The union and workers heard of the deal in the media on Thursday 12th December.
The Art Council has announced that it is to set up a €150,000 Laureate award for Irish Fiction. It is hoped the award will help to encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers. The award is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU). The Irish Times will be the media partner of the award.
Equity firm Doughty Hanson has bought TV3 outstanding debt from Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). Doughty Hanson are major investors in TV3's parent company Tullamore Beta. The Debt was part of the IRBC's special liquidation. The majority of Doughty Hanson's bid was financed by BlueBay Ireland.TV3's debt was part of the sale of IBRC's assets by KPMG in an open auction process. According to TV3 the new lending facilities are long term and at commercial rates.
The Minister for Energy has announced that the government are to accept a bit of up to €1.12 billion for Bord Gáis Energy. The minister approved the sale with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. In November 2012 a number of bids proved unsuccessful and did not meet the price sought by the government, which had place a value of €1.5 billion on the company. The consortium comprises of Centrica plc, Brookfield Renewable Power Inc and iCON Infrastructure.
The government have announced that they are to begin recruiting new members to An Garda Síochána. The news was announced by the Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D., at the opening of the recruitment campaign by An Garda Síochána. The new recruits will enter college in mid-2014, with the begining of a progressive new training course, which will provide them with a BA in Applied Policing.
The Coalition Parties (Fine Gael and Labour) have seen their support increase in the latest poll carried out by Ipsos/MRBI for The Irish Times. The poll shows Fine Gael up 4% to 30% with their coalition partners Labour up 3% to 9%. The main opposition parties have seen little or no change to their support. Fianna Fáil remains at 22%, while Sinn Féin are down 2% to 21%. Support for independents is down 5% to 18%.
The promotion of Irish food this Christmas continues as the Brussels Sprouts are into harvest. Demand over the coming weeks will increase for the traditional vegetable on most Christmas dinners. With one north county Dublin farmer saying that 33% of the total crop will be harvested during the month of December to meet the demand. Minister of State, Tom Hayes, at the Department of Agriculture visited Enda Weldon's farm in north County Dublin this week as part of a wider promotion of the consumption Irish vegetables by Irish consumers.
Two men have been arrested and charged after the discovery of an oil laundering plant in Co. Meath. The discovery took place on Tuesday, 10th December, 2013. Both men appeared in Navan district court at 10:30 this morning (11th December 2013).
The Ministers of Health in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have announced that they intend to carry out an independent assessment of the current and future needs for cardiology and cardiac surgery across the Island of Ireland. A team of international independent experts will assess hospital services on both sides of the boarder and outline the options open to the Island which will meet the needs of the population.
Workers at Marks and Spencer will strike in the run up the Christmas. A blow to the retailer as SIPTU members have balloted in favour of a strike during one of the busiest times for retail. The one day strike is happening today the 7/12/2013. The protest is at managements decision to unilaterally close the workers' defined benefit pension scheme. SIPTU represents about 140 of the M&S work force. The union was not consulted when it was announced that the defined benefit scheme would close on the 31st of October. Two more work stoppages will take place on Thursday 7th of December and Friday 20th December 2013.
An Taisce (The Irish National Trust) has decided to bring the British Government to court following what it calls an unlawful decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish Coast.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced its monthly unemployment figure at 12.5%, which is slightly down from October's 12.6%. The seasonally adjusted quarterly figure for the 3rd quarter of 2013 the unemployment rate stood at 12.8%. The live register saw a drop of 3,400 in November 2013, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 406,200 unemployed. In November 2012 432,900 were unemployed.
TV3 have announced Jonathan McCrea as the host of their new quiz show, The Lie. Jonathan McCrea is known for his work on Newstalk's Futureproof and RTÉ's The Science Squad. The quiz show will aim to test contestants wits as they a put under the pressure of lies to reach the jackpot prize of €10,000. The series is an STV/TV3 co-production filmed in Dublin at TV3's HD Sony Studio. It is expected to air on TV3 in the new year with 10 episode, filming begins on Monday the 9th of December.
The Gardaí have made two arrests as part of their investigation into the fatal shooting of David Black in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, on 01/11/2012. The two men were arrested as part of an ongoing operation by the Special Detective Unit. A number of searches were carried out in Leitrim and Cavan. Both men are detain at Garda stations in Co. Cavan. They can be detained for 72 hours.
The Gardaí have arrested two men and a women in connection with the murder of a man near Wellington Road, Pheonix Park, Dublin 8, on Friday (29/11/2013). On Sunday night (01/12/2013) the Gardaí arrested a 27 year old man in connect with the murder of the man, following this arrest the Gardaí arrested a second man and a woman in connect with the murder on Monday (02/12/2013). Gardaí have now moved to charge the 27 year old man with murder. He was before District Court No. 2, Criminal Courts of Justice, this morning, (03/12/2013), at 10.30am.
President Michael D. Higgins officiated at the appointment ceremony of Ireland's Ombudsman and Information Commissioner. Peter Tyndall takes over the position from Emily O'Reilly as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner. Mr. Tyndall was Public Service Ombudsman for Wales from 2008 to 2013. He was formally appointed by Minister for Public Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D. The Office of the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner remit was extended in 2012 and allows complaints from the public to a wide range of public bodies.
The Irish and Japanese governments have signed an agreement where Irish beef products will return to Japan after a 12 year absence. The ban on Irish beef was put in place by Japan at the height of the BSE scare in 2001. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney T.D., and Irish Taoiseach lead a trade delegation to Japan in hopes to secure agricultural treaties and agreements between the two nations. The Minister and An Taoiseach were part of a trade delegation consisting of Bord Bia, Teagasc and IBEC. Minister Coveney met with his Japanese counterpart Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan's Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Social Justice Ireland has published it latest set of statistics on the Irish Economic Crash. Titled "Who Really Took the Hits During Ireland's Bailout?" it shows that the poorest 10% of the Irish population lost 18.4% of disposable income compared to 11.4% among the richest 10% since 2008. The gap between low and middle income people and high income earners has widened significantly. According to Social Justice Ireland the budgets have taken more in percentage terms from the poorest than from the richest in society.
The Road Safety Authority has launched its annual Christmas Driving Campaign. The Morning After campaign advises drivers to remember how much that have had to drink the night before. According to the RSA 400 drink driving incidents took place between 8am and 1pm during the first 9 months of the year. Drivers are reminded that it takes one hour for the body to rid itself of one standard drink (half pint, small glass of wine and a measure of spirits).
In the light of UTV's acquisition of the Irish rights to key ITV soaps TV3 have announced that they will continue to hold the rights to major ITV programmes such as The X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. TV3 have signed a 3 year deal with FremantleMedia, ending speculation that UTV would also target such shows from the ITV schedules.
The CSO (Central Statistics Office) has announced the average weekly earnings. €675.53 is the weekly rate of pay or €35,127 per annum. The average working week is 32 hours per week. The CSO also announced that they have estimated a decrease in the numbers unemployed. 12.8% are now on the live register. There are 2.1 million people in the labour force with 1.4 million not in the labour force.
The speed limit review report carried out by The Speed Limits Working Group under the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has published its report. The report recommends a new appeals system, that 80kmh signs are removed from narrow country roads, a new rural speed limit sign, an audit of speed limits every five years, road work speed restrictions limited to construction period and a pilot of new variable speed limits, average speed detection and in-car sat-nav speed warnings..
A crash occurred on a minor road in Creggan, Ballybofey on Tuesday (19/11/2013). A 53-year-old male van driver was seriously injured when a collision happened with his van and a 4X4 vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination of his body will be carried out in Letterkenny General Hospital.
SIPTU, Ireland's largest union, has called on the government to provide more Youth Training. According to CSO figures for 2012 there were more than 45,000 under 25s not in employment, education or training. The government is due to sign a European agreen which will see €6billion directed towards a Youth Guarantee scheme.
The Irish government and Enterprise Ireland have announce a five year plan to attract Indian students to Ireland. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, announced that Ireland is on track to more than double the number of Indian Students in third level education at Irish universities and colleges. These students bring in €50million in fee income and a further €50million on accommodation, services and other expenditure.
The Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform will meet with Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the Irish Tax Institute on Wednesday, 20 November 2013.
BSkyB have announce that they are to add an additional 14 channels to their SkyGo service. The 14 new channels are to be added to SkyGo's existing line up and will provided the widest range of entertainment channel available online. The 14 channels are:- MTV, Comedy Central, GOLD, Watch, Dave, Alibi, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, History, Good Food, and Eden.
An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister Richard Bruton announced international ministerial trips by Irish ministers this St. Patrick's Day. These trips are mainly made up of trade missions around the world as the world turns green for St. Patrick's Day (March 17th).
The BAI (Broadcasting Authority of ireland) have publish their decisions on complaints made to them by the public in relation to Broadcaster in ireland. The publication comes after the sitting of the BAI's compliance committee, which was held in October 2012. The committee upheld five complaints, of which 4 were in relation to TV3's late night phone-in show “Psychic Readings Live”.
ireland voted in the Children's Referendum, to change article 42 of the Irish Consititution. 58% of voters agreed to the Change, with 42% disagreeing.
Today the 24th of October, 2012, Analogue TV was turned off. The Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, along with RTÉ chairperson, Tom Savage, welcomed the ending of Analogue and a new future for communications in ireland, which now sees the broadcasting spectrum freed up for new TV services and new broadband communications. Saorview is just part of the Digital Dividend. RTÉ took the opportunity to announce changes at RTÉ News and Current Affairs to announce changes to RTÉ News Now.
One year after being removed due to the safety of their homes residents of Priory Hall on dublin's Northside took to the streets to protest at a year of inaction from the Justice System, dublin City Council and the Government. The protesters marched from Donaghmede Shopping Centre to the site of their bricked off homes in the leafy suburbs of north county dublin For many of the residents Priory Hall was to be their first home, where they and their family would grow. Their dreams were wiped away as news about the safety of the building became increasing apparent to them and dublin City Council. On the 13th of October 2011 residents were ordered by the court to leave their homes immediately. Families and Individuals were given little time to move, in the first number of weeks the residents were put up in hotels by dublin City Council and are now in temporary accommodation. Their mortgages continue to build up interest, while they continue suspend paying their banks until their situation becomes more certain.
With just 13 Days until Digital Switch Over (DSO) 100,000 households have yet to upgrade their TVs to ensure they continue to get Television signals. Praising the "Go Digital Week" in September Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, yet again praised his departments Going Digital Campaign, saying "[the] National Digital Switchover Week which we ran in the third week of September appears to have contributed significantly to the particularly strong switchover figures revealed in this latest piece of research." We take a closer look at the ins and outs of DSO as it now stands.
The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., has welcomed the entry of Hospital consultants at the Labour Relations Commission. The Minister had expressed his concerns that serious talks were not taking place at the LRC. The Secretary General of the Department of Health, Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin and the Director General designate of the HSE, Mr. Tony O'Brien, met with senior figures from the Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) have since agreed to enter talks with the LRC with a deadline for an agreement.
The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement meet on Thursday (13/09/12) to discuss the upgrading of cross broader roads, the meeting was attended by councillors from the North West. Addressing the Committee were councillors and senior officials from Monaghan and Donegal County Councils, Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, Derry City Council, and Omagh and Strabane District Councils.
The Houses of the Oireachtas have announced a system of petitioning the Oireachtas by the public. This will be the first time in the 96 year history of the Oireachtas that members of the public will be able to petition Dáil and Seanad members directly. This allows the public to influence the parliamentary agenda. The new petition system was launched in Ballymun's Axis Centre today (13/09/12).
The Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources has announced a special week for the continued awareness campaign of the Digital Switch-over (DSO). DSO will happen on the 24th of October, 2012 when analogue TV signals will be switched off at 10am. Minister Pat Rabbitte, T.D., told reporters that he hopes that this initiative will help those still waiting to change to do so as soon as possible rather then leaving it to the DSO Day.
The live register has seen a drop of 2,000 in August according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The seasonally adjusted figure is 434,400 people unemployed in August 2012. The unemployment rate for the month remained high at 14.7%, unchanged from July.
The live register has seen a drop of 2,000 in August according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The seasonally adjusted figure is 434,400 people unemployed in August 2012. The unemployment rate for the month remained high at 14.7%, unchanged from July.
An Taisce have come out strongly against claims made by Senator Denis O'Donovan where he launch an attack on An Taisce - The National Trust of ireland. The Southern Star newspaper publish an article by Denis O'Donovan - a member of the Agricultural Panel of Seanad Éireann. The Senator described the workings of the organisation like a secretive one, much like that of the Ku Klux Klan', he goes on to say how Cork County Manager public complained about the organisation after they appeal one of his decisions in the County to An Bord Pleanála and their is no transparence as to how to join the organisation.
The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D., as given effect to new consolidating smoky coal ban regulations. The new rules come after a public consultation earlier this year. The new rules also extend the rules in the 20 cities and towns covered by the rules, while also placing such rules on 7 new towns. The new rule come into effect in May 2013.
The CSO (Central Statistics Office of ireland) has publish their latest figures on tourism in ireland. It shows that The number of visitors to ireland is down 2.2% during May to July 2012. 1.9million people travelled into ireland from abroad, a decrease of 43,000 compared to the same period last year. The number of trips made by Irish people abroad also decrease but only slightly by 0.4%, 3.7million Irish Residents' took trips overseas.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D. has announced Ian Drennan as the new Director of Corporate Enforcement. The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) is responsible for the enforcement of compliant and legal corporate activities in the Irish economy. Mr. Drennan replaces Paul Appleby, who served as Director for 11 years.
The Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Leo Varadkar, T.D., is aiming to have free Wi-Fi across all public transport systems. He believes that it will boost tourism and encourage more people on to public transport systems. DART and Commuter rail services go online this autumn, while dublin Bus will place Wi-Fi on 80 buses by Christmas. Most of the public transport system will be covered by 2013.
Electric ireland and the Road Safety Authority will provide High Viz Vests to Junior Infants in the new school year. Research from the RSA show a 77.8% reduction in the numbers of children killed on Irish roads in the period 1997 to 2010. The vests are part of the RSA's Back to School Road Safety Pack, which are distributed around the country.
ResMed is to expand its Research Development and Innovation (RDI) facility in University College dublin (UCD). ResMed research, manufacture and market medical products to combat sleep and respiratory disorders. The expansion is over a 5 year period and will create up to 50 new jobs. The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA ireland. ResMed is based at the NexusUCD Innovation Partnerships Centre at DCU.
TG4 (ireland's Irish Language Broadcaster) has published its Annual Report for 2011. TG4 employs 100 people directly, while indirectly supports 300 jobs in the independent production sector. In 2010 it provided €58million to the economy, while supporting some additional 1000 jobs. In 2011 TG4 produced 1615 of original programming (4 and a half hours per day). During the year TG4 received awards for An Píopa, Na Cloigne and 1916 Seachtar na Cásca.
The Department of Communication announced last October that Analogue Switch Off (ASO) will happen on the 24th of October 2012. This is in line with the EU's move to Digital TV on or before the 31st of December 2012. The mess of ASO is all to clear, however there is nothing to suggest that ASO will not take place. It had to happen and it will happen. You have probably seen the Saorview campaign for digital TV, with the now infamous Cat and Dog act. You're probably kind of familiar with another DSO/ASO campaign with Gay Byrne, a separate campaign run by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Over half a million households continue to boycott the household charge. Householders are both annoyed at that role out of the charge and the charge itself. The charge is a €100 annual tax on property owners, which was introduced in the last budget. Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) said today that a formal project group was established between a number of government agencies to determine who are continuing to boycott this charge.
The Bank of ireland recently announced an under-gradate loan system for a number of colleges. BoI also announced a post-graduate loan in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills and National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). The Bank of ireland are on to a winner. Here we will explore the options open to Student Families and individual/mature students.
The final list for Irish athletes at the Olympic games 2012. Not the most scientific but shows how close Irish athletes were to a medal. ireland took home 5 medals, Making it the most successful Olympics for ireland since 1956. 1 Gold Medal (Katie Taylor), 1 Silver Medal (John Joe Nevin) and 3 Bronze Medals (Cian O'Connor, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan).
RTÉ have announce their new season on RTÉ One. Failing give any real mention to their other channels. The new season covers Arts, Factual, Lifestyle, entertainment, News, Current Affairs, Sports and Young Peoples. RTÉ announced the new season today (08/08/2012).
Bus Éireann will continue their role out of free wifi across 50 more Inter-city Coaches. 50% Bus Éireann's Expressway fleet now has free Wi-Fi. A total of 190 buses are now equipped with Wi-Fi. 16,000 thousand people are using the service each month.
The Central Statistic Office (CSO) ireland has said that there has been a decrease of 2,300 in the numbers on the live register when seasonally adjusted for the month of July, 2012. The total number of people out of work was 437,300.
The Annual Report for RTÉ 2011 has shown the state run broadcaster made a lost of €16m. The report also shows significant cost reductions in operating costs of 20% since 2008, while also showing RTÉ are currently receiving less of the licence fee. TG4 received 8% of the licence fee, directly and indirectly.
The Toronto International Film Festival has selected Irish Language documentary Lón Sa Spéir (title in English as Men At Lunch) as part of the TIFF Docs section of the Festival. The Festival will run from the to the . Lón Sa Spéir will have its world début at the festival. Lón Sa Spéir tell the story of the men in the iconic photo of workmen taking lunch over New York City in the 1930s.
The Central Statistics Office of ireland (CSO) have released their latest instalment into their study of Census 2011. The Small Area Population Statistics or SAPS outlines around 18,500 small pockets of population in the country ranging from 80 to 100 households.
The author of Circle of Friends and The Lilac Bus, Maeve Binchy, has died after a short illness, she was 72 years of age. She grew up in Dalkey, Co. dublin. She married author Gordon Snell and they soon moved back to her home town, where they continued to write together. She is survived by her husband.
The Central Statistics Office Of ireland (CSO) has published its 4th report into the 2011 census. This report focuses on Employment, occupations and industry. Titled Profile 3: Work. It shows that 82,000 people under 25 were unemployed in April 2011, an unemployment rate of 39%.