Irish politics is now at a crossroads. Each of the party leaders must now decided if they plan to stay until the next election or hand the torch over to their successor. Each party has their own problems with this process. The current largest party of the Dail faces the problem that the incumbent, Enda Kenny, will be unable to install his successor before he calls a general election.
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.
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.
Results of the UK's general election. The Exit poll will be announced by the BBC at 10pm tonight. We will list all of the elected members of the election as they arrive in. The exit poll carried out by the BBC suggests the Conservatives will have 316 seats just 10 short of a majority, while their coalition partners will just retain 10 seats. UKIP are unlikely to make major gains suggesting just 2 seats, while it is expected that the SNP could take all but one Scottish seat. No exit poll was carried out in Northern Ireland.
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.
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, T.D., has said he is not in favour of providing any of the licence fee to the Oireachtas for transmission costs. The Minister says he "would not be in favour of such a solution as it would further diminish the funding available to the public service broadcasters and for financing Irish public service content." The Minister also said that his department has yet to receive any request from RTÉ for new broadcasting services, as reported in The Sunday Times that RTÉ are planning to provide new services such as RTÉ2+1 and the introduction of advertising on RTÉ News Now.
Irish Water is possible the biggest PR disaster in Irish political history. The government should have threaded more carefully to keep the Irish people on side. Many people across the country are as happy as they can be to pay for water, however the way in which the government introduced Irish Water has even the strongest supporter of the government feeling a bit annoyed at the carry on at the top of Irish society. Irish Water's expenditure to the ordinary person goes far beyond what they expected and to have to pay for what many feel are indulgences of the political and social elites. This leaves many with an empty feeling in their stomach, and for many it proves that change hasn't happened since the government entered office in 2011. The government should be as annoyed at the carry on in Irish Water as the public and should set about insuring that money is spent on the very things they want pushed into the media, the need to fix leeks and poluttion in the water supply.
The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, T.D., announced the Irish government’s implementation of the Scottish Derogation Provision of the EU's Basic Payment Scheme. The minister outline how many farmers could not establish their entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme and as such do not hold an Allocation Right under the New Scheme. This would have left many farmers under "significant disadvantage" according to the Minister. The Irish government have stated that they have been able to negotiate the implementation of the "Scottish Derogation" with the EU Commission.
Broadcasters and the British politcal establishment have announced details of their Leaders Debates in the run up to the British General Election 2015. The main British parties will part take in the debates with smaller parties such as UKIP and the Green Party also taking part due to their popularity in recent polls. National political parties from Scotland and Wales will also take part, but Northern Irish parties will not take part in the debate. The first debate will take place on ITV on April 2nd, followed by a second debate on the BBC and then the final televised debate on Channel 4 and Sky News.
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.
There are 3 electoral areas in Louth. Each will elect 6 councillors, Ballymahon, Granard and Longford.
There are four electoral areas in Louth. Ardee and Dundalk-Carlingford will elect six councillors each, Drogheada will elect ten and Dundalk-South will elect seven.
There are 6 electoral areas in Limerick. Limerick City East, North and West with 8, 6 and 7 seats respectively. Adare-Rathkeale and Newcastle West each have 6 seats, while Cappamore-Kilmallock has 7 seats.
There are 3 electoral areas in Laois. Borris in Ossory-Mountymellick and Graiguegullen-Portarlington both have six seats, while Portlaoise has seven.
There are 3 electoral areas in Leitrim. Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton each elect 6 councilors to Leitrim County Council.
There are 4 electoral areas in Kilkenny. Castlecomer (6 Seats), Kilkenny City-East (6 Seats), Kilkenny City-West (6 Seats) and Piltown (6 Seats).
There are 5 electoral areas in Kildare. Athy (6 Seats), Celbridge-Leixlip (7 Seats), Maynooth (9 Seats), Kildare-Newbridge (9 Seats) and Naas (9 Seats)
There are 4 electoral areas in Kerry. Killarney (8 Seats), Listowel (7 Seats), South and West Kerry (9 Seats) and Tralee (9 Seats)
There are 3 electoral areas in Galway County. Athenry-Oranmore (7 Seats), Ballinasloe (6 Seats), Conamara (9 Seats), Loughrea (8 Seats) and Tuam (9 Seats).
There are 3 electoral areas in Galway City. Galway city central (6 Seats), Galway City East (6 Seats) and Galway City West (6 Seats).
There are 6 electoral areas in South County Dublin. Clondalkin (8 Seats), Lucan (8 Seats), Tallaght Central (6 Seats), Tallaght South (6 Seats), Templeogue Terenure (6 Seats) and Rathfarnham (6 Seats).
There are 5 electoral areas in Fingal. Balbriggan (8 Seats), Castleknock (7 Seats), Howth-Malahide (8 Seats), Mulhuddart (8 Seats) and Swords (9 Seats)
There are 9 electoral areas in Donegal.Ballyfermot-Drimnagh (6 Seats), Ballymum (7 Seats), Beaumont-Donaghmede (9 Seats), Cabra-Finglas (7 Seats), Clontarf (6 Seats), Crumlin-Kimmage (6 Seats), North Inner City (8 Seats), Pembroke-South Dock (8 Seats) and Rathgar-Rathmines (6 Seats).
There are 5 electoral areas in Donegal. Donegal (6 seats), Glenties (6 Seats), Letterkenny (9 Seats), Inishowen (10 Seats) and Stranorlar (6 Seats).
There are 7 electoral areas in Cork City. Cork City North Central (5 seats), Cork City North East (4 Seats), Cork City North West (4 Seats), Cork City South Central (5 Seats), Cork City South East (7 Seats) and Cork City South West (6 Seats).
There are 9 electoral areas in Cork. Ballincollig-Carrigaline (10 seats), Bandon-Kinsale (6 Seats), Blarney-Macrooom (6 Seats), Cobh (7 Seats), East Cork (6 Seats), Fermoy (6 Seats), Kanturk-Mallow (6 Seats) and West Cork (8 Seats).
There are 3 electoral areas in Cavan. Bailieborough-Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff and Cavan-Belturbert will each elect 6 members to the County Council.
There are 2 electoral areas in Carlow. Carlow will elect 10 members to the County Council, while the remaining 8 members will come from the Muinebeag electoral area.
The local elections are to take place on 23th May 2014. The stakes are high for the government as they try to hold their own in a mid-term election. The latest polls show the government parties with 33% support (Fine Gael 25% and Labour 8%). Fianna Fáil have yet to continue with growth of the party since its downfall in the last general election, their support has risen to 25% since that election but it has since plateaued. Sinn Féin have seen continued growth with 21% in the last poll, but that support also seems to be plateauing. The last Local Elections in 2009 saw Fine Gael with 34% support, Labour with 14%, Fianna Fáil with 25% and Sinn Féin with 8% of the vote.
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%.
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).
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.
The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D. has announced the recipients of grants under the 2012 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. The fund is co-funded by the Department and Local Authorities. The total fund is worth €674,500 for 2012.
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.
Minister for State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O'Sullivan, T.D. has announced the proposed appointment of Mr. Hendrik Van Der Kamp as the independent planning expert to evaluated the Planning Review Report, which was published in June 2012. The review took into consideration application of planning legislation, policy and guidance at local level.
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 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.
The Central Bank of ireland has published the latest data on mortgages arrears. It show that 10% of Irish mortgages are in arrears for more than 90 days or 83,251 mortgages are in arrears across the country. The Central Bank have also published figures for mortgages in arrears for less than 90 days, a total of 45,165 mortgages are in arrears for less then 90 days.
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.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced a further €1.5million worth of aid to help with the devastating humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Syria. This bring Irish Aid's total contribution to over €2million to date. The announcement was made during a visit to Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan by Irish Minister for State at the DFA, Joe Costello, T.D.
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.
Red Tape is the BAI's middle name. New rules for the complaints process would deter the most sane complaint from continuing an arbitrary process. In May 2011 the newly form Authority enforced it new complaints policy. In many ways this was to reduce the work load of the Complaints department at the BAI, which came out of the merger of the Broadcasting Commission of ireland (BCI) and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC).
The Central Statistics Office of ireland (CSO) have published their Survey on Income and Living Condition of the Elderly (SILC). The report covers they years 2004, 2009 and 2010. It focuses on the income and living conditions of those aged over 65. The study covers the composition of the elderly cohort, the level of weekly income, the poverty rate and levels of enforced deprivation.
Scott Williams, Chairperson of the Independent Broadcasters of ireland (IBI), has called on the government to divert more of the Licence fee to the 36 Independent Radio Broadcasters that the IBI represent. This comes as the recent JNLR figures show that 2.5million people listen to independent radio in comparison to 1.3million listeners for Radio 1 and 2FM, while lyric FM has 139,000 weekly reach.
BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking Festival will be lead by former Irish President Mary Robinson. The festival will take place at The Sage Gateshead in November. This year's theme is "Them and Us" - a debate surrounding the world becoming a more divided place. Former President Mary Robinson will give the keynote address. The festival is free to the public and is produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Traders at the St George's Market in Belfast have sign up to the Real Deal Charter. Belfast City Council is the first Northern Irish council to commit to the charter, which is also signed by 46 local authorities across Britain. The aim of the charter is to remove fake, illegal and unsafe goods from market stalls. The signing of the Real Deal Charter reinforces a number of measures already taken by market traders in the St George's Market.
The Annual Report by the Parole Board was published yesterday (23/07/2012) by the Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. The Parole Board provides advise to the Minister on the administration of prisoners who have been sentenced to more than 8 years in prison. The Minister along with his Department will then make decisions on how best to manage such sentences. The Board dealt with 205 cases, these included new cases and cases that were at various stages of processing from previous years. 89 prisoner cases were reviewed in 2011, with recommendations of 88 being forwarded to the Minister, one was deferred until 2012. 85 recommendations were accepted by the Minister.
New research from a team of scientist from University College Cork (UCC) and An Teagasc Food Research Centre has been published in the journal Nature. The research shows a link between the Diet of older Irish people, their Gut Bacteria and their overall health. The research was funded by the Department of Agriculture who say that such research can help provide exciting new opportunities for the Irish food industry in the development of foods that help to promote healthier aging.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, T.D., told representatives of the self-funded trainee pilots from Pilot Training College Waterford (PTCW) that "the government, nor the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority), would be able to compensate them for the monies lost and have no liability in this regard." The Minister and the CEO of the IAA met with representatives today (20/07/2012).
Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, T.D., has extended the ban on smoky coal. The ban will come into effect during the next winter fuel season. The extention includes extentions of the ban in cities and towns where the ban already exists as well as the addition of new areas. 7 new towns will be included under the ban from May 2013 onwards.
The government has strongly condemned some Centra shops for running a Children's Allowance Day Special offer leaflet, which included alcohol at discount prices. Minister of State Róisín Shortall, T.D., said "It is deeply disturbing that a retailer would promote alcohol in this way. Alcohol causes almost 90 deaths every month, is responsible for a quarter of injuries presenting to our emergency departments and is a trigger in one third of domestic abuse cases."
The Chief Medical Officer said yesterday (04/07/12) that the main objective of the Deparment of Health has been to insure that the three clinics involved in the Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) contraversy provide professional and appropriate care to the women that are in their care who are affected by the problems with PIP's breast implants. The Cheif Medical Officer(CMO) has stated that this has not been the case and the Department of Health will have to source alternative services for many patients through the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).
Xilinx have announced that they plan to invest $50million in an expansion programme at their Irish facilities. It is expected that 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff will be required in dublin and Cork. 15 others will be employed across a range of disciplines at the company.
Jan O'Sullivan has outline the Government's Mortgage to Rent Scheme for families struggling to pay their mortgages and could be facing into a repossession process by the banks. The scheme is aimed at low income families that are finding it difficult to keep up with their mortgage repayments and where there is little chance that their circumstances will change in the foreseeable future.
The HSE (Health Board Executive) in association with Third Age ireland have launched a new healthy eating guide for older people. According to the HSE 1 in 3 older people are admitted to hospital are at risk of malnutrition. The new campaign hopes to highlight the risk of malnutrition to older people. Eating Well into the Future was launch by Darina Allen in Dr. Steeven's Hospital in dublin.
Councillor Naoise O'Muirí has been elected Lord Mayor of dublin at the Annual Meeting of dublin City Council Last Night. His deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Clare Byrnes. The nomination and election was provided by the co-operation of Fine Gael and Labour councillors, Lord Mayor O'Muirí takes over the position from Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, a Labour councillor. The Lord Mayor of dublin has a term of just one year.
Sinn Féin's Fiance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, TD, wants the government to block the payment of unguaranteed unsecured bonds by IRBC, which are due to be paid this week. The bond payment is worth up to €1.14billion. The bonds are to be paid today (26/06/12), tomorrow (27/06/12) and on Friday (28/06/12).
Cow and Gate celebrates 125 year of manufacturing in ireland. Its owner Donone Baby Nutrition now plans to expand its facility in Wexford. The expanded manufacturing facility will receive a €20million investment over the coming year. 45 jobs will be create at the expansion. The investment is supported by ireland's Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise ireland.
The Central Statistics Office ireland has published its monthly Residential Property Price Index for May 2012. It shows an annual decrease of 15.3% in the prices of residential property. This represents a slowdown in the decline in residential property prices as the decline was at 16.4% in April 2012. A slight improvement was seen during the month, as on a monthly basis an increase of 0.2% was seen in May, 2012, compare with a decline of 1.1% in April 2012.
In the first political poll since the Fiscal Treaty Referendum Sinn Féin has seen a drop in support. The poll was carried out by Red C for The Sunday Business Post. The poll comes after a successful YES win to the referendum for the government and after significant issues surrounding payment of VAT by independent TD Mick Wallace, however other parties and independents are up 1% in this poll.
The Constituency Commission Report for 2012 has had their report published today (21/06/12). The report recommends that TD numbers should be reduced by 8 bring the total numbers in the Dail down to 158 TD, currently 166 TD are elected to the dail, this has not changed since 1980. The report comes in light of the Census 2011.
Now in its 3rd year the dublin City Centre to Howth Electric Bike Challenge started the week long Bike Week, Today is National Bike Day, Wednesday 20th of June,2012. Sponsored by Glenisk Dairies and hosted by Greenaer the cycle took around 40 people from dublin's City Centre across the river liffey via the Samuel Beckett Bridge, through East Wall, along the coast at Clontarf and Bayside and up the steep Howth Summit climb and down into Howth Harbour.
The Croke Park Agreement Implementation Body have published their second annual report today (13/06/2012). The report sets out a review of the second year of the agreement with public service unions and the government. The report says that at total of €650million worth of savings came from the public pay bill, while a total of €370million worth of savings were achieved in non-pay and administrative efficiencies
An Taisce has awarded 87 International Blue Flags and 56 National Green Coast Awards to beaches around ireland on the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Flag celebrations. Each year these flags are provided to the best beaches in the country. The announcements were made on Thursday at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. The awards were presented by Minister for Environment, Local Government and Community, Phil Hogan and President of the International Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Jan Eriksen.
Dr. Frank Dolphin, Chairperson of the Review Group on the National Children's Hospital, has reported back to the Minister for Health. The group was established by the Minister, Dr. James Reilly, after An Bord Pleanála refused to grant planning permission on the Mater Hospital site.
The Police Service of Northern ireland (PSNI) have outline their approach to paramilitary style attacks. This is a renewed determination from the PSNI to help local communities to remove these attackers and attacks from their streets and to reduce the harm caused in areas.
Tom O'Malley and John Murphy will jointly chair the Steering Committee, which will bring forward proposals for the implementation of the decision to restructure the states airports, Shannon Development and tourism and enterprise support function in the mid-west region. Tom O'Malley is the Secretary General at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, while John Murphy is the Secretary General at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Employment. The rest of the board is made up of officials from both departments and the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Environment, Community and Local Government. The first meeting of the steering group has taken place at which they have planned the future work of the programme.
Fine Gael's Nicky McFadden, TD for Longford/Westmeath, has been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Prof. Orla Hardiman made the diagnoses last Thursday. Nicky McFadden has said that she will continue to work as a Dail Deputy, she said "I’ve never surrendered in the face of any challenge, and I’m not going to surrender to this either. I have the full support of my Party and will have the practical help of my good friends and staff to assist me in continuing my work as a Dáil Deputy.".
The Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, has announced the provision of €26.5 million for the replacement of prefab classrooms with permanent classrooms. This is the second round of approvals from the Department of Education, which aims to replace prefab accomidation with high quality classrooms.
Labour MEP Phil Prendergast is to meet with farmers throughout Munster in a public consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This comes on the publication of a report into the future of the CAP. The reports focused on future direct payments to Farmers, support for rural development, agricultural product provision and CAP fanancing. This will form the new CAP, which the EU will present to European Farmers.
Say No To Ageism is in its ninth year. It is a joint campaign to end age discrimination by The Health Board Executive (HSE), The Equality Authority and the Department of Health. Ageism is one form of abuse of older people and can lead to other types of abuse toward older people. The campaign will run from the 4th to the 8th of June.
ireland Votes in Fiscal Treaty in Referendum. 60% of voters agreed to the EU fiscal Compact, with just 40% disagreeing. 3Oth Amendment Total Votes: 1,591,385 Invaild votes: 7206 Valid votes: 1,584,179 Turnout: 50.6% Yes Votes: 955,091 (60.3%) No Votes: 629,088 (39.7%)
The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2012 took place on the 25th and 26th of May 2012. The Ard Fheis was broadcast live on RTÉ Television, with Gerry Adams' keynote address airing earlier then normal due to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. An Taoisheach Enda Kenny was also given time on Sunday Evening to address the nation to provide balance on the forthcoming Referendum.
Amazon, the world's leading online bookseller, has confirmed that it is to create 100 new jobs in dublin. The jobs will in technology and will be based at its Development Centre in Kilmainham in dublin. The Development Centre is home to Amazon's team of Engineers and developers who support the design and deployment of Amazon websites.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has recorded an increase of 9% in the number of referrals received for Elder Abuse. The reported published on Tuesday (22/05/12) by the HSE reviewed Elder Abuse Services for 2011. The review included statistics into elder abuse referrals.
The Minister for Defence, Alan Shatter, and the Minister for Health, James Reilly, have launched the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), which will be based at Custume Barracks, Athlone.
Alan Shatter, Minister for Defence, has announced that the build process for the first of two new Irish Naval Service Ship has reach a milestone. The traditional Keel Laying ceremony took place in Babcock Marine's Appledore Yard in Devon, UK.
In a lead up to any vote the media is awash with polling. This is the latest poll from Millward Brown Lansdowne for the Irish Independent. It shows a drop in support for both parties in Government, with Labour continuing to see a strong drop in support, while opposition party Sinn Féin rise at what seems to be Labour's expense.
The Latest Opinion Poll shows support for the Fiscal Treaty at 37%. 24% of voters plan to vote NO to the Treaty. 35% do not know how they will vote, while 4% will not vote in the referendum. The poll was commissioned by the Irish Independent and it was carried out by Millward Brown Lansdowne Researchers.
Peadar Tóibín calls on the government to invest in jobs. People Before Profit look at the consequences of a YES vote. Fine Gael attack Sinn Féin Fantasy Economics. The Referendum cannot be postponed, unless a General Election is called. And TV3 hope that RTÉ don't nab big TV debate.
Fine Gael accuse Sinn Féin of living in Fairytale-land. Minister for European Affairs asks the NO side to "Show ME the money". Mná Na hÉireann are out in force at a Labour Party Conference looking for Votail TÁ. Sinn Féin do not believe in a two track approach. The ULA call for debate on the issues not on the personalities.
The family of Former Taoiseach Sean Lemass will donate a collection of documents relating to the First World War at dublin City Library and Archive, tomorrow Wednesday 16 May 2012 at 10.30am. The donation of artifacts will be accepted on behalf of dublin City by Deputy Lord Mayor Maria Parodi.
The European Commission undertook an audit at dublin Airport, to assess compliance with EU common aviation security rules. During this audit it was found that dublin Airport security was lacking in two areas. The EU carry out such audits at all European airports.
The 13th Day brings some luck to the Yes side with the Sunday Business Post Poll showing a swing to the YES side with 53% of voters supporting the YES side. The return of Libertas and Declan Ganley, they are fighting for a NO vote on the 31st of May and a new Federal Europe. Labour hold their annual James Connolly Commemoration.
YES is the less risky option but it is not the full answer to Europe's economic crisis according to Labour's Alex White. Sinn Fein Point to the RDS Jobs Fair as another example of failed austerity policies, while playing down the latest Sunday Business Post poll which shows a lead for the YES side. The ULA believe the government are using fear to obtain a YES vote. A quiet sunny May Saturday for canvassing.
The Latest Red C poll shows that 53% of voters will vote YES to the Fiscal Treaty, with 31% voting NO and 16% still undecided. The poll also shows Sinn Fein largest support in a Red C poll with 21% saying they would vote for the party. Fianna Fail see some rebound with a 19% share of the vote FG for the first time since the General Election have drop below 30%, while Labour continue to slide down. Independents and others remain steady at 19%.
Yes to Youth Jobs, Fine Gael and Labour both argue how the Stability treaty will help youth unemployment and growth across Europe. Sinn Fein attack the government run Stability Treaty information campaign, which it says fails to clearly state the powers given to the EU, while the ULA officially launch their counter website for the Austerity Treaty. Day 11 of the campaign continues with Labour Launching their campaign in Louth and Kilkenny.
Day 10: The sooner we vote on the Stability Treaty the Better, well at least according to Fine Gael's Paschal Donohoe. Micheál Martin says Gerry Adams is running scared from a real debate on the treaty. Sinn Féin's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dail that the Labour Leadership are running blind, while Labour tell women to get to know and understand the Treaty, and then vote YES. Europe sees Germany postpone their ratification process.
With just 3 more weeks until polling day, the gloves have come off. Fine Gael tell Sinn Fein that they are talking rubbish, the ULA ask Fine Gael: Where are the Jobs? While Fianna Fail and Labour Celebrate a low key Europe Day. Nothing too upsetting as Voters make up their minds. And TV3 asks for the Final Debate between Gerry Adams and Enda Kenny.
A press release from TV3 on the 23rd of April 2012 announced the first Fiscal Compact Referendum televised debate between the leaders of the parties. They had hoped to get each of the leaders from the main political parties into studio. Unfortunately the short notice left them without Enda Kenny or Gerry Adams, both probably had prior arrangements due to the short notice given by the channel.
Labour launched their Yes Campaign. Sinn Fein and the ULA say European elections have rejected the Treaty as should the Irish people. Fine Gael's Brian Hayes attacks the No side, asking where the money will be found to pay for public service? Fianna Fail's Eamon Ó Cúiv is muted by party leadership, but not before a press conference and numerous interviews, where he expressed his view against the Treaty.
ESB Networks are warning against political posters on electricity poles and structures during the Fiscal Treaty Referendum campaign. The advise that any unauthorized contact or near contact with the electricity networks can result in serious injury or a fatality to people placing posters on such poles and structures. The risk also applies when posters begin to be removed after such elections and referenda.
Pat Rabbitte met with The RTÉ Board this morning. This follows the BAI report into the Prime Time: Investigates programme, called Mission To Prey. The BAI was published last Friday. The minister requested the meeting and lasted over 2 hours. The RTÉ Board told the minister that the programme had grievously wronged Fr. Reynolds and that RTÉ was at fault in this regard. The BAI fined RTÉ €200,000 and the report has caused the many involved in the show to either leave the broadcaster or to move away from News and Current Affairs at the Broadcaster.
The gap between they yes and no sides in the Irish Fiscal Treaty Referendum is narrowing as more people decide on how they will vote in the Referendum at the end of May. The Yes side saw a 2% decrease since the last Sunday Business Post/Red C Opinion Poll.
An Garda Síochána have asked for motorist to slow down and allow for extra time for any journeys that they may make on the roads on the 25th and 26th of April. This warning comes as Met Éireann issued weather warning for both days.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed that it has lifted the restrictions in the 1km zone an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 in pheasants at a farm in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Government Parties have seen a drop in the recent Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, however the main coalition party Fine Gael remain on a high 33%. Sinn Féin have become the second most popular party with 21%.
The study was carried out by Children's University Hospital, Temple Street with the help of the Road Safety Authority of ireland (RSA). According to the study road traffic injuries among children has declined in the past 20 years.
The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Opinion Poll has been announced. The EU Fiscal Treaty has the support of 58%, when those who will not vote or who are unsure are excluded.
Labour Leader gave his first speech to the Labour Party Conference as Táinaiste in galwasy tonight. He started his speech by telling delegates that ireland is a great country and that ireland will "pull out of these tough times". He ended his speech by telling delegates that "We will succeed."
Labour party members will attend the annual Labour Party Conference (also know as an Ard Fheis) this weekend. The conference will celebrate Labour's 100th Anniversary (the 66th Annual Conference) and it's first conference while in Government since 1997. Taniste Eamon Gilmore and Labour Party Leader will address delegates at 8:30pm this evening in the Bailey Allen Hall in Áras Na MacLéinn, NUI galwasy.
ESB employees have accepted payroll reductions. The pay reductions will save the company €280m by 2015.This amounts to the acceptance of a 20% payroll reduction per year.
A new Mental Health Commission has begun its term in office, which will end in 2017. The new chair of the commission is Mr. John Saunders. Mr. Saunders is currently the director of Shine, the national organization for the rights of people affected by mental illness.
HSE North West has announced the sad passing of patient at the Nazareth Nursing Home in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. The patient's death is not related to the current influenza outbreak in the home, according to medical professionals.
The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) are continuing their protests against the introduction of the new taxes. The next protest will take place at the Labour Party Conference in galwasy.
Last week the department of Agriculture was notified of the death of several pheasants in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. These pheasants were tested for Avian Influenza, it was found that a low pathogenic strain of the virus was present. Today the Department has announced that further test on pheasants linked to the same batch found in Barryroe, West Cork have tested negative for the virus.
Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, has Established the Referendum Commission on the Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012. ireland is set to vote on the Austerity Treaty on the 31st of August 2012. It will be the only EU country to hold a referendum. Both the UK and the Czech Republic have opted out of the treaty.
RTÉ's Director General Noel Curran has announced significant changes to staff and editorial management at RTÉ. This follows the Broadcasting Authorities of ireland's (BAI) statement on their investigation into the Prime Time Investigates documentary A Mission To Prey. Ed Mullhall is to retire from his position of Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs.
The Department of Health has issued a statement in relation to the deaths of six patients in a private nursing home in Co. Donegal two weeks ago.
The IDA (Irish Development Authority) has welcomed the decision by BlackRock Inc, to open a new office in ireland. The world's largest asset manager will create over 25 jobs.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will spend approximately €50million over the next 3 years, which will help to end the detention of 16 and 17 year old boys in St. Patrick's Institution. This is one of the commitments made by Fine Gael and Labour in their programme for government.
Just over a year ago, the Irish people turned to Fine Gael and the Labour Party at a time of national crisis.
The latest Paddy Power / Red C Opinion Poll has been announced. The EU Fiscal Treaty has the support of 61%, while 39% of those liable for the household charge will not pay. Fine Gael remain on top of the Opinion polls with 35% support.
Fine Gael Ard Fheis 2012 takes place today. The conference will celebrate the achievements of the Fine Gael party in Government and over the past year. It is the first Ard Fheis for the party since they entered government. It is expected to be a fairly happy affair with Ministers and TDs wanting to show what is best about the party.
The Census is set to be explored over the coming year. This week the CSO (Central Statistics Office) announced some of the highlights from the Census. It shows the population of the Republic of ireland in April 2011 was 4,588,252, a population increase of 348,404. In 1951 the population was just under 3 million.
The Government has announced the Thursday the 31st of May, 2012 as the date for the referendum for the fiscal treaty. Sinn Fein have announced that that they will be looking for a no vote in the treaty. Opinion polls show a 60% vote for the treaty with 40% againist the treaty, excluding undecides.
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today called for EU institutions move on with the task of CAP reform.
As the deadline for the household charge gets closer, the opposition to the tax get louder. The government sets out their case for the charge. Fianna Fáil say its badly promoted, with Labour squaring up to the Fine Gael Minister about the methods of promotion and collection. The government remains on course to bring in the new tax. Other opposition parties consider it a regressive tax that doesn't take into consideration peoples incomes
Thousands of Irish people are victims of problematic Hip replacements and breast implants. The European Parliament's Public Health Committee have voted that the European Parliament introduce stronger powers to help people with faulty implants.
The Minister for Agriculture has expressed ireland's deepest sympathies with the Belgium people and particularly the families, relatives and friends affected by the recent tragic accident in Switzerland.
The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) have upped their protest by saying that they have the government on the run.
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Department of Health and HSE announce new Accute Medicine Programme (AMP)
A run down of the trips made by government officals
Sean Gallagher looks for investigation into Editorial process