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Poll: Should we hold a referendum on capping insurance payouts?

IN THE DÁIL yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar suggested that a referendum on capping insurance payouts might be necessary. 

He said that he has asked the Law Reform Commission to undertake a detailed analysis as to whether “constitutionally sound legislation” to cap or limit the ...

2019-10-16 11:34 open_in_new
Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

WELSH ASSEMBLY MEMBERS this week backed plans to reduce the voting age to 16.

The proposal was recommended by an independent electoral reform panel and could be introduced for elections in 2021. 

The move follows similar legal changes in Scotland, which allowed 16 and ...

2019-10-12 12:01 open_in_new
Poll: Are we heading for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October?

YESTERDAY’S BUDGET WAS predicted on the assumption the UK is heading for a no-deal Brexit.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said this does not mean the government thinks the outcome is inevitable but that they “stand ready” for that eventuality.

It was also reported this ...

2019-10-09 12:37 open_in_new
Budget 2020: What measures take effect from today and what comes into effect next year?

FINANCE MINISTER PASCHAL Donohoe forewarned that yesterday’s budget would be delivered against the backdrop of a no-deal Brexit. 

During his speech in the Dáil chamber yesterday afternoon, Donohoe announced a package of budgetary measures, ranging from a carbon tax hike to the ...

2019-10-09 02:07 open_in_new
Carbon tax: Petrol and diesel prices to rise from midnight, home heating to rise next May

THE GOVERNMENT HAS announced an increase in the carbon tax of €6 per tonne. 

Announcing the measure in his Budget 2020 speech this afternoon, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the tax hike will come into effect at midnight tonight for petrol and diesel.

For home-heating ...

2019-10-08 15:37 open_in_new
Fine Gael TDs fearful of the heat over carbon tax hikes - and call for increase to fuel allowance

WITH AN INCREASE in carbon tax set to be one of the key reveals in today’s Budget 2020 announcement, Fine Gael TDs were out in force yesterday calling for a “transition fund” for new jobs, as well as an increase to the fuel allowance.

Speaking at Leinster House, Laois-Offaly TD ...

2019-10-08 08:16 open_in_new
Poll: Would you welcome a government that includes Sinn Féin?

LAST NIGHT, TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar said that he would sooner “bring back the wolves than let Sinn Féin into government”.

He made the comment at the annual Fine Gael presidential dinner, adding that: 

“Decisions are made by those who turn up. Sinn Féin doesn’t – ...

2019-10-06 12:10 open_in_new
Taoiseach says he'd sooner bring back wolves to Ireland than let Sinn Féin into government

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he would sooner “bring back the wolves then let Sinn Féin into government”. 

Making a speech at the annual Fine Gael presidential dinner last night, Varadkar said:

“During the week, the leader of the Green Party, Eamon Ryan, announced his ...

2019-10-06 09:01 open_in_new
Opinion: Many students will be locked out of third-level if costs and supports don't start to balance

Callaghan Commons is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dublin City University Students’ Union.

Here, he writes about how Budget 2020 should focus on students and access to education.

WE LIKE TO think of Ireland as a fair and just society where everyone has equal ...

2019-10-05 21:28 open_in_new
Poll: How do you like your potatoes?

IT’S NATIONAL POTATO day if you hadn’t heard. 

The annual event highlights the importance of the lowly spud, both in terms of our culture but also our economy. 

As part of the National Potato Day campaign, Bord Bia visited colleges around the country “to revitalise the ...

2019-10-04 11:52 open_in_new
Poll: Should Ireland reintroduce wolves?

WOLVES WERE ONCE common in Ireland, but the animal was hunted to extinction almost 250 years ago.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan yesterday called for the reintroduction of the animal to help rewild part of the countrywide but that idea was rejected by Culture Minister Josepha Madigan who ...

2019-10-02 11:34 open_in_new
Kilo of cannabis seized by gardaí and revenue in Portlaoise searches

DRUGS GARDAÍ ALONG with revenue officers today arrested three people after searching two properties in the Portlaoise area. 

Around one kilo of cannabis with a street value of €20,000 was found during one of the searches. 

Gardai arrested a 22 year-old Lithuanian man, a 23 ...

2019-09-28 02:34 open_in_new
Poll: Should decentralisation be reintroduced?

A NEW DECENTRALISATION plan for civil servants is on the table in the upcoming Budget 2020, the Irish Independent reported this morning. 

The proposals would see civil servants from a range of departments basing themselves in offices in regional cities and towns rather than ...

2019-09-24 10:22 open_in_new