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Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

On Wednesday, 26th March, I asked Enda Kenny whether Alan Shatter is the right man to lead the Department of Justice given the scandal after scandal that’s dogging his tenure. Below is my question and the Taoiseach’s response-   Stephen Donnelly Yesterday, the Taoiseach told Members that a group within An Garda Síochána, perhaps a...
95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

Today, the Fine Gael and Labour government will close 95 Garda Stations, including two in Wicklow. Last night, they voted down a motion that highlighted the falling number of Gardaí and condemned the closure of Garda stations up and down the country. 39 Garda stations closed last year, with another 95 set for the axe...
Ireland's Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

Ireland’s Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

EU finance ministers yesterday agreed to examine the possibility of extending the maturities for part of the bailout loans to Portugal and Ireland. As a result I was on RTE’s Six One News, and TV3′s Tonight with Vincent Browne. It’s good news. Kind of. The first tranche of funding to which this deal would apply...
No Plans to Close Greystones Post Office

No Plans to Close Greystones Post Office

I have been onto An Post and received written confirmation that there will be no closure of any post offices in North Wicklow. They have told me that there is a long term plan to group postal sorting staff in Bray and Greystones on one site. This would entail considerable investment by An Post in...
Job Creation on the Agenda

Job Creation on the Agenda

The Government has published its Legislative Agenda for Spring 2013 and claims job creation and reducing unemployment is the priority. The department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation will be working on The Industrial Development (Micro-Enterprise & Small Business) Bill and Workplace Relations Bill, plus bills on Consumer & Competition, Employment Permits and Co-operative Societies, all...
Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

This article was originally printed in the Sunday Independent on November 25, 2012. You can read the original version here. Or you can just read it below. Cloak and dagger farce of a Budget breeds fear In 10 days, Ministers Noonan and Howlin will walk into the Dail chamber and unveil Budget 2013. Detailing €1.25bn...