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Garda ire at claim O’Sullivan faced issues in her team

  Senior Gardaí have privately hit out at claims by a member of the independent Policing Authority that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has faced “internal challenges” due to “difficulties with her own team”. The claims were made by former PSNI deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie, who called for Ms O’Sullivan to be given the time […]

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Gardaí and PSNI ‘will face huge challenges’

Vital cross-Border sharing of policing expertise is going to become extremely difficult post-Brexit, former police chief Judith Gillespie has warned. The former PSNI deputy chief constable, and member of Ireland’s Policing Authority, said Brexit would pose huge challenges. “I think Brexit is going to pose so many challenges for law enforcement – European Arrest Warrants, […]

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Pensioners to pay lower charge for care in shake-up of Fair Deal

  Pensioners will receive a hike in their disposable income of around €25 a week under changes to the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme being considered by the Government. The Irish Independent has learned a number of ministers are pressing for a reduction in the average nursing home cost for residents. At present, a resident contributes 80pc […]

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Patients face shortage of vital medicine under a hard Brexit, drug boss warns

A senior executive in the Irish arm of generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals has warned of medicine shortages in Ireland under a hard Brexit. Sandra Gannon, Teva Ireland general manager, warned post-Brexit risks included the potential for lengthy Border delays, significant customs costs and divergent regulatory stances leading to increased medicine costs and growing drug […]

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Revealed: How 120 State bodies could access your data on cards

  At least 120 individual State bodies can potentially get access to the information on the controversial Public Services Cards (PSCs), more than double the number indicated by Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty. Fifteen Government ministers, Revenue, Irish Water, and the HSE are among a string of bodies that can request permission to access the […]

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Data Protection Commissioner: Transparency needed over public services card

The Data Protection Commissioner has said the issue of transparency needs to be addressed as public debate continues over the controversial public services card. The Irish Independent revealed today that the card will now be needed for a growing number of benefits, including eligibility checks for new dental and optical benefits being brought on-stream this […]

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Garda was “lucky not to lose an arm”

A Garda was “lucky not to lose an arm” after helping to arrest two men suspected of hijacking a taxi in north Dublin, it has emerged. The officer suffered serious arm injuries after being struck by the vehicle during the arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The incident occurred in Mellowes Crescent, Finglas, […]

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