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Justice department to consider need for law on perjury

The Department of Justice and Equality has undertaken to conduct an analysis of the need for a law on perjury, following receipt of a submission from the small and medium-sized business group, Isme. However, Isme’s chief executive, Neil McDonnell, said he was “disappointed” because the department did not appear inclined to support his call for […]

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Tax clampdown triggers decrease in fund-based property

The level of growth of Irish property in previously ultra-tax-efficient funds slowed down in the first quarter of this year, following a clampdown on the use of such vehicles to shield real-estate from the taxman, according to the Department of Finance. Irish fund structures had been widely used in recent years by overseas buyers of […]

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Government departments have spent just under €1.725 million on taxis, car and limousine hire in the past two years.

Figures released by each department show highest spending by the Department of Foreign Affairs because of international as well as national travel costs. It had bills totalling €848,910, almost half the total cost. Taxis and car hire cost the department €507,201 in 2016 and €341,709 so far this year on travel both in Ireland and […]

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Rural crime costs €2.4m a year, says O’Callaghan

Rural crime now costs €2.4 million a year, with farming victims each losing an average of €4,300, Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan has claimed. He said a large number of farmers have had machinery and equipment stolen, with gangs “casing’’ rural communities and observing where it was stored before raiding the farm. “This […]

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Garda overtime doubles to €90m

Garda overtime has more than doubled in the past four years from €41.5 million in 2012 to €90.03 million last year, according to newly released figures, The number of overtime hours rose in line with the payments, from just over 1.29 million hours in 2012 up to 2.76 million additional hours in 2016. There was […]

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Government to increase State pension

The Government intends to increase the State pension in October and every year, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Speaking during a briefing to political reporters, Mr Varadkar said he could not “go into any specifics on the budget on tax, on pensions, on welfare, on spending because we just aren’t at that point yet”. “But […]

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State May face legal action over parole hearings

Inmates serving sentences of eight years or more are entitled to cases reviewed Officials in the Department of Justice are concerned that the State could be facing costly legal action from prisoners whose parole hearings have been delayed.Inmates serving sentences of eight years or more, including those serving life sentences, are entitled to have their […]

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