Sparks fly between Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald

Article published by: Juno McEnroe Political Correspondent Poor old Mary Lou, not so good at taking the criticism, but good to lash it out. Tensions are rising between the Fine Gael-led Government and Sinn Féin after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald threw personal taunts at each other across the Dáil chamber. There were […]

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Laura’s Russian Lifeline – Supported by colleagues of Arthur O’Connor in An Garda Síochána and Abbeylara GAA

Garda Sergeant Arthur (Archie) O’Connor, 30350L, who is stationed at Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan is married to Laura. They have a 5 year old daughter, Freya Lily. They live in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Arthur is from Abbeylara, Co. Longford. Laura has been receiving treatment for some years now including chemotherapy for her illness, but her health […]

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Gardaí will escape cuts to pensions over industrial action

Gardaí will escape the sanction of having their pensions docked if they take part in industrial action. A new report has cast legal doubt over the key recommendation made in a major report published just weeks after Gardaí threatened an unprecedented strike last year. Former Labour Court chairman John Horgan said Gardaí should lose their […]

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Secret pre-Budget report shows extra taxes needed for rising public pay bill

There still spinning – Article by Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle, from todays Irish Independent (27th. September) Extra taxes will need to be collected if the State is to cope with the spiralling public sector pay bill, according to a secret pre-Budget report. The new, independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) warns the sustainability of massive increases in […]

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Appointment of new Garda Commissioner may take six months

Sarah Bardon from Irish Times 26th. September 2017 The appointment of the next Garda Commissioner may take six months to complete, the Policing Authority has said. Former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan retired from the post earlier this month. The authority is responsible for finding Ms O’Sullivan’s replacement but has yet to advertise the position. A spokeswoman […]

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Gardaí should not have right to strike, says report

Garda associations should not have same status as unions, says Government study Fiach Kelly, Martin Wall, from Irish Times 26th. September 2017 Gardaí should not be allowed go on strike and new measures should be put in place to stop lower-level industrial action affecting its “essential services”, a Government-commissioned report has urged. It says Garda […]

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