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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Ex-boss Fingleton ‘unavailable’ for latest INBS hearing

Let your fingers do the walking!!!!!  Seems unlikely we will ever hear oral evidence from this man!!!! Michael Fingleton, the long-serving boss of the now defunct Irish Nationwide Building Society, failed to appear at the latest hearing of a Central Bank inquiry set up to examine the actions of senior management prior to the organisation’s […]

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Two-tier pay at Cabinet table is here to stay

A TWO-TIER pay system for ministers at the Cabinet table is to remain in place for the lifetime of this Government. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Chief Whip Joe McHugh will miss out on €16,000 a year after a decision not to risk putting a salary hike to a Dáil vote. It comes […]

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Tax pledges risk taking us back to the future

POLITICS is probably the toughest of all trades. And it is even trickier these days. Most Irish people feel the nation is over the recession hump. But, while they are still bruised from the shock of what happened in 2008, they are also looking for tangible evidence that they are doing better. No mystery about […]

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Varadkar hints at freezing property tax beyond 2019

PROPERTY tax rates could be frozen beyond 2019 because of the spiralling cost of homes, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated. The market value of every house in the country is due to be reviewed by November 2019, with the inevitable effect that homeowners would be hit with a significantly higher Local Property Tax (LPT). Yesterday […]

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Commission on the Future of Policing Garda College’s future at stake

The role, if any, the Garda College, Templemore, will play in Irish policing in future is under review by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, it has emerged. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin yesterday confirmed the college’s future formed part of the commission’s review process. […]

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Pay increase for Garda commissioner would cause ‘ripple effect’, warns Howlin

Proposals to increase the Garda commissioner’s salary to €300,000 will result in the judiciary and senior civil servants also demanding higher pay, the Government has been warned. The “ripple effect” would then continue across all grades, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said. He cautioned the Cabinet to rethink proposals to offer a salary higher than that […]

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