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From TheJournal.ie Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country Noteworthy

Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Just over two-thirds of the buildings are former garda stations that were shut as part of a policing plan in 2012 and 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland’s Eye sold to private investment group Howth

Ireland’s Eye sold to private investment group

The island was included in the recent sale of Howth Castle and demesne to Tetrarch Capital.

From TheJournal.ie 'Misleading' to claim having PSC makes applying for driver's licence easier, Data Protection Commissioner says Exclusive

'Misleading' to claim having PSC makes applying for driver's licence easier, Data Protection Commissioner says

The National Driver’s Licence Service says that having a PSC “simplifies” the process of application.

From TheJournal.ie No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds Data Protection Commissioner

No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds

The Data Protection Commissioner’s long-awaited report has huge implications for the controversial card.

From TheJournal.ie HSE launches fraud probe into pharmacy after allegations of false prescriptions scam HSE

HSE launches fraud probe into pharmacy after allegations of false prescriptions scam Exclusive

The HSE is checking receipts as far back as 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Harris wants VAT removed on condoms and menstrual cups Contraception

Harris wants VAT removed on condoms and menstrual cups

Currently,13.5% VAT applies to condoms, but the minister wants this brought down to 0%.

From TheJournal.ie Revealed: How Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese used government jet service hundreds of times Right To Know

Revealed: How Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese used government jet service hundreds of times Exclusive

Information about the presidents’ use of the service can be revealed for the first time following a landmark ruling this year.

From TheJournal.ie Planning authority raised concerns about fire evacuation at Hyde & Seek creche before its construction Creches

Planning authority raised concerns about fire evacuation at Hyde & Seek creche before its construction Exclusive

A number of fire safety issues at the creche chain were raised during an RTÉ documentary last night.

From TheJournal.ie Referendum on water ownership could be held in early 2020, says minister Irish Water

Referendum on water ownership could be held in early 2020, says minister

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said wording for the referendum should be ready in the autumn.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for investigation as gardaí alerted to alleged smuggling at Baldonnel Airfield Baldonnel

Calls for investigation as gardaí alerted to alleged smuggling at Baldonnel Airfield Exclusive

Sinn Féín’s defence spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh told TheJournal.ie that he will be raising this issue with the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn Equal Pay

'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn

Some secretaries don’t have regular hours, don’t get paid for the Christmas or summer breaks, while others aren’t entitled to sick pay or a pension.

From TheJournal.ie Access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed in Ireland under new law Medicinal Cannabis

Access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed in Ireland under new law

Simon Harris has today signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis.

From TheJournal.ie Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath Employment

Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath

Over 226,851 people have engaged with the government’s JobPath service in the last four years.

From TheJournal.ie Over half a million people have applied for Irish passports so far this year Brexit

Over half a million people have applied for Irish passports so far this year

The Passport Office has been receiving more than 100,000 applications each month.

From TheJournal.ie Rotunda urges Simon Harris to secure new hospital wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies Overcrowding

Rotunda urges Simon Harris to secure new hospital wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies Exclusive

The maternity hospital is earmarked to relocate to Blanchardstown but it doesn’t know when that will be.

From TheJournal.ie Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Overcrowding

Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Exclusive

Intensive care unit saw outbreak of infection affect eight babies – with the death of one infant referred to coroner.

From TheJournal.ie Garda who struck protester with baton during housing demonstration disciplined two years later Wexford

Garda who struck protester with baton during housing demonstration disciplined two years later Exclusive

The protest took place at a hotel in Gorey in 2015.

From TheJournal.ie The Bernard Shaw loses planning bid to continue operating outside beer garden and Big Blue Bus area An Bord Pleanála

The Bernard Shaw loses planning bid to continue operating outside beer garden and Big Blue Bus area

Residents lodged complaints about the noise levels, but the owners of the bar plan to submit a fresh application.

From TheJournal.ie European Parliament candidate threatens Dublin Bus with legal action over ban on political ads Hermann Kelly

European Parliament candidate threatens Dublin Bus with legal action over ban on political ads

The public transport company said it would no longer accept political advertisements following a number of complaints this month.

From TheJournal.ie 'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott FOI

'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott

RTÉ received almost three times as many emails objecting to a boycott as emails calling for one between January and April.

From TheJournal.ie Courtown community 'not consulted' over decision to move Direct Provision residents to local hotel Wexford

Courtown community 'not consulted' over decision to move Direct Provision residents to local hotel

Locals have claimed a hotel in the town will be used as a permanent centre for four years.

From TheJournal.ie 'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan FOI

'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan

Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes Social Housing
From TheJournal.ie 'He has no one to talk to': Concerns raised around potential lack of schooling for 86 children of asylum seekers Direct Provision

'He has no one to talk to': Concerns raised around potential lack of schooling for 86 children of asylum seekers

There are currently over 500 people asylum seekers living in emergency accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission Irish Freedom Party

Irexit party accepting donations despite not being registered with Standards in Public Office Commission

Two members of the party are running as independents in the upcoming elections.

From TheJournal.ie 'I left feeling like s**t': AIB criticised for 'presuming' Irish woman was international student Racial Assumptions

'I left feeling like s**t': AIB criticised for 'presuming' Irish woman was international student Exclusive

Sarah* (20) was born in Ireland to Chinese parents. She now attends the National College of Ireland (NCI).

From TheJournal.ie Family left in limbo over government home loan scheme set to lose out on buying house Rebuilding Ireland

Family left in limbo over government home loan scheme set to lose out on buying house

Gareth Harpur and his family are awaiting confirmation on their loan application as uncertainty persists on the future of the scheme.

From TheJournal.ie ODCE is investigating a second official complaint regarding FAI's finances FAI

ODCE is investigating a second official complaint regarding FAI's finances Exclusive

The FAI is due before an Oireachtas Committee on Wednesday.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA Jim Daly

'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA

Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.

From TheJournal.ie Family of man who died tragically at St Columba's Hospital brings legal action against HSE High Court

Family of man who died tragically at St Columba's Hospital brings legal action against HSE

30-year-old Karl Collins died at the hospital in Sligo on 3 April 2017.

From TheJournal.ie Six drug deals and a fistfight at a Dublin shopping centre: One hour at a crack cocaine hotspot Phibsborough

Six drug deals and a fistfight at a Dublin shopping centre: One hour at a crack cocaine hotspot Exclusive

There have been reports of open dealing of the drug in other areas of the city and in some suburbs.

From TheJournal.ie Kildare school apologises after students 'received burns' on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday Blessed Ashes

Kildare school apologises after students 'received burns' on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday

Pupils at the Holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge reported marks on their forehead after the incident.

From TheJournal.ie Government issues estimated €4 million tender to station vets at border posts post-Brexit No Deal Fears

Government issues estimated €4 million tender to station vets at border posts post-Brexit Exclusive

This includes the possibility of placing them at potential border posts with Northern Ireland in the future.

From TheJournal.ie 'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC Public Services Card

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC

The woman’s adopted status is not well known and she was unaware she would have to discuss the topic in public.

From TheJournal.ie Two UCD staff members disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct Universities

Two UCD staff members disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct Exclusive

The number of official complaints received by universities in recent years “cannot paint the full picture”, activists say.

From TheJournal.ie 'Think of us as you tuck into your turkey': Letters reveal nurses' fury at Varadkar over annual leave comments Suspended Strikes

'Think of us as you tuck into your turkey': Letters reveal nurses' fury at Varadkar over annual leave comments

Strikes planned for this week were suspended after Labour Court intervention yesterday evening.

From TheJournal.ie Suspected drink driver escaped arrest because garda wasn't allowed turn on sirens No Alarms No Surprises

Suspected drink driver escaped arrest because garda wasn't allowed turn on sirens Exclusive

A garda patrol team was on duty in west Dublin last week when the incident happened.

From TheJournal.ie Six-month waitlist for counselling and confusion for those affected by adoption scandal despite promises St Patrick's Guild

Six-month waitlist for counselling and confusion for those affected by adoption scandal despite promises Exclusive

The HSE told Tusla it hadn’t received any direction on this, despite the Department of Children believing it to be the case.

From TheJournal.ie A garda whistleblower submitted a protected disclosure 3 years ago - she's still waiting on a response Still Waiting

A garda whistleblower submitted a protected disclosure 3 years ago - she's still waiting on a response

She alleged serious wrongdoing by a senior officer.

From TheJournal.ie Over 3,500 people refused entry to Ireland last year including 487 Albanians and 459 Brazilians Immigration Control
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