The Government has not responded to a new protected disclosure on chemical exposures within the Air Corps.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes the courts should decide whether former Air Corps staff are suffering chronic illnesses due to chemical exposure.
An official tasked with reviewing whistleblower allegations of chemical exposure within the Air Corps was not given access to the Defence Forces’ own report on the claims, the Government has confirmed.
The Government has written to the Defence Forces to demand a serving member who raised health and safety concerns within the Air Corps be protected under whistleblowers’ legislation.
The Air Corps’ failure to protect workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemicals may have affected thousands of people, causing 100 deaths as well as birth defects and miscarriages, the Dáil heard yesterday.
A report on allegations that working conditions at Casement Aerodrome caused some workers’ ill health has failed to address some of the core issues, writes Joe Leogue.
A serving Air Corps whistleblower is facing dismissal from the Defence Forces next month, due to an “industrial dispute”.
We, the undersigned, wish to draw your attention to the continued detention of Marian Price, which we feel constitutes an alarming breach of human and civil rights.
Aengus O’Snodaigh’s ‘Inkgate’ antics reflect the tone for Ireland Inc’s compliance standards today.
Has Aengus O’Snodaigh lost the run of himself?
ASYLUM seekers yesterday protested outside Leinster House, demanding changes to the current system which they said meant some people living in direct provision for six years or more.
A ROW is already brewing about next week’s proposed debate over the Moriarty Tribunal report with opposition parties claiming that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reneged on his pledge to allow ample time to discuss the fallout from the inquiry.
IN June last year, 20 Roma families, including many small children, were forced to move out of the Village area of Belfast following an organised campaign of harassment against them.
ALMOST one million people are facing a tougher Christmas after the Government said it had no plans to alter the decision not to pay the traditional social welfare bonus.
SINN FÉIN made a last ditch attempt to warn voters against supporting the Lisbon Treaty yesterday insisting it had been negotiated by an “incompetent government”.
JOBS were at the fore of the Lisbon Treaty debate yesterday with both sides arguing how ratification could affect workers’ rights.
Anti-Nama campaigners today urged support for a mass protest claiming it could destabilise the coalition and throw the Government’s plans into chaos.
HUMAN trafficking could become a major problem if direct action is not taken and stringent combative legislation introduced, the Justice Minister said yesterday.
Sinn Féin were today coming to terms with a disastrous end to their ambitious plan to secure major gains in the General Election.
Sinn Fein were grasping on to hope late into the night that a gain in Donegal North East might lessen the pain of the collapse of their ambitious plans for a major breakthrough.
THE Steering Committee on violence against women has expressed disappointment at being kept in the dark about the announcement of a new national domestic violence office.
TÁNAISTE Michael McDowell has branded fishermen who breach their quotas as “traitors”.
THE Iranian who stitched his mouth together on hunger strike in protest at his asylum appeal has begun drinking water after removing the stitching.
Sinn Féin will today protest outside the Dáil at proposed new laws regulating future tribunals.
The Irish state’s refusal to recognise or allow same-sex marriages was compared to racial prejudice in the US during a landmark case before the High Court today.
A store worker sacked for wearing a union badge on her uniform was reinstated tonight.
New European Union rules allowing firms in one state to operate in another without honouring labour laws will strip workers of their rights and aid exploitation, it was claimed today.
US anti-war campaigner Cindy Sheehan is to meet TDs and Senators outside Leinster House in Dublin today.
MENTALLY ill prisoners are to be held in newly refurbished cells containing a television and natural light.
Five anti-war protesters accused of causing millions of dollars of damage to a US military plane in Shannon were today facing a long wait for their third trial.
WE, the undersigned, support the Rossport Five in their demand for the natural resources of Ireland to be used for the benefit of the Irish people, and for those same resources to be extracted in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
The McCartney sisters today called for action to catch the killers of their brother, as they returned from their visit with US President George Bush.
SINN FÉIN TD Aengus O’Snodaigh said he feared a child is going to be killed unless the scourge of joyriding is tackled.
THE indivisible links between Sinn Féin and the IRA were further exposed yesterday as the Special Criminal Court sentenced five IRA men found with CS gas canisters, a stun gun, pick-axe handles, balaclavas and SF posters.
The Special Criminal Court today rejected a claim from five men accused of IRA membership that their arrest and detention was unlawful.
The Irish Government has no plans to follow the British Government and match public donations for the Asian tsunami disaster with Exchequer funding, it emerged tonight.
A cross-party group of politicians vowed today to bring the debate on Travellers’ rights to the heart of Government.
A leading Sinn Féin member and a man who engaged in patrols against drug dealers were today sentenced to four years imprisonment for IRA membership.
Minister for Justice Michael McDowell today challenged republicans to come clean over their links with criminal activities.
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern received warm applause and congratulations from Dáil colleagues yesterday as he signed off as EU President.
Justice minister Michael McDowell was challenged today to show leadership on the protection of refugees coming to Ireland.
Sinn Féin has called on political parties on both sides of the border to sign an anti-racism pledge ahead of this year’s local and European elections.
The Government is expected to prevent citizens of the EU accession states from accessing the Irish social welfare system after their countries join the EU in May.
Sinn Féin TDs Aengus O’Snodaigh and Arthur Morgan are due to visit campaigners against the bin tax in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison later today.
FIFTY FIVE EU directives, some from as far back as four years ago, have not yet been transcribed into Irish law, latest figures reveal.
Sinn Fein has accused the Government of scaremongering over the Nice Treaty.
Sinn Fein has described the Vintners Federation’s threatened ban on serving travellers as - completely unjustified and abhorrent.
Sinn Fein has announced portfolios for its five TDs following its gains in the recent general election.
Sinn Fein’s five TDs are due to meet in Dublin later today to formulate their approach to the new Dail.
Sinn Fein has secured a fifth seat in the election.
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