A solicitor representing a junior minister’s brother facing a charge of failing to declare €400 of cigarettes he had for sale in his shop yesterday queried why the Revenue Commissioners were seeking “a pound of flesh”.
The first minister to introduce Skype clinics, in a rural coastal constituency, is considering expanding the service. With a demand for constituent clinics quadrupling since Jim Daly became a minister in the Department of Health last June, he began hosting Skype clinics from his Dublin office.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has welcomed the findings of an opinion poll showing strong support for him to become the next leader of Fine Gael, also stressing that his party was “not afraid” of Fianna Fáil.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin attempted to rescue his party’s bid for power last night by meeting directly with Independent rural TDs who had a day earlier appeared to back Fine Gael — warning them not to join forces with Enda Kenny’s party.
Irish Water will continue to spend millions of euro hiring outside consultants to investigate the status and design of its engineering infrastructure despite the political and public uproar caused by the revelation that €50m has already been spent on consultancies.