Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s suggestion that any comparison between pay increases granted to judges and the HSE support workers strike is “bogus and misleading” is, as Boris Johnson might harrumph while waving his arms, poppycock.
More than 50 State-owned former garda stations shut during the recession are still lying empty in cities, towns and villages despite an urgent need for housing and ongoing calls to increase security in communities across the country.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says he has “no doubt at all” a number of countries will lay claim to parts of the €14bn Ireland collected in back taxes from Apple if the Government were to lose the legal appeal it launched against the EU almost three years ago.
Consumer and financial experts have called on regulators to probe the grip held by AIB and Bank of Ireland on the banking market. The calls come after ECB head Mario Draghi told the Oireachtas Finance Committee on Thursday that a “quasi-monopoly” was driving up the costs of credit for homes and business borrowers.
In recent days, up to 10,000 people took part in a protest over the housing outside Leinster House. In a country with 10,000 — and rising — homeless people and tens of thousands more living close to the life of an indentured servant because housing prices are utterly disconnected to incomes, that protest is inevitable. In a country where tens of thousands of workers are condemned to a lifetime of making landlords’ and vulture funds’ investments pay off, those protests can only grow.
A contingency fund should be set up to ensure sub-contractors are paid what they are owed after massive delays and liquidations of two main firms involved in a school building public-private partnership (PPP), some TDs and senators believe.
Everyone involved in our insurance industry, everyone from the salesperson to the senior counsel determined to get “justice” for a client that imagines themselves the victim of grievous negligence, blames someone else in the process for our runaway insurance costs.
The “legal extortion” of crippling insurance premiums is threatening the existence of Ireland’s social fabric, including farmers’ marts, festivals and community celebrations, GAA clubs, and even children’s charities.
Leo Varadkar has been forced to admit the worsening homelessness crisis is a national “emergency” as campaigners rounded on the Government’s policies which have left 10,000 people without homes.