Opinion Piece: ALONE call on Government to immediately begin planning for older and vulnerable groups return to society post-COVID

by Seán Moynihan, CEO ALONE   Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, older people have had to largely withdraw from society, with many postponing important and vital medical check-ups and appointments in order to protect themselves from the virus. In ALONE, our network of staff and volunteers across the country have continued […]

Government ‘REPS’ pilot scheme must deliver real money to farmers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the ‘REPS’ pilot results-based scheme proposed by the Department of Agriculture based on the much-hyped commitment in the Programme for Government needs to deliver real money to farmers. The IFA President led a delegation including National Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins and National Hill Chairman Flor McCarthy to meet Minister for […]

Environmental Groups Applaud New Provisions in Ireland’s new Waste Action Plan

Environmental groups, VOICE and the Concious Cup Campaign, have welcomed the government’s new Waste Action Plan and its focus on waste prevention and the circular economy. One of Minister Eamon Ryan’s first actions as Minister for the Environment is to push forward a progressive and impactful Plan that will start Ireland’s journey to reduce its […]

Government confirms no plans to introduce National School Uniform Policy- McGrath

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath, the government has confirmed that they have no plans to introduce a national policy in relation to the wearing of school uniforms and that it is a matter for individual schools. Deputy McGrath had questioned the Minister for Education after concerns were raised with […]

Mental Health Report shows government has failed and abandoned the most vulnerable – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the findings of the Mental Health Commission’s report on community mental health supports and psychiatric services as a disgrace of almost incomprehensible proportions. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Commission found that there is an almost “total absence” of community mental health services across the State: “Many of us […]

Irish Homebuilders – Housing promises will not be met unless next Government addresses blockages in the system

The Irish Homebuilders Association, an association within the CIF, is inviting all new TDs and local politicians to a series of regional roadshows.  The purpose of these meetings is to inform politicians about the specific challenges preventing homebuilding in their areas. Director of Housing, Planning and Development with CIF, James Benson said: “The reality is […]

NGOs call on the next Government to radically transform the Global Fashion Industry

World Vision Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network have joined forces with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to call on the next government to radically transform the fashion industry. The coalition group is calling on Irish and EU leaders to take urgent action and put restrictions on the global fast fashion industry, to make it […]

Government Paying Lip Service to the Development of a Renewable Energy Sector – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short accused the Government of paying lip service rather than supporting the development of a renewable energy sector and the circular bioeconomy that will create sustainable employment for farming and rural communities. “It is clear from Government actions that they are only interested in supporting mega wind projects […]

Another month of declining new car sales: Motor Industry calls on Government for no tax increases on new cars

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of August are down 13.3% (5,131) when compared with August 2018 (5,921). New car registrations year to date are down 7.9% (110,572) on the same period last year (120,003). New Light Commercial […]

IFA Calls For Government Commission Of Investigation Into The Beef Sector

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to establish a statutory Commission of Investigation into the beef sector to establish processor and retailer margins along the supply chain. Mr. Healy said that the terms of reference would have to be agreed with farmers, but the Commission should have full […]

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