State bill for medical negligence claims hits €530m

The Minister for Health has revealed that the cost of medical negligence claims to the State has increased by more than 650% in just over a decade. The State Claims Agency settled medical negligence claims for €81 million in 2010, Stephen Donnelly reported to the Health Committee. The minister warned that if nothing is done, … Read more

10 million cigarettes worth €7.9m seized at Rosslare Port

A routine search yesterday at Rosslare Port resulted in the discovery of over 10 million cigarettes, with an estimated retail value of €7.9 million. Revenue officers stopped and searched an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium, and found the illegal cigarettes, which were labelled “Richmond King Size.” In a statement … Read more

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reach divorce settlement

 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have settled their divorce and avoided the trial that had been scheduled for the following month, court documents filed on Tuesday showed. The former Hollywood power couple’s divorce was finalised, and Kanye West is now required to pay Kim Kardashian 200,000 USD per month in child support. The rapper, 45, … Read more

Government to partially fund 700 student beds

The government will partially fund the construction of nearly 700 student beds in Maynooth, County Kildare, and counties Limerick and Galway, according to Minister of Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. The Government will invest €32 million, and the universities will cover the remaining costs Minister Harris said. These units have already been granted planning permission. … Read more

Government confirms €5,000 increase in income eligibility for social housing

The government has decided to raise the income restrictions for social housing by €5,000. A total of 16,000 households could be qualified to apply for social housing beginning on January 1st, 2023, according to the Irish Examiner. The increase has broadened the base of households eligible for social housing support, according to Fine Gael TD … Read more

Thousands more to qualify for Christmas bonus payment under proposal

Thousands of people will be qualified for a Christmas bonus social welfare payment under a memo introduced to Cabinet today. In accordance with a proposal put forth by Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys, those who have been receiving illness benefits for 12 months or longer will receive a double payment this Christmas. The Christmas payment … Read more

Dublin schools in ‘crisis’ over lack of teachers to fill job posts

The lack of teachers to fill open positions has put Dublin’s schools in crisis. The cost of living crisis is cited as a contributing factor in Dublin’s primary and secondary schools’ inability to hire new teachers or locate temporary substitutes. Dublin is second only to Co. Wicklow in its inability to recruit substitute teachers, according … Read more

Nearly 3 in 4 men struggle with opening up about receiving fertility treatment, figures show

According to a recent survey, nearly 3 in 4 men find it difficult to disclose that they are undergoing fertility treatment. Sims IVF, a fertility centre founded in Ireland in 1997, recently conducted research that revealed 73% of men have more difficulty than 62% of women in telling their family and friends they are undergoing … Read more

Over 1,000 Irish companies now eligible for government export grants

Thousands more Irish companies will now be eligible for government export grants in a move that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said will fill a crucial gap and help strengthen Ireland’s indigenous SMEs. The government has decided to extend the mandate of the Local Enterprise Offices to target new exporters by providing direct grants to firms that … Read more

Ireland announces deposit scheme for plastic bottles and cans

The Minister of State with responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth, launched the scheme Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). It is estimated that about 1.9 billion drinks bottles and cans are consumed each year in Ireland, in-house and ‘on the go’. The Deposit Return Scheme aims to boost the recycling rate for these drinks … Read more

Meta fined €265m after personal details of millions of Facebook users leake

Following a data breach involving hundreds of millions of users’ personal details, Facebook parent company Meta has been assessed a €265 million fine by the Irish Data Protection Commission.  The DPC opened an investigation after hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ names, phone numbers, and email addresses were made public in an online hacking forum … Read more

Significant milestone for Mayo as new college campus announced

The green light has been given to Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board to proceed to the next stage in developing a multi-million euro College of the Future (COTF). Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced today’s significant milestones for Mayo as he confirms go ahead for … Read more

Derry Girls creator in shock after Martin Scorsese reveals he is fan of show

The creator of Derry Girls, Lisa McGee has expressed her shock after Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese revealed he watches the show. The screenwriter, who was born in Derry, shared a video of Martin Scorsese speaking at an event sponsored by the Economic Club of Chicago in October. Scorsese is the director of the movies Goodfellas, … Read more

Pet Shop Boys announce Dublin gig for this summer

Pet Shop Boys have announced a 2023 UK and European tour, which includes a performance at Dublin’s 3 Arena on June 19 for Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live. General ticket sales begin this Thursday, December 1st, at 9am through Ticketmaster, with prices starting at €82.05. The new 2023 tour dates take their show to more … Read more