John Moran: Limerick’s First Directly-Elected Mayor

John Moran: Limerick’s First Directly-Elected Mayor

John Moran, formerly Ireland’s Secretary General of the Department of Finance, has been elected as Limerick’s first directly-elected mayor. Known for his tenure under then Finance Minister Michael Noonan during Ireland’s severe recession, Moran was dubbed “Ireland’s Mr. Austerity.” He left the position in 2014 after helping guide the country through the aftermath of the … Read more

Heavy Rainfall Warning for Cork and Kerry

Heavy Rainfall Warning for Cork and Kerry

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow warning for heavy rain in Cork and Kerry, effective from 3am to 9am on Thursday. The warning highlights the potential for spot flooding, particularly in parts of Kerry and west Cork. Residents are advised to expect difficult travelling conditions and poor visibility during the early morning hours. The … Read more

Fire at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel

Fire at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel Brought Under Control, No Injuries Reported

This morning, a fire broke out at the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, prompting the evacuation of staff and guests. The fire, reported shortly before 11am, led to a swift response from Dublin Fire Brigade and Gardaí. Dublin Fire Brigade received the call at 10:38 am and managed to bring the fire … Read more

Irish citizenship in ceremony

4,800 people granted Irish citizenship in ceremony; India, UK applicants top list

A total of 4,800 persons were conferred with Irish citizenship in six separate ceremonies that took place at the INEC in Killarney on June 10, 11. According to the Department of Justice, the applicants were drawn from 138 countries with the highest number of applicants from India (995), the UK (416), Brazil (294), Philippines (291), … Read more

Fianna Fáil Leads Fine Gael in Local Elections, General Election Possible Soon

Fianna Fáil Leads Fine Gael in Local Elections, General Election Possible Soon

Dublin: Indications suggest a general election may occur in Ireland before next winter. The ruling coalition, comprising Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party, holds a slim majority. Following strong performances in recent local elections, leaders believe a general election could stabilize government support. Fianna Fáil emerged as the biggest gainer in the June … Read more

Rise of far-right in Ireland? How anti-immigration candidates fared in local council polls

Rise of far-right in Ireland? How anti-immigration candidates fared in local council polls

A number of candidates who spoke vociferously against immigration in the lead-up to June 7th local council polls in Ireland have emerged victorious, though they represent a relatively small percentage in comparison to overall results. According to the Irish Times/Ipsos B&A Snapshot poll, immigration and housing were among the key issues getting voters’ attention in … Read more

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael Lead in Irish Local Council Elections

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael Lead in Irish Local Council Elections

Counting of votes for Ireland’s local council elections is almost complete. Out of 949 seats, 826 have been declared. The ruling parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, are performing strongly. Fianna Fail has secured 205 seats, and Fine Gael has won 215 seats. The Green Party, another member of the ruling coalition, has taken all … Read more

Father-son duo from Kerala win big in Ireland's local polls

Father-son duo from India win big in Ireland’s local polls

In a rare event, a father-son duo, who moved to Ireland nearly 24 years ago from Kerala, won seats from south Dublin region in local council polls held in Ireland on June 7. While Baby Pereppadan, who became the councillor for the third time, won from Tallaght South as a Fine Gael candidate, his son … Read more

Six Indian-origin candidates emerge victorious in Ireland's local council polls

Six Indian-origin candidates emerge victorious in Ireland’s local council polls

Ireland’s two main coalition parties — Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil — are on course to thump Sinn Fien in local council elections held on June 7. With results of almost half of 949 seats declared, Prime Minister Simon Harris’ Fine Gael and his main coalition partner Fianna Fail each had secured 23% of the … Read more

Polls Open for Local and European Elections, and Mayoral Vote

Polls Open for Local and European Elections, and Mayoral Vote

Polling stations opened at 7 am on Friday for the local and European elections, as well as the country’s first direct mayoral election. Voters can cast their ballots until 10 pm tonight. To vote, individuals must bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport, driver’s license, public service card, or an employee or student … Read more

RSA Requests 10% Increase in NCT and Driving Test Fees

RSA Requests 10% Increase in NCT and Driving Test Fees

Dublin: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has proposed a 10% increase in the fees for National Car Test (NCT), driving tests, commercial vehicle tests, and driving licenses. This proposal, aimed at addressing the RSA’s financial challenges, has been submitted to the Prime Minister for approval. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the … Read more

Significant Increase in Chickenpox Hospitalizations in Ireland

Significant Increase in Chickenpox Hospitalizations in Ireland

Ireland has seen a dramatic rise in hospital admissions due to chickenpox, with a 126% increase reported in 2023. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Center’s Infectious Disease Notifications report, hospitalizations have surged from 75 cases in 2022 to 170 cases in 2023. Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), is a highly contagious disease … Read more