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Frustration in Cabinet as Nphet drags its feet during reopening
Frustrated Cabinet ministers stepped up pressure on the national public health emergency team to give the green light to easing remaining restrictions on Covid-19. At a Cabinet meeting on Covid-19 last week, ministers asked why the “finish line continues to move” on how many people need to be vaccinated before society can return to normal.
First-time buyers vying for grants on renovators
First-time buyers could benefit from grants to renovate some of the 180,000 vacant and abandoned sites in the country. The Department of Housing is developing ambitious plans to help alleviate the housing shortage.
Gardaí and banks on ‘high alert’ for illicit Taliban funds in need of money
Gardaí and Irish financial institutions will join an international effort to monitor the flow of money into Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. Police sources said banks would be on “high alert” for the movement of money inside and outside the country as the outright Islamist group tries to shore up the country’s finances as funds internationals are cut.
Driver who wiped out family of three was in court for dangerous driving
A motorist whose car struck an oncoming vehicle, killing a couple and their baby, had serious mental health issues and was in court over reckless driving incidents.
Unvaccinated agency nurses abandoned by HSE
Nurses at the agency who are not vaccinated have been told they can no longer work for public hospitals or the Health Service Executive, according to a leaked email.
Women “are too afraid to use trains and trams”
Passengers should be asked about their experiences with public transport after dark, fearing that some women are afraid to travel on the services.
Legal battles add € 12,000 to housing prices
Forensic reviews of housing programs add at least € 8,000 to € 12,000 to the cost of new homes, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) government has warned.
Academic anti-vax Dolores Cahill gave an invalid address to the police
UCD professor Dolores Cahill has provided an invalid Dublin address to UK police, who are now seeking his arrest on charges of participating in an illegal anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square last year .
Unions fear bus strike following loss of lines
Dublin Bus unions raised the specter of bus strikes in a letter sent to Taoiseach Micheál Martin last Thursday. Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have warned the Taoiseach that there is “an inevitable threat to public transport services” due to a lack of commitment on the bus route offering plans to private operators.
Mother and baby activists will seek answers on Tuam exhumation
The Tuam Babies Family Group will meet with Minister of Children Roderic O’Gorman on August 30 to “demand answers” on the start of the exhumation of the children’s mass grave at the former Bon Secours mother-baby house.