What is Fair Deal?
The Nursing Home Support Scheme was introduced in 2008 to help older people finance their nursing homecare. It's known as the Fair Deal scheme because it's supposed to be a fairer way of financing elder care.
The Nursing Home Support Scheme was introduced in 2008 to help older people finance their nursing homecare. It's known as the Fair Deal scheme because it's supposed to be a fairer way of financing elder care.
Who's to blame for the latest Garda scandals? Since the internal Garda reports on the fake breath tests and summons scandals published last week, calls...
Up to 1,000 gardai could face investigation over the fake breathalyser test scandal, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Disaffected Sinn Fein supporters helped by the mother of a Hollywood actor plan to organise forums across Ireland to highlight allegations of mistreatment and bullying within the party...
The garda water unit has joined a search for remains of Trevor Deely at a site in Dublin today.
Candles flickered outside Leinster House last Friday night for Jack Watson. Jack, a returned emigrant who was in his 50s, was discovered unconscious in the doorway of the Superdry store on Suffolk Street in Dublin at 4am last Thursday morning and later died.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has signed off on the design and planning of a bridge over a disused railway line at a potential cost of €70,000.
Gardai are entering a "critical stage" in their search for Trevor Deely in heavily wooded land in West Dublin.
The Irish Philippine Consulate and a private ambulance company made the travel arrangements to bring home the Irish Filipino family injured in the Barcelona terrorist attack.
Alan Hawe, an apparently up-right schoolteacher, killed his wife, Clodagh, and their three boys in a murder-suicide a year ago on Tuesday.
A former RTE journalist was evicted from his home in Shankill, Dublin, last week after running up arrears on a €315,000 loan from KBC Bank.
The Garda's counter-terrorist unit is conducting more raids, searches and arrests than ever before linked to supporters of Isil, security sources say.
Gardai are investigating whether 21-year-old Joseph Deacy was followed home after a night out in Mayo and fatally assaulted on his own doorstep.
The family of murder victim Jason Corbett have been outraged at allegations made by convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett that her husband subjected her to sustained verbal and physical abuse throughout their marriage.
Christy Kinahan's crime cartel has pulled his so-called head of logistics out of Ireland and scaled back its drugs operations here after a string of seizures and arrests sparked fears of a mole within its ranks.
An international authority on excavating human remains has advised the expert group investigating the infant remains buried beneath the former mother and baby home in Tuam.
An unpublished report on the suicide charity, Console, has slated its founder for abusing funds donated to the organisation.
New information about the disappearance of Trevor Deely has led to the "most significant" search yet for the 22-year-old who vanished after an office Christmas party 17 years ago.
A new national database aimed at recording and making use of Ireland's vacant housing stock has gone live, as new government figures released on the bank holiday weekend reveal the homeless crisis has worsened.
Gardai believe that a man who was found stabbed to death and dumped in a laneway in north Dublin was a Pole in his 30s who may have been living rough.
Carol has terrible manners. She throws herself at me by way of greeting. She shoves her head deep inside my handbag and snorts around in there for ages. Apparently, she has a taste for fine leather wallets but my bag disappoints. She puts her head on my knee and sighs. I scratch her ear. So cute, I think, until she opens her jaws wide, hacks up an almighty cough and blasts it into my face.
The Health Service Executive has launched an internal investigation into a "procurement issue" at the national ambulance service.
A man who claimed he suffered "life-changing" injuries after falling out of a hotel window will be pursued for the €350,000 legal bill racked up by the insurance company that exposed his dishonesty.
The wife of a former ACC manager who was imprisoned for not complying with a court order to vacate their family home was freed on bail yesterday evening following a special sitting of the High Court.
The child and family agency, Tusla, paid more than €28m in legal costs last year. One of the biggest costs was guardian services for children, with 29 individuals and companies sharing €7.5m in fees, on a €125-an-hour flat rate.
The company behind the National Ploughing Championships has racked up profits of €14m as the country's biggest outdoor agricultural festival continues to harvest the cash.
The Office of the Ombudsman noted how a nursing home in Cork included a fee for private advocacy services in its mandatory social charge when volunteer organisations provide advice for free.
With her ice-cool beauty, Grainne Seoige was one of RTE's hottest stars. But new records reveal how the Galway television presenter faced plunging revenues at her production company as RTE reduced her workload. Seoige's company, Grace Productions, suffered a "dramatic fall in revenues" since 2011 because of a "significantly reduced" contract with the station. As the TV presenter now focuses on the bespoke diamond business which she founded with her South African fiance, Leon Jordaan, it has emerged that her media production company was wound up last month with €364 to its...
The Mercedes and Audi no longer sit in the drive of the house in Clane owned by the one-time charity boss Paul Kelly.
Two footballers with Athlone Town FC have been charged by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in connection with match fixing, and a third player has been charged in connection with betting, following a month-long investigation.
The Charities Regulator has urged the liquidator of scandal-hit Console to take "all action required" to pursue the suicide bereavement organisation's outstanding assets, a year after its spectacular collapse.
Private nursing homes will be asked to disclose to the regulator any profits they make in fees for 'social programmes' and other services, under measures proposed by Minister for Older People Jim Daly.
Health watchdogs will be given new powers to examine the accounts of nursing homes under radical Government proposals aimed at clamping down on hidden costs within the industry.
Top-up fees levied by private nursing homes on residents struck a chord with many Sunday Independent readers. What was most striking about the families who contacted this newspaper in the wake of last week's revelations of charges amounting to thousands a year for social activities was their fearful insistence on protecting their identities.
False imprisonment charges brought against the Jobstown demonstrators were "over the top" for a "highly untoward" public protest, according to criminal solicitor Frank Buttimer.
Elderly people are being encouraged into incontinence wear in some nursing homes and hospitals so staff don't have to help them to the bathroom.
When Jane's elderly father was admitted to a private nursing home after suffering from ill-health, her family believed they had all the costs covered.
More than €350,000 seized by gardai in Dublin yesterday is believed to be the profits of drug dealer Christy Kinahan's Irish operation.
Enda Kenny fired his parting shot at the end of his final Cabinet meeting as Taoiseach. He is believed to have primed his Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, shortly before the meeting began.
Gardai are to investigate claims made by an Irish Muslim convert that a second jihadi terrorist involved in the London Bridge atrocity visited Ireland on a number of occasions.
At the end of Friday prayers in a converted warehouse unit in the Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown, scores of men rise up in their stocking feet in unison. The imam, Sheikh Umar Al-Qadri, invites anyone who wants to stay for the much-anticipated press conference but most head to the exit to fetch their shoes. The press corps who have been standing at the back or skulking...
Letters to a parliamentary assistant, who refused to accept Sinn Fein policy that he should draw only the average minimum wage, reveal how he was berated by the party's head of human resources for not contributing to party funds.
Jonathan Dowdall drove all the way to Newry unaware of the bugging device located somewhere in his €85,000 white BMW. Beside him in the passenger seat was Gerry Hutch, a family friend since childhood and fellow boxing fan.
Follow the money; the mantra is assiduously followed by police enforcement agencies the world over. Including An Garda Siochana.
The Minister for Justice said the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement is not fit for purpose following the spectacular collapse of Sean FitzPatrick's trial.
It's not so much wake up and smell the coffee, more wake up to what you're paying for it.
Shelley Horan has a reputation as an expert in her field of white-collar crime. She is an adjunct professor at Trinity College, designed a course run by the King's Inn for lawyers, gardai and professionals, and is respected by her peers.
The new Garda Cybercrime Bureau is unable to investigate the Irish computer systems hit by the global cyberattack last weekend because it has yet to receive a single formal complaint about it.
A former republican prisoner has claimed he was working in Leinster House as a Sinn Fein parliamentary assistant while he was an active member of the IRA.
The legal bill for hunting down the assets of the former billionaire Sean Quinn has reached €16m and counting, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
John Barrett was standing at the door of his office in Templemore Garda College, loading a number into his phone, when a Superintendent in civvies approached him. Barrett had been asking questions about the college's finances. The Superintendent told him his questions were being answered. Barrett told him he would have more. The Superintendent followed him into his office. "You've been doing a bit of digging," he said. Barrett noted his uneasy body language and was concerned. Later, he rang the Garda's chief administration officer, who had a "nasty smell" from some of the answers he...
The players at the centre of the match-fixing investigation in Athlone Town FC are "shocked" and "surprised" at allegations of irregular betting on a League of Ireland match last weekend.
The Irish branch of Amnesty International has run up a €1.3m deficit since the recession, despite attracting record numbers of paying members.
Religious influence was "significantly at play" in the case of a pregnant asylum seeker who was denied an abortion in Ireland even though she was suicidal, her solicitor has claimed.
Ireland is not the only country grappling with a Catholic influence on public healthcare. So are our American cousins.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has released the full agreement between St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital.
THE Sunday Independent today reveals full details of the confidential agreement that will see ownership of the National Maternity Hospital pass to a religious order if it relocates to the St Vincent’s Hospital site.
The 25-page unpublished "Terms of Agreement" between the two hospitals spells out how the independence of the maternity hospital will be protected through a new Designated Activity Company providing maternity services.
Every time the health watchdog dispatches its inspectors to the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street in Dublin, the conditions get worse. Inspectors have repeatedly warned of the dangers of packing ever increasing numbers of expectant mothers and infants into the dilapidated 19th century structure.
Wexford is the only Garda division that did not inflate its breath test figures by double or treble digits, according to an internal "fact-finding" investigation.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, Garda management have been found to be clueless as to the curious goings on in Garda stations around the country.
Ian Bailey has called for a full tribunal into the Garda's investigation of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier after the Fennelly Commission found they contemplated altering statements.
Every year, Trevor Deely's family have put their lives on pause to remind the country that their cherished son and brother has been missing since December 8, 2000. They have given interviews. Their prolific posters appealing for information about the red-haired 22-year-old became so iconic that they inspired an art exhibition. Last Friday, the Deely family gathered at Garda headquarters for...
The night before the Garda Commissioner's grilling by a committee of TDs and senators, chief superintendents left headquarters in the Phoenix Park and dispersed around the country under orders to get stuck in to what is probably the biggest investigation into suspected data fraud in the history of the State.
The Christian Brothers dropped a threat to sue an abuse survivor over records he took from an industrial school in Limerick after his case was raised in the Dail.
Eight days into the search for the three missing crew members of Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116, the weather changed, bringing with it a welcome ray of hope for their families.
The Archbishop of Tuam has called for the probe into the scandal of mother and baby homes to be widened beyond religious orders.
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has settled out of court a legal action taken by a terminally ill woman who claimed her cancer diagnosis was delayed for more than a year because vital blood tests were allegedly not followed up.
The autism charity that came under fire from parents for cutting outreach services to children lost €169,000 in 2015.
The Dublin-based IT consultant in prison in Italy on suspicion of murdering his wife during a Mediterranean cruise believes she is still alive and is either in Dublin or her native China.
An elderly nursing home resident who requested cranberry juice instead of orange juice at breakfast was shocked to discover the bill for her favoured drink added to her weekly invoice.
For almost two and a half years, the State's child protection service kept files on Maurice McCabe and on four of his five children. The files were opened by social workers on foot of an allegation of child rape against the Garda whistleblower that turned out to be entirely false. Yet even after Tusla knew the allegation to be wrong, the falsehood remained on his children's files. Nobody followed up with either McCabe or the alleged victim during that time.
The cost to the taxpayer to pay for a resident in an HSE-funded nursing home can be as high as €212,264 per year, or more than €4,000 a week.
Motoring millionaires, publicans, and husband and wife teams are among a range of investors involved in Ireland's multimillion euro elderly care home sector.
We are all getting older and we will be older for longer. In 20 years time, there will be 1.3 million old age pensioners in this country, almost twice the number today. Most of us will soldier on at home, but many of us will need to live out our days in a nursing home - that's if we can get a bed. Grim news perhaps for most of us, but what canny investors hear is 'kerching!'
On the eve of the first anniversary of Garda Adrian Donohoe's murder, the then Commissioner, Martin Callinan, was preparing to host a press conference on his slain colleague.
One year on from the Regency Hotel shooting, the drug trafficker Christy Kinahan has reportedly been racking up air miles like the globetrotting businessman he pretends to be. He's been photographed coming out of a hotel in Hong Kong, has reportedly "retired" to Dubai, where he now spends long stretches, and, according to another source, has visited Africa and Russia.
Counsellors who worked for disgraced Console boss Paul Kelly are still waiting to get paid after his financial misspending caused the suicide bereavement organisation to be wound up.
Medical consultants stumped up more than €15m last year in unpaid taxes and penalties as part of a 'blitz' by Revenue on special schemes used to boost incomes.
A doctor is being investigated by gardai for continuing to prescribe drugs to patients after he was struck off by the Medical Council.
A GP who was struck off by the Medical Council is under investigation by gardai for issuing allegedly forged prescriptions to patients.
A row over €300,000 in public funds raised for Irish Autism Action but withheld because of concerns over its finances has been settled after legal mediation.
The remit of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland did not extend across the Border. If it had, An Garda Siochana would almost certainly have come under scrutiny over suspicions that it covered up the crimes of notorious paedophile Brendan Smyth.
A state official has questioned the ethics of continuing to breed English bulldogs which now routinely require C-sections to give birth.
Almost four in 10 patients who attended emergency departments were sent by their GPs between January and November last year.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has told the investigation into claims of a smear campaign against whistleblower Maurice McCabe that she was also sidelined by senior colleagues.
An Irish-American millionaire offered to buy Apollo House to allow it to be converted into a homeless shelter.
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into Permanent TSB after a couple complained that key documents central to their claim to a tracker mortgage were missing from their personal file.
A vulture fund that is suing dozens of Irish borrowers was among a group of financiers and hedge funds that met the Department of Finance ahead of plans to close a tax loophole.
IT was an emergency meeting with a distinct lack of urgency, according to one attendee. Gathered around a conference table at Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin, the headquarters of the Health Service Executive, last Friday were directors of the public health service, union leaders, representative groups for consultants and GPs, the ambulance service and a single patient representative, Stephen McMahon. Beside him sat Minister for Health Simon Harris.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is prepared to replace hospital managers with outside experts as part of a radical attempt to solve the trolley crisis.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is willing to replace hospital managers by bringing in outside experts as part of his new plan to resolve the trolley crisis in Irish hospitals.
Key State agencies and some of the largest publicly listed companies in Irish business were among 20 organisations stung for €22m in cyber attacks in 2016, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
GOVERNMENT Chief Whip Regina Doherty has said the Government could crumble if she and the two other Fine Gael ministers from Meath quit office over plans by semi-state agency EirGrid to build overhead pylons in her constituency.
Four prominent hospital consultants who were billed for thousands of euro in unpaid taxes in a Revenue probe of the medical profession are suing the Dublin accountancy and consultancy firm that advised them.
On Friday next, Ian Bailey will pitch his stall at the food and vegetable market in Bantry, west Cork. Subject to the weather, Bailey and his long-term partner, Jules Thomas, an artist, will sell their home-baked bread and Jules's watercolours.
The ISPCA has received an overwhelming response from members of the public offering to adopt the 10 dogs and 12 cats released from a Mayo medical research facility into the care of the animal protection society.
Photographs show her as a confident young woman - exuding glamour with a slick of lipstick, and personality with kooky spectacles.
The call that every family dreads came shortly before 6am on a Sunday last December. James Regan junior was first to be told the chilling news on the phone. He was at his brother Brian's side within three minutes.
The beleaguered charity, Irish Autism Action, has blamed a dispute over €300,000 in public funds for the delay in publishing its annual accounts.
An unprecedented meeting of more than 40 North African migrants heard allegations that low pay and employment abuses continue in the Irish fishing industry despite legislation introduced a year ago to protect them.
We are standing in a muddy yard in Longford in the damp gloom last Tuesday, waiting for the arrival of some very special guests. Shortly before 4.30pm, an ISPCA van sweeps in. The back door swings open and several pairs of liquid brown eyes peer out from stacked cages. They're what we've been waiting for: 10 confused beagles shivering and crouching, smelling of excrement and vomit, on...
SINN FEIN raised almost $70,000 (€65,000) in six months in the US this year.
Declan Kelly first met Hillary Clinton with blood on his forehead from a media crush in which he was whacked by a camera. She was First Lady and he was already a successful if unknown public relations entrepreneur on the make in New York. Both were guests of Niall O'Dowd, the influential New York-based publisher, at an Irish America magazine event in the city in 2006.
Sinn Fein raised almost $70,000 (€65,000) in six months in the US this year.
More than 500 hospital consultants are suing the State for back pay and an additional 1,800 may have to be compensated, landing the Health Service Executive with a potential bill for €700m.
School dormitories can be unruly places where the high-spirited horseplay of hormonal teenagers can easily cross the line to become bullying or even worse.
Last week the retired judge Maureen Harding Clark delivered her long-awaited verdict on the hundreds of older women said to have suffered a lifetime of chronic pain, incontinence and discomfort because of a "cruel and dangerous" procedure performed on them in largely Catholic hospitals of another era.
Gardai have embarked on a systematic, forensic hunt for the attacker who left an 18-year-student unconscious with shattered bones and broken teeth.
Insurance companies are in talks with An Garda Siochana about setting up a dedicated specialist unit funded by the industry to investigate insurance fraud.
Khalid Kelly spent his last months in Ireland staying in a private apartment rented by the Islamic State's suspected "fixer". The apartment was in a north Dublin suburb that was a throwback to the Celtic Tiger days, built close to the airport with restaurants, pubs, shops, a creche and a gym. In Kelly's fanatical world, it was a place filled with "infidels" and "kafir". His neighbours could never have guessed that the Irish man who dressed in Arabic clothes was a jihadi in their midst, or that his portly Jordanian flatmate was his mentor.
Solicitors cashing in on personal injury claims will be targeted as part of the Government's response to the drastic rise in motor insurance costs, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
A trusted family man who was never in trouble in his life embarked on a crime spree across the country at the age of 62, possibly because of a brain injury he suffered 25 years before.