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Sunday 25 March 2018

Austerity protests

Q PROTESTERS broke through garda lines as the Taoiseach arrived to deliver a speech to Irish and British politicians yesterday.

Around 70 anti-austerity demonstrators held a noisy protest at Letterkenny IT, where a conference is being hosted by the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly. The group is made up of politicians from the islands and had spent the day discussing renewable energy.

SIPTU sceptical

Q SIPTU general president Jack O'Connor says everybody who works in the public sector is better off with a new pay agreement – but says he isn't sure if the one on offer is good enough.

"I'm not sure the proposal, as it stands, is adequate," Mr O'Connor said. "But I am sure that everyone who works in the public service is better off with an agreement."

Poolbeg incinerator

Q SPENDING on the controversial Poolbeg incinerator should be halted and the entire project should be taken over by the Government, Dublin city councillors have decided.

The council voted in favour of a Fianna Fail motion proposing that responsibility for the project should be passed to Environment Minister Phil Hogan.

It followed a report by the council's Internal Audit Committee which found that the proper structures and management procedures still have not been put in place for the project.

That report, which was circulated to councillors before the vote, followed a previous highly critical report by the Local Government Audit Service.

1916 preservation

Q A DECISION on the future of the buildings where the last stand of the 1916 Rising took place has been delayed, and won't be taken before Easter.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan (right) was to make a ruling on an application for a development affecting buildings on Moore Street but has told developers to advertise again for submissions from the public. Chartered Land has proposals for the preservation of numbers 14 to 17 Moore Street as part of a shopping centre development. Under the proposals, the four buildings would be turned into a museum and interpretative centre.

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