Wednesday 21 August 2019

The Week that was


THE country's sporting bodies will lose thousands of euro in State funding unless 30pc of their board positions are filled by women, the Irish Independent revealed.

Leading sports associations such as the GAA, FAI and IRFU will be forced to comply with strict gender quotas. The plan was devised by Sports Minister Patrick O'Donovan (above).


The 'permanent and pensionable' status of public sector jobs will be used by the Government to fight back against pay demands, the Irish Independent revealed.

The high value of pensions and job security enjoyed by public sector workers will be firmly on the negotiating table after it emerged a garda's retirement pot is worth up to €40,000 a year. Pictured above is Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.


STAFF shortages have forced the closure of nearly 200 hospital beds at a time when the number of patients languishing on trolleys is surging, it has been claimed.

On Tuesday, emergency departments struggled to cope with one of the worst days of overcrowding this winter.


UNSCRUPULOUS landlords will attempt to circumvent new rent regulations by imposing a raft of fresh charges on tenants, property experts have warned.

The Government's plan for the rental sector will restrict increases in Cork and Dublin to 4pc per annum for the next three years. It could also be expanded to other cities.


HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney is back in contention in the Fine Gael leadership race after facing down Fianna Fáil to secure the passing of his rent strategy. By refusing to offer any substantial compromise on his plan during negotiations, Mr Coveney took a huge political risk.

Irish Independent

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