Hugh O'Connell is Political Correspondent with Mediahuis Ireland. He writes primarily for the Sunday Independent but also contributes frequently to daily political coverage across the Irish Independent and Independent.ie. He is a former political correspondent with the Sunday Business Post, former political editor of TheJournal.ie and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4, FIFA, and Newstalk.He holds a BA First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University. A regular contributor to television and radio, he also occasionally lectures in journalism.
This weekend, no one in the Government or on Nphet has any clear idea what is going to happen over the next few weeks. The public health team can show their models and projections while the politicians and officials speculate as to what they think might happen. “More restrictions? Likely,” said a senior government figure. “Lockdown? Don’t think so.”
PLANS are underway to administer up to 270,000 booster vaccines every week as the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) has been asked to look at reducing the five-month gap between initial vaccination and booster shots.
THE Passport Service is to hire nearly 450 extra staff ahead of an anticipated surge in demand with up to 1.7 million passport applications next year, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Eamon Ryan has argued that he and his department were “well-placed” to make appointments, including of his former adviser and an ex-Green Party candidate, to the Climate Change Advisory Council without an open competition.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended Eamon Ryan’s appointment of his former special adviser and an ex-Green Party election candidate to €9,800-a-year positions on the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) without an open competition.
Environment Minister Eamon Ryan appointed his former special adviser and a former Green Party election candidate as members of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC), without going through any formal public appointment process.
TAOISEACH Micheál Martin has hit out at people objecting to wind energy and forestry projects, saying it is “time that we look at how we object to everything in this country” in a series of robust Dáil exchanges on the Government's climate action plans.
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