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Glasnevin now has 1m burials

More than 1.1 million people have been buried in the historic Glasnevin Cemetery since it opened in 1832 under the direction of Daniel O'Connell, Dublin TD Tommy Broughan said this week.

Deputy Broughan welcomed the selection of his Private Members' Bill, the Burial and Cremation Regulation Bill 2011, for debate as it attempted to address some important gaps in the regulation of cemeteries and crematoria.

Ticket retailers add 12pc cost

Companies such as Ticketmaster are charging 12pc to book a ticket for a show or match, Senator Michael Mullins has claimed.

He said people were being charged excessively. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, is taking the issue so seriously that he is proposing legislation which should be introduced as a matter of urgency, he said.

"At a time when people are stretched, having to pay such charges on top of the cost of a ticket is excessive," said Senator Mullins.

Social payment cuts a "disgrace"

Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett described attempts by Social Protection Minster Joan Burton to cut lone parent payments when children reach the age of seven years as "disgraceful".

"It is not just that seven is too young, as the minister agreed last week, eight is too young, nine is too young, 10 is too young, 11 is too young and 12 is too young," he said.

"In many cases 13 and 14 is also too young an age at which to leave children on their own when their parents need to go out to work. It is laughable."

Official warned of property flop

A Fine Gael senator has asked that the Taoiseach and investigate how the advice of Marie Mackle, a senior official in the Department of Finance who sought to demonstrate that Ireland's property boom was not based on sound fundamentals, was ignored.

"The Department of Finance was advising the Taoiseach of the day and this official was screaming for the property boom to stop but was ignored. The warnings were erased from public statements in the Department of Finance," said Senator Cait Keane.