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22 February 2018 00:11 Ruddock wary of ‘dangerous animal’ with Biggar heart

With the rehab from his Grade 3 hamstring injury ahead of schedule — he should be available for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final crack at Saracens come April — the 27-year Irish international could spare the time to launch the Tackle Your Feelings app and chew the fat. His backstory is well-known: Dublin-born but Welsh-raised to Irish mum Bernadette 8

22 February 2018 00:00 Homeless man caught with €12,000 in cash by CAB

A presumed homeless man staying in a hotel at the expense of the State was found with €12,000 in cash and a further €140,000 in a bank account when he was targeted in a planned operation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. The 39-year-old was targeted as part of an investigation into a criminal gang involved in burglary, theft of plant machinery, and defrauding 7

22 February 2018 00:00 Moral hazard of mortgage defaulters

That was the obvious question to the proposed bill from Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness which has been drafted by the master of the High Court Edmund Honohan. Essentially, the bill seeks to allow those people who are struggling to pay their mortgage, or are in arrears, to benefit from a debt write-down and remain in their homes. The people in mind are those 7

21 February 2018 22:21 The Council of Europe has told the UK to pass laws to protect the Irish language

The issue has been at the centre of the dispute at Stormont. THE COUNCIL OF Europe has recommended that the United Kingdom introduce legislation to protect the Irish language and the rights of Irish speakers. In a new report published today, the organisation also recommend that the UK government attempts to create a “political consensus” to ensure this happens 7

21 February 2018 00:00 Cork County Council to look at hardship cases in rent review

The council’s director of housing, Maurice Manning, made the promise after Cllr Timmy Collins said he had spoken with the upset tenant who saw his rent increase from €27 to €54 per week. Cllr Collins acknowledged the council had flagged rent increases to its tenants, but said the elderly man’s increase was massive. “That’s a huge increase to take out of his pension 11

20 February 2018 00:00 One Big Switch aims for energy discounts for consumers

One Big Switch uses a group switching strategy to sign up thousands of consumers and then offers their custom en masse to whatever provider offers the best deal. It says it needs 10,000 new registrants to bring their membership to 130,000, which it will then offer as part of its Big Energy Switch campaign for cheaper electricity and gas. For the first 9

18 February 2018 06:00 Locals 'bitterly disappointed' as Drogheda fails to receive 'city status' in Project Ireland 2040

The plan recognises Drogheda in the context of the Dublin to Belfast economic corridor instead. THE GOVERNMENT HAS been criticised for not recognising Drogheda, Louth as Ireland’s next city in the newly launched Project Ireland 2040 plan. The plan sets out a 23-year vision for the country and outlines which projects will be prioritised in capital spending 7

17 February 2018 08:30 The first Foroige youth club outside of Ireland has opened

The charity works with over 50,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually. THE FIRST BRANCH of youth development organisation Foróige outside Ireland has launched. The pilot collaboration between the Irish Immigration Centre and Foróige will “serve as a model to engage Irish-American youth”, its organisers say. They hope it will give young 10

17 February 2018 00:00 Ireland 2040: €1.4bn allocated for strategic investment priorities

It is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken in the State, yet the Cork events centre only gets a mention in Project Ireland 2040. The €73m project is listed as “other amenity” in the plan that states that €1.4bn is being allocated to strategic investment priorities between now and 2027. The Irish Examiner reported last week that a funding 6

17 February 2018 00:00 ESRI warns plan could overheat the economy

Kieran McQuinn, research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), said the additional public funds amounting to €116bn over 10 years come at a time when the economy is already booming. The ESRI — whose staff played a significant role in framing the draft of the National Development Plan — and other watchdogs, including the Irish 6