Ignoring ‘unemployables’ is a big mistake
Providing proper assistance for the long-term unemployed should be a Budget priority.
A group of unemployed people were recently told to turn up at their local social welfare office for a short training course. It was due to begin at 10am and end at 11am.
But many of them turned up between 10am and 11am – because this was the type of open-ended appointment they were used to getting from their social welfare office.
It is a sign of the challenges of overhauling the country’s antiquated social...
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Proposal for expert panel to review capital projects over €100m
Large public capital projects could be run through an “independent panel of international experts” as part of public spending reforms, according to the Department of Public Expenditure
State body to reissue €28m office supplies contract
The contract covers the supply of office stationery to a range of government bodies and agencies, including the HSE, universities, hospitals, councils and schools
Sinn Féin open to coalition deal, but on condition of border poll
Party would launch the ‘largest public house building programme that Ireland has ever seen’ and a national health service
Fine Gael ‘will go to war’ if Bailey runs as independent
The party threatens to put significant financial resources behind its own candidates in bid to ensure that she is ‘never seen again’ in politics