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Taoiseach wants to see more voices from North of Ireland in Irish Seanad

More voices from Northern Ireland should be heard in the Irish Seanad, the Taoiseach has said. Leo Varadkar favoured reform of the Oireachtas upper house as part of a wider shake-up creating overseas “constituencies” of diaspora living in places such as North America and Europe. He warned the prospect of processing millions of postal votes and certain provisions in the […]

Jeremy Corbyn believes Irish reunification ‘has majority support’

Jeremy Corbyn believes that there is majority support for unification across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, his official spokesman has said ahead of his first visit to the North as Labour leader. The British opposition leader is committed to the Good Friday Agreement and any change must happen through “consent”, the spokesman added. Mr Corbyn is due […]

Rail services between Greystones and Dalkey to experience more disruption this weekend

Disruption to rail services on the south side of Dublin will continue across the weekend. A fire in a signalling relay room in Bray last Friday has led to widespread disruption across DART and Commuter services. The blaze is said to have caused significant damage to equipment. Trains between Bray and Greystones remain suspended. There has also been major disruption […]

‘There is a bit of Hollywood in this‘ – Court hears drunken man drove bus around Shannon for an hour before crash

By Gordon Deegan A judge today described as “bizarre” an incident where a drunken 20-year-old man drove a bus after a night in the pub on motorways around Shannon town before crashing it into a wall. At Ennis District Court, solicitor for Adam O’Brien, Daragh Hassett, said that Mr O’Brien took part in a “drunken prank that went horribly wrong. […]

‘No‘ campaigners deny infighting over Cora Sherlock‘s last-minute exit from RTE debate

No vote campaigners have denied an alleged behind-closed doors clash between senior members over Cora Sherlock‘s scrapped appearance in last night‘s RTE referendum debate. The Love Both and Save the 8th campaigns rejected the accusation despite failing to explain why Ms Sherlock did not attend events over the past 24 hours after her last-minute pull-out from the high-profile live TV […]

IMF sees ‘step in the right direction’ in Lithuanian pension reform

The proposed reform of the second-pillar system in Lithuania will “help to diversify risks and reduce fees”, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said in a recent assessment.  The IMF’s staff said that, together with plans for first-pillar reform, the country was making “steps in the right direction”.  , Lithuania’s government has drafted a reform proposal that includes the introduction of auto-enrolment […]

Public pensions, sovereign funds target infrastructure increases

Public pension and sovereign wealth funds aim to invest more in property and infrastructure over the next two years, according to a new survey. Having been the fastest-growing portion of sovereign wealth fund (SWF) and public pension fund portfolios in recent years, real assets such as property and infrastructure are set to take up even larger slices of investors’ allocations. […]