Category: ireland

Number of children in foster care falls by almost 200

An amendment to the Adoption Act 2017 now recognises foster children, who were born to married parents, as eligible for adoption. The new legislation, which was implemented in mid-October, opens a new door for children in foster care to be adopted. Before this, they were not permitted to be adopted, even if they had spent

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Dublin rally for America’s ‘Dreamers’

A rally was held in Dublin on Monday evening in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme in the United States. The DACA programme was established by the Obama administration in 2012 to protect those who entered the US as minors from deportation. Donald Trump made the decision to end the programme

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RSA earned €3 million from failed driving tests

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has taken in over €3 million in income from failed driving tests this year. To be categorised as a failed driving test, an RSA spokeswoman said that a person must have sat their test and failed it. This means that those whose learner permits may have expired pre-test or other

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Dublin restaurant closes due to ‘filthy’ conditions

According to figures released by the HSE, Dublin has seen the most restaurant closures so far in 2017. Dublin accounted for 44 percent of the total closures in Ireland so far. Following Dublin is Donegal and Cork, each accounting for three percent of the closures. The lowest amount of closures took place in Laois, Kildare,

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No need for €1,000 student fee increase

Calls from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (PER) to increase third level fees by at least €1,000 appear unjustified when recent university figures are taken into account. University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland’s largest university, reported a surplus of over €20 million for the year ending September 2016, an increase of €2.3 million from

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Dublin City Council unable to determine the number of places of worship

It is impossible to know the exact number of places of religious worship in Dublin, according to Dublin City Council. The recent announcement about the arrival of the Church of Scientology’s European Headquarters in Firhouse has raised the question of what other religious institutions are operating in the city and, if so, how many there

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