Cabinet meeting

  • The Cabinet has approved a draft bill to hold a referendum on the 8th amendment.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris can now finalise the bill, which the Government is expected to approve in two weeks time.

    The Taoiseach has said he's confident the timeline of holding a referendum on the 8th amendment at the end of May can still be met.

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    A group has protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday ahead of a Cabinet meeting to voice their concern over any proposed closure of Easkey Post Office.

    The postmaster there is due to retire and the future of Easkey Post Office is now under review by An Post and could close by the end of March.

    The local community have strongly opposed any moves to close the post office and recently held a public meeting on the matter.

    A group protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday where the Cabinet met ahead of the announcement of the National Planning Framework.

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    A special Cabinet meeting will take place in Sligo this Friday.

    The Cabinet meeting will get underway at 11am at IT Sligo, and will be followed by the launch by Taoiseach Leo Varadker of Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

    The President of IT Sligo Dr Brendan McCormack says the institute is honoured to host the historic Cabinet meeting – the first ever held on an IT campus.

    He says the event is a vote of confidence in Sligo, the Northwest region, its young people and its future.

    Dr McCormack says he believes the plans being announced on Friday will have a transformative impact on the economic well-being of the north-west region, and will provide a much-needed boost for the region.

  • Members of the People Before Profit Party in Sligo protested outside the gates of IT Sligo on Friday ahead of the special Cabinet meeting to rubberstamp the Ireland 2040 plan.

    The group were there to protest for a number of reasons. Local Cllr Gino O’Boyle was there to highlight the lack of social and affordable housing in Sligo. There are 1,100 people on the waiting list, with only 65-85 houses available.

    While Nigel Gallagher from the party was there as part of the Still Waiting campaign, which is calling for a one-tier health system.

  • The review of the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan was not discussed at this morning's Cabinet meeting.

    The report by Peter Smyth was received last evening by the Communications Minister Richard Bruton, with a view to it being presented to Ministers this morning.

    However, that's now expected to happen at next week's Cabinet meeting instead. 

    The report examines whether contacts between the former Communications Minister Denis Naughten and David McCourt, the businessman leading the only consortium left bidding for the contract, have undermined the plan.

    The reivew was requested by the Taoiseach last month after Roscommon's Denis Naughten resigned when it emerged that he had met Mr McCourt a number of times while the procurement process was continuing.

    Mr McCourt is the founder and chairman of Granahan McCourt, the only remaining bidder for the contract that would see the rollout of broadband across rural Ireland.