Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.39 12 Feb 2019


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The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service following the suspension of this week's nurses strike.

INMO members could get pay rises of up to 7% as part of the Labour Court deal, which will be balloted on within the next month.

Outpatient appointments are set to go ahead as planned, and patients with appointments for today, tomorrow and Thursday are advised to attend as scheduled.

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Health matters are likely to dominate Cabinet and Dáil business today.

Government ministers will be updated this morning on what projects will have to be delayed because of the overruns on the new National Children's Hospital.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, meanwhile, will brief the Cabinet on the Labour Court recommendation on nurses' pay and conditions.

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Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses after a 32-year-old man died following an alleged assault in Co Kerry.

The man was assaulted at a fast food outlet at the Square in Killorglin at around 2:40am on Sunday morning.

He died in hospital yesterday afternoon, with a post-mortem likely to take place today.

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Democrats and Republicans in the US have reached an agreement in principle over border security in order to fund the government and avert another partial shutdown.

Politicians said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington, and must now go before Congress.

However, it's not yet clear whether Donald Trump will back the deal.

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A new report from Early Childhood Ireland shows the majority of people want to see parents paying less for childcare.

The report shows high levels of support for a more progressive childcare system including Garda vetting and training for all professional childminders.

It also shows a significant increase in public support for parents only paying towards childcare in line with their overall income.


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