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The Agriculture Minister has told the Dáil his drink driving ban in 2016 was a “stupid, stupid mistake.”

Minister Barry Cowen said it is something that never happened before then and hasn't happened since.

He also admitted to another offence 14 years ago where he was fined for not displaying a tax disc.

Minister Cowen apologised to the Dáil and said he will now invest his full energy in his work as a minister.

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94% of middle-ranking Gardaí say they have had difficulty enforcing Covid-19 legislation as the lockdown has unwound.

That is according to a survey of 2,000 members, conducted by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI

They also say they don't know whether it's liquor licensing laws or health regulations they're supposed to enforce at the moment.

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The Wage Subsidy Scheme will be 'amended and extended', according to the Minister of State for Business.

Hundreds of thousands of people are still availing of the scheme after their businesses ran into difficulty during the pandemic.

It is due to end in late August, but the cabinet sub-committee on economic recovery will discuss plans to extend it today.

They will also discuss a jobs stimulus package that will be announced in about ten days' time.

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Gardaí are searching for friends or relatives of a man who was found dead in Dublin earlier this year.

The remains uncovered in Rathmines in April have been identified as those of Stephen Corrigan, who has been missing for nine years.

His mother and only other known blood relative have since passed away and gardaí are urging any other family members of friends to come forward.

Anyone who knew Stephen is asked to contact Rathmines Garda Station.

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Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions are on course to fall by less than half the Government’s target between now and 2030.

The Programme for Government commits us to an average reduction of 7% a year.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that under the Climate Action Plan set by the last Government, the annual reductions would be around 3%.

The agency is calling for more ambitious measures to help us meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement.


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