In The Irish Times.
Craig Hughes reported:
“Significant” and costly structural works had to be carried out to fit a €808,000 state-of-the-art printer into the Houses of the Oireachtas offices in Leinster House.
Internal emails show that Oireachtas officials miscalculated the measurements required for the Komori printer to fit into either of the two printing rooms in the building on Kildare Street.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the Oireachtas estimated the work required to accommodate the printer would cost €236,000. This included tearing down walls and embedding structural steel in order to give it the height clearance it needs to operate.
…While the printer has been installed at Kildare House, it is not currently in use due to an industrial relations stand-off between the Oireachtas and staff tasked with using the machine, who argue they need to be remunerated for work that requires up-skilling.
Works of at least €230,000 required to fit printer in Oireachtas (Craig Hughes, The Irish Times)
The above letter of condolence was sent from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD to the Right Honourable Mr Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand.
Earlier: In Christchurch
Via Oireachtas News
Leinster House, Dublin 2
Past and present female TDs and Senators -imcluding Deputy Leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin talking to medias (top) gather to mark the occasion of the first working meeting of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus.
The cross party group will focus on women’s issues and increasing female representation in the dáil and Seanad.
From top (left to right) Dr Bela Ganatra and Dr Ronald Johnson, of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research in the World Health Organisation and Dr Abigail Aiken, Assistant Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, Texas; Dr Johnson, and Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan
At a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
Representatives of the World Health Organisation Dr Abigail Aiken, Assistant Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, Texas; and Dr Ronald Johnson and Dr Bela Ganatra, from the Department of Reproductive Health and Research in the World Health Organisation, fielded questions from members of the committee.
At one point…
Paul Gavan: “I just want to get rid of a couple of myths that have been spun on one particular side of the debate. Could someone from the panel, please, tell me what are the risks associated with abortion? Does it, for example, result in higher risk of breast cancer? Does it result in a higher risk of mental health problems? Or are these ill-informed myths?…”
Ronald Johnson: “…As far as we know and this is in the guidelines, there are no known risks for breast cancer, for future reproduction, for mental health, no greater for women who have abortion than normal…than the general population.”
Dr Rhona Mahony, Master at National Maternity Hospital, Holles St and Professor Fergal Malone, Master at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital are due to start taking questions shortly.
Watch live here
They’ve wiped the tapes.
Ken Foxe writes:
Nearly ten years of footage of debates from Leinster House that was accessible to the public has been permanently deleted from the Internet by the Oireachtas.
The massive bank of footage was widely used by journalists, academics, members of the public, and was particularly popular on social media in catching out u-turning politicians.
However, the database disappeared from the Oireachtas website earlier this month without warning because they said there was “minimal traffic” looking at the files.
The move has been condemned by politicians who said it was scarcely believable that a valuable resource like that could simply be let vanish.
…The archiving of the footage had originally formed part of the Oireachtas’ eDemocracy Unit, which planned to use the web to open up politics to a wider audience.
The person behind the Twitter account newsworthy.ie, who has used dozens of the clips to show up contradictions or u-turns by politicians over the years, said the Oireachtas excuses for deleting the archive simply did not add up.
For finding clips in future, he must now make a formal request that must then go to an off site archive and takes at least several days to be returned.
A request he submitted for two clips of Leo Varadkar appearing to contradict himself on paying a Sunday premium to employees has still not been dealt with a week later.
Nearly ten years of video footage of Dáil, Seanad, and committee hearings taken offline by the Oireachtas (Ken Foxe)
Thanks Mari Maxwell
Scenes from the floor of the Dáil, discussing the AAA-PBP bill on repealing the eighth amendment.
H/T Oireachtas Retort
Previously: You Could Arrest Me and Give Me 14 Years, But You Won’t
Top at Leinster House today from left: Kieran Mulvey Chairperson (Designate), Sport Ireland, John Treacy, Chief Executive, Sport Ireland, Bernard Allen Chairperson of the NGB Grants Committee, Irish Sports Council, Liam Sheedy, Chairperson of the High Performance Committee, Irish Sports Counci; Above: Billy Walsh (right) in US Boxing HQ in Colorado Springs yesterday
Following the kerfuffle surrounding the departure of Billy Walsh, Head Coach at the High Performance Unit of Irish Amateur Boxing Association, representatives of the IABA and Sport Ireland will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications.
Watch here from 11am.
7 Photos That Irish Boxing Fans Just Didn’t Want To See (Balls.ie)
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