Paudie Coffey

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 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the announcement of the social housing strategy 2020 at Custom House in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has committed to spending €3.8 billion to build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next five years. The Coalitio(...)

The Government will build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next five years, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Government will build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next five years, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. Announ(...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis introduced a Dáil debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to deal with an anomaly in existing legislation.

A Garda training programme on domestic violence, axed because of lack of funding, must be re-instated, the chairman of the Oireachtas justice committe(...)

Minister of State for Environment Paudie Coffey said in one case, water meter installers were held in a van for over twelve hours without access to food, water or toilet facilities. Photograph: Frank Miller

About 50 water meter installation workers have been assaulted by protestors, the Dáil has heard.Minister of State for Environment Paudie Coffey outlin(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Twelve appointments were made to the board of Irish Water in 2013 by its parent company Bord Gáis Éireann but these were approved in advance by then ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Existing directors of Irish Water and its parent company Ervia, formerly known as Bord Gáis, are likely to have to reapply for their positions when(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor called for relief for those with a defined benefit pension in next week’s budget.She said she wanted to voice the(...)

After two weeks of negative headlines for Fine Gael, Taoiseach Enda Kenny is still fielding questions on this runaway train of a story. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

When Reeling in the Years 2014 is being compiled, will the controversy involving John McNulty’s appointment to a State board shortly before his nomina(...)

“The construction sector has been underperforming for the past number of years and it is my job to ensure that it gets back to a normalised market,” Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey has said.  Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Budget 2015 will contain measures to incentivise the construction of new homes, Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey (...)

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