Wilbek Hansen is the worlds best player

Ulrik Wilbek, praised his player Mikkel Hansen ahead of the upcoming European Championship in Serbia, and after Hansen was voted behind Nagy in the Handball-Planet.com’s poll in which more than 4500 handball fans around the globe took part. For Ekstra Bladet he said that Hansen is without doubt the best, and that his qualities are unmatcheable, and he proved that with his skills this season. ← Previous Story Tomasevic to Zajecar! Next Story → RK Bosna BH Gas to cease to exist?

After 13 years Oana Manea will leave Oltchim and join Krim Ljubljana

krimkrim ljubljanamaneaoana maneaOltchim After playing 13 years for Oltchim Valcea, pivot Oana Manea thinks it’s time to move on and find a new club that will have better chance at taking the Champions League next year. Oana Manea will join Krim Ljubljana, this years’ semifinalist, and have signed a two-year contract. Oana Manea was closest to winning the Champions League trophy in 2010, when the Romanian team lost in the final against Viborg. ← Previous Story SEHA Final: Sweet revenge for RK Zagreb, win thriller final against Vardar Next Story → Hungary Cup: MKB Veszprem wins 5th consecutive cup title after beating Pick Szeged in the final

Womens EHF Cup 14 Final RussianDanish war

Two Russian-Danish clashes are waiting for all handball lovers in the Women’s EHF Cup 1/4 final which will be played on March 1/2 and seven days later…Women’s EHF Cup Quarter-finals pairings:Dinamo Volgograd (RUS) vs Team Esbjerg (DEN)U Jolidon Cluj (ROU) vs Fehérvár KC (HUN)Astrakhanochka (RUS) vs TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)Lada (RUS) vs Kobenhavn Handbold (DEN)Women’s EHF Cup Semi-finals pairings:Winner of Dinamo Volgograd (RUS)/Team Esbjerg (DEN) vs Winner of U Jolidon Cluj (ROU) vs Fehérvár KC (HUN)Winner of Astrakhanochka (RUS)/TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) vs Winner of Lada (RUS)/Kobenhavn Handbold (DEN) ← Previous Story GREEK LEAGUE (ROUND 12): AEK at the Top with scoring record Next Story → Cup Winners Cup TOP 8: Viborg against FTC – Hypo in Norway handball

Talant Dujshebaev is new Hungarian headcoach

Talant Dujshebaev ← Previous Story TOP 20 “GOLDEN GIRLS”: The best time for TOP handball is now… Next Story → EHF CL Round 3: SG Flensburg beat Wisla Plock As Handball-Planet.com wrote a few days ago, Talant Dujshebaev became the Hungarian national coach! Legendary Spaniard with Soviet origins, has signed contract with Hungarian handball Federation until January 31, 2017 which means that he will try to reach the goal of the goals – Olympic tournament in Rio 2016.Dujshebaev will now focus on the start of EHF EURO 2016 qualification where Hungary will meet Portugal and Ukraine at the end of October.Hungary will miss the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. The biggest success under the previous head-coach Lajos Mocsai was the fourth place at Olympic Games in London 2012.

PSG and Kiel secure home wins

THW Kiel and PSG Handball celebrate their first wins in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016. French champions put maximum of efforts to beat Polish Orlen Wisla Plock 29:24 (16:13). Nikola Karabatic was the leader of his team with seven goals ahead of his brother Luka and Mikkel Hansen with 6.Paris Saint-Germain HB – Orlen Wisła Płock 29:24 (16:13)PSG: Omeyer, Annonay – Melić 1, Molgaard 1, Vori, Barachet 3, Gunnarson, Abalo 1, L. Karabatić 6, Hansen 6, Narcisse 2, Onufrijenko, Honrubia 2, N. Karabatić 7, M’timia.Wisła: Corrales – Daszek, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 3, Kwiatkowski, Rocha 4, Oneto 1, Racotea 1, Pusica, Zelenović 1, Montoro 3, Tarabochia 1, Konitz, Żytnikow 5, Nikcević 3.On the Baltic coast, THW Kiel had much easier 60 minutes against Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ 32:21 (16:12). Vujin, Dahmke and Wiencek were TOP scorers among the winners with six goals each, same as Done for the Turks.STANDINGS: PSG HandballTHW Kiel 2. MVM Veszprém211055:51(4)3 7. Orlen Wisla Plock201151:56(-5)1 1. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …220050:42(8)4 3. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko210150:45(5)2 6. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…210161:63(-2)2 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Vardar and RNL overtake TOP of Group B Next Story → Staffan Olsson joins PSG Handball: Interesting challenge in ambitious club 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu200245:62(-17)0 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt210163:60(3)2 3. THW Kiel210154:50(4)2 read more

Want to see what staff members in the Taoiseachs department get paid

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY appointed 17 staff members to his department with a total cost for this year of almost €1.4 million.This includes the employment of four special advisers and a chief of staff with a total cost for the year of €557,788. One of of the special advisers was for chief whip Paul Kehoe.The figures were released by the Taoiseach following a Dáil question from Róisín Shortall TD with Kenny pointing out that the corresponding cost of special advisers was over €1 million in 2010.Staff members working in the department include:Four personal assistants to the Taoiseach.Three personal secretaries to the Taoiseach.A personal secretary and a personal assistant to the chief whip.The government press secretary.Two deputy Government press secretaries and an assistant Government press secretary.A breakdown of the annual salary for each of the positions is available on the Oireachtas website.Shortall’s question was originally intended to provide the name and current salary of the political staff of all ministers but the deputy said a misunderstanding led to only the Taoiseach’s department releasing figures. The staff details of the other cabinet ministers are expected to be furnished on Tuesday week.Read: TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances >Read: Over €9,000 spent on redesign of Taoiseach’s website >last_img read more

Pro12 Leinster tough it out to claim win over Dragons

first_imgA LATE YELLOW card for replacement prop Jack O’Connell meant Leinster were left clinging on to a 19 -23 lead away to the Dragons tonight, but hold on they did.Ireland’s eastern province had ran into what might have been a comfortable 13 – 23 lead after making the most of Adam Jones’ second half sin-binning with tries from Aaron Dundon and Noel Reid.Jason Tovey’s boot and some feverish breakdown work ensured Dragons would never be left far behind.With Leinster down to 14, the hosts almost regained their half-time lead at the death, but the white defence scrambled onto a loose ball from a five-metre scrum and claimed the hard-fought four points.Along with collective frustration after entering half time 10 – 6 down, out-half Jimmy Gopperth must be feeling it on a personal level after missing a drop-goal, a kickable 35 metre penalty and having a try ruled out by the TMO.After he and Tom Prydie had traded penalties, Gopperth opted to go route one with a Garryowen rather than allow the hosts stymie their progress by attacking with the ball in hand.That decision brought Leinster’s best move of the night as Luke Fitzgerald jinked forward after picking up the loose and Zane Kirchner grubbered the ball into the corner on the next phase.Noel Reid collected the bouncing ball and looked to have timed a perfect offload to let Gopperth crash over the try-line, but the TMO rightly ruled the score.YouTube credit: RaboDirect Pro12Four minutes later, the Dragons had a 10 -3 lead thanks to a brilliant counter-attack which brought them from a scrum outside their own 22 into the opposite corner.Leinster responded well and threatened the line at the other end before Gopperth narrowed the gap to  a chorus of boos on the half time whistle.The 10s would trade scores again after the break, but Jones’ 57th minute yellow card invited Leinster forward and it wasn’t long before Dundon forced his way over the line in the shadow of the posts.YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12The killer score arrived four minutes later as Zane Kirchner, making his full debut, found a gap in midfield and exploited the absence of cover with a simple offload to Reid who cantered over.YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12Tovey added penalties either side of O’Connell’s yellow card to ensure a grandstand finish. Luke Fitzgerald’s pace and cover work ensured the Dragons would take no easy score after another thrilling break from their 22.The hosts felt they should have been awarded a late try after Jonathan Evans quick-tapped a penalty and dived for the line only to be called back and on the following scrum, the black scrum coughed up the ball and Leinster came away with possession and the win.VIDEO: Back-peddling scrum sets up stunning Dragons tryWhich Irish rugby legend has the Fota cheetah cub been named after?last_img read more

Which Leinster stadiums have a chance of inclusion in a 2023 Rugby

first_imgWE’RE STILL 10 years away from the 2023 Rugby World Cup but if Ireland is serious about hosting the tournament, we will need to show we have the stadiums to do so.Yesterday we too a look at six of the major candidates in Munster and today we turn our attention to the east of the country. Leinster has a number of quality stadiums, with Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium standing out as the two obvious choices.The GAA can provide a range of options across the province, so here are six of the strongest options in Leinster:O’Moore ParkThe Portlaoise ground has a capacity of 27,000 and is home to the Laois football and hurling teams. With one stand under cover, O’Moore Park is a little more exposed to the elements than others but the pitch is regarded as excellent. Changing facilities have also been met with approval in recent times.The stadium is just an hour away from Dublin, making it ideal for teams who are located in the capital.©INPHO/Morgan TreacyRDS ArenaLeinster’s home ground is an obvious choice for pool games, with a capacity of 18,000 meaning the lesser-profile games would fit here comfortably. The Grandstand was rebuilt in 2006, with a sloping roof added for the 2008/09 season. Plans were announced last year to boost the Arena’s capacity to 23,000 as well as to sell the naming rights to the highest bidder.Located in Ballsbridge close to Dublin’s city centre, the RDS would be an excellent World Cup venue.©INPHO/Dan SheridanNowlan ParkThe famous home of many a Kilkenny hurling victory might be opening its doors to rugby in 2023, given the 24,000 capacity. Nowlan Park has already hosted some huge concerts in recent years, including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and James Taylor.There is currently seating space for 17,000 people, but plans are afoot to increase the capacity of the Kilkenny ground to 40,000.©INPHO/Ryan ByrneAviva StadiumIt hasn’t been a happy home for Irish rugby since 2010, but the Aviva would play a key part in any Irish bid. With a fully-seated capacity of almost 52,000, as well as world-class facilities for teams and media alike, the Lansdowne Road address would be a strong candidate to host the highest-profile pool games, as well as a quarter-final or two.Whether Ireland would want to play their own games at the Aviva remains to be seen.©INPHO/Cathal NoonanWexford ParkWith a current capacity of 25,000, the Clonard stadium would be another of the GAA’s donations to the World Cup bid. However, in its present state, Wexford’s home would need some redevelopment and a set floodlights. Still, if it is size of stadium that Ireland’s bid is concerned about, Wexford Park could fit the bill.©INPHO/James CrombieCroke ParkThe pièce de résistance in Ireland’s potential bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. With a capacity of 82,300, Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe. It would be the venue for the final and semi-finals if Ireland are successful in their bid. The fact that the capital-based stadium is the home of GAA would give an extra power to the unifying effect of a World Cup in Ireland.A world-class stadium that deserves to be seen by the rest of the world.©INPHO/Cathal NoonanTomorrow TheScore.ie will examine the stadiums in Ulster that may be included.What Munster stadiums could be included in a 2023 Rugby World Cup bid?GAA wanted to ‘put the country first’ by backing 2023 World Cup bidlast_img read more

Two arrested after seizure of €40000 worth of cannabis

first_imgGARDAÍ AT BLANCHARDSTOWN have arrested a man and woman and seized cannabis with an estimated street value of €40,000.At 8pm last night, gardaí from the traffic unit in Blanchardstown were conducting a checkpoint on the N7 and stopped a car. A search of the car uncovered cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €40,000.The man in his late 30s and woman in her mid 20s were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station.Read: Gardaí “denying criminals unchallenged use of motorways” with high visibility checkpoints>Read: Gardaí to have a presence on late-night buses as Operation Open City kicks off>last_img

Army renders safe third historic grenade in last seven days

first_imgTHE ARMY HAS rendered safe its third historic grenade of the week today after being called to a commercial premises in Ardnanagh, Roscommon, this afternoon.The ‘Mills Type Grenade’ dates back to the early 20th century and was found by a worker while carrying out excavation work. The bomb disposal team arrived at 12.30pm where they examined the grenade in situ and then moved it to a secure location for a controlled explosion.The scene was declared safe at 1pm. This is the 18th call out for bomb disposal teams this year and the third involving historic grenades in the last seven days. Just yesterday, the same type of grenade was found in Balyshannon in Donegal.A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told TheJournal.ie that these types of devices usually date back to the War of Independence, hidden in gardens or ditches.“It’s reasonably common but they’re still quite dangerous,” they said.Read: Stormy weather washes ashore early 20th century grenade in Donegal>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>last_img read more

Press Council defends record after Denis OBrien libel action

first_imgTHE PRESS COUNCIL of Ireland has defended its position following criticism in the wake of businessman Denis O’Brien’s successful defamation case against the Irish Daily Mail newspaper.O’Brien was awarded €150,000 in damages in relation to an article by journalist Paul Drury published in the newspaper three years ago.In a statement, Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, chairman of the organisation, said the council does not comment on proceedings or consider complaints about an article if it is the subject of court proceedings.However he said he has received “a number of requests for a response to recent statements” about the council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman “which appear to be based on a lack of knowledge of the record of these institutions, and a lack of awareness of its effectiveness and relevance in the matter of disputes concerning the press.”O’Ceallaigh said there are two fundamental principles on which the policies of the body are based:One of these is the importance of a free and vigilant press as an essential component of any democratic society. The other is that the freedom of the press must be exercised within an independent system of accountability and redress.Over the last five years the body has received almost 2,000 complaints, some of them from “very senior figures” in Irish public life.“In all cases where complaints were upheld, newspapers have published our decisions – some of them of substantial import – upholding the reputations of individuals and correcting serious errors,” he said.He added that it is important that “criticisms of the Council and the Office of the Press Ombudsman should be founded on fact”.Read: Denis O’Brien awarded €150k in damages in defamation case against newspaper>last_img read more

Dublin ranks 4th in UN report on prosperity of global cities

first_imgThe most important factors Habitat has found that impact on the prosperity of a city, broadly defined to include the welfare of all its citizens, including the most vulnerable, are effective urban planning and management; decentralised policies and appropriate institutions; a system that creates equal opportunities for all; participation of civil society; elected local officials; a favourable business environment; access to basic amenities; and, public transport and mobility.She said it is clear that “three sets of actors have critical contributions to make in ensuring a city is a good place to live for all of its citizens: local government, private sector and civil society”.Without the equity indicator in the ranking, Dublin drops to number seven as cities with high levels of inequality come forward.Though Dublin ranked fourth richest city in this report, its authors said the current measures to address the economic crisis and public finances could affect its position.Read: Irish Presidency launch sustainable EU cities initiative> DUBLIN HAS been placed 4th in the current global ranking of major cities in terms of prosperity in a new UN report.The UN Habitat ‘State of the World Cities’ report was referred to in a presentation by Sally Fegan-Wyles, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNITAR Executive Director at the Cities Against Poverty forum yesterday.The report uses five indicators to reflect prosperity; productivity; quality of life; infrastructure; environment and equity.  Dublin ranked joint number four with Copenhagen.Vienna came first in the index, followed by Helsinki and Oslo.Speaking about the report at the forum yesterday, Fegan-Wyles said:last_img read more

RTÉ receives 24 complaints over transgender character in new sitcom The Centre

first_imgRTÉ’S NEW SITCOM which aired last night has received 24 complaints in relation to the portrayal of a transgender woman character in the programme called Nuala.The new comedy, ‘The Centre’, has been criticised by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) who said the character of the assistant manager Nuala Mooney, a transgender woman who is played by Aprés Match’s Gary Cooke is “mocked on every occasion she appears on screen”.In a statement on their website today,TENI Chief Executive Broden Giambrone said:The Centre is a throwback to the dark ages of television and RTÉ should do better.Nuala is the stock character of a ‘man in a dress’ played for cheap laughs.Her appearance and identity are fair game to the other characters on the show and their comments and quips re-enforce every stereotype that exists for trans people in this country The statement went on to say that the new comedy is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and features emerging Irish writing and acting talent and ” is exceptionally rare to have such a female led comedy cast”.Giambrone said that “at no point is the audience laughing with Nuala, they are laughing at her,” adding that the new sitcom “masquerades as edgy by poking fun at minority groups”.He added, “unfortunately, we see the very real effects of how this type of ‘humour’ contributes to the marginalisation of the trans community”.Additional reporting Aoife BarryColumn: We need to talk about Nuala … RTÉ’s portrayal of trans character is shallow and cruel>Read: ‘They thought I had married myself’: The experiences of transgender people in Ireland> A statement from Bill Malone, Channel Controller for RTE Two to TheJournal.ie this evening, confirmed that 24 complaints on the issue had been made.The statement said:The Centre is a comedy full of exaggerated characters. Nualla is a Transgendered character accepted unreservedly by her co-workers and those who use ‘The Centre’, and while comical, is actually a positive LGBT character.The attacks on Nualla come from one source – the repulsive Amanda Menton, who represents all that is wrong with society.In effect, the exaggerated cartoon character of Amanda Menton is an equal opportunities offender – she insults ALL, she is sexist, ageist, fattest, elitist, bigoted etc. LGBT characters should not be treated differently.last_img read more

Gardaí appeal for help tracing 17yearold not seen since Friday

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for information in the search for a 17-year-old who has not been seen since FridayCian Irwin was last seen in Baldoyle on Dublin’s northside between 1.45pm and 2pm on 10 May. The teenager is described as being approximately 5’7″ tall, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion.He was wearing a red hooded top and blue tracksuit bottoms when he was last seen.Gardaí have asked anyone who saw Cian or has any information about his whereabouts to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884 300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.last_img

France wants to tax iPads and iPhones to fund the arts

first_imgA REPORT ENDORSED by the French government has recommended imposing a tax on smartphones and tablets in a bid to fund artistic and creative ventures.A nine-member panel produced a government commissioned report yesterday which also rejected the idea of Google being charged for linking to media content, according to News 24.The report called for a 4 per cent tax on the sale of all smartphones, tablet and digital devices that allow access to the internet and “cultural content”.The Financial Times says the report is broadly backed by Francois Hollande’s government.“Companies that make these tablets must, in a minor way, be made to contribute part of the revenue from their sales to help creators,” culture minister Aurelie Filipetti is quoted as saying in the  FT.The panel, headed by journalist and businessman Pierre Lescure, said that demands from newspapers and other media organisations for compensation for linking to their content – which they argue Google is making revenue off – are legally doubtful.Among 75 proposals, the tax on smartphones and tablets is the most striking but other recommendations included scaling back punishments for piracy which currently include internet connections being suspended and heavy fines.The report said that piracy could be reduced if satellite and cable providers offered newly-released films on demand shortly after their release, RFI reports.Read: TV3 unveils major expansion of its news website – including rolling newsRead: Samsung has tested wireless internet that could download a movie in one secondlast_img read more

Man shot with crossbow as he sat in parked car

first_imgA 29-YEAR-OLD MAN was shot in the arm as he sat in a parked car on Belfast’s Belgravia Avenue yesterday.Police are appealing for information on the attack, which happened at around 5.20pm.The man was taken to hospital for treatment. A 29-year-old woman also in the car was not injured.A 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of several offences including attempted murder, police say. He remains in custody.Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to call Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number ’101′.Read: Man injured following shots fired at houses in Dublin overnightlast_img

Lots of British people just found out Mrs Brown is actually a

first_img Hang on, Mrs Brown is a MAN?! #grahamnorton— Rachel, LDN (@rachel_london) June 20, 2014 I can’t be the only one who didn’t know Mrs. Brown was a man!? D:— John (@JohnRederHnger) June 20, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Julie/Twitter Mrs Brown’s Boys has been a huge success on UK TV – with more than 10 million people tuning in for some episodes. So the revelation of her real gender came as even more of a shock. OMG Mrs Brown is really a man!— Julie (@FatBoysKeeper) June 20, 2014 I never knew mrs brown was a man what even 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— jen ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@MidnightJen) June 19, 2014 Source: The Prime Of Miss/Twitter I hate seeing Mrs.Brown as a man. Grown to love this funny old woman then I found out she’s a man— Marie (@M_rielaa) June 20, 2014 Source: RTÉ/BBCBRENDAN O’CARROLL WAS on The Graham Norton Show last night, ahead of this year’s release of Mrs Brown D’Movie.And it turned out a surprisingly large number of British people had never realised Mrs Brown was a man.It was a difficult moment on Twitter. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: John/Twitter Source: Rie/Twitter Some people were downright angry with Brendan O’Carroll for being a man. Source: jenna// PLEASE 5SOS/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Sorry, Britain. Here’s Brendan O’Carroll, who is a man, talking about the show: Source: BBC/YouTubeMore: RTÉ’s World Cup analysis took an unexpected turn last night>More: Paul Rudd had a run-in with Seamus Coleman’s dad on a recent trip to Killybegs>last_img read more

Joan Burton says she has the passion needed to be the next

first_imgThere are thousands of people who can say the same thing and it has led us to make a mistake in thinking that the extension of educational opportunity would bring an end to class divisions.She said that in a “perverse way” society has reached a situation where even the modest successes achieved “are used against us by those who claim that success is open to all in modern society, that poverty is a personal failure rather than a social failure, that wealth and success is the deserved outcome of intelligence”.Poverty She said this view of the world only perpetrates the myth that “poverty means you are inadequate, while wealth means you are admirable and increasing wealth should command even more admiration”.Burton said that it is this divided society that allows the rich become indifferent to the public services that promote opportunity.“They don’t want to contribute to public education, medical care or public amenities simply because they can buy all these things privately for themselves and in many instances are encouraged by the tax code to do exactly that,” she said.She said that unemployment, jobs and inequality are closely linked.It is her ambition as Labour’s new leader to establish a Low Pay Commission where evidence-based recommendations could be made to government on matters such as the appropriate level of minimum wage as well as issues such as the “abomination known as zero-hour contracts”.She urged the Labour Party members to vote for her as their next leader.Read: Alex White says it’s time to tell the IMF that ‘enough is enough’> TACKLING INEQUALITY WAS one of Joan Burton’s main messages at the Labour Party leadership hustings in Portlaoise today.Rich and poorHighlighting a point made by Thomas Piketty in his book, ‘Captial in the 21st Century’, about the destructive nature of the widening gap between rich and poor, she said there is a need to wage a war on inequality.Burton said she was fortunate to go to university, being the first from her inner-city convent school to do so, however, she added:last_img read more

Condemnation after KKK flag erected by protesters in Belfast

first_imgTHERE HAS BEEN widespread condemnation after a Ku Klux Klan flag was erected by protesters in Belfast.The flag appeared on a lamppost in east Belfast on Monday before being removed the following day after complaints were made to the PSNI about it.One MP said that it added “an even more sinister edge” to recent race-related incidents in the city.First Minister Peter Robinson said the flag was “grossly offensive” and said the person who put it up was an “idiot”.The blue flag shows a silver eagle, almost identical to the heraldic eagle used in Nazi Germany, with a red KKK symbol and  the words ‘New Order Knights’ above and ‘Ku Klux Klan’ below.The New Order Knights are a small splinter group of the KKK who claim that their mission is to “preserve the white heritage, so future generations will know and learn from their history”.MP for East Belfast Naomi Long of the Alliance Party said she had passed on a number of complaints from constituents to the PSNI.“Yet again we see those who wish to bully anyone different from them use flags and emblems to assert dominance and control over a community,” she said.“To do so at all is to be condemned but to put up these flags in broad daylight shows just how brazen the culprits are”.Read: How white supremacists nearly took over a tiny town > Read: Asda defends selling wearable flag likened to a KKK hood >last_img read more

In numbers The Dáil and Seanad sat for 234 days or 1745

first_imgIT COST OVER €100 million to run the Houses of the Oireachtas last year, according to newly-released figures.In its annual report for 2013 published last night, the Oireachtas said that it cost €101 million to run the Leinster House complex last year – 10 per cent below budget.This was €4.6 million less than it cost to run in 2012 with a reduction in the number of staff working for the Houses t0 379 resulting in payroll savings as well as officials managing to do ‘more with less’ according to the report.The report details how the Dáil sat 123 times or a total of 1,023 sitting hours last year. There were 111 sittings of the Seanad – which avoided abolition in a referendum last year – totalling 722 sitting hours.This included the late-night sittings to abolish to promissory note in February 2013 and the lengthy abortion debates last summer.This means that the upper and lower houses sat for a combined total of 234 sitting days or 1,745 sitting hours during 2013.Oireachtas Committees sat for 580 times or a total of 1,130 hours and published 20 reports.There were 140 Bills published (up from 119 in 2012) with 58 being government and 82 being Private Members’ i.e. opposition and backbench TDs’.Despite this increase the total number of pages in the Bills was 2,993 compared with 3,263 in 2012.Legislators passed 52 Acts through both the Dáil and Seanad – two fewer than in 2012.TDs and Senators tabled nearly 5,000 amendments to Bills resulting in 129 reprints as a result of amendments by both Houses.There were 50,926 parliamentary questions processed by the Oireachtas.Read: Oireachtas launches smartphone app ‘on time’, and ‘within budget’ at €20kRead: Committee chairs have ‘serious concerns’ over workload and say they need more stafflast_img read more