Government fails to back drugs strategy with adequate funding

Community activists from Dublin have today criticised the cuts to the funding of local community and anti-drug schemes across the country.

Speaking at the launch of the Donore Community Drug Team (CDT) 2010-2013 Strategic Plan, activists and academics criticised the "lack of joined up thinking" exhibited by the government in its strategy thus far.

End of an era as Paisley decides to step down

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Rev. Ian Paisley has announced that he will not seek re-election in forthcoming general election. He announced his decision today in his local constituency paper, the Ballymena Guardian.

The decision of the 83 year old founder and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) opens the way for his son, Ian Paisley Jr., to contest the election as the DUP's candidate in the North Antrim constituency.

Texts and emails, Tuesday 2 March 2010

Topic:The Green Party ministerial swap deal, the banking crisis

Panellists: Joe Durkan (Department of Economics, UCD), Brendan Keenan (economics editor, Irish Independent) and Oliver Gilvarry (head of research, Dolmen Stockbrokers), Fionnán Sheehan (political editor, Irish Independent)


are the greens starting to decompose.

Alice Blake, Laois


Irish Times wins out at Digital Media Awards

The Irish Times website won the Best in Media award at the 2010 Digital Media Awards last night, beating Heineken Music, RTE's Morning Ireland and its live news website, RTE News Now.

The site was praised for its broad appeal, its content and its design. Online editor Hugh Linehan said he was "delighted" with the award and said he hoped to continue to build on the popularity of the website.

Boom time income wasted claims Davy Stockbrokers report

A report released on Friday by Davy Stockbrokers says that Ireland's years of high income were wasted because of shortsighted investment in Ireland's property bubble.

The report states: "One of the great misconceptions about Ireland is that it is a wealthy country...yet it was never wealthy: those years of high income were largely wasted."

Sargent resigns his ministerial position following allegations

Green Party junior minister Trevor Sargent has resigned his junior ministerial post following allegations that he attempted to influence legislative proceedings in favour of one of his constituents.

The resignation will come as a further blow to the government, following the recent resignation of former Minister of Defence Willie O'Dea.

Tonight panellists, 22 February 2010

Topic: The Green Party in government

George Hook is an Irish broadcaster, journalist and rugby union pundit. He had a career as a rugby union coach and businessman, before becoming a rugby pundit with Irish television station RTÉ. He hosts The Right Hook on the Irish nationwide radio station Newstalk. He is known for his outspoken views on topics ranging from sport to politics.