The top four things you need to know – Wednesday May 4th

The Health Minister says it’s “absolutely the case” that the new National Maternity Hospital will be fully independent, and offer all services.

Cabinet last night delayed signing off on the relocation to St Vincent’s campus, with a number of ministers seeking further detail on the plan.

Stephen Donnelly has offered to appear before the Oireachtas health committee to answer questions.

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The head of the Department of Health says it’s ‘regrettable’ that Dr Tony Holohan’s controversial secondment has been scrapped.

Robert Watt and the chief medical officer will appear before the Oireachtas health committee this morning.

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Sinn Féin is to introduce a Bill in the Dail later which it says will protect renters in Carrigaline from uncontrolled rent hikes

The Carrigaline Rent Pressure Zone Bill will close a loophole which has resulted in parts of Carrigaline, Ballygarvan and Crosshaven being outside of a Rent Pressure Zone, allowing landlords in those areas to increase rents with no limit.

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The number of people waiting for their passport application to be processed has reached 172,000.

The Passport Service has issued over 400,000 so far this year, compared to only 634,000 in all of last year.


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