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Patrick O'Briain

Patrick is AllNews.ie's Editor in Chief. He is the publication's editorial leader and heads all departments of the organization. He regularly contributes feature pieces. If you wish to contact Patrick, do so by emailing or DM'ing him on Twitter at @PatrickOBriain.

“No one should be expected to live in 12sqm of space and pay €1,300 per month for the privilege” – Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin publishes Bill to ban co-living

Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin, has published a Bill that will ban co-living if enacted. The Bill would amend the Planning and Development Act 2000 by the deletion of section 28 (1C) and…

Shane Ross tells Dáil driving & NCT tests are unlikely to return anytime soon

Acting Minister for Transport Shane Ross has told the Dáil that driving and NCT tests are not likely to return any time soon. Ross told the Dáil: “On the issue of driving tests and when…

Department of Education announces arrangements for the Junior Cert

The Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, has today announced revised arrangements for this year’s Junior Cycle. Under the revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and…

Covid-19 has highlighted how the direct provision system is unsuitable, says ombudsman

The Ombudsman has expressed concern over what he calls the “unsuitability” of the direct provision system. He said that the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 virus has highlighted how unsustainable it is to have…

A UN rights expert says the Public Services Card discriminates against the marginalized

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston has said that Ireland’s attempt to improve access to welfare benefits and digital government services through its Public Services Card (PSC) is being…

The European Parliament is opening its doors to the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic

Since mid March, members of the European Parliament have been operating online – holding meetings and votes on ways to deal with the current coronavirus crisis. That means that European Parliament facilities can be used…

The Government has announced a new mental health initiative to support people during COVID-19

The Minister for Health has announced a new mental health and wellbeing initiative aimed at supporting the mental health needs of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, developed by the Department of Health…

Facebook is working on a special social network for college students

Facebook is working on a new product called “Campus” exclusive to university students. Jane Manchun Wong, who reverse-engineers apps to find unannounced features in apps, tweeted her discovery on Thursday. The screenshot shared shows a…

The new Seanad is almost here – here’s what it is and how it works

The counting for Seanad election starts today. So what is the Seanad? How does it work? We reveal all.

Three more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland

The new cases now bring the total in the Republic to 24.