Sunday Independent

  • There's been a jump in support for the Taoiseach and Fine Gael in today's opinion poll in the Sunday Independent.

    The Government party is backed by 38 per cent of the public, up six points since the last poll.

    Fianna Fail's down 1 to 28 per cent, while Sinn Fein are unchanged at 20.

    Labour has suffered a drop of 3 per cent to stand at 4 per cent , while Independents are at 11.

    A new Sunday Times / Behaviour and Attitudes Poll makes happy reading for Fine Gael.

    The party's support has risen again - up 4 points to 36 percent – that’s 11 points clear of their nearest rivals Fianna Fail.

    The paper's political editor Stephen O'Brien says the Taoiseach's approval rating has now reached 55 percent.

  • There were no big surprises among the list of Ireland's richest people released today.

    The Sunday Independent Rich List found the Dublin based Mistry family, worth 16.1 billion euro, are the wealthiest in the country once again.

    The list estimates wealth based on stock market filings, documents in the Companies Registration Office, annual reports and information disclosed in interviews.

    Samantha McCaughren, Sunday Independent Business Editor, says the Mayo based Kenny family are worth 497m and are 32nd on the list overall and are the wealthiest entry from Mayo. 

    The Comer brothers are the wealthiest entry on the rich list from Galway. The Glenamaddy natives are 13th on the list overall.


    Seamus Mulligan from Athlone is the highest entry from Roscommon.

    Mr Mulligan sold his business this year, which pushed him up in the list. 

    The highest entry from Sligo is Eileen Monaghan and is shareholder in the Doyle Hotel Group.


  • 54% of Mayo GP’s are not taking on new patients at their clinical practices- according to a survey by the Irish Independent.

    The survey asked GP practices across the country if they are taking on new patients to their GP practice.

    The worst figure in the west comes from Sligo, with only 17% taking on new patients and a further 17% of GP’s requiring an assessment.

    In Roscommon, 33% of GP’s have stopped taking on new patients with a further 17% requiring an assessment.

    While Galway sees 16% of GP's not taking on new patients while a further 20% require an assessment.

    Leitrim is the only county in the province to have all GP’s accepting new patients.

  • A new poll out this weekend shows satisfaction with the Government has dipped, with nearly half the people polled, unhappy with its performance.

    The Sunday Independent Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll shows the Taoiseach's own popularity has also taken a hit and Fine Gael is suffering too.

  • A school in Dublin tops the Sunday Independent School League tables.

    Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown leads the way in the list that examines the percentage of students that go on to third level education.

    Nationwide, four schools sent all of their pupils on to college or university, including St Muredach’s College in Ballina.

    Wayne O'Connor, Journalist with the Sunday Independent says the tables are not an examination of the 'best' schools, but a mark of how schools are performing academically.

  • The Irish Patients Association's calling for hospital parking charges to be abolished.


    It's after the latest figures show 11.7 million was made from parking at public hospitals last year, down from 12.8 million in 2017.


    Cork University Hospital collected 2.6 million, the most in the country, followed by Galway University Hospital on 1.4 million, while hospitals in Dublin charged the most, according to Sunday Independent figures.


    IPA spokesperson, Stephen McMahon, says getting rid of the charges completely would help patients

  • The price of plastic shopping bags is set to increase.


    The plan will see a three cents increase to plastic bags to 25 cents, while larger reusable bags could jump from 70 cents to 95 cents.


    According to the Sunday Independent, the environment minister hopes the new charges will encourage big supermarkets to offer customers non-plastic options.


    Richard Bruton also wants to bring in new charges on disposable cups, plates and cutlery.


    He will bring a memo to cabinet on the plans this week.