Here is a summary of this weeks stories to start your day;
Election dates: It has been announced that both local elections and the European parliamentary elections will take place on the 23rd may.
Charity investments: Figures have today been released that indicate that the HSE have given €3.4 billion euro to other health organisations. While the rehab charity group has called on an apology from Minister Alan Shatter after he stated that the charity generated no more than profit of €10,000 last year through lotto tickets with the majority of the funding going towards the draw. The minister used this example to illustrate how there is no room for transparency in the Irish charity sector. It has also been announced that a Charity regulator is to be appointed in Ireland.
Irish Investments: Yesterday Enda Kenny traveled to the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland where he aims to promote Ireland to potential investors.
Poolbeg compromise: It has been announced that approximately €108 million worth of tax payer money may be lost if decisions are made not to go ahead with the incineration project.
Court cases to reschedule: A series of criminal cases may have to be reheard after a high court judge Michael Hanna became ill. The judge became sick while away in Spain.
Bank of Ireland apology: The bank of Ireland has apologised to customers after double the sum of money they lodged from their accounts was taken on friday.
Mayo man missing: Gardai have appealed for assistance in the search of Mayo man Adam Obermuller who has been missing since Sunday.
Subway employment: The chain deli subway has announced that it expects to create nearly 2,000 jobs in the Irish employment sector.
Gang attack: In two separate incidents, two elderly couples were attacked by masked burglars in Down on Monday while on friday a pregnant woman was threatened by an armed gang in her home in Swords.
PSNI chief to retire: PSNI chief Matt Baggott is to retire after 5 years in the position.
Stardust investigations: It has been announced that there will be no new investigations into the Stardust disaster despite claims that new evidence has been uncovered.
Louth GAA club marks anniversary of detectives death: This weekend the Louth GAA club will commemorate the death of Garda Adrian Donohoe with a candle lit walk.
Global protests: Thailand has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok after a pro-government supporter was shot. While the the first two victims have been killed as a result of the riots in Kiev.
German hackers: Internet users in Germany have had their email details compromised by hackers. More than 16 million users have had their account names and passwords compromised on websites.
The European Commission’s climate plans: The European commission has outlined its climate policy until 2013. Among other goals they aim to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent from 1990.