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A woman in her 50s has been arrested this morning after an incident at Government Buildings. 

The woman attempted to drive her car, a gold  Nissan Micra, through the gates of the Government building on Merrion Street, Dublin. 

The incident occurred around 10am. 

Gardaí arrested the woman at the scene.

She is being held at Pearse Street Garda Station for questioning.

She is being held on charges of criminal damage under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. 

There were no injuries in the incident.

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The gender pay gap is an issue that, by now, should be in the past, but it's still a reality for many Irish women. 

A submission from the Irish Women's Council of Ireland found that on average, childless women earn 17 per cent less than men, while working mothers earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts. 

Now, the Government is to host a meeting on the gender pay gap in Dublin.

The symposium is set to happen on Wednesday next week. 

According to RTE, the meeting will see senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics come together to debate the issue. 

In the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020, the Government made a commitment to report the results of to intends to publish the results of such surveys, to get a clear picture of the wage gap landscape in this country. 

'A series of measures are proposed to address the gender pay gap,' reads the National Strategy for Women and Girls.

'These will include the introduction of wage surveys to be undertaken by companies with more than 50 employees and the development of practical tools to enable companies to calculate and to address the gender pay gap'

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It seems like the Good Friday alcohol ban might be scrapped very soon. 

The Publicans of Ireland has called on the Governmenrt to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday, describing the law as "archaic" and "discriminatory."

They are fighting to lift the law before the 2016 Easter celebrations commence, which will hopefully see a rise in tourists coming over for the occasion. 

The Ireland Switzerland international friendly is also taking place on Good Friday in the Aviva Stadium. 

The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) launched a social media campaign this week, #AboutTime, which sees them urging the Government to let Good Friday become like any other day of the year.

“Every Good Friday we have thousands of tourists wandering around the streets of our cities and towns asking why they can’t go into a pub for a drink,” said Donall O’Keeffe of the LVA.

“Those numbers will be boosted this year because of the Easter 2016 celebrations.”

The Intoxicating Liquor Act was first introduced in 1927, banning sale of alcohol on Christmas Day, St Patrick's Day and Good Friday. The ban on Paddy's Day was lifted in 1960 due to the amount of visitors coming to Ireland for the festivities.

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