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Saturday 18 November, 2017

Martin says government surprised by scale of anger levelled against them this week

Martin said Fine Gael faced backlash from the people over homelessness comments.

No free vote for Sinn Féin TDs and senators on abortion

The party voted to reaffirm their position to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

'Some people join the Sinn Féin party for the wrong reasons'

Chairperson Declan Kearney today defended the party’s ethical record.

Community CCTV schemes could be a 'game changer' in helping prevent crime

The Data Commissioner is set to examine the status of community CCTV schemes.

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Friday 17 November, 2017

Sinn Féin vote paves the way for party to enter government as junior partner

Earlier today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin ruled out going into government with Sinn Féin.

Gerry Adams expected to set out his 'future intentions' at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis this weekend

Adams told the media this week that nothing in his speech this Saturday will impact on the talks in Northern Ireland.

Thursday 16 November, 2017

Twitter abuse: Fine Gael TDs call out senior party member who labelled women 'bitches'

Female members of the Fine Gael party have said comments made by one party member online are “unacceptable”.

Michael Noonan’s handling of the ‘Grace' case will be examined next year

‘Grace’ was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years.

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

'Shocking': Central Bank governor meets whistleblower Jonathan Sugarman over bank probe

McGuinness said it’s “extraordinary” the Central Bank did not speak to the whistleblower who reported the breaches in Unicredit bank.

Minister: 'I will not have my good name and reputation traduced by deputy Alan Kelly'

There was a heated exchange in the Dáil today where Charlie Flanagan told TD Alan Kelly to desist from engaging in a smear campaign.

Gerry Adams: 'Instead of being a Taoiseach for the elites, can't you become a Taoiseach for the homeless?'

The Taoiseach was grilled about the homelessness and housing crisis during Leaders’ Questions today.

Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Customers will be able to take a 6 month break from their health insurance without being penalised

The approval of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 today will result in better value for those who have private health insurance.

U-turn means no solution to shortfall in State pensions 'for quite some time'

Changes introduced in 2012 altered how a person’s state pension is calculated.

As it happened: Leo says he wants a new Garda Commissioner in place 'sooner rather than later'

Housing, Maurice McCabe and a new Garda Commissioner were all discussed during Leaders’ Questions.

530 refugees to to be reunited with family members who are already living in Ireland

The Justice Minister also announced an increase in the number of new refugees to be resettled in Ireland over the next two years.

Ireland must wait for the North before banning the sale of cheap alcohol

Simon Harris says he won’t be “holding off on it forever”.

Monday 13 November, 2017

Health minister says the €60 price tag to see a GP is too expensive

The minister said he would not compromise on his view that such fees are too high.

Government's top housing adviser: 'Homelessness is a normal thing'

The chair of the Housing Agency said we need to move from a situation where we use words like “homeless’” and “crisis” continuously.

Harris says he's not in the job to be popular - but what did former health ministers make of it?

As 45% of people say they don’t have confidence in Harris as health minister, we ask former office holders to reflect on their time in the job.

Sunday 12 November, 2017

Leo's PRSI plan: If you lose your job, you should get 70% of your salary while you look for a new one

The Taoiseach wants to go back to the old system of pay-related benefits,

Commission on the status of women in Ireland to be launched

It’s understood this is one of the concrete offerings in Fine Gael’s new ‘rolling manifesto’ It will focus on removing gender barriers from all aspects of Irish life.

Saturday 11 November, 2017

Woman who had a crisis pregnancy tells Fine Gael summit: 'I wouldn't wish it on anybody'

The Health Minister Simon Harris said Irish women are having dangerous abortions, whether in the form of a pill from the internet or a trip to another country.

Leo Varadkar: 'Ireland has one of the lowest levels of homelessness'

The Taoiseach said homeless figures are low by international standards.

Government won't tell businesses to close during red weather alert, but companies must draw up guidelines

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said they could have offered clearer guidance to the public.

Leo wants to link dole payments to a person's PRSI contributions

The Taoiseach plans to set up a Gender Equality Commission.

Friday 10 November, 2017

Leo Varadkar promises to cut taxes for middle income earners and bring in paid family parental leave

Addressing the Fine Gael Conference this evening in Cavan, the Taoiseach said his party would solve the housing crisis.

Thursday 9 November, 2017

Public servants to get first tranche of restoration pay in the New Year

Unions that wish to be included in the deal will have to notify ICTU in writing

John Halligan says he'd pay €7.5k compensation as opposition calls on him to resign

During an interview, Halligan asked a woman if she was married and if she had children.

Here's what the minimum price for booze will be under new alcohol rules

A 500 ml can of Dutch Gold will cost €1.58.

Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs

Google, Apple, JP Morgan, City Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer will be invited to appear before a government committee.

All new cars sold in Ireland from next April will 'call' emergency service if you crash

Once the car senses a severe impact the eCall device automatically initiates an emergency call.

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

'People in council estates won't put down their address on job applications for fear of discrimination'

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan said he had heard many stories of people hiding where they are from.

Taoiseach says Ireland will not be joining a European army

Leo Varadkar failed to rule out Ireland signing up to a joint defence pact with EU countries.

'You love shaming social welfare frauds but didn't protest outside AIB with your placards and hashtags'

Mattie McGrath asked the Tasoiseach what he is doing about the Paradise Papers.

After a long hiatus, the Bill to ban booze ads from buses, trains and near schools is back

It’s showdown time for the controversial Public Health Alcohol Bill which is back on the agenda this week.

Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Cabinet approves changes to make it illegal to let unaccompanied learners drive your car

Gardaí will also be allowed seize a vehicle if a learner driver is discovered to be driving without a qualified driver present.

Government plans to post out as many water refunds as it can by Christmas

The Water Services Bill is in its final stages in the Dáil.

Minister meets with Arts Council over Gate Theatre allegations

The meeting focused on whether further actions should be taken.

'No new inquiry warranted': Stardust report finds cause of fire may never be known

A total of 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust tragedy.

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'If famous people are not paying their fair share of tax, only ordinary people will suffer'

A huge leak of about 13.4 million secret documents has shed light on the tax affairs of the rich and famous.

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