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Gilmore: I find it hard to understand why people are blocking Irish Water from installing meters

The Tánaiste also said he would not be bound by any timetable on the Cabinet agreeing on how much people will have to pay.

‘Jesus, we got off lightly’: Not quite ‘rumble in Temple Bar’ as rival MEP hopefuls hand in their papers

With 29 days to go before the elections, the political parties are turning routine tasks into media events and there’s some interesting stuff being said and done as we spent the morning loitering around Temple Bar.

Meet Martin O’Malley, the Irish-American who could be the next US President

The Maryland Governor wasn’t giving much away when TheJournal.ie asked him if he’ll be looking to succeed Barack Obama in two years’ time, but we did a learn a bit about his genuine Irish roots.

Here’s why most political parties aren’t ready for the two by-elections happening next month

The government looks set to move to writ for elections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath next month catching many of the possible candidates on the hop as they focus on the local and, in some cases, European elections.

Irish welcome for civil rights leader who ‘fought the scars and stains of racism all his life’

John Lewis, an iconic figure from the US civil rights movement, was in Dublin yesterday to talk about his struggle, the lessons he learned and how it can apply to Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 23 April, 2014

This helpful video tells Fine Gael candidates how to behave on the doorstep

The party’s own candidates feature as typical voters in the video that was given to local election candidates at meetings around the country recently.

Another election poster is blocking a traffic light in Dublin

Not a good day for those erecting posters around the capital.

Minister: There’ll be a reshuffle in September but ‘nobody knows’ what’s going to happen

Ruairí Quinn has also admitted that the coalition has to “work better together”.

Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Here’s how candidates have been getting around the law on posters ahead of May’s elections

While some have been breaking the law others have been sticking to it, but are still managing to get their name out there.

‘Was your wife taking someone else’s job?’: It got a bit awkward for UKIP’s Nigel Farage today

The BBC’s Nick Robinson subjected the controversial MEP to a grilling at an event today.

‘Bordering on sexist’: Quinn criticised for ‘highly feminised audience’ comments at teachers’ conference

Remarks made by the Education Minister at the INTO conference earlier today have been sharply criticised.

MEP who didn’t think ‘people would be bothered’ forced to take down election posters

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said earlier he didn’t believe people would be bothered that he put up his posters before he is legally allowed to do so. But one local authority has asked that he take them down.

Harris: ‘Personal wealth’ shouldn’t decide elections – but I’m not talking about Deirdre Clune

The Fine Gael TD insists he is not talking about his running mate in Ireland South as the pair battle it out for what is realistically one available seat.

Monday 21 April, 2014

11 pictures that prove the election trail is an odd place

Scaring elderly ladies and eating soup – all in a day’s work for a European Parliament hopeful…

‘I’m doing this because I’m concerned and worried’: Anti-pylon candidate on why he’s not actually anti-pylons

Fianna Fáil’s Kieran Hartley says that the government should be looking at alternative energy sources and explains why he wouldn’t mind a wind turbine in a community, as long as it is benefiting that community.

Saturday 19 April, 2014

Friday 18 April, 2014

There will be no change to the ‘ludicrous situation’ where absent TDs means unanswered questions

TDs have complained that there is a false impression being created that politicians are not at work because they are absent from the Dáil chamber.

Thursday 17 April, 2014

Am I bothered? Micheál Martin says Bertie’s comments about him are ‘not a big deal’

Bertie Ahern is reported to have said he doesn’t “think much” of the current Fianna Fáil leader at a recent party event in his former stronghold.

Senators pass law banning smoking in cars with children – and the government’s backing it

The bill now moves to the Dáil where it will have government support.

Tánaiste: If there’s one thing I can’t be accused of, it’s making decisions that court popularity

Eamon Gilmore acknowledged he’s not exactly Mr Popular in the Dáil this afternoon as the water charges row rumbled on.

The one thing you need to remember about the water row? There’s an election in 36 days

While most people only care about how much they’ll have to pay for water the politics of this points to Labour looking out for itself ahead of what is likely to be a tough election next month.

Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Gilmore on water leak: ‘I don’t blame anybody for it, I just think it’s unhelpful’

One Minister described this morning’s Cabinet discussions about water charges as “robust” while the Taoiseach declined to take questions on his way into Dublin Castle this afternoon.

The PAC is having another meeting about Rehab later – but you’re not allowed to watch it

Members of the Public Accounts Committee will discuss the ongoing controversy at Rehab and whether they should compel its former CEOs, Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins, later today.

Tuesday 15 April, 2014

How much will you pay for water? You’ll be told ‘in good time’ says Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny was grilled by opposition leaders on reports that households will face a €100 standing charge for water when rates come in later this year.

Labour Youth admit: Our posters break the law – but we’re prepared to pay the fine

The Labour youth wing appears unconcerned that its posters break the law as it slammed Fianna Fáil’s “hypocrisy” today, but the opposition party hit back saying there is a “crisis at the heart of the Labour Party”.

‘More people and more vehicles’: Fianna Fáil’s solution to the ‘crisis’ in the ambulance service

The party has tabled a motion on the ambulance service for debate in the Dáil tonight and tomorrow and reckons that the service needs 400 extra staff.

Sunday 13 April, 2014

Pearse Doherty: Missing bank guarantee letters may be grounds for conspiracy theory

Letters have gone missing from the Department of Finance and – it was revealed this week – Bank of Ireland in a development described as “highly suspicious” by the Sinn Féin deputy Pearse Doherty.

Saturday 12 April, 2014

‘It’s a really serious job’: Thomas Byrne on why he’d like to be an MEP and poll number ‘concerns’

The Fianna Fáil senator is bullish about his chances of being elected to the European Parliament next month.

The new normal: State visit solidifies an Anglo-Irish relationship that has changed utterly

The sight of Martin McGuinness raising his glass in a toast to the Queen of England would have astonished many and appalled some not so long ago. But not now, in 2014, when Ireland and Britain are, it seems, the best of friends.

Friday 11 April, 2014

Finance Dept: We haven’t found those missing documents. BOI: We can’t find them either

Officials have been unable to locate missing two letters from the period after the bank guarantee despite “an extensive search” while Bank of Ireland has admitted: “We cannot find a copy of our own records.”

Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Here’s everything that happened on day two of Michael D’s State visit to the UK

A trip to Downing Street, a meeting with Boris Johnson, another extravagant banquet and several other things the President got up to on day two of his State visit to the UK.

Michael D Higgins hopes England ‘go all the way’ at the World Cup

The President made his remarks to some 700 people who attended a gala dinner in London at the end of day two of his historic State visit to the UK.

‘They’ve been preparing freshly baked biscuits’: When Michael D met Boris Johnson (video)

London Mayor Boris Johnson had a unique way of greeting the President at City Hall in London this afternoon.

Taoiseach: I would like to see the Queen visit Ireland for 1916 Rising commemorations

Meanwhile, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that commemorating all events from the period around 1916 needs to be considered by both governments.

‘I’m so pleased to be here’: President Higgins meets David Cameron at Downing Street

The President was greeted outside Downing Street by Prime Minister Cameron this lunchtime.

From Business ETC Enda and Dave on tour: Taoiseach suggests joint trade mission with Cameron State Visit

Enda and Dave on tour: Taoiseach suggests joint trade mission with Cameron

Enda Kenny told business leaders in London that he discussed the possibility of a joint trade mission with David Cameron at last night’s State banquet.

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