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Dublin: 11 °C Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Today’s News

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.

Yesterday’s News

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.

Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Here’s everything that’s happened so far on Michael D’s historic State visit to the UK

A busy day for President Higgins and his wife on their historic visit to the UK. Here’s a handy and comprehensive round-up of what’s been happening.

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275 horses and an Irish Wolfhound named Domhnall welcome President to Windsor

Although one Windsor resident asked “what’s happening here today?”

Here’s what the President is up to on day one of his State visit to the UK

A meeting with the Queen, an address to both houses of Parliament, and a State banquet among other things…

Monday 7 April, 2014

Touchdown: The President has arrived in the UK as historic State visit begins

Michael D Higgins has a busy few days ahead of him…

The President is off to the UK later today and here’s what he’ll be getting up to

Michael D Higgins begins a historic State visit tomorrow but departs for the UK later today.

Saturday 5 April, 2014

Recognise this relaxed, laid-back and groovy future Tánaiste?

Simpler days for a certain future Labour leader…

Thursday 3 April, 2014

Government ‘should consider banning cigarette sales after 6pm’

An Oireachtas Committee has produced a detailed and wide-ranging report on the proposal to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has agreed to seek all relevant information about the procurement of recording equipment by both the gardaí and the Irish Prison Service.

Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery are ‘absolutely expected’ to attend PAC next week

The Public Accounts Committee has discussed the latest developments at the Rehab Group, including the retirement of its CEO Angela Kerins, this morning.

Wednesday 2 April, 2014

PIC: This is the anti-Semitic message sent to Alan Shatter’s home

The photo was contained in a package sent to the Minister for Justice’s home in south Dublin this morning.

‘What happened here is very clear’: Fine Gael backbenchers got an interesting Gardagate FAQ

An email was sent to Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs last week dealing with questions about the ongoing controversy surrounding the Minister for Justice and the gardaí.

Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Conversations between 84 prisoners and their solicitors were ‘inadvertently recorded’

New revelations about recordings have been disclosed by the Taoiseach in the Dáil today.

Senators’ attempt to get Attorney General to answer Gardagate questions fails

Fianna Fáil will attempt to bring Marie Whelan before the upper house later today – but they already failed with a similar attempt last week.

Gardagate: Here’s what ministers agreed at today’s Cabinet meeting

The appointment of a judge to head the Commission of Investigation follows this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

9 key questions facing Alan Shatter ahead of tonight’s no confidence motion

Fianna Fáil will be piling the pressure on the Justice Minister tonight as it tables a motion of no confidence. Here are the questions they and others will want answered.

Monday 31 March, 2014

‘There is a huge unrest in this country’: Duncan Stewart not ruling out election bid

The TV personality and environmentalist was coy when asked by TheJournal.ie if he would be running in the 23 May elections at a political workshop in Dublin yesterday.

Sunday 30 March, 2014

‘Ireland is the best little country in the world in which to run as an independent’

A new alliance of TDs, calling itself Independents’ Network , gathered in Dublin today to give advice and support to non-party candidates running in the local elections in May.

Recognise this dashing future senator with a gathering of hippies in the 1990s?

Labour senator John Whelan has penned a book based on his experiences among the Rainbow Gatherings in 1993 and 1994 which will be launched next week.

Saturday 29 March, 2014

‘The fish rots from the head’: 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week

One or two things were happening in Leinster House this week and, as ever, there are winners and losers at the end of it…

Friday 28 March, 2014

From Business ETC The Press Ombudsman is retiring later this year Leaving

The Press Ombudsman is retiring later this year

John Horgan will step down from the role in September.

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