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Dublin: 19 °C Wednesday 30 July, 2014

Today’s News

How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court? Guerin This post contains videos

How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court?

We knew he was not on board with the Guerin Report findings. Now we know just how far he intends to go with it.

‘A right pain in the bum’: Most senators are coming back tomorrow… but some are on holidays

We contacted all members of the Seanad to find out if they’ll be coming back for debates on Gaza and Ukraine tomorrow.

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Yesterday’s News

‘If he’d been a kid from a disadvantaged area stealing €4k he might have got a different sentence’

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been reacting to the Ivor Callely sentencing today.

Monday 28 July, 2014

After refusing to back him for 80 days, Frances Fitzgerald now needs a new secretary general

The Justice Minister has accepted a request from Brian Purcell to be reassigned in the wake of a damning report.

Willie O’Dea: What Ivor Callely did was wrong and the man has to take his punishment

A former Fianna Fáil colleague of jailed Ivor Callely has been speaking today.

The Callely Controversies: From Fianna Fáil favourite to five months in prison

The former Fianna Fáil minister has been jailed for five months. But why has he proved such a controversial figure over the years?

80 days in and we still don’t know if Frances Fitzgerald has confidence in her top civil servant

The Minister for Justice is expected to publish a report into the running of her department very shortly.

Saturday 26 July, 2014

Angela Merkel’s ‘Dr No’ makes Ireland’s search for a bank debt deal much harder

Analysis: Dr Joachim Pfeiffer’s visit to Dublin this week was not a pleasant one for Enda Kenny.

Here are 9 things we learned from the Electric Picnic of politics

Where do politicos, academics and Oireachtas nerds spend their summer holidays? In Glenties of course…

Friday 25 July, 2014

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil want to call TDs back from their holidays to talk about Gaza

Gerry Adams has written to Enda Kenny asking for the Dáil to be recalled.

Thursday 24 July, 2014

‘I was offered class A drugs, but I was never offered the chance to volunteer’

The MacGill Summer School has been discussing the causes of young people’s apathy towards politics.

Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don’t perform should ‘of course’ be sacked

Senior civil servant Robert Watt called for a debate on making it easier to sack public sector workers at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.

Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Sorry Michael: Spending watchdog still thinks Noonan should cut €2bn in the budget

Economic figures warned Michael Noonan that the hard slog is not over at the MacGill Summer School tonight.

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers

Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.

Mary Coughlan: A lot of people would like me to go back into politics – but I’m not sure

Coughlan also admitted this morning that a lot of people thought she was out of her depth as Tánaiste.

Left Alliance? Independent TDs deny that they’re about to form a new political party

Speculation has been mounting that left wing independent TDs are about to form a political party.

Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin rule out going into government with Sinn Féin

Earlier, Health Minister Varadkar said he doesn’t think anyone believes Gerry Adams when he denies past membership of the IRA.

Leo tells health lobby: Stop attacking me and weakening me

The Health Minister has said he will consider proposals from an expert panel on medical card eligibility.

Commissioner: The guards are damaged and hurting – but we aren’t broken

Acting garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been speaking at the MacGill Summer school in Glenties this evening.

‘If I was Minister for Finance I would meet Donald Trump – but not on his terms’

Michael Noonan’s rendezvous with ‘The Donald’ in May was criticised at MacGill this afternoon.

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‘We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael’

Lucinda Creighton has said that the window of opportunity for a new political movement is closing.

Stephen Donnelly: Nobody takes the Dáil seriously… including TDs

The independent TD says he has no regrets about quitting the banking inquiry last month.

Monday 21 July, 2014

Michael McDowell doesn’t think much of the government’s plans to reform the guards

The former justice minister has been speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight.

Frank Flannery: Fine Gael’s local election campaign was one of the worst I ever saw

The former Rehab chief and Fine Gael strategist has been speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal.

It may be all over, but they’re still talking about the Garth Brooks saga in Donegal

The MacGill Summer School heard a bit of Garth chat this morning…

‘A feature of our calamities in Ireland is that we keep repeating them’

The MacGill Summer School has been discussing how to restore trust and credibility in our institutions.

Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza

The Tánaiste said that “viable ceasefire” is needed in the Middle East after a weekend of violence.

The political version of the Electric Picnic is happening in a small Donegal village all this week

Glenties plays host to the 34th annual MacGill Summer School all week.

Sunday 20 July, 2014

‘I saw fear in TDs’ eyes’: An oral history of how Ireland legislated for X

One year on, TDs and Senators reflect on what it was like to be part of one of the most contentious political debates in decades.

5 examples of Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett completely losing it with TDs Seanie Says Relax This post contains videos

5 examples of Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett completely losing it with TDs

The Dáil is over for the summer so here’s a look back at deputies getting told off by the principal.

Saturday 19 July, 2014

‘Seagulls have lost the run of themselves’: 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week House Of Cards This post contains videos

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to ‘locked out’ Greyhound workers

A circular issued to social welfare staff advises them to reject applications for jobseeker’s payments.

Thursday 17 July, 2014

The government says children under six will have free GP care later this year

Legislation passed today includes an amendment to ban gagging orders on doctors that was put forward by Senator John Crown.

Dáil over: TDs are off on their summer holidays* and won’t return until the middle of September

*Sorry, constituency work. Senators are also off for eight weeks too.

A senator wants something done about ‘raucous seagulls stealing children’s lollipops’

“It seems the seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely,” Ned O’Sullivan said in the Seanad today.

Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Here’s how the junior minister reshuffle showed up Enda Kenny’s women problem

Analysis: One male junior minister joked that he’d have to buy a dress given the lack of women – but it raises the question: why weren’t any female FG TDs promoted?

Tuesday 15 July, 2014

We’ll find out more about the mother-and-baby homes inquiry tomorrow

The government will confirm the identity of the person that will chair the Commission of Inquiry tomorrow.

Here are 7 things you need to know about the junior minister reshuffle Everyday I'm Shufflin This post contains videos

Here are 7 things you need to know about the junior minister reshuffle

Analysis: It’s no country for old men or young women but there’s a big promotion for one young man.

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