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Dublin: 21 °C Thursday 24 July, 2014

Today’s News

‘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.

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Yesterday’s News

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.

The junior minister reshuffle is happening right now, here’s what we know so far…

The Dáil’s youngest TD has been made junior finance minister while Labour has promoted three backbenchers.

James Reilly is still Health Minister… according to the Department’s website

And Health isn’t the only government department that has yet to update its pages.

Saturday 12 July, 2014

Here are the 5 winners and 5 losers from Enda Kenny’s big Cabinet reshuffle

With the week that’s in it here’s a special edition of our winners and losers series.

As talks dragged on nervous TDs in shiny suits roamed Leinster House waiting… and waiting

As the talks continued and the wait lengthened anticipation turned to frustration ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle.

Enda on reshuffles: It’s like selecting a team for an All Ireland Final, people are always disappointed

The Taoiseach identified a particular difficulty in demoting Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan yesterday.

Friday 11 July, 2014

Confirmed: Leo Varadkar is the new Health Minister, Pat Rabbitte dropped from Cabinet Everyday I'm Shufflin This post contains videos

Confirmed: Leo Varadkar is the new Health Minister, Pat Rabbitte dropped from Cabinet

Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s stuck with the same job?

Here are 9 things you need to know about the Cabinet reshuffle

Analysis: The Cabinet’s female membership is doubled but will Labour rue taking on Environment?

Enda Kenny is about to announce his Cabinet reshuffle, here are the changes we know so far…

Leo Varadkar to Health, Phil Hogan is off, Joan Burton is staying put and it looks like James Reilly is going to Foreign Affairs.

The government doesn’t have a majority in the Seanad, but will pass a law to fix that today

Fine Gael hopes to fill the vacant Seanad seat when TDs and Senators return from their holidays in September.

Thursday 10 July, 2014

Enda Kenny set to announce Cabinet reshuffle in the Dáil tomorrow

Earlier, Taoiseach said he was “getting on very well with the Tánaiste”.

The Fine Gael-Labour split over Richard Bruton’s job is ‘more like a tug of love’

Seán Sherlock laughed off suggestions that Fine Gael and Labour are split over the lucrative Jobs portfolio.

Wednesday 9 July, 2014

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