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Today’s News

A government department got this Green Party councillor’s name hopelessly wrong

Yesterday’s News

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job

While staff in the civil service who do well will be recognised – but not with bonuses.

State of the Nation: Why is Irish Water only now hiring a data protection manager?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs’ questions?

Several TDs have complained about not getting any response to their queries from the new utility.

Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Enda Kenny has ‘absolutely no problem’ meeting four involved in Maíria Cahill case

The Taoiseach will meet with the four people named in the BBC Spotlight programme that sparked the controversy.

Why does no one want to run the Department of Justice?

The post of secretary general in Frances Fitzgerald’s department is being readvertised.

Here is John McNulty’s handwritten note accepting his controversial state board appointment

The former Fine Gael Seanad candidate’s nomination to the board of IMMA caused a huge political crisis recently.

‘On Saturday morning, some parent will be very sorry that their child played with fireworks’

Two government ministers are warning against illegal firework use this Halloween.

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Simon Harris: Politicians love being in the news – but that’s a good thing

Simon Harris has defended the role of the Public Accounts Committee following criticism yesterday.

Tuesday 28 October, 2014

Here’s when we’ll find out if that infamous Trichet-Lenihan letter will be released

The ECB’s governing council will consider releasing the letter at its meeting next week

Who should investigate the Positive Action controversy? These two TDs can’t agree

Two Oireachtas Committees are at odds over which one should probe spending at the Hepatitis C support group.

State of the Nation: Watchdog or ambulance chaser? The PAC is under scrutiny again…

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

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Farmers are holding a 24-hour protest about beef prices

The action is the first since 2000 when the courts ended up imposing large fines on the IFA over its actions in blockading some factories.

Monday 27 October, 2014

This MEP reckons he’s about to get a copy of that infamous Trichet-Lenihan letter

Seán Kelly claims to have a commitment from the ECB to release the letter.

Someone shoved David Cameron while he visited Leeds today UK This post contains videos

Someone shoved David Cameron while he visited Leeds today

The British prime minister was unharmed in the incident.

How much more damage can the Maíria Cahill controversy inflict on Sinn Féin?

Analysis: Two opinion polls over the weekend will not make great reading for Gerry Adams’s party.

Maíria Cahill: I am now homeless and in debt

The woman who alleges she was raped by a senior member of the IRA says going public has come at a great cost to her.

Poll: Would you ever run a marathon? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you ever run a marathon?

The 35th annual Dublin City Marathon is under way, but would you do one?

The 9 at 9: Monday

Catch up as you wake up.

Sunday 26 October, 2014

Councillor involved in African immigrants race row in running for Fine Gael’s executive council

Darren Scully, who caused controversy with remarks about African immigrants three years ago, is in the mix for Fine Gael’s backroom decision making body.

Saturday 25 October, 2014

‘Incoherent gibberish’: Here are the winners and losers from the political week House Of Cards This post contains a poll

‘Incoherent gibberish’: Here are the winners and losers from the political week

In which Sinn Féin was under pressure, John Tierney survived and a Labour TD admitting to going missing for a vote…

Friday 24 October, 2014

The massive row that shut down the Dáil on Wednesday is only getting worse

It’s complicated, but let us explain…

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

Fianna Fáil are pushing for a Dáil vote on the issue.

This politician got well and truly photobombed by a spider on live TV

Ed Balls was oblivious to the spider stealing the show…

Ireland (and our cows) seem happy with a new agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions

EU leaders have agreed to cut emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels at a summit in Brussels overnight.

Thursday 23 October, 2014

Two lads are banging pots and pans outside Leinster House today. Here’s why… Racket This post contains videos

Two lads are banging pots and pans outside Leinster House today. Here’s why…

Yep, it’s something to do with Irish Water…

Why wasn’t Mary Lou quizzing Joan Burton in the Dáil today?

Mary Lou McDonald’s usual Thursday afternoon rumble with the Tánaiste didn’t go ahead today. Here’s why…

These politicians want to know why they got legal advice they didn’t ask for

The Public Accounts Committee was told it can’t question Irish Water boss John Tierney

Overlooked Seanad hopeful who quit Fine Gael is now working for Lucinda Creighton

Samantha Long is working as a secretary for the former Fine Gael minister.

Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Irish Water needs to deal with customers ‘in a fantastic way’ Irish Water This post contains videos

Irish Water needs to deal with customers ‘in a fantastic way’

The Irish Water boss John Tierney has met with Environment Minister Alan Kelly this afternoon.

‘The story that Maíria Cahill has to tell is not just powerful, it will have serious consequences’

The Belfast woman who claims she was raped by an IRA member met with Enda Kenny this morning.

Three TDs have been suspended from the Dáil after a massive row

And the Dáil has now been suspended until tomorrow morning.

Watch: Paul Murphy tore up his Irish Water application form in the Dáil last night Protest This post contains videos

Watch: Paul Murphy tore up his Irish Water application form in the Dáil last night

The Anti-Austerity Alliance TD wasn’t having any of it in the Dáil last night.

Enda Kenny meeting Maíria Cahill after war of words with Gerry Adams

Yesterday, the Taoiseach said no member of Sinn Féin could guarantee there was no cover-up of abuse.

Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Labour TD who ‘disappeared’ for vote to establish Irish Water will not be sanctioned

Michael McNamara has admitted he refused to vote for the establishment of the controversial new semi-state company.

Irish Water to review how it treats customers (and, maybe, its bonus structure)

Minister Alan Kelly has said he expects “a reinvigoration in customer focus”.

14 reasons why people don’t like and don’t trust Irish Water

Leaks, protests, communication breakdown and a scorned minister have all contributed to a difficult 10 months for the new semi-state.

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