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#Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Thursday 20 November, 2014

‘I was concerned if the car doors opened what would happen next’ – Joan Burton

The Tánaiste and Mary Lou McDonald had another argument today, but this one didn’t lead to a four-hour sit-in.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Gerry Adams is not happy Bob Geldof is in the 1916 centenary video…

…while signatories of the Proclamation failed to make the cut.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Taoiseach talks up tax cuts, calls water protesters “baying mob”

Meanwhile, despite appeals from an enraged Mick Wallace, the Taoiseach has declined to announce a snap election.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 13 November, 2014

Dáil adjourned until Tuesday after Mary Lou stages four-hour sit-in Goodbye Mary Lou This post contains videos

Dáil adjourned until Tuesday after Mary Lou stages four-hour sit-in

It’s the second time in a month the Sinn Féin TD has been suspended from the chamber.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Secretary General on tax dossier: ‘No effort would have been made to suppress information’

Enda Kenny addressed the latest claims in the Dáil this afternoon.

Could Revenue go after unpaid water charges? You’ll find out next week

Taoiseach Enda Kenny would not explicitly rule out Revenue pursuing unpaid water charges as he repeatedly stated that all will be revealed next week.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 23 October, 2014

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…

Joan Burton: I’m delighted people are filming Irish Water protests

The Tánaiste has again moved to clarify her comments about Irish Water protesters with expensive phones and cameras.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

‘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.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Enda Kenny: ‘I have every confidence John Tierney can do his job’

Meanwhile, a Fine Gael backbencher has called on the board of Irish Water to resign.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Enda’s take on the Mary Lou row: “Anything for an excuse to get out of the place”

The Sinn Féín deputy leader was thrown out of the Dáil chamber mid-speech, and told not to come back…

# leaders-questions - Thursday 9 October, 2014

Tánaiste tells Mary Lou to ‘get real’ and ‘stop spreading Sinn Féin lies’

The Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin accused the government of denying people the right to wash their children and cook if they can’t afford the water charges.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

People are complaining about the same rowdy TDs being rowdy in the Dáil every day Unparliamentary This post contains videos

People are complaining about the same rowdy TDs being rowdy in the Dáil every day

The Ceann Comhairle had to give out to deputies again this morning.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Forget McNulty, Fergus O’Dowd is the new person causing Enda Kenny problems

Forget McNulty, Fergus O’Dowd is the new person causing Enda Kenny problems

Micheál Martin complimented the Taoiseach’s use of the English language, sort of…

# leaders-questions - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Joan Burton told: ‘The country wants Enda’s head on a plate and you can deliver it’

Mick Wallace said people are sick with ‘cronyism in Irish politics’.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

‘This story is unravelling as it gets made up’: Yep, they’re still talking ‘McNulty-gate’ in the Dáil

Enda Kenny faced more questions today on the circumstances surrounding John McNulty’s appointment to a state board.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Kenny says Irish Water (and your PPS number) “will not be sold”

The Taoiseach made the comment during Leaders’ Questions today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Joan Burton: ‘We’re the strongest growing economy in Europe at this point’

Ireland’s gross domestic product (GDP) is now up 7.7 per cent.

‘One daily shower and one daily flush for children’: Micheál Martin demands water charges review

Joan Burton says she expects CER ruling will rule out water charges for contaminated water.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Here’s what the Taoiseach has to say about Irish Water and your PPS number

Enda Kenny made the comment in the Dáil as it met after the summer break.

# leaders-questions - Sunday 3 August, 2014

Column: What would you ask Enda? Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: What would you ask Enda?

Voters should be allowed to question their political leaders in parliament, according to the UK’s Labour leader Ed Miliband. But is this a cheap gimmick or an idea that could re-invigorate people’s passion for politics?

# leaders-questions - Thursday 17 July, 2014

TDs stand for Gaza as Deaf community makes Dáil history

There was an unexpected, wildcard move from Gerry Adams, and the Tánaiste did a bit of waving.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Gerry Adams and Enda Kenny’s ‘as gaeilge’ stand off over Joe McHugh’s Irish

Enda and Gerry went to length in the Dáil to demonstrate they both have more than a ‘Cúpla Focal’.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

‘It’s appalling what you’ve done’: Kenny fights back on disability cuts

‘Shame on you for what you did’ – the Taoiseach was having none of it from Mícheál Martin.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 10 July, 2014

‘Even the Mexicans are involved’: TDs go from Garth to Gaza as Brooks Fatigue sets in

Mary-Lou McDonald called it “a catastrophe in motion.” (She was referring to Gaza.)

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Brooks the talk of Leinster House: GAA, Aiken & Council to be grilled over concert fiasco

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says the Government would be criticised for overruling residents and the Council if it introduced emergency legislation…

‘Every day is precious, five months in crisis care is five months that have been robbed from us’

The parents of twins with a rare disease have met with the Taoiseach to discuss getting their boys home.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Pat Rabbitte: There is no squabble in government about the property tax

The Communications Minister plays down talk of a Cabinet rift over the proceeds from the local property tax.

What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland?

The Health Committee will meet with representatives from the National Infertility Support and Information Group, but what else is happening in Leinster House today?

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Taoiseach insists water for children will be free

Enda Kenny also confirmed that the water charges will not exceed €240 per year.

Could a levy on alcohol help suicide prevention?

Senators think it could raise €200 million a year to help improve mental health services. They’ll be discussing this and several other topics today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

TDs stopped from asking Enda Kenny questions – then he’s stopped from answering them Dáil This post contains videos

TDs stopped from asking Enda Kenny questions – then he’s stopped from answering them

Dáil procedure got in the way during Questions to An Taoiseach today.

Taoiseach accused of ‘insulting’ morbidly obese people

Kenny faced questions from the opposition benches over a decision to suspend gastric band operations at a hospital.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Whistleblower says builders paid by State are defrauding the welfare system

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn dealt with the claims raised by Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy at Leaders’ Questions today.

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?

Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Senators seek to close loophole that may aid forced marriages

Senators think two sections in the Family Law Act 1995 need to be updated to protect children. They will debate this and other issues today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Nomadic beasts, hackneyed clichés and mild-mannered TDs: A not very productive day’s work in the Dáil

Nobody particularly covered themselves in glory during Leaders’ Questions today….

PAC will be examining penalty points and speed cameras today

What else will the folks on Kildare Street be discussing?

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

FF: Your position on medical cards is incoherent … Taoiseach: No it isn’t

There are concerns that thousands of people who didn’t respond to the HSE will now be left without a medical card.

What can TDs do to prevent suicide in prisons?

The Justice Committee will discuss this and other issues today.

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