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Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Yesterday’s News

Tánaiste: If there’s one thing I can’t be accused of, it’s making decisions that court popularity

Eamon Gilmore acknowledged he’s not exactly Mr Popular in the Dáil this afternoon as the water charges row rumbled on.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Taoiseach confirms water bills will be around €240, but nothing signed off on yet

During a heated debate Micheál Martin said the Government was treating the public with “absolute contempt”.

Why is it difficult for Gardaí to obtain speeding convictions?

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

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.

How banks are helping SMEs and why the GAA signed a deal with SKY Sports

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# leaders-questions - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Ambulance service is “failing miserably”, Howlin told

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín said the current system was unacceptable. Minister Howlin told the Dáil a HIQA review would lead to a ‘refined and improved’ service.

How much money did the HSE pay Rehab? That’s top of the PAC’s agenda today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Capital punishment, fining criminals and how to stop wasting water

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# leaders-questions - Thursday 3 April, 2014

‘Appalling indignity’: Government to revisit opening State redress scheme to Bethany Home survivors

Mary Lou McDonald said that the coalition has to date “flatly and coldly refused the Bethany survivors the dignity of recognition”.

Universal Health Insurance, Rehab and how to deal with homelessness

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Dáil hears that Martin Callinan was Shatter’s ‘scapegoat’

The timeline of the events of the past two weeks was scrutinised in the Dáil again today.

Banning smoking in cars and how Ireland can attract the Rugby World Cup

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# leaders-questions - 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.

‘Somewhat incredible’: Martin asks why Shatter was not informed of Garda phone tapping sooner

Gerry Adams added that the government had dealt with the GardaGate controversy with “amazing inefficiency”.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

The Gardaí ‘did not do enough’ to engage with whistleblowers: Enda Kenny

During leaders’ questions, Micheál Martin accused Kenny of ‘sacking’ Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

“No, is the answer.” – Taoiseach won’t ask Minister Alan Shatter to resign

Opposition leaders called him to ask Minister Shatter to withdraw remarks made regarding whistleblowers.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 13 March, 2014

‘A disaster and an insult’: Government slammed for having no Irish-speaking minister

Richard Bruton’s lack of Irish annoyed the opposition at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today.

From ‘Mighty Mouse’ to ‘Church Mouse’: Dara Calleary on Enda Kenny’s week

The Fianna Fáil TD said the Taoiseach’s ‘army of spin doctors’ played up Frank Flannery’s resignation but stayed silent on Alan Shatter.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Gerry Adams says Gateway and JobBridge massaging dole numbers

He made the comment as the Live Register falls below 400,000 for first time since 2009.

Here’s the awkward moment when Gerry Adams forgot Pat Rabbitte’s name*

* But Sinn Féin this afternoon claimed that Adams didn’t forget and it was in fact intended as “a put-down”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

“You’ve had your little rant”: UHI plan defended, White Paper could be published next week

Enda Kenny has rejected suggestions that the coalition is putting off James Reilly’s radical plan, though he says there will be an in-depth consultation process.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Rehab, us and the EU and Scottish independence…Everything going on in Leinster House today

Last day of the week in the Dáil. But what have they got planned?

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

“Minister Shatter is not one to mislead the Dáil” – Taoiseach defends Shatter

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Minister Shatter had made a big mistake by accusing the garda whistleblower of not cooperating with an inquiry.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Family of murdered Sylvia Roche Kelly ‘fear another cover up’

Enda Kenny did not rule out a Commission of Investigation but insists that a report from a Senior Counsel is the most prudent approach to Maurice McCabe’s dossier of allegations.

Taoiseach X2, recycling cars and a ‘dragon’: Everything happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, if you must know…

# leaders-questions - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Martin: ‘Shatter knew the gravity of the cases, and what happened – nothing’

There have been calls for Minister Alan Shatter to step down but Minister Joan Burton said the Government have full confidence in him.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Alan Shatter has sacked the garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly

Connolly was relieved of his duties by the Justice Minister this morning, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 13 February, 2014

‘Am I satisfied that no organ of the State put GSOC under surveillance? Yes I am’

Eamon Gilmore has accused the opposition of playing politics with the bugging controversy, claiming they are using it as “another issue to have a thump at Minister Shatter about or the government about”.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Taoiseach orders report on ‘confidential recipient and whistleblower conversation’

A transcript of the alleged conversation read out in the Dáil last night stated: ‘If Shatter thinks you’re screwing him, you’re finished’.

Taoiseach says the ‘average’ water charge will be known before the local elections

Enda Kenny said a business and finance model for Irish Water will be produced and debated and will include the level of subvention the government decides on.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Government accused of ‘frenzy’ against GSOC over alleged bugging

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin made the claim during Leader’s Questions today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Tánaiste admits Tallaght Hospital is understaffed

However, Eamon Gilmore says the situation continues to improve with the number of patients on trolleys declining.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Taoiseach accused of having a ‘King Canute’ response to the floods

Enda Kenny told the Dáil today that the cost of installing 10km of new flood defences at between €50 and €100 million.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

‘The fact that something becomes a human right, doesn’t mean that it’s always free’

Also during Leaders’ Questions: The Taoiseach said €15 million was being made available to deal with the immediate effects of the recent flooding.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Health and Wealth: the questions put to the Tánaiste today

Eamon Gilmore was quizzed on why health insurance is going through the roof and if the rich were getting richer.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Enda Kenny accused of election stunt over pylons

The Taoiseach said there would be a €600 million cost difference between underground and overground power lines.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Government tells PAC to cooperate with Garda Ombudsman investigation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that their investigation would be ‘starting soon’.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Tánaiste to address ‘the real scandal’ at St Vincent’s

Indepedent TD Stephen Donnelly raised concerns during Leaders’ Questions that the hospital is struggling after the closure of the emergency department at Loughlinstown.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Kenny: ‘The political and financial carpets lifted were filled with maggots’

During Leaders’ Questions today, the Taoiseach reiterated that a charities regulator will be appointed next month.

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