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Politics - Today’s News

‘Half-baked madcap proposal’ – TD criticises proposed north Dublin pipeline project

Independent Dublin TD Tommy Broughan raised his concerns in the Dáil yesterday.

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.

From The Daily Edge This guy called Darth Vader is running for election, and he’s kind of brilliant Vote Vader

Meet the minister who has Star Wars and X-Men bobbleheads on his desk

Han Solo, Darth Maul and Wolverine all share the minister’s office.

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

Ed Balls was oblivious to the spider stealing the show…

Now you won’t be getting your first water bill until the end of January

The deadline for applications has been extended to the end of November.

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.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Gardaí investigate support group’s spend on gifts, angel healing and dog kennels

Positive Action received €2.3 million in tax payer funding between 2009 and 2013.

The sacked minister who helped set up Irish Water thinks John Tierney should go

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach said he wants to ensure that water charges are ‘affordable’.

Water Charges relief on its way for those not on social welfare

The Finance Bill introduced today gives effect to measures introduced in Budget 2015.

Sergeant-at-Arms who shot Canadian gunman gets standing ovation

Kevin Vickers was given a hero’s welcome in the Canadian Parliament today.

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Mairía Cahill blog allegations ‘shameful and cruel’

Cahill called on Sinn Féin to condemn the post.

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…

Here’s how many members of the Defence Forces have failed drug tests

Compulsory random testing was introduced in 2003.

The Education Minister gave the head of Waterford IT a “tough” talking-to this morning

Waterford IT sent an email to college bosses in Carlow to tell them they were pulling out of a planned university bid.

From The Daily Edge Irish lads use Times Square billboard to share anti-water charges message with Enda Kenny Billboard Stars

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.

Here’s what Leo Varadkar thinks has changed in health since he ‘wore a white coat’

The Health Minister says the system he is now in charge of is different.

Will Enda snub the Central Bank to keep deposits at 10 per cent?

A new mechanism to make sure houses remain affordable for first-time buyers is being considered by the coalition.

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

Sinn Féin TD accuses RTÉ of bias in its reporting of Maíria Cahill story

Peadar Tóibín was interviewed on Morning Ireland after tweeting his dissatisfaction at how the show was covering the story.

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.

State of the Nation: What effect will Maíria Cahill’s claims have on Sinn Féin?

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

Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU

The agriculture sector is looking for special treatment on new greenhouse gas targets.

Archbishop on IRA sex offenders: “Let the truth come out”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has admitted the IRA “on occasion shot alleged sex offenders” – adding that the actions were “not appropriate” but “of their time”.

Sword-wielding teen who staged “one man rebellion” gets community service

19-year-old Jordan Buckley was wrestled to the ground by three gardaí after rushing the front door of Leinster House with a sword.

Council decides to take developer’s money instead of social housing

A number of councillors in the area have criticised the move but one said he would support the decision – so long as that money is used by the council for social housing.

Politics - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

‘The abuse we suffered due to our skin colour is being airbrushed from Irish history’

Mixed Race Irish is asking for the Government to recognise the abuse they suffered in State-run institutions.

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.

Nearly all the assets from Nama’s €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers

And the bad bank’s boss says if overseas owners want to pull apart Irish businesses there’s not much he can do.

Senators have agreed to recognise Palestine as an independent state

The Seanad is now calling on the Dáil to do the same.

Alan Kelly doesn’t think Irish Water should pay any bonuses to staff

Alan Kelly said the new board will address the bonus culture at Irish water as a matter of priority.

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

And the Dáil has now been suspended until tomorrow morning.

Confirmed: Big Phil Hogan is now officially the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said he intends to hold the commissioner accountable at all times.

Maíria Cahill considers suing Sinn Féin members who ‘called her a liar’

And Gerry Adams apologised to abuse victims “let down” by the IRA.

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