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Politics - Today’s News

We asked every TD and Senator if they’re paying their water charges. Here’s what they said…

Most elected representatives intend to pay their water bills, but some won’t and some are undecided….

These TDs and Senators are refusing to pay water charges. Here’s why…

“The level of non-cooperation and non-engagement with Irish Water shows that the Government should just give up now.”

Did you add to last night’s Halloween litter? This Senator wants you to be fined…a LOT

“Everybody is fed up with littering on our streets and at Halloween it happens on an industrial scale.”

IN IMAGES: A brief history of the Irish protest

This ain’t our first rodeo.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

‘Water is not free’ – Hogan says it’s either water charges or more income tax

Hogan said people can protest if they like but the charges are not going anywhere.

From Business ETC SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland’s newest bank Sbci

SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland’s newest bank

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.

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

More than 100,000 will turn up at water charge protests tomorrow, predicts TD

The claim came as Pat Rabbitte said the public mood is being “exploited”.


Ireland is giving another €1m to help the global fight against Ebola

To date, Ireland has provided direct funding of almost €3 million to help fight the deadly virus.

Waterford politicians issue warning against vigilantism after Roma mob

The public representatives feel the city’s reputation has been tarnished.

“I’m not dampening all the fun, but parents need to be sensible” – Minister

Alan Kelly has something to say about Halloween.

Politics - Thursday 30 October, 2014

There are plans for tougher hate crime laws following Waterford anti-Roma protest

Heads of Bill for hate crime to be presented to Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin by next May.

Phil Hogan is officially no longer a TD

From Saturday, he’ll be the European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development.

Parties in Northern Ireland have approved a Budget for next year. Kinda.

There had been deadlock on the issue for several weeks.

Four accused by Mairia Cahill are refusing to meet Enda Kenny

Gerry Adams has said he’s “not surprised.”

No extra 4% bonus for ‘exceptional’ Irish Water workers

Irish Water workers can still get a bonus of 2.75% to 15% of their salary.

Leo Varadkar gets offered €250,000 “every couple of months” to go to Canada

The Health Minister would earn more in Alberta than in Leinster House.

Fine Gael councillor apologises for calling election rival’s posters racist

The use of “one of our own” upset the former mayor of Fingal.

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.

Politics - 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.

Nursing home waiting lists are ‘spiralling out of control’

Over 2,100 people are on the HSE’s Fair Deal waiting list.

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

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

The law allowing the government to cut public sector pay is being scrapped

The section that is being deleted allowed public service employers to take steps that would impact on non-core pay and working hours.


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.

Could magic mushrooms be used to treat pneumonia patients?

Irish researchers are attempting to find out.

This Irish-American could be the biggest obstacle to Hilary Clinton being US President

Martin O’Malley has again hinted that he may run for the Democratic nomination.

Leo: It’s not that unusual that Irish Water is looking for your PPS number

Earlier Alex White admitted the government “tried to bite off too much too quickly” with Irish Water.

‘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.


This Dublin mayor wants you to ‘ask him stuff’ on Tumblr

So far he’s been asked about coming out and his thoughts on the Government … and Canadians.

State of the Nation: How will Simon Coveney appease ‘very angry’ beef farmers?

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

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.

Politics - Tuesday 28 October, 2014

Pro-choice activists (and one TD) swallow abortion pills in Dublin

Around 30 women travelled to Belfast today to access the pills and bring them back.

‘Very often women let down other women’: Pro-life campaigner “disappointed” with backlash after BBC honour

Cora Sherlock was chosen as one of the BBC’s “100 Women” for 2014

Defence Forces test water supply amid claims Irish troops are at risk of E Coli

The troops are part of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights.

Remember all that posh wine the Government is trying to sell? No one wants it

One only merchant made an offer for the wine this year.


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

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