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Politics - Today’s News

One Fianna Fáil TD is refusing to give Irish Water his PPS number

He also accused Irish Water representatives of speaking “incoherent gibberish”.

New scandal: 10 Irish Water customers had their bank details sent to their landlords Exclusive

“It’s an absolute shambles,” one affected customer said, after waiting on the phone for an hour to speak to Irish Water’s customer care team.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Grave of WT Cosgrave vandalised in Goldenbridge Cemetery

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan took to Twitter today to voice his disgust.

Former US Senator to play key role in Northern Ireland talks

Northern Ireland talks are already underway.

Water bills could be delayed as energy regulator looks at deadline

The Commission for Energy Regulation also stressed that call-out charges have not yet been finalised.

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”.

Irish MEP says strict Central Bank mortgage rules need to be reviewed

Brian Hayes said the new 20% deposit rule has ‘unintended’ consequences.

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.

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‘Anybody with any kind of a brain will understand what I meant’

Fine Gael Senator clarifies his comment that water “doesn’t just fall out of the sky”.

From The Daily Edge Obama pulls smoothest move ever after voter tells him “don’t touch my girlfriend” SWAG

Nessa Childers says the legal, er, ‘situation’ between her and Phil Hogan is over

Hogan sent legal letters to the MEP last month.

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.

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.

This guy is warning all sides in the North to refrain from ‘dangerous mutual provocation’

He said the European Parliament is willing to act as an ‘honest broker’ to support the peace process.

“Pimps may look south” warning, as Stormont votes to criminalise paying for sex

Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to support the measure, which makes it illegal to obtain sexual services for payment.

State of the Nation: Does anyone have confidence in this man?

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

Work has started on the Poolbeg incinerator – but there’s already a protest planned

The plant is being built by US energy company Covanta.

Stardust campaigners to hand new information to Minister over fatal fire

They say that they have “waited 33 years and 10 months” for the submission.

Politics - Monday 20 October, 2014

‘Despicable’ and ‘mischievous’: Taoiseach and Gerry Adams in war of words

The exchange surrounds the handling of Maíria Cahill’s claims that she was raped by a member of the IRA and then interrogated by the organisation.

Opinion: US midterm elections – why they’re important to America and the world USA

Opinion: US midterm elections – why they’re important to America and the world

The midterms are equally worthy of your attention as the US presidential elections.

Truck drivers plan further traffic chaos, and one Minister isn’t very happy about it

The Irish Road Haulage Association has called on the Government to address their concerns over road tax.

Charlie Flanagan has been in Europe to discuss how to fight Ebola

EU ministers have callled for ‘united, coordinated, and increased efforts’ to fight the virus.

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Nigel Farage backs UKIP ‘theme song’ performed in fake Caribbean accent

Former Radio One DJ Mike Read is behind the song.

Bonuses of 19 per cent only given to ‘exceptional’ workers, says Irish Water

It follows revelations at the weekend that even staff who are listed officially as ‘needing improvement’ by their superiors could get pay boosts.

Cad é an Ghaeilge ar u-turn? Government to review bilingual signage plan Off Track This post contains a poll

Cad é an Ghaeilge ar u-turn? Government to review bilingual signage plan

The pilot scheme aimed to have Irish and English the same size on road signs.

Richard Bruton says the government doesn’t control Irish Water’s bonus structure

Meanwhile, the company’s insisting that bonuses of up to 19 per cent of an employee’s pay are only given “in exceptional cases”.

State of the Nation: Why Irish Water bonuses have TDs worried about their seats

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

Gerry Adams says IRA “failed victims” in how it dealt with sex abuse claims

The Sinn Féin leader writes on his blog that this is a matter of profound regret for him.

Politics - Sunday 19 October, 2014

“Dad could certainly speak out”: Ian Paisley remembered at Ulster Hall memorial

The funeral of the DUP founder was a family only affair.

Political nostalgia: Hands up who still has a Lucinda Creighton beermat? … Anyone?

Come with us on a journey through time and space … to the early part of 2007.

Martin calls on Government to intervene on Irish Water bonuses

It has also emerged that senior coalition figures have discussed the replacement of the Irish Water CEO.

Is Lucinda Creighton recruiting for a new party?

She says not yet. Kind of.

Martin hits out at Taoiseach on the North

‘The affairs of the north are our business.’

‘People have been fairly sound’: What Michael Fitzmaurice learned on his first week in the Dáil

We caught up with the new TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim towards the end of his first week in Leinster House.

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