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Politics - Yesterday’s News

That big row which led to the Dáil walkout is getting bigger (and now Shatter’s involved)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has defended his decision not have a debate on an inquiry into Garda malpractice last Wednesday.

Bertie: Fianna Fáil won’t be back on government benches after next election

The former Taoiseach and party leader said he does think they will make a comeback and he hopes he lives to see it.

‘I’ve seen children using e-cigs and that is terrifying’

If passed, a new bill will mean ‘vaping’ becomes subject to the same regulation as ordinary cigarettes

Russian bomber airplanes flew past the west coast of Ireland

The planes did not enter Irish airspace but were in an area the Irish Aviation Authority has control over.

From Business ETC Why does IAG want to get its hands on Aer Lingus so badly? Up In The Air

Why does IAG want to get its hands on Aer Lingus so badly?

Here’s everything we know about the possible sale so far…

Next mass ‘day of action’ on water charges will be in March (not April)

Tomorrow’s protests aren’t being organised centrally, but the next ‘Right2Water’ action will happen before the first bills arrive.

‘Greek people have a very unhealthy relationship when it comes to paying tax’

“Writing off debt means someone else takes the hit, in this case we’re talking about taxpayers,” Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says.

Politics - Thursday 29 January, 2015

There is a ‘Skype facility’ in Leinster House after all. Well, sort of…

TheJournal.ie has done some digging today…

Fine Gael row with TDs over funding ‘like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts’:

TheJournal.ie would like to state that there is nothing wrong with Ford Escorts.

Greek approach “precisely what this government did”, says Tánaiste

The Tánaiste has welcomed Greece’s move to “renegotiate rather than repudiate”.

Minister: Keeping data on students until they’re 30 is ‘reasonable’

The minister said she is satisfied the time limit doesn’t need to be changed – for now, at least.

The PSNI are set to miss the Paddy’s Day parade in New York

The six-counties police force has pulled out of the showpiece parade in Manhattan on March 17

Fine Gael has been throwing serious shade at Gerry Adams on Twitter

Warning: It involves a book that may cause some readers to shudder.

IAG is a ‘predator hovering over Aer Lingus’

The Transport Committee has been told that selling Aer Lingus share would ‘devastate’ Ireland’s economy and connectivity

From The Daily Edge 7 inevitable responses to Michelle Mulherin’s call for a Dáil ‘Skype facility’ Call On Me

7 inevitable responses to Michelle Mulherin’s call for a Dáil ‘Skype facility’

The Fine Gael TD also wants an alarm bell to tell politicians when a call is getting too expensive.

It’s like installing an iPad, Mary Lou… Just a little more complicated

Joan Burton can’t see why everyone’s making such a fuss about that Irish Water grants letter.

Enda Kenny and Joan Burton were given a serious dose of (virtual) reality today

They didn’t look happy when the fun was over.

“The addiction of politics is in me… but there’s always part of me saying: ‘Do you want it?’” Ready For It This post contains videos

“The addiction of politics is in me… but there’s always part of me saying: ‘Do you want it?’”

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke talks about Sinn Féin, the coalition, and whether he’d join a new political party.

From The Daily Edge The ‘men and women’ guy from VinB last night has previous form on the show Notorious

The ‘men and women’ guy from VinB last night has previous form on the show

We knew we recognised that face from somewhere.

Water charges: Government faces extra costs to pay for €100 household grant

More staff will be needed to manage the household payment, Joan Burton’s department has said.

From Business ETC 200 new jobs for Dublin and Limerick as Enda unveils latest ‘Action Plan’ It's The Economy Stupid

200 new jobs for Dublin and Limerick as Enda unveils latest ‘Action Plan’

Enda and Joan are targeting a return to full employment by 2018. They’ve been giving us a progress report this morning.

‘Deeply wrong’: Labour TD abstains from vote on mother and baby homes inquiry

Labour TD Anne Ferris abstained from the vote criticising the lack of objectivity of the investigation.

Will Enda finally do a TV debate? State Of The Nation This post contains videos

Will Enda finally do a TV debate?

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

Vincent Browne almost fell off his chair laughing at this guy’s take on marriage equality

“We want family values, and we don’t want to see men and women getting married. And that’s the holy all of it.”

Opinion: Those criticising the President for signing Bills into law are overestimating his power

By not using Article 26, President Higgins leaves the door open for future constitutional challenges.

“He will get a respectful interview”: Ryan Tubridy extends Late Late invite to Taoiseach

The 2FM presenter and RTÉ host said that it would be “nice to see” Enda Kenny.

Politics - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Man who called the President “midget parasite” is main organiser of mass anti-charges rally

The Dublin Says No activist said he wouldn’t be backing down or apologising for the comments, when contacted by TheJournal.ie.

Here’s why all of the opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil today…

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and others held a press conference outside Leinster House after a dramatic walkout.

Wide condemnation of ‘midget parasite’ abuse of President Higgins

The protesters shouted at the President and scuffled with Gardaí as his car left an event at a Finglas school.

‘Worse now than the heroin epidemic of the 80s’ – Christy Burke on drugs in Dublin Inner City This post contains videos

‘Worse now than the heroin epidemic of the 80s’ – Christy Burke on drugs in Dublin

The Lord Mayor said the capital’s problems haven’t changed that much in the 30 years he has been a councillor.

‘Disturbing allegations’ of garda failures in case of Polish woman’s alleged rape

An investigation into potential failures is now taking place.

The Tories tried to use Sinn Féin to have a go at Ed Miliband

Sinn Féin said it was silly behaviour from the Conservatives

Would it work here? – Greece moves to axe austerity

Syriza has been quick off the mark in increasing the minimum wage and reversing the privatisation of State resources.

From Business ETC Any sale of government’s Aer Lingus shares would face Dáil vote Boeing Boeing...

Any sale of government’s Aer Lingus shares would face Dáil vote

The airline’s proposed buyer has said it will keep Aer Lingus as a separate business.

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How an electoral commission can stop another e-voting fiasco

A new electoral commission can streamline the way we run elections and referenda in this country, writes the Labour TD Michael McCarthy.

Micheál Martin wants a live TV showdown with Enda Kenny… but will the Taoiseach do it?

Fianna Fáil has approached Claire Byrne Live about facilitating a debate between the two party leaders.

Gay politician warns opponents she will reveal their affairs if they use “family values” in marriage debate

“I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs.”

Ray D’Arcy’s salary will be ‘more than covered’ by sponsorship money

The incoming chair of RTÉ has been talking stars’ pay before an Oirechtas committee this morning.

From Business ETC Average earner saving a €30,000 home deposit? Enda says that’s ‘achievable’ The New Rules

Average earner saving a €30,000 home deposit? Enda says that’s ‘achievable’

Strict new lending rules are coming in. But first-time buyers are still being allowed borrow 90% of a property’s value, up to €220,000.

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