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#Technical Group

# technical-group - Tuesday 3 February, 2015

# technical-group - Wednesday 24 December, 2014

49 TDs and senators in eleventh-hour appeal to Michael D over Water Bill

The President had a swift response for some of them (and it wasn’t a complete ‘no’.)

# technical-group - Friday 12 December, 2014

It looks like this man could be facing a motion of no confidence pretty soon

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is increasingly unpopular amongst opposition TDs.

# technical-group - Friday 24 October, 2014

The massive row that shut down the Dáil on Wednesday is only getting worse

It’s complicated, but let us explain…

# technical-group - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

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

And the Dáil has now been suspended until tomorrow morning.

# technical-group - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

They didn't want her, but the Technical Group had an 'amicable' meeting with Lucinda Creighton today

The Dáil grouping now wants more speaking rights and extra committee memberships.

# technical-group - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Lucinda Creighton says she's joined the Dáil Technical Group - but they don't want her

Much confusion as to whether the former Fine Gael TD is now part of the loose alliance of independent deputies.

# technical-group - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

What changes does Ibec want in the 2015 Budget?

Ibec is one of several groups making pre-budget submissions to the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, but what else is happening in Leinster House?

# technical-group - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

New TD Ruth Coppinger on the frustrations of Leinster House

The Socialist TD was elected to represent Dublin West last month.

# technical-group - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

'I've convicted the system over and over': Joe Higgins is relishing the banking inquiry Socialist Switch-up This post contains videos

'I've convicted the system over and over': Joe Higgins is relishing the banking inquiry

The Socialist Party TD has been nominated to serve on the inquiry by the Dáil’s Technical Group this afternoon.

How are senior gardaí appointed and removed from their jobs?

The Technical Group will put forward a Bill today that would update the current process.

# technical-group - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Outsourcing of medical card reviews to German company blamed for ‘bizarre judgements’

Clare Daly TD told the Dáil that staff at Dublin-based Arvato Finance are not trained to carry out the reviews.

# technical-group - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

16 TDs want a meeting with RTÉ because they're being treated 'very unfairly'

Members of the Dáil’s Technical Group claim that the national broadcaster is unfairly excluding them from a Prime Time panel. RTÉ argues that independents are not a political party and represent themselves.

# technical-group - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Homelessness and taking DNA samples from suspected criminals

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# technical-group - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

'Getting worse by the night': TDs debate Ireland's growing housing crisis

The government was accused of demonstrating “arrogance beyond belief” as only three members of the coalition attended the discussion.

# technical-group - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Whistleblowers, more whistleblowers and everything else happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on in the world of Irish governance today? This is…

# technical-group - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

‘Liberals don’t like my thinking’: TD claims he was ousted over abortion views

Mattie McGrath has been removed from two Oireachtas committees by the Dáil Technical Group.

# technical-group - Thursday 19 December, 2013

WATCH: Fianna Fáil lead Dáil walkout after row over water services legislation

Sinn Féin and independent TDs joined them as the government’s attempts to dispose of the Water Services Bill this week drew condemnation.

# technical-group - Thursday 14 November, 2013

‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line

Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that Ireland will not avail of a precautionary credit facility when it exits the bailout programme on 15 December.

# technical-group - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Dáil to debate legalising cannabis for three hours next week

A private members’ motion by independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan is likely to provoke some interesting debate in the Dáil next Tuesday and Wednesday.

# technical-group - Monday 23 September, 2013

Ceann Comhairle: 'Parliament has to be independent of Government'

The leader of the Dáil was speaking after a week in which he surprised many, including the government, by allowing members of the Reform Alliance and former Labour parliamentary party TDs speaking time during Dáil debates.

# technical-group - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here's why it's 'as clear as mud'

Confusion reigns about whether TDs expelled from parliamentary parties can join the Technical Group.

# technical-group - Monday 16 September, 2013

Reform Alliance unlikely to get speaking rights in the Dáil

The government has no plans to allow the expelled Fine Gael rebels, now known as the Reform Alliance, speaking rights in the Dáil.

# technical-group - Saturday 31 August, 2013

'Mick has a serious credibility problem': TDs split on who does Leaders' Questions

Seamus Healy and Stephen Donnelly will represent the Technical Group at Leaders’ Question in the next Dáil term but Luke Ming Flanagan and Mick Wallace are not happy about this.

# technical-group - Thursday 29 August, 2013

TD seeks to address 'plethora of misinformation' about Technical Group

Catherine Murphy has produced a fact sheet to clarify the parliamentary process when it comes to forming technical groups and political parties.

# technical-group - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Explainer: Why can't the Fine Gael rebels form a new political party?

They can’t establish a second Technical Group and they won’t be allowed join the existing one. Are Lucinda Creighton et al becoming a modern day Blanche DuBois?

Exiled Fine Gael TDs and Senators have "no plans" to form a new party - "at the moment"

Paul Bradford, the temporary spokesperson for the group of eight Fine Gael TDs and Senators, says that government should be “grown up” and allow the rebels speaking rights in the Dáil and Seanad.

# technical-group - Monday 26 August, 2013

Here’s what happened today: Monday

Everyone’s talking about John Kerry’s strong speech on Syria and a shooting that went wrong in Dublin.

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Government rules out Fine Gael rebels’ bid to form second Dáil technical group

The government chief whip has told that the coalition has no plans to amend Dáil standing orders as some Fine Gael TDs and senators outside of the Fine Gael parliamentary party are seeking to do.

# technical-group - Friday 23 August, 2013

Want to work for these TDs? Technical Group seeks assistant for 'tricky job'

A “tricky job” with “crazy hours” is how the position of parliamentary coordinator with the Dáíl Technical Group is being described.

# technical-group - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

TDs speak of 'need for an alternative' amid moves to create new Dáil group

Attempts are being made to form a new Technical Group in the Dáil but reports of a new political party have been dismissed by several TDs who were said to be involved in talks.

# technical-group - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil?

The independent TD declined to comment when asked if he was interested in joining the party which itself has denied it has approached the former Progressive Democrat deputy.

# technical-group - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Ming points controversy 'damages reputation of independents' - Joan Collins

Joan Collins was one of four TDs, including Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who highlighted the issue of penalty points being quashed. She said revelations about ‘Ming’ will impact on the reputation of independent deputies.

# technical-group - Friday 1 February, 2013

Technical Group to force Dáil vote on promissory note repayment

15 TDs, led by Shane Ross, have tabled a motion calling for a public assertion that Ireland won’t make the next repayment.

# technical-group - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Gilmore refuses to confirm property tax rumours

Reports suggest the property tax will cost homeowners between €200 and €400 a year – but Eamon Gilmore would not discuss the figures in the Dáil this morning.

# technical-group - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Column: Troubles over Mick Wallace follow a long line of left-wing splits

The Irish left has a history of schism, writes Adrian Grant – but if it wants to reap electoral rewards it must learn to co-operate.

# technical-group - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

McGrath quits as chairman of Dáil’s technical group in Wallace row

The independent TD is “completely fed up” with Mick Wallace’s actions and doesn’t want him inside the technical group.

# technical-group - Monday 8 October, 2012

Wallace slammed over 'arrogance' and 'venomous assault' on Technical Group

Independent TD John Halligan is now supporting efforts to deny Wallace any speaking time in the Dáil following his latest remarks about former colleagues in the Technical Group.

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