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# Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
FactFind: What is the relationship between social inequality, drug use and drug-related harms?
A report by
Shane Raymond
A survey shows consequences of drugs differ across socio-economic levels, even as the prevalence of use doesn’t.
Last month
April 2023
# Housing
Protesters gather outside Leinster House calling for eviction ban to be reinstated
The protest, organised by the Cost of Living Coalition, began at 1pm on Kildare Street.
This year
# dail ructions
FF's Barry Cowen compares extending eviction ban to 'making sweets free for children'
The Government comfortably won the confidence motion earlier this morning.
# drug policy
Citizens' Assembly will examine State response to illegal drugs and report back by end of year
Cabinet this morning agreed to begin the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs in April.
# solidarity rally
Several hundred people attend 'Northside For All' solidarity rally
A statement by Northside For All said that Dublin’s Northside prides itself on ‘being welcoming and caring’.
Last year
# Addiction
Psychological Society criticises delay in 'vital' citizens' assembly on drugs amid death warning
Senators are due to debate the issue today amid much criticism over this week’s developments.
# citizens assembly
'If cattle were dying, not humans, there would be action': Citizens' assembly on drugs delayed
The delay until 2023 will cost lives, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said.
# Expenses
Five TDs and senators forced to refund almost €6,000 after audit of expense allowances
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin were among those required to refund the value of unvouched expenses.
# schools admissions
Clause that ring-fences places for children of past pupils not widely used, committee to be told
Labour’s Bill seeks to change the School Admissions Act.
All time
# St Patrick's Day
'People lack hope': Labour calls for more nuanced approach towards anti-lockdown protests
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says dismissing protesters as ‘cranks’ will not work.
# Stardust fire
Stardust: Government urged to solve legal aid logjam that is delaying start of inquests
Opposition parties have urged the Taoiseach and the government to prevent any further delay right after the 40th anniversary of the disaster.
# Covid-19
Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman
Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
# Calculated Grades
'Extremely worrying': ASTI to discuss legal protection over Leaving Cert grading with government
The ASTI has said that teachers need to be fully protected if there is a legal challenge to calculated grades.
# Two horse race
Labour Party to elect Howlin's replacement as postal vote closes today
Tipperary TD Alan Kelly and Dublin TD Aodhán O’Riordáin are in the running for it.
# Leadership Battle
Ó Ríordáin pledges to rebuild Labour on traditional party values as he launches leadership campaign
Labour members will vote on a new leader at the beginning of April.
# Apology
Labour senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin apologises for tweet sent after Belfast rape trial verdicts
Ó Ríordáin tweeted a clarification and an apology for a tweet he sent on 28 March.
# Debt
'I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree'
Students in the UK are graduating with loans of £57,000, Labour says the same can’t happen here.
# Sisters of Charity
Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church
Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.
# Mental Health
National Museum 'working hard to fix prolonged, systemic bullying of staff'
In an unusual event, senators on the committee said that they were uncomfortable with their Chair’s line of questioning.
# anti-trump protest
'St Patrick's Day can't just be a parade, it has to be a stand': Senator goes on US TV to rally against Trump
Irish Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin explained that the ‘Irish Stand’ event in New York aims to show solidarity with immigrants.
# my social media life
Aodhan Ó Riordáin's life online: 'I accidentally tweeted one word - #horny'
Well-known Irish names tell us about their life on the internet.
# Not my president
'An ugly crossroad': Trump promises unity as outrage continues across US
Meanwhile, Irish Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin criticised the Irish government’s reaction to Trump’s election.
# well holy god
A date for the blasphemy referendum still hasn't been decided on
Preliminary consultations and preparatory work have been undertaken on the issue.
# how bizarre
RTÉ's political coverage went all 3am-at-an-Irish-wedding this afternoon
Saturday with Claire Byrne signed off for the season with a massive Oireachtas sing-song. Some were a little better than others…
# Drugs
Those big plans for injection centres and decriminalisation could now be reversed
The warning has come from the outgoing Drugs Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
# The post mortem
This outgoing minister gave us a brutal assessment of where it all went wrong for Labour
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin explained why the seeds of Labour’s demise were sown in 2011 in a wide-ranging interview with this week.
# Next best thing
'I’m not going to lie to people, I’d much rather be in the Dáil'
Last month Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he wasn’t going to “kick around the Seanad’ if he lost his Dáil seat. Now he’s changed his mind.
# Next best thing
Three Labour ministers who lost their Dáil seats are going for the Seanad
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Kevin Humphreys and Ged Nash are all seeking a Leinster House comeback.
# At last
No TDs for days, then three in a minute - rollercoaster of emotions at a crazy count in Dublin Bay North
It was jubilation for three candidates, and total desolation for Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin.
# Dublin Bay North
'Group of Death': Minister for Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has lost his Dáil seat
As rules stand now, it looks like Labour will lose its speaking rights in the chamber.
# labour's way
Labour wants to replace the Eighth Amendment with a UK-style abortion law
The party has outlined its plans to hold a referendum on the abortion ban if returned to government.
# canvassing with aodhán
"I just want to convince people that the place for Labour is in government" joined Aodhán Ó Riordáin pounding the pavements of Dublin Bay North.
# Drug use
Where do Ireland's political parties stand on decriminalising cannabis?
Could Ireland go down the Portuguese route?
# Analysis
How two Labour ministers turned death threats into a political weapon
Now one TD says they owe “hundreds of thousands of people” an apology.
# streets of dublin
The needles on the cobbles are nothing new - but the human excrement is shocking
A grim tour of the backstreets of the capital…
Plans for a 381-home development beside a Dublin park are not going down well
Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has joined the campaign against it.
# portuguese model
Most men think decriminalising drugs is a good idea - but women aren't so sure
The government is considering decriminalising the possession of a small amount of drugs like heroin, cannabis and cocaine.
# 8th amendment
'Women must decide their fate': Thousands attend pro-choice march
Pro-life campaigners have said organisers of the demonstration are in “absolute denial”.
# Chaos
Gardaí called after Vincent Browne debate descends into mayhem
A female audience member claimed to have been threatened for applauding a government minister.
# After Joan
Labour's next leader, from most to least likely
Joan Burton is safe for now but who’s in the mix to replace her? We rank the contenders…