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Sinn Féin TD apologises for 'hurried' comments on Ukraine which she says were 'misinterpreted'
Cronin apologised to Ukrainians if they thought she was suggesting they accept an unjust peace.
Four new special schools to be established in Limerick, Wexford, Meath and Kildare
The schools will be open for next September.
McDonald further criticised for claim Govt did not contact school after stabbing
Mary Lou McDonald was accused of misleading the Dáil during yesterday’s confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee.
5th December 2023
Recruitment age for gardaí to rise from 35 to 50 from next month after Cabinet sign off
Government hopes to see a boost in recruitment numbers.
Varadkar reacts to RTÉ Investigates: 'People seeking money to withdraw planning objections is not acceptable'
Government is open to making ‘go away’ payments a stand alone offence in new Planning Bill.
Referendums on 'women in the home' reference and wider definition of family to be held in March
The vote will take place on International Women’s Day.
Cabinet to hear of plans to seek approval to open extradition negotiations with the UAE
Cabinet will also approve the wording of the women in the home referendum.
Government confident it has numbers to win confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee
A report by
Christina Finn
Tánaiste Micheál Martin says the government has the backing from several independent TDs.
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26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Justice Minister Helen McEntee faces no confidence motion and committee grilling next week
Sinn Féin said it is tabling the no confidence motion as the minister refuses to acknowledge political failings.
FF cllr at centre of controversy over 'shot in head' comments says they were not about rioters
The party earlier said it would ‘engage’ with the councillor in question.
Drivers urged to slow down this Christmas as minister says no family wants to get that knock on the door
There has been a rise in road deaths, with 171 losing their lives so far this year.
Request to fly Palestinian flag in Leinster House refused as Govt accused of 'double standards'
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to fly either the Palestinian or Israeli flag at the moment.
Govt says referendum enshrining neutrality in Constitution 'not appropriate' as SF motion defeated
Micheál Martin has said that there is no question of Ireland’s neutrality policy being dismantled.
Tánaiste says McEntee will have full backing of all Fianna Fáil TDs if no confidence vote called
Mary Lou McDonald criticised Government TDs for not being present on the scene of last week’s stabbing incident.
Ministers have pledged their full support for Justice Minister Helen McEntee amid threats of a motion of confidence next week
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald says McEntee's position is untenable.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar aks people to stop connecting migration with crime, saying 'it's not right'.
Increased garda presence planned for Dublin city centre 'up to and beyond Christmas'
Pressure mounts as Harris and McEntee called before justice committee over city centre violence
'Real possibility' of asylum seeker accommodation shortfall in coming days, Cabinet told
Micheál Martin says the situation is very challenging.
Last month
November 2023
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says she has no confidence in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
There have been calls for politicians to return to the Dáil a day early.
'We are going to get them': Taoiseach to expedite CCTV and incitement to hatred legislation
‘We are going to get them,’ Varadkar said when speaking about those who caused violence on the streets of Dublin yesterday.
Lord Mayor of Dublin u-turns on decision to hold meeting with Israeli ambassador next week
The Lord Mayor has written to the Israeli ambassador to Ireland to cancel the meeting.
Minister to propose plan to deal with €4.2m invested in companies in illegal Israeli settlements
Millions of Euro of Irish taxpayers money is invested in companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.
Explainer: What is Ireland's Triple Lock mechanism and why is the Govt planning to scrap it?
Micheál Martin made a major announcement today about a change in Ireland’s foreign policy.
Micheál Martin announces plan to get rid of triple lock which limits Irish military operations overseas
Martin said legislative proposals to govern the future overseas deployments of Irish soldiers is being prepared.
Varadkar: 'I’m not sure if the Israeli government listens to anyone anymore'
Taoiseach says Israel used to listen to the US, but he’s not sure that is the case anymore.
Up to one million graduates could be eligible to vote under Seanad election reform plan
Currently, six members of Seanad Eireann are elected by graduates from specified universities – which has been ruled unconstitutional.
Varadkar: 'We can’t continue to aid Palestine and trade with Israel in the way we've done in the past'
‘That’s going to have to change in some way,’ Varadkar told the Dáil.
'Don't let the populists in': Warnings of left-wing Govt tax hikes at FG conference
There were big questions being asked at the FG conference as ministers said they’re fighting for re-election to government.
Donohoe reiterates that €40m additional funding conditional on RTÉ reforms being implemented
RTÉ’s reform document committed to salary caps for the broadcasters’ top earners.
Varadkar not in favour of strict cut-off ages and restrictions for older drivers
The EU Commission proposes motorists over 70 may have to undergo regular medical tests and refresher courses.
Varadkar: 'If we want dangerous people locked up for a long time, we're going to need more prison spaces'
Taoiseach says government is examining giving judges more power around sentencing.
Fine Gael 'up for fighting' for a fourth term in government, says Coveney
In a rallying call to FG members, Coveney said next year will be a ‘watershed moment’ in Irish politics.
Govt can move ahead with short-term let register following EU decision
The Department of Tourism “can move ahead” with its legislation, it confirmed.
Politicians arguing in the Dáil and having a drink together after doesn't happen anymore, says Varadkar
Leo Varadkar says he has Mary Lou McDonald’s number and they often speak about Northern Ireland.
Heated Dáil exchanges as government accused of ‘double standards’ on Israel and Russia
Finance Minister Michael McGrath says the ICC is already carrying out an investigation into Israeli actions.
Expert group to examine the whole process around buying a house from bidding to probate
Leo Varadkar said some people are facing lots of delays buying a house.
Householders to pay 'small charge' on energy bills to pay for new floating gas storage ship
The location for the floating gas storage ship is yet to be decided.
David Norris, the longest-serving Senator in Ireland, to retire in January
Norris has served in the Seanad since 1987.
Government approves €56 million bailout for RTÉ, subject to conditions
The bailout includes €16 million already approved by the Government in this year’s budget.
RTE expected to cut 400 jobs under new cost-saving plans
Staff expect to be told that up to 400 non-compulsory redundancies could be sought.
Mixed views in SF about doing business with FF, but confidence in the air they can go it alone
As the party ventures into specifics and pledges, Sinn Féin knows nothing can be taken for granted.
'We’ll work hard to win your trust': McDonald says she wants to form a Govt without FF and FG
Mary Lou McDonald says her party will fix the housing crisis ‘once and for all’.
SF crowd chants 'free Palestine' as ambassador to Ireland receives rapturous applause at Ard Fheis
McDonald there is a growing view that the issue of sanctions and consequences for Israel has to be addressed.