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#Brendan Howlin

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Labour has been given a 'good smacking' by the electorate - Howlin

The party’s vote has been halved since 2009.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Howlin: Ex-NAMA homes part of our plan to tackle housing "emergency crisis"

Ministers are gathering for today’s Cabinet meeting, where homelessness is top of the morning’s agenda.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 9 May, 2014

Senior civil servants want their pay cuts reversed, and they've made it their union's "primary goal"

As part of the three-year Haddington Road Agreement, salaries above €65,000 that were cut were due to be restored when it expired.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

€550m Galway motorway deal promises 450 jobs and at least five bypasses

The 57 km four-lane motorway between Tuam and Gort is to be completed by the end of 2018.

The government may have agreed on a banking inquiry, but there's still no deal on water charges

Cabinet failed to reach agreement on how much people will have to pay for water at this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

Banking inquiry "imminent" in wake of Anglo trial, says Howlin

The Minister also said that there are “unanswered questions” from court proceedings that need to be answered.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Howlin: The HSE are going to live up to savings targets - they have to

The Public Expenditure Minister also said that there could be room in Budget 2015 for tax cuts.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Ambulance service is "failing miserably", Howlin told

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín said the current system was unacceptable. Minister Howlin told the Dáil a HIQA review would lead to a ‘refined and improved’ service.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Two ministers, some sheep, and a city centre photo-op. What could go wrong?

“They’re a little frisky…”. The press release had offered the prospect of some Cabinet-level sheep-shearing. But would the ministers oblige?

# brendan-howlin - Monday 7 April, 2014

Dozens of retired civil servants receive pensions worth €100k

Minister Brendan Howlin has revealed that 35 receive pensions worth €100,000, with five of those being €118,000.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 3 March, 2014

New DIT campus will 'radically change the face of Dublin's north inner city'

Speaking today after visiting the site, junior minister Paschal Donohoe said the development would bring employment into the area and boost the local economy with the custom of 10,000 students.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Canadian-owned group to run the Lotto for next 20 years

A payout of €405 million will go to the State in coming days for lottery licence.

# brendan-howlin - 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…

# brendan-howlin - Monday 17 February, 2014

Here are the winners and losers from the Paddy's Day ministerial exodus

Over two-dozen ministers will be leaving our shores next month, but who did well out of the annual divvy-up?

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Brendan Howlin: ‘The most resistant group I have come across are the most privileged’

The Labour conference has heard from senior ministers hitting out a the opposition parties, “obnoxious” trickle-down economics and the problem of cyberbullying.

Reilly: Universal health insurance will not put the state's finances at risk

The Minister for Health also said the system will “end the unfair two-tier health system we currently have.”

‘We get on extremely well’: Brendan Howlin ‘annoyed’ by report of rift with James Reilly

Brendan Howlin has faced questions over a report today that his department warned the Health Minister that plans for universal health insurance threaten the financial stability of the State.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

“I don’t know what ‘anomalies’ are” — Howlin on GSOC findings

Ministers are being briefed by Alan Shatter this morning, following his meeting yesterday with the Garda Ombudsman Commission.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

'Good employers have nothing to fear from whistleblowers legislation'

Brendan Howlin says the Protected Disclosures Bill is about a ‘change in culture’.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 30 January, 2014

€600k in leftover funding used to 'manipulate taxpayer', Creighton claims

Denied by Minister Howlin, she said money earmarked for TDs who are no longer Fine Gael or Labour parliamentary members would be used to make the public ‘vote in a particular way’.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 24 January, 2014

This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians' allowance bill

Yesterday Minister Brendan Howlin introduced new legislation in the Dail which will keep closer checks on how TDs and Senators spend the money.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Howlin says he has 'no role' over paying bonuses at semi-state companies

The government has no role in relation to bonus payments to staff at semi-states below CEO level, Brendan Howlin told the Dáil this morning, saying government expects boards to act responsibly.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

'A good, working relationship': Tánaiste plays down coalition tensions

“There are always going to be issues from time-to-time,” Eamon Gilmore admitted this morning.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 16 January, 2014

'We need to get to the bottom of this': More details sought on missing bank guarantee letters

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach expressed concern over the loss of documents related to the bank guarantee in the Department of Finance.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Howlin says officials looking for lost documents - but Department won't say if they are

The Minister was responding to revelations that two documents related to the bank guarantee have gone missing from the Department of Finance, but it’s not clear if officials are trying to find them.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

'A lot done, more to do': Reform plans promise more public services cards and better procurement

Launching new public service reform plans today, the Minister of State Brian Hayes said there has been “a lot done, more to do, to borrow a phrase from the past”.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 29 December, 2013

‘The Bart Simpson defence’: Surprising pop culture references in the Dáil and Seanad

Everything from Miley Cyrus to Downton Abbey has been raised in the Dáil and Seanad chambers down the years…

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 14 December, 2013

'We are now the masters of our own destiny' - cabinet ministers react to the bailout exit

There was an air of bullish enthusiasm around Government Buildings yesterday, with the themes of recovery and independence on every ministers lips.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 13 December, 2013

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

What will life be like on Monday? The same, but families may benefit

Brendan Howlin added that working families may feel the benefit of the bailout exit.

'The Irish people are the real heroes' - Noonan

As Ireland exits the bailout, the Ministers Finance and Public Expenditure paid tribute to the Irish people, saying they had “used their voice in the polling booth”.

The quarterly reviews may be over, but the Troika aren't leaving just yet

The IMF, ECB and European Commission will still be carrying out six-monthly ‘visits’.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

'They normally get to the bottom of things': Howlin confident PAC will get facts of CRC scandal Crc

'They normally get to the bottom of things': Howlin confident PAC will get facts of CRC scandal

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform was speaking outside Government Buildings this morning.

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Relocation of Howth tourist office held up by dispute

Fingal County Council want to move ahead with new office – but Government have to give go-ahead.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

New bankruptcy rules to be signed into law by Minister Shatter today

The new procedures reduce the term of bankruptcy in Ireland from 12 years to three.

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Joan Burton admits Labour's failures on living standards

Meanwhile, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has pledged to repeal the law on emergency public sector pay cuts.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 29 November, 2013

Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin

The Minister for Public Expenditure said individual agreements across different organisations complicates the process.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 25 November, 2013

OPW to give leases on heritage sites to private companies

Minister Brian Hayes stressed today that the businesses will have to be “in keeping with the heritage and with the recreational nature of the sites”.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: 'Top-up' payments part of a game whose rules need to change

“The model of social partnership promoted since 1987 relies for its internal cohesion on permitting people at various levels within the system to milk that system for their own benefit.”