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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Catherine Murphy

Last month
February 2023
# co leaving
'Right time to hand over reins': Murphy and Shortall step down as SocDem co-leaders
The two TDs announced that a leadership election would take place at an “early date”.
This year
# housing for all
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
Last year
# Housing
Varadkar says Ireland's rents are 'unacceptably high' and compare unfavorably against most EU cities
Varadkar has said he wants the Housing for All plan implemented more quickly.
# Social Democrats
'That's the plan': Murphy and Shortall to lead Soc Dems into the next general election as co-leaders
The party think-in is taking place in Dublin today.
# An Bord Pleanála
Terms of reference being finalised for An Bord Pleanála decisions review, says Taoiseach
Paul Hyde has temporarily stepped back from his role as two separate probes into his decisions continue.
# CMO trinity job
'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach
TD John McGuinness has written to Robert Watt to convey disappointment at the lack of response to an invitation.
# Housing
Taoiseach told renters can't afford a pension when they're paying €2,000 in rent
Opposition parties raised concerns about reports that the new pension scheme is needed to pay for ‘generation rent’ who will never own a home.
All time
# party meeting
Social Democrats have 'no desire' to merge with the Labour Party
Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall confirmed that it is their intention to lead the party into the next general election.
# maternity hospitals
Healthcare workers being vaccinated 'will be taken into consideration' in reviewing maternity hospital restrictions
The easing of maternity hospital restrictions was not included in the government’s roadmap for reopening the country.
# Women in Politics
Pregnancy, parenting and politics: 'It's not advisable to go on a campaign trail two weeks postpartum'
This week saw the government announce Justice Helen McEntee will take six months of paid maternity leave, but the conversation has already turned to bigger questions.
# clancy amendment
Driving unaccompanied: Learner drivers fined total of over €100,000 for not paying fixed charge notices
Since the beginning of 2019, over 11,600 fixed charge notices have been issued to learner drivers.
# hamilton report
Gardaí to get access to suspects' phones as part of plan to tackle white-collar crime and corruption
A review had also recommended that the Ethics Acts be strengthened to address instances where breaches come to light after Oireachtas members have left office.
# proceeds of crime
The Criminal Assets Bureau has returned almost €10 million to the taxpayer since 2018
Over €5 million has come from Revenue investigations with CAB.
# around the clock
Covid-19 puts brakes on expansion of 24-hour bus services in Dublin city
The National Transport Authority has said additional PSO funding will be needed this year to continue delivering the existing level of services.
# Soc Dems Out
Social Democrats rule out entering coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
The party raised concerns about austerity in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Coronavirus
Catherine Murphy: Revenue's relaxation of residency rules for Irish tax exiles is 'tone deaf'
Normally, citizens who have chosen to live abroad for tax purposes can spend no more than 182 days a year living in Ireland.
# Ceann Comhairle
Here's who is in the mix for the job of keeping order in the next Dáil
Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy is not ruling herself out of the running for Ceann Comhairle.
# the candidate podcast
The Candidate Podcast: Richard Boyd Barrett, Peadar Tóibín and Catherine Murphy answer your election questions
We put your questions to those looking for your votes.
# ge2020
What's your big election question for Catherine Murphy? It's YOUR chance to ask
We want to put your questions to all the party leaders before 8 February.
# factcheck
FactCheck: The claims from the final party leaders' debate of this year's election campaign
We looked at more of the claims made during last night’s last leaders debate.
# ge2020
Social Democrats propose affordable homes at €200k and the end to commuter hell in election manifesto
Entitled ‘Invest in Better’, the party said the document sets out a uniquely Irish version of the Nordic model”.
# campaign pledges
Fine Gael promises to cap hospital parking at €10 per day, SF says fees should be scrapped altogether
Public hospitals earned just over €11.7 million from car parking fees last year.
# Domestic Abuse
Flanagan says law to allow gardaí disclose a partner's abusive history 'not considered necessary'
Under UK law, a member of the public can ask police to tell them if their partner may pose a risk to them.
# Social Democrats
Catherine Murphy interview: 'This government has got away with murder because of Brexit'
The Social Democrats co-leader spoke to us about commuter gridlock and her party’s view on working with Labour.
# Political Football
Catherine Murphy 'not surprised' John Delaney used defamation actions against Irish media
The Social Democrats co-leader said ‘others have done exactly the same’.
HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs
The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.
# Housing
Dublin City Council built just 74 new social houses last year
The Housing Department released a breakdown of figures this week.
John Delaney and other football bosses invited to appear before Oireachtas committee
TD Catherine Murphy says there are concerns about salaries and transparency within the FAI.
# rental crisis
'It's clearly not working': TDs hit out at Rent Pressure Zone laws as prices continue to soar
The latest quarterly report found that the average monthly rent nationwide is €1,334.
# leaders' quesions
'The bid is contaminated': Communications Minister questioned over dinner with Broadband Plan bidder
The contract for the plan is estimated to be worth up to half a billion euro.
'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance
Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
# Rio Olympics
Olympic Council has €300,000 funding approved on basis it's not to be used on 'legacy issues'
Last year, €300,000 of government funding was withheld.
# Anastasia Kriegel
'I know her as an innocent child': Tributes paid to murdered Anastasia Kriegel
She has been described as a popular and confident person.
# please stop
Filibustering: Here's why a decision to deploy a little-used Dáil rule caused ructions this week
TDs such as Mattie McGrath, Danny and Michael Healy Rae were accused of filibustering this week.
# It's 2018 Lads
It's 2018 and the Irish media is still talking about the 'sex appeal' of female politicians
A headline in the Irish Examiner read ‘There’s no denying Mary Lou’s sex appeal’.
# bank documents
Data Commissioner expected to investigate potential IBRC data breach after complaint made
The Department of Finance confirmed that a former IBRC bank official had IBRC documents, and attempted to use them in an ongoing court case.
# training college
PAC 'not satisfied' Garda College still operating under multiple tax codes
In its latest report, the PAC state that last year the gardaí declared its intention to the committee to bring the organisation under one tax code by the end of March.
# the eighth
Eighth Amendment Committee to publicly discuss allegations of bias this afternoon
Two members of the committee have accused the proceedings of being biased.
# Jobseekers
Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.
# closed stations
We'll hear from the acting Garda boss next week - he's been called before the PAC
The committee want to know what criteria was considered when the decision was made to re-open a number of Garda stations.