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#Coalition

# coalition - Saturday 19 April, 2014

Labour minister brands fixed water charges as "ridiculous"

Junior Minister Joe Costello said his party has a problem with Fine Gael’s water charges proposals.

# coalition - Thursday 17 April, 2014

The one thing you need to remember about the water row? There's an election in 36 days

While most people only care about how much they’ll have to pay for water the politics of this points to Labour looking out for itself ahead of what is likely to be a tough election next month.

# coalition - Monday 24 February, 2014

Plan to target land-hoarders could create tens of thousands of jobs

A plan to impose a harsh levy on developers hanging on to prime land is being considered by Cabinet. It’s hoped the measure could help boost the supply of family homes, particularly in Dublin.

# coalition - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Here’s how the government spent more than €100m on banking sector advice

Arthur Cox alone has received €12.2 million of these fees since 2011.

# coalition - Monday 20 January, 2014

'Rock solid' - the relationship between Taoiseach and Tánaiste, says Ruairí Quinn

In a radio interview today, the minister addressed speculation the relationship was strained while also speaking about the controversy surround the Junior Certificate reform

# coalition - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

'It's not popular to be in Labour': Party not surprised by Dermot Looney's departure

That’s now 27 councillors who have left the party since it went into government with all of them citing coalition policies as one of their reasons for quitting.

# coalition - Sunday 22 December, 2013

'Relentless push': Government plans special Cabinet meeting on jobs early next year

The coalition has been boosted this year by a continuing fall in the numbers of people who are unemployed with the jobless rate now at 12.8 per cent.

# coalition - Friday 13 December, 2013

Ministers have some good news, and they’ll be telling us about it all day

There’ll be a sustained eight-hour media assault by Cabinet members and State agency bosses today, as the Government marks the end of the bailout.

# coalition - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

After two months, Merkel forms coalition government in Germany

Angela Merkel has made concessions on gender quotas, the minimum wage and a toll on the Autobahn for foreigners, but she has a government.

# coalition - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Labour TD says party has 'ceded too much ground to the right-wing point of view'

Joanna Tuffy has said that the party has “ceded too much ground” in coalition with Fine Gael.

# coalition - Thursday 14 November, 2013

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion

The Government yesterday withdrew an amendment to the FOI Bill which would have seen some charges for requests soar.

# coalition - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Govt won't admit it but we've been battered by new taxes

From the Universal Social Charge to the Local Property Tax, the Government has implemented a labyrinth of new taxes, both overt and covert.

# coalition - Sunday 3 November, 2013

From The42 Why Keane and O’Neill's coalition is the Metal Machine Music of Irish football Opinion

Why Keane and O’Neill's coalition is the Metal Machine Music of Irish football

The FAI’s ostensible final decision is strange, surprising and thrilling in equal measure, writes Paul Fennessy.

# coalition - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Burton: I'm perfectly happy to support Eamon Gilmore

The Minister for Social Protection has said she is not planning a leadership challenge against the Labour party leader.

# coalition - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

In numbers: Budget 2014

Taxes, cuts and savings – here’s a numerical round-up of the key figures from Budget 2014.

Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget

Brendan Howlin’s announcement of a review of all medical cards was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.

Noonan cracks down on 'stateless' companies registered in Ireland for tax

The Minister also reaffirmed the Government’s long-held commitment to not change the corporation tax rate.

Michael Noonan's 13-second Instagram preview of the Budget

Watch him reading an autocue in EXTREME CLOSE-UP.

# coalition - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Italian crisis intensifies as rebels begin deserting Berlusconi

Members of his party are considering splitting from the former premier after he urged his ministers to pull out of the Government at the weekend.

# coalition - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Ireland's political 'think-ins', in pictures Tea This post contains images

Ireland's political 'think-ins', in pictures

We could probably ‘caption competition’ most of these.

Burton: Welfare cap not being considered for Budget

The Minister for Social Protection said the measure had been on the table, but was no longer being looked at ahead of next month’s Budget.

# coalition - Monday 16 September, 2013

Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive

Michael Noonan indicated there may be a Budget adjustment of less than €3.1 billion if there’s good news contained in two key sets of data, but he said the final figure had not yet been decided.

# coalition - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# coalition - Sunday 1 September, 2013

Micheál Martin criticises party politics and Budget leaks

He refused to be drawn on speculation about a possible coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

# coalition - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Poll: Would you welcome a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you welcome a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition?

The idea was raised by Bill O’Herlihy recently – what do you think?

# coalition - Thursday 29 August, 2013

CSO: Numbers in employment increased by 9,600 in three months

Stats for the second quarter of the year show a seasonally adjusted increase in employment 9,600. There was an annual increase of 1.8 per cent.

# coalition - Monday 26 August, 2013

New legislation could force landlords to hand over tenants' details

Under plans for the new Broadcasting Charge, the Department of Communications is proposing new laws that could oblige property owners to hand over renters’ names.

# coalition - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Today everyone’s talking about a shooting in Dublin and the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Labour should 'pull out of coalition' if they really want to change politics - Doherty

Pearse Doherty has said Sinn Féin would only consider any kind of coalition with Labour in future if the party pulled out of its coalition with Fine Gael.

# coalition - Saturday 10 August, 2013

Ó Cuív: Historic differences shouldn't stop Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition debate

But the Fianna Fáíl TD and grandson of the party’s founder cautioned against going into coalition with Fine Gael after the next election as one former colleague of his suggested this week.

# coalition - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Photos: Zimbabwe goes to the polls amid fears of vote-rigging

Robert Mugabe has been in power for 33 years, but has promised to step down if he loses this election.

# coalition - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Rabbitte: We won't revisit abortion issue in the lifetime of this government

The economy continues to dominate and the issue of abortion will not be revisited by this government, Pat Rabbitte has said.

# coalition - Thursday 11 July, 2013

€54m cost of JobBridge pushes 'employment supports' bill up by 10 per cent

Department of Social Protection spending represented 40.6 per cent of all Government expenditure last year, according to figures out today.

# coalition - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Were the Anglo tapes handed over to the Nyberg banking inquiry?

Opposition TDs have also asked whether the public interest directors at Anglo knew about the tapes – and if so, why they didn’t tell the government.

# coalition - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

‘We listened’: Minister reverses special needs education cuts

A working group will be established to review the provision of special education and the NCSE will publish revised details of resource hours in the coming days.

# coalition - Monday 17 June, 2013

Czech PM resigns in corruption scandal

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas is stepping down amid a scandal which saw his top aide indicted for bribery.

# coalition - Monday 3 June, 2013

‘I don’t understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government'

The communications minister says he’s concerned that Labour is taking a disproportionate share of the public’s austerity anger.

# coalition - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Howlin: Labour will quit coalition if its influence is not strong enough Exclusive

The public expenditure minister says suggestions that Labour are in political trouble are premature.

# coalition - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'

Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.

# coalition - Monday 8 April, 2013

Column: Criticism of Eamon Gilmore has been very personal and extremely unjust

Opinion polls come and go, but the public are missing the real achievements of the Labour party in government, writes Rory Geraghty.