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# coalition - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Column: The Fine Gael revolt against abortion 'liberalisation' is misguided. Here's why.

The expert group on abortion isn’t looking to loosen the rules about abortion – merely to give effect to what the constitution already says, writes Fiona de Londras.

# coalition - Monday 16 July, 2012

Is Berlusconi planning a comeback?

The former Italian Premier has suggested he will attempt a return to power, and said he is often asked to step back into the political ring.

# coalition - Tuesday 3 July, 2012

Taoiseach refuses to speculate on Burton idea to raise PRSI

“I have absolutely no intention of getting dragged into your little game here,” he told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who raised the issue.

# coalition - Sunday 1 July, 2012

David Cameron hints Britain may hold a referendum on EU membership

The British Prime Minister said that the last Labour government should have held a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Eamon Gilmore: "The time has come on gay marriage"

“The right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation, and in my opinion, its time has come”

# coalition - Saturday 30 June, 2012

Column: We need a whole new type of Budget for Ireland. Here's how to do it.

It is ridiculous to plan an incredibly complex €50 billion budget in less than six months – but there is an alternative, writes Aaron McKenna.

# coalition - Saturday 23 June, 2012

New Greek PM undergoes eye surgery

The surgery came a day after his new finance minister was also taken ill.

# coalition - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

New Democracy leader to be sworn in as Greek PM

Greek politicians have reportedly reached an agreement on forming a coalition government.

# coalition - Monday 11 June, 2012

NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes

A spokesperson for the military alliance says that airstrikes will not be used on civilian dwellings unless it’s a matter of ‘self-defence for troops on the ground’.

# coalition - Monday 4 June, 2012

Gilmore acknowledges Labour’s poll difficulties but says crisis must be resolved

Gilmore said that his party was focussed on solving the country’s economic crisis but acknowledged difficulties with its identity in the coalition with Fine Gael.

# coalition - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Withdrawal from Afghanistan key issue at NATO summit

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen says goal and strategy “remain unchanged” despite French plans to pull troops out early.

# coalition - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

EU chief: suggestion of Greek exit is 'nonsense' and 'propaganda'

Meanwhile, more coalition talks.

# coalition - Sunday 13 May, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Sunday

Your round-up of the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# coalition - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Election cancelled: Israeli PM calls off vote after coalition agreement

Benjamin Netanyahu will bring the main opposition party into a coalition government that will have a huge majority. It’s a move that will moderate his government’s hawkish tendencies.

# coalition - Monday 30 April, 2012

"This issue simply doesn't arise" - Gerry Adams rules out coalition with FF

The Sinn Féin leader made the comments after Micheál Martin said he was against any possible coalition with the party.

# coalition - Friday 13 April, 2012

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Gilmore tells conference: We face great challenges - but Labour is up for the challenge

The Tánaiste said that the Labour movement had been written out of history “by those who prefer to take a simple Celtic-Rangers view of Irish history”.

Gilmore: Government will honour Croke Park deal

The Labour leader insisted the agreement on public service pay and pensions was delivering the necessary reforms.

Column: We must only stay in coalition if we can uphold Labour values

As the Labour Party meets for its annual conference, MEP Nessa Childers argues that the party must maintain its core beliefs – or bring down the Government.

# coalition - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Government policy is 'not an austerity strategy', says Howlin

The Minister for Public Expenditure also said economists’ calls to pour resources into a stimulus strategy reminded him of “Fianna Fáil circa 1977″.

# coalition - Monday 9 April, 2012

Labour needs to assert itself in Coalition, warns MEP

Nessa Childers warned against “arrogance” in a larger coalition party, and said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were both parties of big business.

The 9 at 9: Easter Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# coalition - Sunday 18 March, 2012

Govt may change data protection law to collect household charge - Hogan

The Minister for the Environment said that people who don’t pay “won’t get away with it”.

# coalition - Saturday 17 March, 2012

Investigation into banking crash needs to hurry up - Howlin

Brendan Howlin also said there is a chance the referendum on public inquiries could be rerun to allow an inquiry into the banking crisis to take place.

# coalition - Friday 9 March, 2012

In the polls: How have political parties fared since GE11?

Check out how national opinion polls have tracked the main parties and Independents since the 31 Dáil took office.

FG photocall cancelled 'because too few TDs would attend'

Fine Gael’s photo op to mark one year in power wasn’t cancelled because of a mix-up – but because nobody wanted to go.’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform

Alan Shatter has been one of the most pro-active ministers in the current government – but one year on, what has been achieved in the area of justice and law reform?’s progress report for the Government: Political reform

The government has promised major political reform – but has it fulfilled its promises, one year in?

The's progress report for the Government: Education

The government promised to deliver a lot of changes in education – but one year in, has it delivered?’s progress report for the Government: Health

One year in, has the government fulfilled its promises on fixing the health system?’s progress report for the Government: Housing

Distressed mortgages, social housing, ghost estates, homelessness – how has the government done in the area of housing in its first year?’s progress report for the Government: Jobs

The unemployment crisis has been one of the biggest issues facing the government. One year in, what has it achieved on the jobs front?’s progress report for the Government: Children

One year ago, the government created a separate Department of Children for the first time – but has it lived up to its promises?

# coalition - Thursday 8 March, 2012

FG cancels 'year in power' photocall after Rabbitte criticises 'silly' event

The ‘year in office’ photocall planned for Merrion Square is called off after Pat Rabbitte labels the event “a bit silly”.

# coalition - Wednesday 7 March, 2012

Taoiseach: Government has a lot done, more to do

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore gave a progress report for the government this afternoon, and singled out distressed mortgages as the one area which has not seen enough progress.

# coalition - Thursday 1 March, 2012

World's biggest advertising company to move HQ from Dublin to London

WPP, which announced record profits of €1.2 billion today, confirmed that it plans to leave Dublin as soon as new tax rules are passed in Westminster.

# coalition - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements

Eamon Gilmore tells the Dáil that the Holy See embassy closure could be revisited if the Vatican relaxes rules on dual embassies.

# coalition - Monday 20 February, 2012

Tánaiste: We're not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision

The Tánaiste reiterated that the government will review the decision when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve.

# coalition - Thursday 16 February, 2012

Uncollected Dublin bins could be "serious health hazard"

Opposition TDs have slammed the government for the ‘looming chaos’ if 18,000 bins aren’t collected in Dublin city.

# coalition - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Opposition criticise Taoiseach for spending €30,000 on photography

However the Taoiseach has said that the costs have decreased dramatically in recent years.

# coalition - Monday 13 February, 2012

Former diplomat says Ireland shouldn’t have closed Vatican embassy

Seán Donlon – a former chief civil servant and ambassador – says Ireland has lost the chance to influence Church policy.