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#Dáil Éireann

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Should Alan Shatter resign over points furore? 'No,' insists the Taoiseach

Enda Kenny offers a loyal defence of Alan Shatter, as opposition TDs continue to call for the justice minister’s head.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Gilmore says AIB mortgage hike is "a commercial decision"

The Tánaiste says the government’s focus is on dealing with mortgage arrears, rather than directly controlling interest rates.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts - Kenny

Enda Kenny says workers rejected the Croke Park 2 deal knowing it would have protected them against mandatory redundancies.

Ministers' row means abortion law may miss summer deadline

Enda Kenny says he would like the laws enacted before the Dáil’s summer break, but he cannot guarantee it.

# dail-eireann - Sunday 21 April, 2013

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform

The whip system – where TDs must vote with their party position or risk expulsion – is the subject of some debate in political circles but immediate reform, ahead of potentially divisive abortion debate, appears unlikely.

# dail-eireann - Friday 19 April, 2013

TDs to debate legislation giving maternity leave rights to TDs

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl will introduce a bill which would formally give female TDs some time off if they fall pregnant.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Gilmore won't say whether Government will legislate for public pay cuts

The Tánaiste calls for ‘calm, reasoned reflection’ after the Croke Park 2 pay proposals were struck down by public workers.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Government 'absolutely united' behind Howlin in bid to save €300m: Kenny

Enda Kenny says the outcome of the Croke Park 2 vote doesn’t change the Government’s need to cut public payroll costs.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Helen McEntee describes first day in Dáil as “emotional”

The 26-year-old said it was “an honour” to take up the seat left vacant by her father, Shane.

# dail-eireann - Monday 8 April, 2013

Leinster House staff given jiu-jitsu training to deter angry intruders Exclusive

19 Oireachtas ushers have been sent on a training course to prepare for any physical confrontation from the public.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Gilmore says Shatter 'not silencing anybody' over Garda walk-out

“The government is not disciplining anybody,” the Tánaiste says, saying Garda discipline is a matter for the Commissioner.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

FF accuses James Reilly of 'rigging' question time in Dáil

Billy Kelleher says FG is flooding question time with dozens of questions to try and avoid scrutiny from the opposition.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Banks 'do not have a veto' to block insolvency deals, insists Kenny

Enda Kenny denies that the personal insolvency legislation gives banks the chance to totally block any debt relief.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Kenny defends Government's stance on dealing with mortgage arrears

Micheál Martin suggests that the government is only now dealing with the problem because of the Meath East by-election.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

VIDEO: Dáil suspended for nearly 30 minutes in property tax timing row

Business was twice suspended as Richard Boyd Barrett complained about the time provided to debate property tax changes.

Column: How badly does one have to behave to be knocked out of politics?

After a string of tribunals, political scandals and economic catastrophes, reports of Fianna Fail’s death were greatly exaggerated – but why? asks Maura Adshead.

# dail-eireann - Saturday 2 March, 2013

Fine Gael TD suggests mini-budget to avoid need for property tax Property Tax This post contains a poll

Fine Gael TD suggests mini-budget to avoid need for property tax

Peter Mathews suggests bringing in a betting tax, and levies on corporate profits and high incomes, instead of taxing households.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

In full: Enda Kenny’s State apology to the Magdalene women

“I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of the State, the government and our citizens deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women for the hurt that was done to them…”

LIVE: Dáil debates the findings of the Magdalene Laundries report Dáil Éireann This post contains videos

LIVE: Dáil debates the findings of the Magdalene Laundries report

TDs this evening debate the findings of the inter-departmental report, with expectations of a formal State apology.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Government yet to decide how €1bn prom note windfall will be spent

Enda Kenny says it’s only six weeks into the year – and too early to predict the promissory note impact on Budget 2014.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 7 February, 2013

From The Daily Edge 'Is this the Gathering?': The very best #promnight tweets Prom Night This post contains images

'Is this the Gathering?': The very best #promnight tweets

Whatever happens, we’ll tweet our way out of this.

TDs vote to liquidate IBRC in dramatic late-night Dáil sitting

TDs voted by 113 votes to 35 to wind down the former Anglo, laying off its employees with immediate effect.

LIVE: Seanad debates legislation to liquidate IBRC Prom Night This post contains videos

LIVE: Seanad debates legislation to liquidate IBRC

Watch live from the Seanad Chamber as members deliberate on whether to immediately wind down the former Anglo.

Here’s how every TD voted on the Bill to liquidate IBRC

Here’s the total voting chart for how the Dáil divided on its final decision to liquidate the former Anglo Irish Bank.

As it happened: Dáil approves Bill to liquidate IBRC

Catch up with text commentary from the Dáil as TDs voted to wind up the former Anglo.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Poll: Do you support swapping the promissory note for long-term bonds? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you support swapping the promissory note for long-term bonds?

The government wants to issue long-term bonds to get rid of the IBRC promissory notes. What do you think?

President Higgins returning to Ireland to consider IBRC legislation

Michael D Higgins has interrupted a trip to Italy to make himself available if the Oireachtas passes an IBRC bill tonight.

Here’s the schedule for the Dáil’s late-night IBRC sitting

It’ll be a late one in the Dail.

Chief Whip says leaking of elements of IBRC plan is ‘unfortunate’

Paul Kehoe: “The Minister for Finance has taken action to secure the stability of IBRC in the face of these leaks.”

Dáil to sit at 10:30pm to debate emergency legislation on liquidating IBRC Promissory Note

Dáil to sit at 10:30pm to debate emergency legislation on liquidating IBRC

TDs will reconvene after 10pm tonight to discuss plans to transfer IBRC’s assets to NAMA – as part of a deal to replace the promissory notes with long-term Government bonds.

Shatter: 'Difficult not to throw up' listening to Ming on Gardaí

The justice minister did little to hide his annoyance in the Dáil today when asked about the penalty points inquiry.

# dail-eireann - Friday 1 February, 2013

Technical Group to force Dáil vote on promissory note repayment

15 TDs, led by Shane Ross, have tabled a motion calling for a public assertion that Ireland won’t make the next repayment.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Noonan still chasing 'good deal' in promissory note talks

The finance minister says saying the deal is dead is “premature”, but vows: Ireland “is not going to default.”

# dail-eireann - Thursday 17 January, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Jobs crisis, regulator spending and VEC abolition

Legislation to replace VECs with new Education Boards is just one of several matters being debated in Leinster House today.

# dail-eireann - Friday 4 January, 2013

New TDs will contribute more than double to their pensions

Current TDs contribute 6 per cent of their own salary towards their pension – but that’ll rise to 13 per cent for any new ones.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

2012 was Dáil's busiest year since foundation of State

The Dáil sat on 123 days last year – the most in its history, beating records set in the 1920s.

Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?

The forthcoming legislation on abortion will put the workings of the Oireachtas under a fresh spotlight. Here’s how the lawmaking process works.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Investigation into 'attempted hacking' of Oireachtas members' voicemails

The Houses of the Oireachtas ICT unit is investigating a possible attempt to hack the voicemail boxes of Oireachtas members and their staff in Leinster House.

Kenny 'doesn't like' Bank of Ireland rate hike - but can't stop it

Enda Kenny regrets Bank of Ireland’s decision on credit card rates, but says the issue is one for the Financial Regulator.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Will the Seanad put the brakes on the Budget?

While the Seanad votes on welfare cuts and PRSI hikes, the Dáil holds its final debates on the new property tax.