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#Dáil Éireann

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

2012 was Dáil's busiest year since foundation of State
# Busybodies
# Busybodies

2012 was Dáil's busiest year since foundation of State

Jan 2nd 2013, 1:25 PM 4,571 Views 40 Comments

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?
# CSPE 101
# CSPE 101

Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?

Jan 2nd 2013, 7:30 AM 21,509 Views 29 Comments

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
# Hacking
# Hacking

Investigation into 'attempted hacking' of Oireachtas members' voicemails

Dec 19th 2012, 8:40 PM 5,140 Views 18 Comments

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
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

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

Dec 19th 2012, 2:51 PM 7,331 Views 70 Comments

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?
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

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

Dec 18th 2012, 10:01 AM 3,191 Views 13 Comments

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

# dail-eireann - Monday 17 December, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to debate abortion report and generic drugs
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to debate abortion report and generic drugs

Dec 17th 2012, 9:58 AM 2,394 Views 11 Comments

TDs will discuss the Expert Group report on the A, B and C ruling, and legislation hoping to make pharmacies cheaper.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Sinn Féin to take legal advice after TD is stopped from voting
# Suspended
# Suspended

Sinn Féin to take legal advice after TD is stopped from voting

Dec 13th 2012, 3:19 PM 14,032 Views 103 Comments

Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who is serving a three-day suspension, was let vote once – but not a second time.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Shatter: Allegations on penalty points concern only 'small minority' of cases
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Shatter: Allegations on penalty points concern only 'small minority' of cases

Dec 11th 2012, 3:01 PM 5,629 Views 48 Comments

The justice minister says fewer than 300 alleged driving offences are being questioned, out of a total of almost 1.5 million.

Dáil to begin debating Budget's changes to social welfare system
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Dáil to begin debating Budget's changes to social welfare system

Dec 11th 2012, 12:15 PM 4,209 Views 49 Comments

The Social Welfare Bill, which gives legal effect to cuts to the respite care grant and other changes, will be debated this week.

Oireachtas agenda: Welfare cuts, HSE bailout and the Seanad's birthday
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Welfare cuts, HSE bailout and the Seanad's birthday

Dec 11th 2012, 9:19 AM 2,987 Views 12 Comments

James Reilly formally asks for a €360 million HSE bailout today, as the Dáil also debates Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 6 December, 2012

VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"
# All In The Family
# All In The Family

VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"

Dec 6th 2012, 1:48 PM 13,111 Views 67 Comments

Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.

Dáil suspended as Ming decries Ceann Comhairle comments on dress code
# Dress Code
# Dress Code

Dáil suspended as Ming decries Ceann Comhairle comments on dress code

Dec 6th 2012, 1:22 PM 25,568 Views 202 Comments

Luke Flanagan took issue with Seán Barrett’s newspaper interviews in which he asks for sharper dress in the Dáil.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Explainer: What actually happens on Budget Day?
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Explainer: What actually happens on Budget Day?

Dec 5th 2012, 9:08 AM 6,462 Views 48 Comments

There’s speeches, then resolutions, and then a handful of Bills. So how does it all work – and when does it kick in?

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Marine Rescue Coordination Centres no longer under threat
# Coast Guard
# Coast Guard

Marine Rescue Coordination Centres no longer under threat

Nov 28th 2012, 6:00 PM 3,973 Views 16 Comments

Value for money reviews into the Coast Guard lead to fears about the future of the Marine Rescue Coordination Centres at Dublin, Valentia and Malin.

Taoiseach defends ministerial tax breaks for second Dublin homes
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach defends ministerial tax breaks for second Dublin homes

Nov 28th 2012, 12:14 PM 7,915 Views 96 Comments

The Taoiseach tells Pearse Doherty that cabinet ministers only receive about a tenth of the accommodation allowances that TDs do.

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote

Nov 28th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,709 Views 8 Comments

Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion Bill, EU presidency, extra funding
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion Bill, EU presidency, extra funding

Nov 27th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,919 Views 10 Comments

Two Government departments, and two state bodies, are seeking extra funding in today’s business at Leinster House.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

In pics: March on the Dáil for disability access
# Protest
# Protest

In pics: March on the Dáil for disability access

Nov 21st 2012, 6:32 PM 4,635 Views 14 Comments

Thousands took to the streets in Dublin to demand equal rights – and no cuts in resources – for those with disabilities.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

LIVE: Dáil debates motion demanding legislation for the X Case
# Abortion
# Abortion

LIVE: Dáil debates motion demanding legislation for the X Case

Nov 20th 2012, 7:25 PM 3,517 Views 16 Comments

Sinn Féin’s motion also demands the immediate publication of the report of the Expert Group into the A, B and C ruling.

TDs won't get to vote on Sinn Féin's abortion motion. Here's why
# Savita
# Savita

TDs won't get to vote on Sinn Féin's abortion motion. Here's why

Nov 20th 2012, 11:00 AM 7,871 Views 59 Comments

Dáil procedures mean a minister can almost unilaterally replace an opposition motion with one more favourable to the government.

# dail-eireann - Friday 16 November, 2012

Bankers' pay: 1,262 staff at AIB earning six-figure packages
# Bankers' Pay
# Bankers' Pay

Bankers' pay: 1,262 staff at AIB earning six-figure packages

Nov 16th 2012, 8:52 AM 8,937 Views 93 Comments

Sinn Féin says Michael Noonan is ‘feigning outrage’ at bankers pay, but doing little to encourage staff to take pay cuts.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 15 November, 2012

24 staff at Bank of Ireland earning over €400k a year
# Bankers' Pay
# Bankers' Pay

24 staff at Bank of Ireland earning over €400k a year

Nov 15th 2012, 7:42 PM 8,158 Views 66 Comments

Michael Noonan says he “shares the outrage of the public” on bankers pay, but there are “legal constraints” in tackling it.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

'Over 2,000' attend sit-down protest for Savita at Leinster House
# Savita
# Savita

'Over 2,000' attend sit-down protest for Savita at Leinster House

Nov 14th 2012, 7:07 PM 17,333 Views 141 Comments

Demonstrators sat on the ground during a moment of silence, while speakers argued for legislation on abortion.

VIDEO: TDs debate the death of Savita Halappanavar
# Savita
# Savita

VIDEO: TDs debate the death of Savita Halappanavar

Nov 14th 2012, 6:32 PM 4,237 Views 0 Comments

Watch the full 32-minute debate between James Reilly and seven opposition TDs on the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Savita scandal: Reilly urges TDs not to prejudge results of inquiries
# Savita
# Savita

Savita scandal: Reilly urges TDs not to prejudge results of inquiries

Nov 14th 2012, 5:52 PM 6,550 Views 67 Comments

James Reilly says TDs’ comments could prejudge the findings of two investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died after being refused a termination procedure.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

AIB chief executive asks senior executives to give up pensions
# Bankers' Pay
# Bankers' Pay

AIB chief executive asks senior executives to give up pensions

Nov 6th 2012, 4:13 PM 8,737 Views 103 Comments

Enda Kenny says the AIB chief has written to former executives, asking them to recall their ‘moral responsibility’.

# dail-eireann - Monday 29 October, 2012

Public Accounts Committee member wants probe into Irish overseas aid
# Investigation
# Investigation

Public Accounts Committee member wants probe into Irish overseas aid

Oct 29th 2012, 3:05 PM 5,062 Views 28 Comments

Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has called for the powerful Dáil committee to investigate Irish overseas aid following the misappropriation of millions of euro sent to Uganda.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 25 October, 2012

VIDEO: TDs agree to give themselves next week off
# Mid-term Break
# Mid-term Break

VIDEO: TDs agree to give themselves next week off

Oct 25th 2012, 7:19 PM 7,658 Views 90 Comments

A rare moment of unanimity in the Dáil chamber…

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Government defeats FF Dáil motion to stop sick pay changes
# Sick Pay
# Sick Pay

Government defeats FF Dáil motion to stop sick pay changes

Oct 24th 2012, 9:36 PM 8,949 Views 94 Comments

The Dáil voted 70-45 in favour of a Government counter-motion noting that the Cabinet hasn’t yet approved the plans.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Taoiseach coy on content of telephone chat with Angela Merkel
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach coy on content of telephone chat with Angela Merkel

Oct 23rd 2012, 5:40 PM 5,676 Views 95 Comments

“Surely you don’t expect me to tell what questions I had for the Chancellor, or what questions the Chancellor had for me.”

# dail-eireann - Saturday 20 October, 2012

'Mammy' O'Rourke on Haughey, Lenihan, Bertie, Cowen and Enda
# Mary O'Rourke
# Mary O'Rourke

'Mammy' O'Rourke on Haughey, Lenihan, Bertie, Cowen and Enda

Oct 20th 2012, 1:45 PM 12,294 Views 44 Comments

The former Fianna Fáil minister gave a frank and entertaining interview to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last night.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Taoiseach: Banks know what government wants them to do
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach: Banks know what government wants them to do

Oct 17th 2012, 11:55 AM 4,004 Views 42 Comments

Enda Kenny said that the personal insolvency legislation coming in next year would help those in mortgage distress as yesterday’s comments from the Central Bank’s Fiona Muldoon dominated proceedings in the Dáil.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

McGrath quits as chairman of Dáil’s technical group in Wallace row
# Technical Group
# Technical Group

McGrath quits as chairman of Dáil’s technical group in Wallace row

Oct 16th 2012, 4:23 PM 6,167 Views 22 Comments

The independent TD is “completely fed up” with Mick Wallace’s actions and doesn’t want him inside the technical group.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Kenny says AIB mortgage hike necessary to avoid further taxpayer bailout
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Kenny says AIB mortgage hike necessary to avoid further taxpayer bailout

Oct 9th 2012, 4:15 PM 9,122 Views 100 Comments

Enda Kenny says AIB needs to return to profitability if it is to avoid needing further State support.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 4 October, 2012

‘No ministerial involvement’ in selecting primary care sites – Gilmore
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

‘No ministerial involvement’ in selecting primary care sites – Gilmore

Oct 4th 2012, 2:08 PM 3,757 Views 56 Comments

The Tánaiste says locating individual sites in towns put forward for primary centres was done by the HSE.

European Parliament president calls for deal on Irish debt before 2013
# Martin Schulz
# Martin Schulz

European Parliament president calls for deal on Irish debt before 2013

Oct 4th 2012, 11:56 AM 4,590 Views 55 Comments

Martin Schulz told the Dáil the public must have trust in European leaders – who therefore have to act on their promises.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres today
# Primary Care
# Primary Care

Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres today

Oct 3rd 2012, 11:10 AM 2,876 Views 71 Comments

The Ceann Comhairle has permitted a ‘private notice question’ to be tabled by Sinn Féin for discussion later this afternoon.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

FF tries little-known Dáil procedure to seek primary care explanation
# Primary Care
# Primary Care

FF tries little-known Dáil procedure to seek primary care explanation

Oct 2nd 2012, 11:34 AM 6,844 Views 93 Comments

Fianna Fáil has tabled a “special notice question”, seeking an urgent explanation from James Reilly on his selection criteria.

# dail-eireann - Monday 1 October, 2012

Oireachtas members paid €764k allowances for month without sittings
# Allowances
# Allowances

Oireachtas members paid €764k allowances for month without sittings

Oct 1st 2012, 10:14 AM 6,828 Views 70 Comments

224 of the 226 members of the Dáil and Seanad were paid allowances in August, even though both houses were in recess.

# dail-eireann - Friday 28 September, 2012

VIDEO: James Reilly explains his decision on primary care centres
# Primary Care
# Primary Care

VIDEO: James Reilly explains his decision on primary care centres

Sep 28th 2012, 8:10 AM 4,064 Views 49 Comments

The Minister for Health seeks to turn the tables – suggesting Róisín Shortall had used strange criteria to rank potential venues.