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# dara-calleary - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

'Gaffe in the Gulf': Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration

One of Enda Kenny’s own backbenchers has said the Taoiseach’s comments, linking construction of overhead pylons to emigration of young people, are “unfortunate”.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Everything you need to know about the biggest piece of legislation in the State's history

The Companies Bill 2013 is nearly 1,200 pages and proposes to overhaul the way company law operates in Ireland. But in what way? takes a look…

# dara-calleary - Friday 15 November, 2013

Fianna Fáil says government needs to intervene in Lufthansa Technik closure

Today Lufthansa said it was considering closing its firm in Rathcoole.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 14 November, 2013

FF: Bailout exit is 'absolutely' good news but we need a lifejacket for choppy waters

“We believe the country does need to have a lifejacket as we enter what could be potentially quite choppy waters over the next six or nine months,” Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson said today.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 10 October, 2013

FF wants to raise USC on incomes over €100k and increase the price of cigarettes and wine

The party has launched it’s pre-Budget submission today calling for an overall adjustment of €2.4 billion which is evenly split between tax rises and spending cuts.

# dara-calleary - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

John Perry has "full confidence" of Taoiseach but SF and FF call for explanation

The junior minister for small business has made a confidential settlement over a €2.47 million debt with Danske Bank and is not going to comment any further “at the moment”, his spokesperson says.

# dara-calleary - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Some TDs drank during abortion debate... and 'one or two were a bit wobbly'

TDs have denied there was a “mad drunken session” as the Dáil debated the abortion bill on Wednesday and Thursday but questions have arisen out of the lapgate incident and the Dáil bar being open until 5am.

# dara-calleary - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

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Government minister: There are people emigrating by choice

Junior minister for jobs, John Perry, said that some people would be “quite delighted” to go to the United States in the Dáil yesterday.

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government

The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Former junior ministers share €64,000 severance payout for 2012

Former Labour minister Willie Penrose, and Fianna Fáil duo Dara Calleary and Billy Kelleher, received severance last year.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Government defends decision to cut respite care grant

Pat Rabbitte said the government had had to choose between cutting carer’s allowance or cutting respite care.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Fianna Fáil's alternative budget: Cuts to politician pensions and no property tax

Fianna Fáil today launched its budget proposals entitled “A Fairer Way to Recovery”.

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Government defeats FF Dáil motion to stop sick pay changes

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

# dara-calleary - Friday 5 October, 2012

Dáil to debate five year jail terms for assaults on emergency workers

Fianna Fáil proposed legislation will call for a crackdown on those convicted of assaulting or threatening an emergency worker in the line of duty.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Gilmore challenges Boyd-Barrett to find alternative to property tax

The Tánaiste accuses left-wing TDs of failing to come up with their own proposals for how a property tax should be levied.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 12 July, 2012

Reilly under fire for 'unanswered questions' after Dáil statement

Fianna Fáil has challenged the health minister to place his share of the debt settlement into a separate bank account.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 21 June, 2012

'Standalone' referendum on children's rights to be held this autumn - Gilmore

The Tánaiste says the government is keen to run the Children’s Rights referendum as soon as wording can be agreed.

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Three prisoners escape from Cavan prison

All three have since been captured and returned to Loughan House.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 1 April, 2012

Shatter confirms investigation into slashing of Garda on deportation flight

The government has for the first time confirmed the details of an incident on board a repatriation flight from Madrid to Nigeria last month.

# dara-calleary - Friday 23 March, 2012

‘I feel betrayed’: Political figures respond to Mahon Tribunal findings

As the major parties digest the implications of the Mahon report, here’s what their members (and others) have been saying on the side…

# dara-calleary - Friday 16 March, 2012

Gardaí are 'not getting protection they need' - Calleary

The Fianna Fáil TD has raised a number of concerns after it emerged that a garda was attacked and slashed with a sharp object aboard a repatriation flight last week.

# dara-calleary - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Gilmore criticised for “back-slapping fest” to mark one-year anniversary

The job losses at AIB dominate Leaders’ Questions, as the Tánaiste admits bank restructuring meant job losses were needed.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Two out of five Garda stations don’t have email access

Only 421 of the country’s 703 Garda stations are “networked” – meaning 40 per cent of them don’t have email connections.

# dara-calleary - Friday 23 December, 2011

State spends over €65k this year on Garda stations that will close in 2012

Four of the 31 Garda stations that will close next year have had refurbishment works carried out on them in the past 12 months.

# dara-calleary - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Carraig Donn design store announces 150 new jobs

Mayo-based retailer Carraig Donn is set to open 12 new stores and expand its operation online.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 30 October, 2011

Fianna Fáil lashes out at 'arrogance' of government over inquiries referendum

The government has said it’s disappointed that the Oireachtas inquiries referendum has been defeated, while Fianna Fáil has said that the public response is ‘loud and clear’.

# dara-calleary - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Fianna Fáil to table Dáil motion against closure of army barracks

Dept of Defence says no government decisions have been made on the closures, which are reported to include barracks in Cavan, Mullingar, Clonmel, Kilkenny and Castlebar.

# dara-calleary - Friday 23 September, 2011

TDs and Senators to receive suicide awareness training

A cross-party group of TDs, Senators and Oireachtas staff will take part in potentially life-saving ‘safeTALK’ training today.

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 6 July, 2011

Fianna Fáil tables motion of censure in Minister for Justice

The judge of the Smithwick Tribunal told Alan Shatter a deadline would hamper his work – but Shatter never told the Dáil.

# dara-calleary - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Martin unveils second FF front bench in ten weeks

Just 71 days after appointing his new shadow cabinet, Micheál Martin changes ranks – with just three TDs retaining briefs.

# dara-calleary - Monday 31 January, 2011

Hanafin becomes FF deputy leader as new front bench unveiled Fianna Fáil This post contains images

Hanafin becomes FF deputy leader as new front bench unveiled

Micheál Martin unveils a team of 21 new spokespersons – including some unfamiliar faces from outside the Dáil.

The new Fianna Fáil front bench in full

The 21 names – including two councillors, and 14 without any cabinet experience – who form Fianna Fáil’s new front bench.

# dara-calleary - Sunday 30 January, 2011

O'Dea likely to be returned to front bench

Micheál Martin looks set to bring Limerick TD Willie O’Dea back to the front bench ahead of the general election.

# dara-calleary - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

FIANNA FÁIL TD and minister of state Dara Calleary has called on Senator Ivor Callely to be kicked out of the party. Callely was suspended for abuse of Oireachtas expenses last week. Calleary made the remarks at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal. Last week, Brian Cowen said Callely should consider his position.

# dara-calleary - Saturday 17 July, 2010

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Labour Relations Commission says the service cannot cope with the number of referrals it’s getting.

Kieran Mulvey told a conference in UCD that the service had received 47,500 referrals in the last five years, but almost 8,500 in the first six months of 2010 alone.

He attributed the rise in referrals to cutbacks caused by the recession and problems with employment legislation.

Mulvey said that workers were using provisions of acts like the Payment of Wages Act to try and protect their pay.

The comments came as Labour Affairs minister Dara Calleary said he was keen to introduce a new centralised entry point for workers looking for arbitration on employment disputes.

Calleary urged employers and trade unions alike to show flexibility when it came to employees’ wages during times of economic hardship.