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#Darragh O'Brien

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

'Extended and not capped': Fianna Fáil insists help-to-buy scheme must be continued in Budget negotiation talks

Budget talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to intensify in the coming weeks.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Murphy insists funding for first-time-buyer loan scheme 'has not run out'

Concerns had been that funds for the government’s Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme have run out.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 11 November, 2018

'Serious blockages in planning' due to staff shortages at An Bord Pleanála

According to its latest report, the body’s workload has grown by 19% year on year since 2016.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

It could become a criminal offence to recklessly endanger emergency workers during a status red warning

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Darragh O’Brien is writing draft legislation.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 23 September, 2015

Another by-election on the way as Senator Jimmy Harte resigns

The Donegal senator sustained serious head injuries in an accidental fall nearly two years ago.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 23 August, 2015

Fianna Fáil's next leader, from most to least likely

Micheál Martin is safe for now but who’s in the running to replace him? Here’s our ranking of the contenders…

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Alan Kelly is under big pressure to come back from his 'holidays'

The Environment Minister is “not around” but continues to be contactable “at all times”, the department said.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

The government is having a really bad day in the Seanad

The coalition has a minority in the upper house at present.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 16 April, 2015

'Some people have a romantic, bleary-eyed view of cannabis ... They're wrong'

Here’s how Fianna Fáil thinks we can deal with the ‘scourge’ of drugs.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Only 5 homes have been fixed as part of Phil Hogan's big plan to tackle pyrite

Fianna Fáil is calling for the remediation scheme to be overhauled.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Election 2015? Fianna Fáil is selecting general election candidates next week

The Soldiers of Destiny aren’t hanging around…

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Heather Humphreys faced new claims about 'McNulty-gate' in the Seanad tonight

New claims of a meeting between the Taoiseach and John McNulty in June have been dismissed this evening.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Banking inquiry 'rocked' after lengthy row over senator's 'conflict of interest'

Angry scenes in the upper house after a claim that a senator has a conflict of interest, preventing him from serving on the banking inquiry, is later withdrawn.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Senators' attempt to get Attorney General to answer Gardagate questions fails

Fianna Fáil will attempt to bring Marie Whelan before the upper house later today – but they already failed with a similar attempt last week.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

'Akin to Hamlet without the Prince': Senator concerned over Anglo 'exclusion' from banking inquiry

Senators have been debating changes to standing orders that will allow for the establishment of a banking inquiry in the coming months.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Taoiseach says senior garda to liaise with NAMA over allegations

The Taoiseach was asked about the NAMA allegations at Leaders’ Questions this morning.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 6 October, 2013

‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanad

From the Justice Minister’s laughing fit, to Jim Walsh’s controversial comments on abortion. Say what you like about the chamber’s effectiveness; so far the current crop of senators have been anything but boring.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’ Seanad Recall This post contains videos

Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’

The Seanad is debating an emergency motion to annul legislation on organ transplantation.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Seanad votes to hold referendum on abolishing the Seanad

Today marked the final debate and vote on the Bill in the upper House.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 18 July, 2013

'Disgusting and insensitive': Fianna Fáil senators condemn... Fianna Fáil senators

Meanwhile, the Seanad has passed committee stage of the abortion bill by 33 votes to 14 meaning it moves to its final stages next week.

# darragh-obrien - 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 TheJournal.ie.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Revenue's property tax calculator 'adding to distress of homeowners'

The criticism comes as Daft.ie launch a new property tax calculator which takes the number of bathrooms and bedrooms into account, as well as whether the property has a garden.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

Senator says government should shelve property tax proposal

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien described the household charge as a “disaster” and said it is not the right time to put in place a new property tax system.

# darragh-obrien - Monday 16 July, 2012

Pyrite bill to be introduced next week

The new bill would give homeowners more time to bring a case about pyrite in their homes to court.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Kenny says 'we'll pay our dues' a year after Varadkar said 'not another cent' Memories This post contains videos

Kenny says 'we'll pay our dues' a year after Varadkar said 'not another cent'

A year ago today Leo Varadkar said that not another red cent would be paid to the banks. Today, the Taoiseach has insisted we will not seek to impose any losses on bondholders.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 3 March, 2011

Brian Cowen gives party pal a Seanad seat

Ousted TD gets seat – but just for a few weeks until Seanad election.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

Revealed: the full cost of dumping our outgoing government TDs

The first-year pensions of the 41 Fianna Fáil and Green TDs who failed to keep their seats underlines the price of change.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 17 February, 2011

FG-Labour war: Gilmore says families 'screwed' by austerity plans

The one-time prospective coalition partners continue their electoral war of words over their rival economic plans.