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# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

'No big surprise if the Dáil doesn't return next week': Campaigning well under way as FG target FF housing policy

Fine Gael general election candidates have been given a document targeting Fianna Fáil’s housing policy.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

From The42 Uefa bailout FAI's only remaining hope, says Chair of Oireachtas Sport Committee Crisis

Uefa bailout FAI's only remaining hope, says Chair of Oireachtas Sport Committee

The football body are in a mess, and they can’t rely on the State to bail them out.

# fergus-odowd - Monday 30 September, 2019

From The42 'This smacks of the old FAI' - Former chief executive calls for transparency in Delaney deal Full Disclosure

'This smacks of the old FAI' - Former chief executive calls for transparency in Delaney deal

Fran Rooney says questions need to be answered in relation to John Delaney’s departure over the weekend.

Details of payout to John Delaney must be disclosed by FAI, says Oireachtas Sports Committee chairman

Delaney’s resignation was announced by the FAI at 11.15pm on Saturday night.

# fergus-odowd - Monday 29 July, 2019

Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd says Maria Bailey should not stand for the party in the next election

The Louth TD said people were concerned about Bailey’s abandoned case against the Dean Hotel.

# fergus-odowd - Tuesday 16 April, 2019

From The42 Chair of Oireachtas Committee calls for entire FAI board to resign Fall-out

Chair of Oireachtas Committee calls for entire FAI board to resign

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd believes a ‘full forensic audit’ of the association’s finances is necessary.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 7 November, 2018

Pensioner being restricted from visiting his wife in her care home is 'shameful', says FG TD

The HSE is yet to contact the family featured in the programme, says Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Pat Hickey's lawyers asked Oireachtas committee to not discuss Rio Olympics

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has said Irish athletes were treated ‘shambolically’ in terms of ticket allocation.

# fergus-odowd - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Poll: Would a double property tax for vacant houses help ease the housing crisis? Double Down This post contains a poll

Poll: Would a double property tax for vacant houses help ease the housing crisis?

A report in today’s Sunday Business Post suggests that a Fine Gael motion on such a tax is unlikely to be challenged by Fianna Fáil.

# fergus-odowd - Monday 28 September, 2015

A Fine Gael TD is being challenged by his own brother

Michael O’Dowd is running for Renua against his brother, former minister Fergus O’Dowd.

# fergus-odowd - Friday 10 July, 2015

Did Fine Gael shaft women in Louth last night?

The party insisted today it was “strongly committed” to increasing the number of female TDs in the next Dáil.

# fergus-odowd - Friday 26 June, 2015

This Fine Gael TD WILL contest the next election after all

His change of heart is thought to have come on foot of conversations with senior party figures including the Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier this week.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

Why is this Fine Gael TD NOT running for re-election?

Peter Fitzpatrick has told party members in Louth he will not be seeking their nomination.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 4 June, 2015

Fine Gael hopeful told to 'get the queers to vote for you'

Councillor Sharon Tolan received the anonymous message yesterday morning.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 15 April, 2015

The people behind the new 'east coast' tourism drive left Louth off their map

The people behind the new 'east coast' tourism drive left Louth off their map

A Louth TD was unhappy at the county being left off the map for ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Former minister who set up Irish Water says 'forces' at work to privatise company

Fergus O’Dowd is calling for a referendum to be held next year.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 23 October, 2014

The sacked minister who helped set up Irish Water thinks John Tierney should go

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach said he wants to ensure that water charges are ‘affordable’.

# fergus-odowd - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Here's what Irish Water say they'll do with your PPS number

Want to keep your 30,000 litre allowance? Irish Water will need to keep your PPS number indefinitely.

Irish Water: 'It's simply not a bonus culture'

Performance-related awards are not bonuses, an Irish Water spokesperson has said.

Fergus O'Dowd just got Paxman-ed on Morning Ireland

The former junior minister launched a fierce attack on the Government in a newspaper this morning, saying Irish Water had become an “unmitigated disaster”.

State of the Nation: Sacked minister's blistering parting shot over "failed" Irish Water

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

'Left high and dry': TDs call for Deaf advocacy service to be re-opened

Some 5,000 people have been affected by the closure of the Irish Deaf Society’s National Advocacy Service.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 12 June, 2014

People warned that tall trees may cause 'distress' to neighbours

Terence Flanagan said that planning laws needed to be updated to include tree height.

# fergus-odowd - Monday 21 April, 2014

Ballot papers in May's elections will be 'unfair and misleading'

Legislation means Independent TDs must list themselves as ‘non-party’ or else leave a blank space.

# fergus-odowd - Friday 28 March, 2014

Minister nominated for 'brass neck of the year' as TDs row about Seanad reform

Fianna Fáil’s proposal to overhaul the upper house will be opposed by the government.

# fergus-odowd - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Minister: Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstated

Fergus O’Dowd said he stood over his comments that “the whistleblowers did a fantastic job”.

# fergus-odowd - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Mandatory treatment for sex offenders "not a realistic option"

Minister O’Dowd confirmed this evening that participation in these programmes must be voluntary.

# fergus-odowd - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

"This government is shrouding itself in secrecy," - Fianna Fáil hit out at Irish Water controversy

The Oireachtas heard a lot more about Irish Water today, with the Dáil and Public Accounts Committee both sitting into the evening.

# fergus-odowd - Sunday 12 January, 2014

"You can't create Irish Water out of thin air" - O'Dowd

Fergus O’Dowd said that the €50 million spend at Irish Water will be scrutinised, but was forced to defend the agency’s exemption from Freedom of Information requests.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 19 December, 2013

Watch: Ming Flanagan challenges Minister to drink glass of 'glorified piss' (water)

The independent TD could be in trouble with Dáil authorities after an outburst in the chamber this morning.

# fergus-odowd - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms

Changes to the question time have been criticised but the government chief whip has defended the new format following near-farcical scenes in the chamber on Thursday.

# fergus-odowd - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

Government criticised for poor turnout at ‘burn the bondholders’ debate

Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd was the highest profile Government representative present as they were asked to request a debt writedown by Independent TDs

# fergus-odowd - Saturday 2 November, 2013

New restrictions prompt calls for water project in Laois to be fast-tracked

The Garryhinch Water Project has been long mooted as an alternative and sustainable water supply for the Greater Dublin area.

# fergus-odowd - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland

The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.

# fergus-odowd - Sunday 27 October, 2013

"James Reilly is a reforming minister" says ministerial colleague

Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd defends James Reilly’s handling of Health – and despite reports of €1 billion of total cuts, says some areas are improving.

# fergus-odowd - Sunday 15 September, 2013

Just four commercial gas discoveries since the 70s but minister remains positive

Junior miniser Fergus O’Dowd has said that the state should provide an environment that encourages companies to take the risks involved in exploration.

# fergus-odowd - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

€20 million seismic survey hopes to reveal Ireland's true oil and gas wealth

Offshore explorers have welcomed the new push to figure out exactly what may lie under Ireland’s western waters,

24 new IT jobs created in Dundalk firm

The US multi-national works with clients in Ireland like the Road Safety Authority and the Irish Medical Council.

# fergus-odowd - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions

The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.

# fergus-odowd - Saturday 26 January, 2013

'An outrageous act of cold blooded violence' - Taoiseach condemns garda killing

The President and opposition politicians have joined the Taoiseach in expressing their shock and sadness at the killing of Adrian Donohoe last night.

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