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#Irish Politics

# irish-politics - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Paul Gogarty: I'm considering joining Fianna Fáil One Year On This post contains videos

Paul Gogarty: I'm considering joining Fianna Fáil

Former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty reflects on his life since losing his seat in last year’s general election.

# irish-politics - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

Do I regret accosting Bertie Ahern? Not at all, says first-time TD One Year On This post contains videos

Do I regret accosting Bertie Ahern? Not at all, says first-time TD

Joan Collins, who verbally lashed Ahern on his final day in the Dáil, was reflecting on her first year as a TD.

# irish-politics - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Michael D to arrive in London on first official trip abroad

The president is due to visit the Olympic site in east London and meet with Irish emigrants.

Mary O’Rourke: Current Dáil TDs are ‘not very bright or intelligent’

The former Fianna Fáil TD said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ‘nothing in the top storey’ – but people like him because he smiles all the time.

# irish-politics - Monday 20 February, 2012

In pics: Michael D Higgins meets Xi Jinping at the Áras Chinese Visit This post contains images

In pics: Michael D Higgins meets Xi Jinping at the Áras

The president hosted the Chinese vice president at Áras an Uachtaráin – and here’s what happened in photos.

Gilmore: We raised human rights issues with China vice president

Eamon Gilmore said that specific cases of human rights abuses in China weren’t discussed during the visit by Xi Jinping.

# irish-politics - Thursday 16 February, 2012

Uncollected Dublin bins could be "serious health hazard"

Opposition TDs have slammed the government for the ‘looming chaos’ if 18,000 bins aren’t collected in Dublin city.

# irish-politics - Monday 13 February, 2012

Government to launch major jobs plan to tackle unemployment crisis

The Action Plan on Jobs, due to be launched later today, aims to create 100,000 new jobs in Ireland by 2016.

# irish-politics - Friday 10 February, 2012

No plans for Famine exhibition - because there aren't enough artifacts left

The Minister for Arts said most of what remains is statistical and pictorial.

# irish-politics - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Joan Burton defends government handling of public sector retirements

The Minister for Social Protection hit back after Fianna Fáil said that the situation had been “shambolic”

Turf cutters don't want compensation offered by Finance Bill - TD

Luke Ming Flanagan said that the country “is on its knees” and turf cutters aren’t looking for the tax breaks offered in yesterday’s Finance Bill.

# irish-politics - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Open the Dáil and Seanad chambers to the public, says TD

Public tours to the Oireachtas currently aren’t allowed to enter the chambers – but a Labour TD has said that this should change.

MEP: McCreevy's boom-time diary raises issues about lobbyists

New documents show that McCreevy met with many major developers and bankers – including Sean Quinn and Bernard McNamara – during the Irish property bubble.

# irish-politics - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Bill Clinton to urge US business leaders: invest in Ireland

The former US president will hold a special event in New York on Thursday aimed at urging key business people to help out Ireland’s economy. Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Richard Bruton will all attend.

# irish-politics - Monday 6 February, 2012

Government has to fill missing Garda posts - Opposition

Public sector retirements will see 61 vacancies in senior Garda ranks – and the government needs to act to fill these, the Opposition has said.

# irish-politics - Friday 3 February, 2012

Shatter calls on legal system to engage "constructively" on law reform

The Minister for Justice said that planned legal reform is based on the idea that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.

McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme

The chairman of An Bord Snip Nua attacks the “very poorly designed” system which may leave the public sector understaffed.

# irish-politics - Thursday 2 February, 2012

In full: 1 in 5 TDs claimed more than €50k in expenses last year

34 TDs in the 31st Dail claimed over €50,000 in expenses from the Oireachtas last year – here’s the full list.

Meet the only TD in Ireland who claims NO expenses

Labour TD Eamonn Maloney says he’s not “crusading” but refuses to claim expenses as a matter of principle.

Gilmore: Communion allowance cut to stop 'lavish' spending

The government spent €3.4 million on communion and confirmation allowances to people who needed help last year – but has announced plans limiting the payment to €110.

# irish-politics - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

Taoiseach: public sector retirements will not affect frontline services

The Taoiseach played down the effect of the departures on public services in the Dáil this morning saying 97 per cent of workers will remain in their jobs.

# irish-politics - Sunday 29 January, 2012

Leo Varadkar says €135k salary request didn't break the rules

The Minister for Transport said that exceptions can be made to the €92,000 pay cap on ministerial advisers.

# irish-politics - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.

# irish-politics - Sunday 22 January, 2012

James Reilly to blame for rising health insurance costs - FF

The Minister for Health should reverse a “dangerous” policy which is pricing people out of the health insurance market, a Fianna Fáil TD has said.

# irish-politics - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Ennis is not a racist town - Mayor

Mayor Michael Guilfoyle defended the Clare town after a man was jailed for 9 months for a racist attack on a taxi driver in the town.

# irish-politics - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

As it happened: Leaders' Questions in the Dáil

All the action from the Dáil chamber as Enda Kenny took questions during this afternoon’s Leaders’ Questions

# irish-politics - Friday 16 December, 2011

Major government conference aims to attract more women into politics

The conference, entitled How To Elect More Women, comes in the wake of this week’s legislation which will introduce gender quotas.

# irish-politics - Sunday 11 December, 2011

Green Party: We want to double party membership by 2016

The party, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in Irish politics today, has unveiled its plan for rebuilding the party.

# irish-politics - Friday 25 November, 2011

We must rebuild trust with voters – Green Party

In an article for, incoming Chairperson Roderic O’Gorman says that the party is ‘optimistic’ about the future – but there is a ‘difficult road ahead’.

# irish-politics - Thursday 18 August, 2011

TD says lack of childcare and cash stops women entering politics

The Labour TD for Wicklow / East Carlow says women face five particular challenges they need met, before they can consider running for election, and we can achieve balance.

# irish-politics - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

FORMER TÁNAISTE and Justice Minister Michael McDowell has refused to rule out a return to politics. McDowell was speaking at the MacGill Summer School, where he was asked a question on whether he would rejoin Fine Gael, a party he left in the mid-1980s when he became a founding member of the Progressive Democrats.

McDowell replied: “I don’t propose discussing this on a platform in Glenties with all these cameras around me.”

He is currently working at the Bar and is widely believed to be one of the country’s most successful barristers.

McDowell lost his seat in the 2007 general election, when John Gormley took the final seat in the Dublin South East constituency.

A return to politics by McDowell may stir up trouble between Enda Kenny and sitting Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, Lucinda Creighton.

Creighton launched a public attack on Kenny yesterday.

McDowell also said the government should extend the hand of friendship to Orangemen by making July 12 a national holiday.

Commentary from the MacGill school can be followed on Twitter. A webcast of speeches at the school is also online.