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# John McNulty

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# not a clue
The government has no idea if people are serving on more state boards than they should be
The allocation of state board memberships has caused no end of controversy in Ireland in the past.
# Sinead Burke
Everything you need to know about the strangest election in Irish politics
A Seanad by-election is a strange creature that’s not without controversy.
# gender balance
After the reshuffle snub and McNulty-gate, what's it like to be a woman in Fine Gael?
We asked backbencher Aine Collins.
# Keep your friends close...
One of Enda Kenny's biggest critics in Fine Gael has just got a promotion
John Deasy is the new vice chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
# Frankly speaking
Frank Flannery was pretty astounded with the way Fine Gael handled McNulty-gate
The former Fine Gael strategist has had his say on McNulty-gate.
# Notes on a scandal
Here is John McNulty's handwritten note accepting his controversial state board appointment
The former Fine Gael Seanad candidate’s nomination to the board of IMMA caused a huge political crisis recently.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: How will Simon Coveney appease 'very angry' beef farmers?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# ring-gate
Fine Gael TD claims that €10k diamond ring story leaked to cause him harm
Séan Conlan has been responding to a story on the front of the Irish Independent today.
Opinion: The McNulty affair shows political reform has misplaced focus
Appointing party members to state boards is actually defensible in many ways, writes Eoin O’Malley.
# Seanad
Fine Gael's John McNulty has lost the Seanad by-election - and here's who beat him
Former TUI president Gerard Craughwell is the country’s newest senator.
# Seanad-igans
Enda avoids more McNulty embarrassment - but now has a BIG problem in the Seanad
Analysis: The Seanad will continue to cause the Taoiseach and the coalition a headache in the coming months.
# independent man
Ireland's newest senator: I won't be whipped by any party
Gerard Craughwell has been speaking to reporters this lunchtime.
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.
# that would be telling
Humphreys keeping schtum on Fine Gael official who gave her John McNulty's CV
The Arts Minister was questioned on the issue in the Seanad this evening.
# McNulty-gate
John McNulty goes back to running his shop as Enda says he didn't vote for him
The reluctant candidate could yet win the Seanad by-election on Friday.
# McNulty-gate
Minister: It would be a 'cop out' to reveal Fine Gael official
Minister of State for Skills Damien English says that it’s a party matter.
# house of cards
"I hope you won’t get into trouble...": Here are the winners and losers from the political week
The McNulty omnishambles just wouldn’t go away, Big Phil’s Big Grilling failed to materialise, and a Tory minister landed himself in hot water – over a poem.
# the mcnulty saga
Tánaiste won't say who she's voting for in the Seanad election
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach said he “won’t speculate” on the outcome of the ballot. Many TDs have already voted for the Donegal man.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: The Omnishambles that just won't go away
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Seanad
McNulty thanks supporters as it emerges he might take seat if elected
Lots of people have already voted for him there are no do-overs in Seanad by-elections…
It turns out 'an awful lot of people' have already voted for John McNulty
Even though the Fine Gael candidate has effectively withdrawn from the race.
# McNulty-gate
Enda: I can't name the Fine Gael official because they'd be pilloried
The Taoiseach is this evening facing his parliamentary party for the first time since the John McNulty controversy broke.
'This story is unravelling as it gets made up': Yep, they're still talking 'McNulty-gate' in the Dáil
Enda Kenny faced more questions today on the circumstances surrounding John McNulty’s appointment to a state board.
# Seanad
'A grubby incident': Enda Kenny faces further criticism over McNulty affair
McNulty withdrew from the Seanad by-election yesterday.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: Enda's under pressure (and that isn't even an Irish Water gag)
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# He's out
GONE: John McNulty has withdrawn from the Seanad by-election
The Fine Gael nominee for the upper house has said contesting the election would distract from the “critical work of government”.
# McNulty-gate
McNulty met with FG officials before Seanad race withdrawal - but says he wasn't pushed
The Minister for Arts also said that McNulty wasn’t a Seanad candidate when she appointed him to the board of IMMA.
# Another Fine Mess
Here's why Enda Kenny now has a BIG problem in the Seanad
Analysis: The coalition does not have a majority in the upper house and won’t now that John McNulty has withdrawn from the by-election race.
# State boards
None of Enda Kenny's cabinet colleagues asked him to explain 'McNulty-gate' today
Meanwhile, Brendan Howlin has announced changes to the way state board appointments are made today.
# State boards
Joan Burton is glad Enda Kenny apologised over 'McNulty-gate'
Meanwhile, Brendan Howlin will be bringing a memorandum to Government on this issue.
# McNulty-gate
McNulty appears as IMMA board member on Seanad ballot paper - even though he's resigned
The controversy over Fine Gael’s pick for the vacant Seanad seat is rumbling on.
Fianna Fáil wants Enda to give the Dáil a "detailed explanation" of McNulty-gate
Micheál Martin believes “very fundamental questions” still need to be answered.
# Poll
Poll: Who do you blame most for the John McNulty scandal?
The affair is going away, but who shoulders the most blame?
# Prime Numbers
Twink, McNulty, and the iPhone 6: The week in numbers
Plus: How many pigs are there in Ireland?
# McNulty-gate
Minister claims "no connection" between McNulty board appointment and Seanad nomination
The opposition claim that the controversy is growing ‘shabbier by the day’.
# McNulty-gate
8 things you need to know about Fine Gael's Seanad shambles... and why it matters
A little-known losing local election candidate is at the centre of a controversy that is causing huge problems for Fine Gael.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Everybody’s talking about Enda Kenny’s ‘McNulty-gate’ apology, Helen O’Driscoll, and new bank bailout developments.
# All his fault
'Not my finest hour': Enda Kenny says he takes all the blame for McNulty-gate
The Taoiseach has said he takes full responsibility for the controversy surrounding John McNulty’s nomination to the Seanad.