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#John Whelan

# john-whelan - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

Is this the most boring constituency in Ireland?

Just six candidates are running in three-seat Laois where many believe the result is a foregone conclusion.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 13 May, 2015

'Absolutely farcical': EPA report into Portlaoise waste facility slammed

Senator John Whelan has called today’s interim EPA report into the Enva plant in the midlands town a “complete whitewash”.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 4 March, 2015

'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers' Strike Looming This post contains videos

'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers'

A ballot on industrial action will take place next week.

# john-whelan - Monday 16 February, 2015

Labour is kick-starting its general election preparations tonight Battle Stations This post contains videos

# john-whelan - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Here are 10 reasons why Eamon Ryan is totally wrong about Alan Kelly...

… and the government’s record on the environment. Labour Senator John Whelan explains…

# john-whelan - Friday 13 February, 2015

Calls for Portlaoise Courthouse to be moved after 'mass gurrier brawl'

“Up to 60 people were involved in a wholesale chaotic brawl, fisticuffs and dangerous scenes of violence.”

# john-whelan - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'

Will your county be affected?

# john-whelan - Thursday 15 January, 2015

NCT delays are making 'an ass of the law', apparently

Have you had trouble getting an appointment?

# john-whelan - Monday 22 December, 2014

Amid claims of drunkenness, the Seanad has voted to pass the Water Services Bill Irish Water This post contains videos

Amid claims of drunkenness, the Seanad has voted to pass the Water Services Bill

Earlier, proceedings were suspended twice in less than an hour – after a row over claims that senators were coming from the Dáil bar to vote on the Bill last week.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Disused Avon factory in Portarlington destroyed by massive blaze

It was previously feared that a fire at the site would require the town to be evacuated.

# john-whelan - Friday 11 April, 2014

EPA accused by Senator of not acting on carcinogens released from Portlaoise plant

John Whelan says the EPA is ‘asleep at the wheel’.

# john-whelan - Sunday 30 March, 2014

Recognise this dashing future senator with a gathering of hippies in the 1990s?

Labour senator John Whelan has penned a book based on his experiences among the Rainbow Gatherings in 1993 and 1994 which will be launched next week.

# john-whelan - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Rabbitte set to face questions on 'shelving' of UK wind export plan

The plan would see up to 1,000 turbines constructed in Ireland but negotiations on this with the UK appear to have stalled.

# john-whelan - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Here's why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming months

A wafer-thin majority and ‘the three amigos’ could all spell trouble for the coalition…

# john-whelan - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Location, location, location: Houseboat moorings costs between €1,250 to €3,500

Yearly mooring charges are set to change as living on a houseboat becomes popular, but some midlands politicians aren’t happy.

# john-whelan - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'

Earlier, the Taoiseach promised that senators will get more work once legislation to give all third-level graduates a vote in Seanad elections is passed. The upper house is sitting for just a day-and-a-half this week.

# john-whelan - Friday 31 January, 2014

Labour senator slams Rabbitte's 'arrogant disdain and contempt' over pylon review

John Whelan’s comments come ahead of Pat Rabbitte’s meeting with the chair of the independent commission examining the controversial pylons project.

# john-whelan - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Politicians' drink-driving privilege should 'be withdrawn'

A Labour senator says that the laws are outdated and politicians must “lead from the front” on road safety.

# john-whelan - 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”.

# john-whelan - Friday 29 November, 2013

Conference a key test of whether things really are improving for Labour

Labour members and delegates gather in Killarney for the start of their conference tonight with some signs of improvement in the party’s fortunes.

# john-whelan - Friday 15 November, 2013

'A gross error of judgement': Labour senator has "no confidence" in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointment

John Whelan’s criticism of Pat Rabbitte follows the appointment of John O’Connor as chairman of Eirgrid.

# john-whelan - 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.

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure

Young people are being urged to lobby three Labour senators to vote against a provision of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill in the Seanad next week but they will all support the measure.

# john-whelan - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Confusion and not obstruction was reason for government’s defeat in the Seanad

Why did the government lose a vote in the Seanad last night? Here’s what we’ve found out today.

'The question is carried, isn't it?': The moment the government was defeated in the Seanad

It wasn’t the first time the government has lost a vote in the upper house but it came with the referendum just two days away.

# john-whelan - Thursday 8 August, 2013

Exports to fall by €2.8 billion this year

The expiration of pharmaceutical patents have impacted sales in that sector, hurting Ireland’s national exports.

# john-whelan - Thursday 7 March, 2013

Labour senators seek new inquiry into priest's murder in 1985

Fr Niall Molloy died in July 1985, but a trial jury was direct to acquit the accused before an inquest revealed a violent death.

# john-whelan - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Labour senator stands over claim that Shatter made joke about garda cuts

Alan Shatter strongly denies that he made a joke in relation to garda station closures as has been alleged by the Labour Senator John Whelan.

# john-whelan - Thursday 15 November, 2012

Labour councillor demands internal investigation into Senator's Savita case comments Abortion This post contains videos

Labour councillor demands internal investigation into Senator's Savita case comments

Clontarf councillor Jane Horgan-Jones has called for an internal investigation into comments made by John Whelan.

# john-whelan - Monday 4 June, 2012

Senator wants RTÉ chair before Oireachtas Committee for a third time

John Whelan is to formally request that Tom Savage appear before the Oireachtas Communications Committee over the role of the Communications Clinic in the Mission to Prey programme.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Mullen tells RTÉ critics to 'stop calling for heads' in Reynolds dispute

The independent NUI senator says calling on Tom Savage and Noel Curran to step down shows a “PR approach to politics”.

# john-whelan - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

RTÉ chair and DG back before Oireachtas committee over Fr Reynolds case RTÉ This post contains videos

RTÉ chair and DG back before Oireachtas committee over Fr Reynolds case

Tom Savage and Noel Curran face more questions from TDs and senators over the Fr Reynolds defamation case.

# john-whelan - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Senator joins call for resignation of RTÉ chairman

Last week’s Oireachtas committee meeting saw “Pontius Pilate hand-wringing”, says Labour’s John Whelan.

# john-whelan - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Families of homicide victims call for end of concurrent sentencing

“There is terrible inequality in the Irish justice system, where the rights of victims of homicide and their families constantly fall by the wayside,” say AdVIC.

# john-whelan - Thursday 23 February, 2012

RTÉ Board to be told today that 'it can't run a deficit'

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte assures senators after questions on whether taxpayer is “getting bang for our buck” with licence fee.

# john-whelan - Friday 4 November, 2011

Forecast for export growth lowered following poor Q3 results

The Irish Exporters’ Association said more exports needed to focus more on emerging markets.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Senator lashes lack of media solidarity for Sam Smyth

Labour senator John Whelan criticises members of the media for not offering public support to Today FM’s Sam Smyth.

# john-whelan - Monday 30 May, 2011

Seanad could sit more often than Dáil under new Leader's plans

Maurice Cummins wants to ensure that the Seanad sits on Fridays where possible – a practice not yet followed by the Dáil.

# john-whelan - Wednesday 2 February, 2011

Cowen name to appear again on the ballot sheets in Laois/Offaly

Barry Cowen will run in his brother’s old constituency, which has already been the scene of several public battles over selection procedures.