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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# John Whelan

All time
# snore
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.
# whitewash
'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”.
# strike looming
'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers'
A ballot on industrial action will take place next week.
# Battle Stations
Labour is kick-starting its general election preparations tonight
Here’s how…
# rebuttal
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…
# Trouble Brewing
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.”
# Read all about it
Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'
Will your county be affected?
# Penalty Points
NCT delays are making 'an ass of the law', apparently
Have you had trouble getting an appointment?
# Irish Water
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.
# Laois
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.
# Chemicals
EPA accused by Senator of not acting on carcinogens released from Portlaoise plant
John Whelan says the EPA is ‘asleep at the wheel’.
# Flowers in his hair
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.
# In Doubt
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.
# Political wallop
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…
# I'm on a boat
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.
# What reform?
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.
# Pylon the pressure
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.
# Roads
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.
# Eirgrid
'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”.
# Preview
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.
# Labour Pains
'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.
# Garryhinch
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.
# Jobseekers Allowance
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.
# Seanad
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.
# Seanad
'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.
# Exports
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.
# Inquiry
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.
# Garda cuts
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.
# Abortion
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.
# mission to prey
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.
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”.
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.
Senator joins call for resignation of RTÉ chairman
Last week’s Oireachtas committee meeting saw “Pontius Pilate hand-wringing”, says Labour’s John Whelan.
# Justice
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.
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.
# Exports
Forecast for export growth lowered following poor Q3 results
The Irish Exporters’ Association said more exports needed to focus more on emerging markets.
# Broadcasting
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.
# Seanad Éireann
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.
# Laois/Offaly
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.