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#Kate O'Connell

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 11 April, 2019

HSE apologises to women callers to Joe Duffy's Liveline who shared their traumatic childbirth experiences

Over the last fortnight, many women have taken to the national airwaves to share their stories of childbirth.

# kate-oconnell - Wednesday 7 November, 2018

'I find it extraordinarily distasteful': Proposed amendment requiring post-abortion burials voted down

The committee has been considering changes to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 this week.

# kate-oconnell - Sunday 25 March, 2018

Newstalk and host Ciara Kelly sued by practitioner of alternative therapy over comments made on radio show

The lawsuit relates to comments made by Kelly on a February edition of her Lunchtime Live Newstalk show.

# kate-oconnell - Wednesday 3 January, 2018

Man develops liver injury after following advice of alternative medicine practitioner

There are proposals to clamp down on unqualified practitioners that prescribe harmful treatments.

# kate-oconnell - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

Proposals to give parents a tax credit for directly employing childminders in their own home

Many people currently pay cash to their childminder, but this new measure would ensure these minders receive the benefits of any employee.

# kate-oconnell - Monday 18 December, 2017

Former Georgian hotel in Dublin's city centre opens as hostel after years of objections

The development in Dublin 2 was held up for years due to a series of objections.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Twitter abuse: Fine Gael TDs call out senior party member who labelled women 'bitches'

Female members of the Fine Gael party have said comments made by one party member online are “unacceptable”.

# kate-oconnell - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Bill to legalise medicinal cannabis shouldn't be passed - health committee

Health committee member Kate O’Connell said that an opportunity was lost to make cannabis a medical product.

# kate-oconnell - Saturday 1 July, 2017

Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today

Up until 2011, anyone who needed emergency contraception had to attend a doctor in order to get a prescription.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 4 May, 2017

Varadkar says he understands TDs reluctance to sit on Eighth Amendment committee

Fine Gael have yet to finalise who will sit on the committee.

# kate-oconnell - Friday 28 April, 2017

Health Minister slams 'false' and 'unfounded' claims from anti-vaccine campaigners

Highlighting the particular case of the HPV vaccine, Harris said he is very concerned about the fall in the uptake rate, which is heading below 50%.

# kate-oconnell - Friday 2 December, 2016

Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spent

A member of the water committee said that people who have paid for water shouldn’t be given their money back, as that would make them feel like fools.

# kate-oconnell - Friday 11 November, 2016

'Forty young Irish girls will die of cervical cancer as a result of falling HPV vaccine rates' says Fine Gael TD

5,000 fewer girls received the vaccine this year in comparison to the previous year.

# kate-oconnell - Monday 12 September, 2016

Purpose of Fine Gael election campaign review is not to 'hang, draw or quarter'

Two reports reviewing the party’s election performance were discussed at today’s Fine Gael think-in in Kildare.

# kate-oconnell - Sunday 3 July, 2016

"It's not fair, it's not right, it's not good for politics" - John Halligan isn't happy with the party whip system

The junior minister was discussing proposed legislation to do with fatal foetal abnormalities.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 30 June, 2016

'The pain and suffering is etched in my memory': TD takes emotional stand during fatal foetal abnormalities debate

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell was speaking before the Dáil this evening.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 28 January, 2016

BAI rejects complaints Ray D'Arcy was biased in marriage referendum coverage

One listener wasn’t happy the presenter said he had cried with pride when the vote was passed.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Fine Gael can't get away from the abortion issue State Of The Nation This post contains videos

Fine Gael can't get away from the abortion issue

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

Poll: Is it time for another referendum on abortion? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is it time for another referendum on abortion?

One Fine Gael councillor is calling for a referendum on the 8th amendment – is it time?

# kate-oconnell - Monday 15 June, 2015

Not everyone's pleased about Dublin's mayor being a Sinn Féin-er in 2016

The party will hold the position of Lord Mayor of Dublin during the 1916 commemorations.

# kate-oconnell - Friday 1 May, 2015

Richard Bruton shocker shows why Fine Gael is going about gender quotas all wrong

Analysis: Directives from Fine Gael headquarters are angering ordinary members.

# kate-oconnell - Tuesday 14 April, 2015

Meet the Hillary fundraiser who reckons she has a shot at the Dáil

Linda O’Shea Farren, who failed to get elected to Dublin City Council last year, is seeking the Fine Gael nomination in Dublin Bay South.

# kate-oconnell - Monday 23 March, 2015

This Fine Gael councillor is worried that unelected officials could 'spike my election'

Kieran Binchy is seeking the Fine Gael nomination to run in the general election in Dublin Bay South.

# kate-oconnell - Monday 2 February, 2015

Councillor's opposition to homeless hostel 'not Nimby-ism, it's pure economics'

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell voted against the development a homeless hostel in Dublin’s city centre.

# kate-oconnell - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Here's where Eamon Ryan is going to run in the general election

The party leader is looking to return to the Dáil.

# kate-oconnell - Saturday 27 September, 2014

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.

# kate-oconnell - Thursday 18 September, 2014

This guy is Fine Gael's surprise pick for the vacant Seanad seat

John McNulty will take Deirdre Clune’s vacant seat in the upper house.

# kate-oconnell - Friday 8 August, 2014

This man wants to stop the 'silly charade' and run for the Seanad

Gerard Craughwell believes the forthcoming Seanad by-election is “a sham”

# kate-oconnell - Friday 11 July, 2014

The government doesn't have a majority in the Seanad, but will pass a law to fix that today

Fine Gael hopes to fill the vacant Seanad seat when TDs and Senators return from their holidays in September.

# kate-oconnell - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Market traders dismiss criticism from local businesses as 'begrudgery'

Des Vallely, the co-director of Irish Village Markets, said that restaurants should focus on the quality and price of their produce, rather than ‘giving out’ about competitors.

# kate-oconnell - Saturday 28 June, 2014

The government wants to sort out its Seanad problem before the summer holidays

Fine Gael is considering a number of newly-elected councillors and local election candidates in Dublin for the Seanad seat vacated by Deirdre Clune.

# kate-oconnell - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

This helpful video tells Fine Gael candidates how to behave on the doorstep Election 2014 This post contains videos

This helpful video tells Fine Gael candidates how to behave on the doorstep

The party’s own candidates feature as typical voters in the video that was given to local election candidates at meetings around the country recently.