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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Kate O'Connell

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# Fine Gael
Former TD to contact gardaí after false text circulates ahead of Dublin Bay South by-election
A message claiming to be from a former Fine Gael TD tells recipients to vote for five female candidates.
# litmus test
Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South
Questions could be asked as to whether O’Callaghan is the right man for the job if the party performs poorly.
# out of the running
Former TD Kate O'Connell will not run in Dublin Bay South by-election
“It appears that preparations have been made for a long time, that it would be impossible for me to win a convention,” O’Connell said.
Former TD says there is ‘push back’ in Fine Gael against female candidates
Kate O’Connell said gender quotas are not helping more women make it in politics.
# the other election
FG’s Catherine Noone gets the nod, but Kate O’Connell loses out on Seanad nomination
The Seanad election takes place on 30 March.
# giant leap
NTA says it would like to expand free public transport for kids after 'phenomenal' summer uptake
Irish Rail, Luas, Bus Eireann and Go Ahead all saw child journey’s jump by over 100% during Kids Go Free August initiative.
# budget 2020
Fine Gael TDs fearful of the heat over carbon tax hikes - and call for increase to fuel allowance
There is expected to be a package of supports for Bord na Mona workers announced.
# Birth Defects
Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget
Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.
# immunisation
Virus which is the most common causes of gastroenteritis in children drops by 72% since vaccine rollout
Rotavirus disease is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children.
# Maternity services
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.
# Abortion bill
'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.
# High Court
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.
# Epsom Salts
Man develops liver injury after following advice of alternative medicine practitioner
There are proposals to clamp down on unqualified practitioners that prescribe harmful treatments.
# budget 2019
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.
# Homelessness
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.
# Online abuse
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”.
# Public Safety
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.
# Emergency Contraception
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.
# citizens assembly
Varadkar says he understands TDs reluctance to sit on Eighth Amendment committee
Fine Gael have yet to finalise who will sit on the committee.
# HPV vaccine
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%.
# glass half empty
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.
# Vaccination
'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.
# FG Think-In
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.
# constitutional issues
"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.
# Eighth Amendment
'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.
# tears of pride
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.
# State of the Nation
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…
# Your Say
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?
# 1916
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.
# Analysis
Richard Bruton shocker shows why Fine Gael is going about gender quotas all wrong
Analysis: Directives from Fine Gael headquarters are angering ordinary members.
# Going for it
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.
# internal affairs
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.
# buzz issue
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.
# Green shoots
Here's where Eamon Ryan is going to run in the general election
The party leader is looking to return to the Dáil.
# 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.
# Seanad
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.
# Uphill task
This man wants to stop the 'silly charade' and run for the Seanad
Gerard Craughwell believes the forthcoming Seanad by-election is “a sham”
# Vacancy
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.
# Food Fight
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.
# Coalition headache
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.