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#Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'

May 12th 2022, 1:37 PM 23,914 Views 44 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

Salads and cycling aren't weird: Taoiseach comes to Eamon Ryan's defence amid Dáil criticism

Salads and cycling aren't weird: Taoiseach comes to Eamon Ryan's defence amid Dáil criticism

Apr 26th 2022, 5:58 PM 49,824 Views 48 Comments

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Martin was drinking too much green tea and that it had gone to his head.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 31 March, 2022

Govt to consider time-of-day-pricing for electricity in bid to tackle cost of living
# Energy Prices
# Energy Prices

Govt to consider time-of-day-pricing for electricity in bid to tackle cost of living

Updated Mar 31st 2022, 3:52 PM 29,848 Views 38 Comments
  • Time-of-day pricing is where the price of electricity is less expensive at night than during the daytime as there is less demand.
  • A package of measures to help with the rising cost of energy will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Minister Eamon Ryan says we cannot rule out LNG as an option.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May

Updated Mar 29th 2022, 6:40 PM 12,651 Views 20 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Criticism over soaring home heating oil costs as Martin says hands are tied due to EU VAT rules
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Criticism over soaring home heating oil costs as Martin says hands are tied due to EU VAT rules

Mar 9th 2022, 2:35 PM 35,198 Views 66 Comments

Micheál Martin says they are working with the EU to see if there can be greater flexibility.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 8 March, 2022

Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality
# Neutrality
# Neutrality

Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality

Mar 8th 2022, 4:58 PM 23,278 Views 40 Comments

TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he was concerned about recent calls for greater cooperation with NATO.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 24 February, 2022

Gas prices and the cost of food likely to rise, Tánaiste says
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Gas prices and the cost of food likely to rise, Tánaiste says

Feb 24th 2022, 1:21 PM 37,488 Views 49 Comments

“The lights won’t go out,” Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 23 February, 2022

'Pathetic': Dáil takes a turn for the ugly as housing 'debate' gets dredged into history
# Across The Floor
# Across The Floor

'Pathetic': Dáil takes a turn for the ugly as housing 'debate' gets dredged into history

Feb 23rd 2022, 1:22 PM 41,995 Views 132 Comments

Both Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil brought up events of the past.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 17 February, 2022

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
# Nphet
# Nphet

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings

Updated Feb 17th 2022, 4:20 PM 86,447 Views 104 Comments

Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 3 February, 2022

'Suite of measures' to address the rising cost of living expected 'in the next couple of weeks'
# Inflation
# Inflation

'Suite of measures' to address the rising cost of living expected 'in the next couple of weeks'

Updated Feb 3rd 2022, 5:00 PM 40,490 Views 97 Comments

The Cabinet sub committee on economic recovery will meet next week to discuss the rising cost of living in Ireland.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach

Feb 2nd 2022, 3:30 PM 7,841 Views 8 Comments

Micheál Martin said record sums of money have been given to the HSE and to CHI.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

'Don't you dare lecture me': Sparks fly in the Dáil on housing
# Argy Bargy
# Argy Bargy

'Don't you dare lecture me': Sparks fly in the Dáil on housing

Jan 26th 2022, 2:12 PM 59,771 Views 96 Comments

Leader’ Questions got heated today with the Taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald hitting out at each other over housing issues.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

Tanaiste urges employers to give staff a pay hike to help with rise in the cost of living
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Tanaiste urges employers to give staff a pay hike to help with rise in the cost of living

Jan 25th 2022, 3:55 PM 26,332 Views 40 Comments

‘I honestly don’t think you’re living in the real world,’ Labour leader Alan Kelly told the Taoiseach today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women
# Gender-based Violence
# Gender-based Violence

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women

Updated Jan 19th 2022, 5:17 PM 15,751 Views 0 Comments

Tributes were also paid to Ashling Murphy, who was laid to rest in Offaly yesterday

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
# Freezing Classrooms
# Freezing Classrooms

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters

Dec 7th 2021, 4:20 PM 13,553 Views 14 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 17 November, 2021

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin

Nov 17th 2021, 2:40 PM 66,174 Views 118 Comments

Micheal Martin has denied that he said teachers would be exempt from Covid-19 isolation rules.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 11 November, 2021

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal
# Donegal
# Donegal

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal

Nov 11th 2021, 4:56 PM 6,251 Views 0 Comments

The report’s publication has been delayed following a dispute between the HSE, gardaí and the report’s authors.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 9 November, 2021

Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland
# Housing
# Housing

Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland

Nov 9th 2021, 5:08 PM 33,680 Views 47 Comments

It was reported at the weekend that two ministers may attend housing ‘roadshows’.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 21 October, 2021

Government to cover legal bill for families of R116 victims
# R116
# R116

Government to cover legal bill for families of R116 victims

Updated Oct 21st 2021, 7:33 PM 31,209 Views 19 Comments

Eamon Ryan has told families of the victims of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 crash that the Government will cover their legal costs.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme

Oct 20th 2021, 1:24 PM 17,965 Views 101 Comments

The children said all they want is to feel safe in their homes.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready
# Scandalous
# Scandalous

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready

Sep 29th 2021, 2:15 PM 43,022 Views 90 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader said it was “scandalous” that such a low number will be delivered in 2021.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Sep 16th 2021, 5:30 PM 14,765 Views 13 Comments

Varadkar said the Department of Housing has also received requests from local authorities in Sligo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to engage in the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Sep 15th 2021, 4:24 PM 15,523 Views 29 Comments

The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 8 July, 2021

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'
# Housing
# Housing

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'

Jul 8th 2021, 1:38 PM 24,399 Views 78 Comments

Catherine Murphy said leasing properties from funds was “an abuse of public money”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

'Not practical, unenforceable and discriminatory': Government’s latest Covid plans branded unacceptable
# 'absolutely Bananas'
# 'absolutely Bananas'

'Not practical, unenforceable and discriminatory': Government’s latest Covid plans branded unacceptable

Jun 29th 2021, 4:45 PM 29,605 Views 77 Comments

Opposition TDs have called on the government to rescind its decision, describing it as “absolutely bananas”.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 17 June, 2021

National Maternity Hospital: Government has 'problems' with project on land transferred from Sisters of Charity
# Maternity Care
# Maternity Care

National Maternity Hospital: Government has 'problems' with project on land transferred from Sisters of Charity

Jun 17th 2021, 1:54 PM 12,779 Views 18 Comments

The Tánaiste has said there are “problems, quite frankly, in going forward with this project”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Most AZ second doses will be administered within next five weeks, Reid confirms
# Vaccination
# Vaccination

Most AZ second doses will be administered within next five weeks, Reid confirms

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 10:54 PM 42,166 Views 68 Comments

The HSE chief said it is planned that the second doses of AstraZeneca will be completed by 19 July.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July
# Rent Protections
# Rent Protections

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July

Jun 2nd 2021, 1:06 PM 9,412 Views 23 Comments

Opposition says government must ensure that all renters – not just those that fall under the Covid-19 protections – are not hit with an 8% rent hike.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone
# Taxi Drivers
# Taxi Drivers

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone

Apr 29th 2021, 4:52 PM 19,113 Views 9 Comments

Richard Boyd Barrett told the Tánaiste the drivers were “threatened with fines”.

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 1:55 PM 47,713 Views 76 Comments

Róisín Shortall said the transfer of patronage was ‘a snail-paced programme’.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Taoiseach says largest delivery of Pfizer vaccines to Ireland - 191,800 doses - arrived today
# Covid19
# Covid19

Taoiseach says largest delivery of Pfizer vaccines to Ireland - 191,800 doses - arrived today

Apr 28th 2021, 1:32 PM 30,795 Views 58 Comments

Martin said the HSE’s modelling is still based on delivering 450,000 doses per week by the middle of June.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
# Out Of Work
# Out Of Work

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life

Apr 22nd 2021, 3:09 PM 77,426 Views 80 Comments

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Taoiseach tells TDs barbers and hairdressers will be 'prioritised' in May easing - but no firm decisions made
# Chop Chop
# Chop Chop

Taoiseach tells TDs barbers and hairdressers will be 'prioritised' in May easing - but no firm decisions made

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 9:30 PM 74,458 Views 115 Comments

The Cabinet is due to meet next Tuesday and Thursday before signing off on plans for the easing of restrictions in May.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste

Apr 1st 2021, 2:35 PM 46,581 Views 127 Comments

A delivery of 112,000 vaccines were delivered last night, said Varadkar.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up

Mar 3rd 2021, 3:20 PM 39,572 Views 95 Comments

Government says it’s on target to give first dose to 72,000 over-85s by the end of the first week of March.

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
# Illegal Adoption
# Illegal Adoption

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week

Mar 3rd 2021, 2:09 PM 7,530 Views 6 Comments

The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 18 February, 2021

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,063 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 11 February, 2021

'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

Feb 11th 2021, 1:35 PM 80,523 Views 89 Comments

Tensions were running high during Leaders’ Questions.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,401 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Sinn Féin criticises new weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds
# Pension Age Rise
# Pension Age Rise

Sinn Féin criticises new weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds

Feb 10th 2021, 2:42 PM 30,980 Views 61 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald said the plan would cost individuals more than 2,000 euro a year.

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