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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Michael McCarthy

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# calls to step aside
Joan Burton will decide her fate as Labour leader after a government is formed
Meanwhile, Alan Kelly apologised for comments he made about power being a drug that suited him.
# High Table Election Debates
Ryan vs. McCarthy: These two lads had a mighty row about the trauma of government
In our third election debate, Labour and the Greens do battle on the environment and being in government.
How an electoral commission can stop another e-voting fiasco
A new electoral commission can streamline the way we run elections and referenda in this country, writes the Labour TD Michael McCarthy.
# Absent
13 Labour TDs missed the Dáil vote on abortion last night
A large number of Labour deputies missed the vote on a bill to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment.
# Shinner dinner
Here's what we know about Sinn Féin's $500-a-plate New York dinner
# Budget
Did Gerry Adams want JobBridge expanded, not scrapped, just a few months ago?
Michael McCarthy has accused Adams of backtracking on the issue. Sinn Féin’s response? He’s “clutching at straws”.
# ice bucket challenge
Mattie McGrath used a digger to do the ice bucket challenge... and nominated James Reilly
The Tipperary South deputy is the latest TD to get involved in the wildly popular initiative.
# Second-in-command
Alan Kelly is Labour's new deputy leader and expects to become a Cabinet minister
The junior transport minister has been elected as Joan Burton’s deputy.
# Labour's choice
Joan Burton to be next Labour leader as counting continues, Kelly to be deputy leader
The party’s current deputy leader is expected to see off the challenge of Alex White.
# About last night
Burton vs. White: 9 things we learned from the fifth and final Labour hustings
There’s anger among the ‘survivors of the bloodbath’, the threat of Sinn Féin needs to be taken seriously, and Joan Burton has twice as many things to be proud of as Alex White…
# Labour's choice
13 things we learned from the first Labour leadership husting
The first of five hustings took place in north Dublin last night as the Labour Party decides on its new leader and deputy leader.
# Labour's choice
One TD wants to be Labour's deputy leader, but not a minister. What about the others?
Ciara Conway says she does not want to be compromised by the “vested interest” of a ministerial position. But do her rivals share that view?
# Battle On
Any more hats for the ring? Labour leadership nominations close at midday
There had been speculation that Kerry North TD Arthur Spring was to announce his candidacy but he has reportedly backed Joan Burton.
# contest
'I'm the right person at the right time': Alex White joins Joan Burton in contest for Labour leadership
The Minister of State at the Department of Health has promised to “bridge the disconnect” between his party and voters.
# Hats in the ring
Three TDs want to be Labour's second-in-command, one thinks Joan Burton would be a 'fantastic' leader
Junior Ministers Alan Kelly and Seán Sherlock as well as Cork TD Michael McCarthy are all in the running for the deputy leadership.
# spring dynasty
Arthur Spring "considering" bid for Labour top job, Kelly making statement today
Brendan Howlin ruled himself out last night, while the party’s still awaiting an announcement from junior minister Alex White.
# Labour Pains
'It's not popular to be in Labour': Party not surprised by Dermot Looney's departure
That’s now 27 councillors who have left the party since it went into government with all of them citing coalition policies as one of their reasons for quitting.
Proposed Bill provides for first national strategy on autism
The Dáil will debate the proposed legislation today.
# Abortion
Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?
A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.
# Heritage
Fate of Moore Street 1916 buildings up for debate
Oireachtas committee to hear from representatives campaigning for the preservation – but owners of site who want to redevelop it won’t attend.
# TD Expenses
Taoiseach, Noonan, Howlin among ministers claiming unvouched TDs' expenses
While the country struggles under immense financial pressure, eight cabinet ministers take expenses that can’t be audited.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
In tonight’s fix: Calls to negotiate a second bailout, Gardaí investigate woman’s death in nursing home, and which celebrity chef has been a very naughty boy?
# Money Money Money
'Worrying' level of overspending at Irish universities, says TD
A Cork TD has expressed disbelief at UCC’s €138,000 taxi bill.
# Wage row
Bruton continues to come under fire from Labour over wage agreements
Labour TDs have continued to criticise proposed reforms to wage agreements by the Minister for Enterprise, reportedly with the support of the Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
# Leprechaun Politics
Sinn Féin accused of 'leprechaun politics' over oil and gas profits policy
Sinn Féin described the comments as “nonsense” and called for a more constructive dialogue on the issue.