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# minister - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Third-level grants could be open to asylum seekers next year

Minister Jan O’Sullivan intends on ensuring that people in Direct Provision are able to avail of grants like their classmates are.

# minister - Friday 29 August, 2014

Gaeltacht Minister shows Irish classes are paying off with 'as gaeilge' radio performance

Minister of State Joe McHugh showed that his intensive summer language courses had paid off in an interview on Raidio na Gaeltachta.

# minister - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

The government is going to review the way Ireland treats asylum seekers

It is hoped the review by a working group will take place early next year.

# minister - Friday 1 August, 2014

Star Wars filming did not harm Skellig's bird population, Minister insists

Specialist staff from the wildlife service and the monuments service were on hand this week, as JJ Abrams filmed the latest installment of the franchise.

# minister - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

New Gaeltacht minister now "thinking in Irish" after summer cramming classes

Joe McHugh’s been sent to the Gaeltacht to brush up on the teanga.

# minister - Friday 18 July, 2014

Flame-haired children and crooning pensioners steal the show at Molly's 'comeback event'

Molly Malone’s had a makeover — and she’s back on show at a new, temporary home on Dublin’s Suffolk Street…

The Gaeltacht Minister wants you to join him on 'a journey' to improve his Irish

Dúirt an tAire McHugh: “Léiríonn mó chás-sa an saol mar atá sé do go leor de mhuintir na tíre seo.”

# minister - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Fatal shooting of Real IRA member by gardaí to be investigated

Mac Lochlainn was shot dead by gardaí in May 1998.

# minister - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Emergency talks look for ways to halt worst outbreak of Ebola in history

A suggestion that untested vaccines should be used has attracted controversy.

# minister - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

"A nice, decent gentleman" and the inventor of the Euro: Reaction to Ruairí Quinn's departure

The Education Minister has confirmed he’s stepping down from Government, and won’t run again for a Dáil seat.

# minister - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings?

Minister Pat Rabbitte has said he keeps one, and it can’t be accessed using the Freedom of Information Act.

# minister - Friday 20 June, 2014

Decision to allow gardaí strike would raise "serious" issues for Ireland

The Council of Europe found that Ireland was not in compliance with a number of articles within the European Social Charter.

# minister - Saturday 14 June, 2014

'We should not fear increases in the minimum wage.' - Joan Burton links recovery with wages

The Minister for Social Protection was speaking at a leadership debate with rival Alex White.

# minister - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Stardust families call on Secretary General to resign

The families also are aggrieved with the Tánaiste over a meeting they had with him.

# minister - Monday 12 May, 2014

Pat Rabbitte thinks that government needs "to get a grip"

He added that tax cuts need to be on table in coming months.

# minister - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.

# minister - Thursday 1 May, 2014

New hope for €1.86m conversion of disused CIÉ ferry into floating hostel/brewery

It’s hoped the former Aran Islands ferry can be restored to her former glory and docked in Galway as a floating hostel/restaurant/micro-brewery.

# minister - Saturday 19 April, 2014

Gardaí still carrying out "extensive investigations" over killing of white-tailed eagle

A post-mortem carried out on the male eagle confirmed it had been hit with around 50 shotgun pellets.

# minister - Monday 14 April, 2014

Children First bill published, 15 years after it was first mooted

Minister Frances Fitzgerald had promised in early March that the bill would be published soon.

# minister - Monday 7 April, 2014

Tourists think Ireland is great value for money 40 Shades Of Green This post contains a poll

# minister - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Varadkar 'loves' trains - and won't be closing 'dozens' of rural lines

The Transport Minister said that reports that he is to close ‘dozens’ of rural lines are untrue – and that there aren’t even that many lines.

# minister - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Hogan demands Martin apologise and withdraw "gerrymandering" allegations

He said he was appalled at accusations he was involved in “gerrymandering” over the boundaries for the local elections.

# minister - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Irish? Living abroad? Eamon Gilmore wants to hear from you

The Government’s reviewing how it engages with the Irish overseas. You can give your two cents (pennies, jiao – whatever) from today.

# minister - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Referendum on directly-elected Dublin mayor could be held in May

Dublin’s four councils most vote on the issue by 31 March.

# minister - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

GSOC surveillance inquiry to report on findings within eight weeks

Retired High Court Judge John Cooke will conduct the independent inquiry.

# minister - Monday 17 February, 2014

Selling your home? You might have to test it for radon

A new report from the Department of Environment makes the suggestion as part of the effort to tackle the cancer-causing gas.

# minister - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

44 school abuse claims to be reviewed following O'Keeffe judgement

Minister Ruairí Quinn said today that other relevant cases would also be reviewed.

# minister - Friday 31 January, 2014

Rabbitte won’t ‘interfere’ in RTÉ’s Panti payments

Rabbitte said he has never called someone who disagreed with him on the issue of gay equality a ‘homophobe’.

# minister - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge Was Pat Rabbitte called "Fat Rabbitte" on Prime Time last night? Run Rabbitte

Was Pat Rabbitte called "Fat Rabbitte" on Prime Time last night?

He was. He definitely was.

# minister - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Stop people aged over 42 adopting from another country? That's discriminatory

The Children’s Minister made the comment today following a call from the Adoption Authority of Ireland to put an age limit of 42 on intercountry adoptions.

# minister - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Noonan: ‘On face of it’, CRC money should be paid back Crc

Noonan: ‘On face of it’, CRC money should be paid back

The Minister said that the CRC scandal was “an astounding set of circumstances and absolutely shocking”.

Autopsy shows Indian minister's wife suffered "unnatural death"

The couple became embroiled in a row earlier this week after Twitter messages suggested Shashi Tharoor was having an affair.

# minister - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

New, transparent guidelines on family reunification applications published

Minister Shatter said the policy guidelines are necessary to assist applicants and decision makers.

New Child and Family Agency opens today

Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that this is part of a reform to lay the foundation for development of world-class child protection.

# minister - Friday 13 December, 2013

Bethany Home survivors say Lynch should 'consult a mirror' on facts

The Dáil debated the lack of redress for the survivors this week.

# minister - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Daly: Change motorway speed limits to 130kmh

The current speed limit is set at 120km per hour. But what does the Transport Minister think?

Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.

# minister - Friday 29 November, 2013

Irish troops 'fully committed to Golan Heights task' - Shatter

An estimated 36 Irish troops were on patrol yesterday when their convoy was hit by an unknown blast.

Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin

The Minister for Public Expenditure said individual agreements across different organisations complicates the process.

# minister - Sunday 27 October, 2013

"James Reilly is a reforming minister" says ministerial colleague

Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd defends James Reilly’s handling of Health – and despite reports of €1 billion of total cuts, says some areas are improving.