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# minister - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Do we need a junior minister for rural development? Economy This post contains a poll

Do we need a junior minister for rural development?

RTÉ has seen a report which underlines how much Ireland’s rural areas have suffered in the downturn – should a minister be dedicated to tackling that issue?

# minister - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Shatter: I have no plans to end direct provision

The Justice Minister said he wants to ensure that applications are speeded up.

17 prisoners declined parole review in 2012

The annual Parole Board review for 2012 was published today.

# minister - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Bruton: Expect 48,000 new jobs in 2014

The jobs minister has set himself a high employment target following on from today’s Budget announcement.

# minister - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Turf cutters dispute latest Deenihan comments on bogs

Yesterday, Minister Jimmy Deenihan said that turf cutting declined by 45 per cent this year – but turf cutters dispute this.

# minister - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Shatter: Government will not oppose Child Sex Offenders Bill

The bill – which was put forward by the Reform Alliance – will be discussed by the Dáil on Friday.

# minister - Sunday 6 October, 2013

French Minister says France can learn from how Ireland treats its diaspora

‘The diaspora can be a force and a resource,’ says French Minister for French Abroad Hélène Conway.

# minister - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Eamon Gilmore agrees that the Irish abroad should have their own minister

He was told by the French Minister for the French Abroad that it could be beneficial for the country.

# minister - Friday 27 September, 2013

Minister: Of course I'm worried about the emigration 'brain drain'

Richard Bruton was responding to a new study about Irish people emigration that has been published today.

# minister - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Minister does not want legal firms to benefit from symphysiotomy settlement

Any money should go to the women themselves, James Reilly told the Dáil today.

# minister - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

Port company proposes giving Bull Island land to council

Members of the public are being asked to give their say on the proposal.

# minister - Thursday 5 September, 2013

Egyptian Interior Minister 'survives bomb explosion'

The bomb struck the convoy in Cairo’s Nasr City district.

# minister - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes

A portion of the Jobs Minister’s notes were caught on camera outside Leinster House today.

# minister - Monday 19 August, 2013

Poll: Should college grants be cut in the Budget? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should college grants be cut in the Budget?

There is speculation that the college grants could be cut in October’s Budget as part of saving €100m in the Education Department.

# minister - Sunday 4 August, 2013

Kelly: Bus strike is a "bad day for public transport in Ireland"

The Public Transport Minister has asked all sides to come together to try and solve the problems.

# minister - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Minister: Revenue raiding of Lowry's house is a 'significant development'

It was reported today that the Tipperary North TD’s home near Holycross was raided by Revenue officials on Tuesday.

# minister - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Government: No redress scheme for survivors of Bethany Home

One survivor said he was “devastated” by the decision which was announced by government in a statement this evening.

# minister - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Just one prosecution being sought over horsemeat scandal

Minister Simon Coveney says he is not going to court unless he knows he can win.

# minister - Monday 15 July, 2013

Irish horses directly exported to China – but not for slaughter

A veterinary certificate has been agreed upon by Irish and Chinese authorities that will allow the direct exports.

# minister - Friday 12 July, 2013

Paschal Donohoe ‘conscious of circumstances’ of ministerial appointment

The Dublin TD said he was “humbled” by his new position as Minister of State for European Affairs.

# minister - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Free history lectures to shed light on Ireland's past

The initiative was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan last night.

# minister - Monday 1 July, 2013

Video: Howlin angrily pushes camera away as he is confronted over bank inquiry Protest This post contains videos

Video: Howlin angrily pushes camera away as he is confronted over bank inquiry

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform was confronted by protesters outside the Department of Finance earlier today.

# minister - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles Education This post contains videos This post contains images

Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles

Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to raise awareness about cuts to special needs assistants.

Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome

The group are looking for the Minister to recognise that children with Down Syndrome have complex and enduring needs.

# minister - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

‘We listened’: Minister reverses special needs education cuts

A working group will be established to review the provision of special education and the NCSE will publish revised details of resource hours in the coming days.

# minister - Monday 10 June, 2013

Burton thanks JobBridge critics, says the scheme "isn't for everyone" JobBridge This post contains videos

Burton thanks JobBridge critics, says the scheme "isn't for everyone" Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, Minister Burton said that she thanked critics of JobBridge for bringing things on the site to her attention.

"Are things tough? Yes they are" - Burton on Budget 2014 Budget 2014 This post contains videos

"Are things tough? Yes they are" - Burton on Budget 2014 Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that “we’ve tried to do what we’ve had to do in a very, very fair way”.

# minister - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Politics is a "blame game", says Burton Dáil This post contains videos

Politics is a "blame game", says Burton Exclusive

The Minister also told that she accepts her colleague Minister Alan Shatter’s explanation over the Wallace controversy.

# minister - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

And they're off: 116,845 pupils begin Leaving and Junior Cert exams Eyes Down This post contains images

And they're off: 116,845 pupils begin Leaving and Junior Cert exams

It was English paper I for both groups this morning, with Home Ec and English paper II being sat this afternoon.

Quinn wishes students luck in exams during "stressful" time

The Minister said he is “delighted” that 4,000 additional students will sit the Higher Level Maths paper this year.

# minister - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Minister: Alcohol sponsorship of sport is 'complicated'

The Minister was slow to comment on a proposed ban on drinks firms sponsoring sports events today.

# minister - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

Garda investigation into alleged child abuse following RTÉ documentary

Frances Fitzgerald says both the Gardaí and the HSE are investigating the footage broadcast on Prime Time last night.

Fitzgerald “witnessed emotional abuse of children” in crèche footage

The Minister said that the undercover footage “would strike horror into every parent watching”.

# minister - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Michael Lowry defends and defriends 'irritating and brash' Alan Shatter

In a statement issued this morning, the Tipperary TD branded the Minister as “irritatingly dismissive and brash”.

Shatter: 'No garda report generated on breathalyser incident'

An official statement from the Justice Minister came after inquiries made by the Garda Commissioner to local garda management.

# minister - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Reilly knew about Taoiseach's tobacco meeting, but "would not" go

The Health Minister said that he has “declared war” on the tobacco industry, and pointed out that the meeting at government buildings focused on smuggling.

# minister - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Video: Shatter says TDs playing 'silly political games' over penalty points Tensions This post contains videos

Video: Shatter says TDs playing 'silly political games' over penalty points

The Minister for Justice also spoke about why he is backing a law which could see mobile phone networks shut down during the G8 summit.

Will Dawson St be left without a northbound Luas stop?

Currently, there are no plans for a northbound stop, but the Minister for Transport has said this is an issue he is concerned about.

# minister - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: Even conservative groups know homophobic bullying is a problem

In a recent interview with, the Minister for Education outlined concerns about homophobic bullying and the bullying of the ‘bright, pretty young person’ in the classroom.

# minister - Monday 22 April, 2013

Reilly: Suicidal pregnant women won't have to face six-doctor panel

The Health Minister said that it the panel “was never going to be the case” and stressed that the heads of bill have not been finalised.