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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Ministers

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# dual abode allowance
Ministers 'can claim water charges as expenses on their second homes'
However, the Taoiseach has said he intends to pay “whatever my water charge is” on his second home.
# budget 2015
"Boom and bust" cycle at an end, hopefully --- Howlin
This morning’s Cabinet meeting could be a tense one after Leo Varadkar’s comments yesterday about the Budget…
# cunning plan
Ministers have a plan. A plan to make sure the Property Tax is distributed fairly...
Questions have been asked about the way the contentious tax is set up, and whether it means some councils could, effectively be ‘done out of’ other grants.
# thin blue line
Got what it takes?* ... Ads to recruit a new Garda Commissioner to be published this week
*Statistically — no, you don’t.
# end of summer
Angry parents and 'Gaza' banners greet ministers, as new term begins
With the Cabinet back, and the Israeli ambassador being grilled by TDs, it was also a busy day for protests at Government Buildings.
# in with the old
Guess who's back?... Pat Rabbitte and Ruairí Quinn replace new ministers on committees
Former junior minister Joe Costello will also join his Labour ‘old guard’ colleagues on Oireachtas committees…
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
Confirmed: Leo Varadkar is the new Health Minister, Pat Rabbitte dropped from Cabinet
Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s stuck with the same job?
"Could you all just move to the left slightly?.." Fixed grins and Cabinet divisions at the Áras
You’d almost think the President had nothing better to do than hang around the house all day waiting for a busload of ministers.
# collect them all
Who's doing what? A pictorial guide to your new Cabinet
A quick and simple guide to where everyone is now.
# every day I'm shufflin
Rabbitte: If you're deemed too old to serve in Cabinet you look at things differently
Rabbitte, who was dropped from Cabinet today, said he’s not sure now if he will run in the next general election.
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
Here are the 9 things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle
Wild rumours and intense speculation as Enda Kenny and Joan Burton prepare to shuffle their pack.
# Homelessness
Howlin: Ex-NAMA homes part of our plan to tackle housing "emergency crisis"
Ministers are gathering for today’s Cabinet meeting, where homelessness is top of the morning’s agenda.
# Guerin Report
Taoiseach: We'll be making a formal decision on Guerin today
New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to bring a memo on the issue to Cabinet.
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
Minister: There'll be a reshuffle in September but 'nobody knows' what's going to happen
Ruairí Quinn has also admitted that the coalition has to “work better together”.
# Hardworking
The government has so much work on right now it's having an extra Cabinet meeting today
Yes, seriously.
# credibility
Majority of Irish people don't trust ministers, TDs and business leaders
A third of people don’t trust gardaí but they still came out of the poll better than most other groups.
# Ukraine
Death toll climbs to 60 in Kiev as 67 police officers 'seized'
The death toll from today’s earlier violence stands, unofficially, at 26.
# Pylons
Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?
Heard a lot about pylons in recent weeks, but not sure what it’s all about. Here’s Eirgrid’s projects explained.
# Salaries
Nine minsterial advisers have salaries higher than pay guidelines
A number of ministers explained that their advisers had previously been on much higher pay scales when working in the private sector prior to their appointment in the respective departments.
# Politicians' Pay
Pearse Doherty: Most TDs and Ministers use their pay to buy a new car or go on holiday
While the Sinn Féin TD said he and colleagues take home the average industrial wage most other TDs and ministers use some of their wages to buy a new car, go on holiday, put it in the bank or buy shares in the bank, he claimed.
# constitutional convention
Convention report recommends longer polling hours and larger constituencies
More than half of delegates at the constitutional convention think the number of members in the Dáil should be left unchanged.
# Abortion
165 amendments to abortion bill tabled
The amendments will be discussed prior to the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# Pay Day
The Taoiseach, Ministers and every TD are having their pay cut today
As are the country’s 292,000 civil servants who are experiencing the first effects of the Haddington Road Agreement in their pay cheques today.
# Redress
Bethany Home survivors to Taoiseach: "Please do not treat us differently"
The group say that they have suffered physical and mental wounds due to their time in Bethany Home.
# Pints
Dáil bar racked up over €145,000 in profits last year
The restaurant and bar combined made total sales of over one million euro in 2012.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the State cover travel costs of ministers' spouses?
Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness says a case could be made for the taxpayer footing the bill. Do you agree?
# Public Pay
Ministers will not be singled out for extra pay cuts, insists Howlin
Brendan Howlin says the €150,000 salary ministers will earn after Croke Park 2 compares well to the private sector.
Voices
Column: Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing, but reform is needed
Tensions are high this week between the judicial and executive branches of government, writes Roderic O’Gorman, who says if we want a truly independent judiciary, we must be prepared to undertake radical reform.
# France
How a French cabinet minister owes €157 property tax in Ireland
Hélène Conway-Mouret lived in Ireland for 30 years and owns a property in north Dublin. She is among 37 ministers who made disclosures of personal wealth today.
# Good News
Eurozone ministers: We'll change repayment date for Ireland's bailout loans
The Department of Finance says the move will make it easier for Ireland to emerge from the bailout programme.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it worthwhile for Ministers to travel abroad on Patrick’s Day?
Ministers will be travelling to America, Australia, Saudi Arabia and India – amongst others – for Patrick’s Day. Good way to promote Ireland? Or is it just a junket?
Voices
Column: Was the liquidation of IBRC necessary?
Let’s hope IBRC’s liquidation can ultimately be justified – because this type of rush-job smacks of the panicked decisions made in 2008, writes Sarah McCabe.
# eu presidency
Free Audis 'only used to bring ministers to hotels' during EU Presidency
Ministers will be brought to their hotels by car for security reasons, but will join their colleagues on buses after that.
# Your Say
Poll: Should ministers lobby councils on behalf of individual constituents?
Ministers have sent almost a thousand letters to local authorities on behalf of constituents since taking office. Do you think they should?
# Fishing
Coveney warns of difficult negotiations on fishing quotas
Coveney said proposed cuts to quotas will have serious implications for Irish fishermen and jobs.
# Read Me
Interview: ‘Ireland’s EU Presidency will make no difference’ – Shane Ross
The independent TD tells TheJournal.ie that Government ministers are in denial about the depth of our crisis.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach defends ministerial tax breaks for second Dublin homes
The Taoiseach tells Pearse Doherty that cabinet ministers only receive about a tenth of the accommodation allowances that TDs do.
# in charge
Most of the Cabinet to travel to Brussels today to discuss Ireland's EU presidency
The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and nine ministers are going to Brussels today to talk about their plans for Ireland’s presidency of the EU with President José Manuel Barroso.
# Syria
Syrian Prime Minister defects to Jordan
State-run television in Syria says Riad Hijab has been sacked but opposition sources say he has fled to Jordan.