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# Ministers

All time
# talk it out
Corruption and the Catholic Church up for discussion at MacGill Summer School
Government ministers, journalists and academics will be speaking at the 32nd MacGill Summer School which starts tonight in Donegal.
# Syria
Cameron calls on Syrian president to step down
The British PM has said it is time for Bashar al-Assad to go, and that if there isn’t transition, “there is going to be civil war”.
# France
Hollande hands new ministers 30 per cent pay cut
The move means France’s new president is now on a lower salary than Enda Kenny – and his ministers will earn less than junior ministers here.
# Squabbles
Bruton says ministers should thrash out their differences at Cabinet table
Former taoiseach John Bruton has said that Ministers should work out their differences in secret at the Cabinet table.
Voices
Column: Our politicians are overpaid. It’s time they rejoined the real world.
A new campaign is calling for politicians’ pay to be benchmarked against real jobs. Aaron McKenna explains why the salaries have to shrink.
# Referendum
Government to announce date for fiscal compact referendum on Tuesday
Ministers will discuss the issue at a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning before revealing the date.
# Household charge
Government ministers' homes not exempt from household charge
An answer to a parliamentary question posed to Environment Minister Phil Hogan raised concerns that ministers’ homes are exempt from the household charge – but the government says this is not the case.
Voices
Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power
Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Ministerial Mercs
Fancy a ministerial car? They're being sold at auction...
The ministerial Mercs no longer needed since cutbacks last year will be sold publicly in the near future.
# Priory Hall
Hogan: 'Inappropriate' of me to meet with Priory Hall residents
Phil Hogan says it’s his job to bring in the appropriate housing legislation, but the enforcement of those laws is not up to him.
# Priory Hall
No meeting with Minister Hogan for Priory Hall residents
Despite a resolution from Dublin City councillors calling on both the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment to hear their story.
# Priory Hall
Priory Hall residents: Ours will just be the first case of many
Evacuated residents fear that Dublin City Council will also win their challenge not to pay for their temporary housing costs from 3 February.
# Report cards
Kenny to give ministers report cards on performance
The Taoiseach is to individually assess the performance of each minister and make his findings public by March.
# Your Say
Poll: How do you rate Michael Noonan as Finance Minister?
The Financial Times has given Noonan a mid-table ranking in its annual poll of 19 european finance ministers – what grade would you give him?
# Scotland
Ministers may quit Church of Scotland over gay clergy row
The church is the first major Presbyterian church to ordain openly gay and lesbian ministers – but there is a fear this decision may lead to a schism. Rev Scott Rennie (pictured) was ordained in 2009.
# Holliers
Ministers won't be recalled from holidays despite spiralling Euro crisis
Much of the cabinet is understood to have decamped to Kerry, as one analyst warns we could be headed for a Eurozone split.
# compact cabinet
Ministerial roles pass over to Coughlan, Carey, Smith, Hanafin and O Cuiv
Six familiar Fianna Fail faces double up on jobs left behind by their resigning colleagues.
# Budget11
Budget 2011: The first legislation 'to make families hungry'
The low paid, middle-incomes, families, social welfare recipients, the Taoiseach, the President: did only the TDs escape?