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#Party Whip

# party-whip - Saturday 17 January, 2015

Lucinda: Party will have free vote on 'life' issues like euthanasia, abortion

Creighton has defined more clearly what she considers to be ‘matters of conscience’ to which the whip of new party will not apply.

# party-whip - Monday 22 December, 2014

Enda: 'If there's no structure to get cattle into the ring then you have a fight every morning' Moo

# party-whip - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Whips will not be imposed on Fine Gael and Labour members of banking inquiry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore met earlier this afternoon.

# party-whip - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

'The elephant in the room': Government's Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition

It’s no surprise that the opposition doesn’t think the government has done enough Dáil reform, but TDs think that even some changes that have been introduced aren’t working.

Column: Give the Dáil a conscience – let our representatives speak their minds

The whip system denies elected representatives their rights and belittles our democracy, writes Colm Bergin.

# party-whip - Friday 22 November, 2013

Leo Varadkar: The government has too much control over the Dáil

The Transport Minister was frank about the government’s control of the legislature in the Dáil this afternoon.

# party-whip - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

"One cannot have instability": Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whip

Fine Gael backbenchers quizzed the Taoiseach on political reform in the Dáil last night.

# party-whip - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Brian Walsh: 'Seanad abolition is Enda Kenny's baby and I won't go against it'

The Fine Gael TD, who lost the party whip, says he will not join a new alliance made up of his fellow party dissidents.

# party-whip - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need more Lucinda Creightons – politicians who actually believe in something

Lucinda Creighton isn’t perfect and she may have embarked on a Quixotic adventure in relation to abortion – you can decide for yourself about that. But one thing nobody can deny is that we need more politicians like her, writes Aaron McKenna.

# party-whip - Sunday 7 July, 2013

Column: Rebel Rebel – why are Irish politicians so whipped?

The Fine Gael spat over abortion legislation has brought public attention to the party whip system – an issue that’s rarely discussed and yet determines the outcome of nearly every vote in the Dáil, writes Dr Matthew Wall.

# party-whip - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Four Fine Gael rebels will lose committee memberships... and their offices

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has said that Peadar Tóibín’s decision to vote against the party on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill is a “serious breach of party rules”.

These TDs are voting against the proposed abortion laws

Fine Gael could lose up to 10 deputies as the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 goes to a vote.

# party-whip - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.

# party-whip - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Toibín dismisses talk of SF rift after defeat on abortion 'free vote' motion

Peadar Toibín says he is “determined” to ensure that he is on the same page as Sinn Féin when the Dáil votes on abortion laws.

# party-whip - Monday 14 January, 2013

Labour chairman Colm Keaveney wants party conference held in April

Keaveney, who voted against the Budget, wants the issue of his chairmanship sorted as soon as possible amid rumblings that Labour wants to oust him but an April conference is unlikely.

# party-whip - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Labour senator James Heffernan resigns party whip

The Labour Party spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Heffernan has resigned the whip.

# party-whip - Monday 26 November, 2012

Junior Minister wants free Dáil vote on any X Case legislation

The issue of abortion will dominate this week’s political agenda as the expert group report is expected to be published.

# party-whip - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

Poll: Should there be a free vote on the Dáil X Case motion? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should there be a free vote on the Dáil X Case motion?

The Dáil will tonight start debating a Sinn Féin motion to legislate for the X Case. Government TDs have been told they must not vote in favour of it, even if they privately support it. What do you think – should TDs be allowed to vote freely?

# party-whip - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Ridge resigns from Fine Gael in the wake of disciplinary proceedings

Therese Ridge lost the party whip after the Fine Gael disciplinary committee considered the findings of the Mahon Tribunal report against her.

# party-whip - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

“Therese Ridge is not a crook” – FG cllr appeals party action after Mahon

Dublin councillor Therese Ridge says she did nothing wrong in accepting a donation from Frank Dunlop, an action which the Mahon Tribunal found was inappropriate.

# party-whip - Friday 23 March, 2012

Ó Cuív to Fine Gael TD: look before you leap

The Fianna Fáil TD was responding to claims that he had orchestrated his suspension from the Dáil in order to keep the party whip.

# party-whip - Friday 27 January, 2012

Column: Nobody likes the party whips – but our democracy needs them

TDs are often blamed for toeing their party line, writes Eoin O’Malley, but the alternatives would be even worse.

# party-whip - Thursday 1 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Thursday

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