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#Pat Rabbitte

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 5 July, 2014

Pat Rabbitte: 'Political writers can say what they want but I'm not accepting I'm out'

The Communications Minister said the cabinet should have a mix of young people and experience.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 4 July, 2014

Here are 6 big challenges facing Joan Burton as the new Labour leader and Tánaiste

She’s won the race to be leader but the hard work starts now for the new Tánaiste.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Pat Rabbitte: There is no squabble in government about the property tax

The Communications Minister plays down talk of a Cabinet rift over the proceeds from the local property tax.

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Pat Rabbitte: 'I apologise if I bit anyone this morning'

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary suggested the Communications Minister was “doing a Luis Suarez on it”.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

These are the 50 towns being targeted for a €450mn high-speed broadband plan

ESB and Vodafone are going 50:50 on the deal.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Largest offshore survey to commence to attract oil companies to Ireland

Pat Rabbitte welcomed the survey saying it will help make decisions on exploration drilling.

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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.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Primary school kids MUST be taught the dangers of cyber-bullying, Govt advised

However, the Government body set up to advise the Cabinet on the issue says that criminalising minors for cyber-bullying offences is NOT the way forward.

'Hatchet' threat against MEP candidate to be examined --- Rabbitte

Labour senator Lorraine Higgins was told she would be “hatcheted in the face” during the recent European election campaign.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 20 June, 2014

Ever heard of Ervia? That's what Bord Gáis Eireann is now called

However, customers will still deal with either Irish Water or Gas Networks Ireland.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Nomadic beasts, hackneyed clichés and mild-mannered TDs: A not very productive day's work in the Dáil

Nobody particularly covered themselves in glory during Leaders’ Questions today….

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Ireland will receive more taxes from oil and gas exploration under new terms

However, it has been criticised for ‘not going far enough’, with tax increases falling short of what was recommended by an Oireachtas committee.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 16 June, 2014

What events are most important for Ireland? Pat Rabbitte wants to know

A number of ‘Designated Events’ are made available on free-to-air television

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 12 June, 2014

What makes someone eligible for a medical card?

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, will give the lowdown to the PAC this morning.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Smacking, shellacking and John The Baptist - Election 2014 in quotes

Politicians on both sides have been singing a surprisingly similar tune the last couple of days…

Rabbitte: I'm sorry we weren't able to deliver on our promises

The Communications Minister was asked whether he thought people who voted Labour in 2011 were due an apology…

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 15 May, 2014

Engage with your energy supplier and you won't be cut off

That’s the guarantee under a new code of practice providers have signed up to.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 12 May, 2014

The Data Protection Commissioner is very worried about the new postcode system. Here's why...

The office says that “in the Irish context, a person’s home address is an important part of their identity.

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

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

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 10 May, 2014

Pat Rabbitte thinks Mary Hanafin is like something out of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Hanafin, a former Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil, caused a major headache for the party this week when she refused to withdraw from the local election race in Dublin.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 28 April, 2014

Here's what Ireland's new system of postcodes will look like

The format of the seven-digit Eircode has been detailed.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 25 April, 2014

Rural Ireland's dodgy broadband is going to get sorted according to the Communications Minister

You’ll soon be able to read TheJournal.ie at super quick speeds from all over the country!

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Post offices could link up with credit unions to provide banking services

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is set to work with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to diversify services.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Government accused of using 'spin' to take attention away from wind farm protests

Campaigners claim that nothing has changed after the weekend’s announcement that a deal couldn’t reached with the UK on wind energy export.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 13 April, 2014

It's official: The Government has cancelled its Midlands wind energy export plan

Ireland and the UK couldn’t agree on a final deal.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 11 April, 2014

Those with 'deep pockets' control the media - Clare Daly

Mick Wallace added: “People are afraid of the money and power of Denis O’Brien, he’s worth billions … His influence to shape the news is too great.”

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 10 April, 2014

New website holds microscope to "industry-driven" wind energy production in Ireland

Wind Area Ireland is a launching a site today that it hopes will become a resource for communities, journalists, and policy-makers.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 24 March, 2014

Pat Rabbitte thinks the Patrick Nulty drunken message scandal 'is a sad affair'

Meanwhile, there are likely to be more revelations about Nulty sending inappropriate messages in the coming hours and days.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Government makes no comment on postcode costs amid Dáil claims of €30m

Minister Rabbitte told the Dáil that his department was assisted in the tender process by a consulting firm.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Seanad reform, wind energy and Irish prisoners in the UK

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Rabbitte set to face questions on 'shelving' of UK wind export plan

The plan would see up to 1,000 turbines constructed in Ireland but negotiations on this with the UK appear to have stalled.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Here’s the awkward moment when Gerry Adams forgot Pat Rabbitte’s name* Pat Pat... Pat Rabbitte This post contains videos

Here’s the awkward moment when Gerry Adams forgot Pat Rabbitte’s name*

* But Sinn Féin this afternoon claimed that Adams didn’t forget and it was in fact intended as “a put-down”.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Rabbitte: 'Government has no plans to close post offices'

He clarified that An Post didn’t lose the social welfare contract and in fact won the tender last year.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 23 February, 2014

These five graphs dig into the figures behind wind energy in Ireland

Figures show that wind power generation did not meet forecast electricity generator 58 per cent of the time over the past five years.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 21 February, 2014

‘Alan Shatter is somebody who does a very good job’: Cabinet support for embattled minister

Meanwhile, Pat Rabbitte has said that the Shatter “may have been mistaken” when he told the Dáil last year that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe had not cooperated.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Rabbitte: No requirement of equal time for both sides in referendum debates Bai

Rabbitte: No requirement of equal time for both sides in referendum debates

Also speaking this evening, Senator David Norris called on the Minister to reveal full details of how RTÉ settled a legal dispute relating to Rory O’Neill’s Saturday Night Show interview.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 17 February, 2014

Here are the winners and losers from the Paddy's Day ministerial exodus

Over two-dozen ministers will be leaving our shores next month, but who did well out of the annual divvy-up?

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Brendan Howlin: ‘The most resistant group I have come across are the most privileged’

The Labour conference has heard from senior ministers hitting out a the opposition parties, “obnoxious” trickle-down economics and the problem of cyberbullying.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Dáil won't allow Rabbitte to disclose breakdown of RTÉ payout over homophobia controversy

TDs and Senators are trying to raise the Panti Bliss controversy in the Dáil and Seanad.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 31 January, 2014

Labour senator slams Rabbitte's 'arrogant disdain and contempt' over pylon review

John Whelan’s comments come ahead of Pat Rabbitte’s meeting with the chair of the independent commission examining the controversial pylons project.