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#Pat Rabbitte

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 31 January, 2014

Labour senator slams Rabbitte's 'arrogant disdain and contempt' over pylon review
# Pylon The Pressure
# Pylon The Pressure

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

Jan 31st 2014, 10:24 AM 6,359 Views 91 Comments

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

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Was Pat Rabbitte called "Fat Rabbitte" on Prime Time last night?
# Run Rabbitte
From The Daily Edge
# Run Rabbitte

Was Pat Rabbitte called "Fat Rabbitte" on Prime Time last night?

Jan 29th 2014, 7:25 AM 3,076 Views 5 Comments

He was. He definitely was.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

"Unacceptable" not to include North East in power lines study
# Powered Up
# Powered Up

"Unacceptable" not to include North East in power lines study

Jan 28th 2014, 10:14 PM 5,909 Views 13 Comments

Minister Pat Rabbitte said that there are factors unique to the north and south of the country that would prevent this.

Could controversial power lines go underground? The government wants to find out
# Pylons
# Pylons

Could controversial power lines go underground? The government wants to find out

Jan 28th 2014, 4:40 PM 6,920 Views 32 Comments

Pat Rabbitte announced that an independent commission will examine the possibility of putting high-voltage power lines underground instead of on large pylons.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 26 January, 2014

"It's not a quango": Rabbitte defends €5.7m Irish Water 'transition' body
# Cold Water
# Cold Water

"It's not a quango": Rabbitte defends €5.7m Irish Water 'transition' body

Jan 26th 2014, 4:20 PM 10,010 Views 67 Comments

The office was set up to manage the transfer of water services from councils to the remit of Irish Water.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 24 January, 2014

Censorship Board can't be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'
# Censorship
# Censorship

Censorship Board can't be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'

Jan 24th 2014, 10:44 AM 12,359 Views 33 Comments

And everyone struggled to keep a straight face in the Dáil this morning…

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Rabbitte: "There is no bonus culture in Bord Gáis - and won't be in Irish Water"
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

Rabbitte: "There is no bonus culture in Bord Gáis - and won't be in Irish Water"

Jan 22nd 2014, 6:26 PM 7,593 Views 50 Comments

The Minister for Communications has come to the defence of both Bord Gáis and Irish Water.

Rabbitte: Questions need to be asked about what 2fm is doing
# 2fm
# 2fm

Rabbitte: Questions need to be asked about what 2fm is doing

Jan 22nd 2014, 11:43 AM 15,383 Views 61 Comments

The minister questioned whether the station was doing anything different or better than its competitors.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Eirgrid says it will still accept pylon submissions, despite passing of deadline
# Grid Link
# Grid Link

Eirgrid says it will still accept pylon submissions, despite passing of deadline

Jan 18th 2014, 7:00 AM 3,989 Views 13 Comments

If you missed the 7 January deadline but still have concerns, Eirgrid will add your submission to the pile of 35,000 already received.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 6 January, 2014

The Govt's new internet safety group met for the first time today
# Interwebz
# Interwebz

The Govt's new internet safety group met for the first time today

Jan 6th 2014, 9:38 PM 6,900 Views 40 Comments

The Internet Content Governance Advisory Group is looking at issues relating to internet governance, including online bullying and harassment.

Deadline for submissions on Eirgrid's Gridlink project closes tomorrow
# Pylons
# Pylons

Deadline for submissions on Eirgrid's Gridlink project closes tomorrow

Jan 6th 2014, 11:31 AM 6,119 Views 42 Comments

Opposition groups were out protesting against pylon developments yesterday.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 26 December, 2013

Lapgate, run Rabbitte, run and talking through her f***y - the political year in videos
# Review 2013
# Review 2013

Lapgate, run Rabbitte, run and talking through her f***y - the political year in videos

Dec 26th 2013, 8:45 AM 5,305 Views 7 Comments

All the best shouting, attention seeking and scandal caught on camera.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

'They were whipped into line': Committee backs appointment of Eirgrid chairman
# Eirgrid
# Eirgrid

'They were whipped into line': Committee backs appointment of Eirgrid chairman

Dec 11th 2013, 11:20 AM 5,951 Views 15 Comments

Despite raising concerns about the appointment of John O’Connor last week, government members of the Transport and Communications committee backed his appointment today.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Dec 8th 2013, 7:59 PM 15,382 Views 3 Comments

Everybody’s talking about the ESB strike being called off, Pat Rabbitte versus Colm Keaveney, and protests in Kiev…

“Colm Keaveney would join Hezbollah if he thought it would advance his career” – Rabbitte
# Burn
# Burn

“Colm Keaveney would join Hezbollah if he thought it would advance his career” – Rabbitte

Dec 8th 2013, 7:57 PM 29,538 Views 148 Comments

Ouch.

Rabbitte: ESB strike threat "out of all proportion" with staff grievances
# ESB
# ESB

Rabbitte: ESB strike threat "out of all proportion" with staff grievances

Dec 8th 2013, 3:30 PM 5,842 Views 26 Comments

The minister said the scheme made “marvellous progress in 2012″ and he hopes common sense will prevail at talks today.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Feargal Quinn proposes law to make strike action by utility companies illegal
# Electricity
# Electricity

Feargal Quinn proposes law to make strike action by utility companies illegal

Dec 5th 2013, 11:47 AM 9,027 Views 125 Comments

Quinn’s bill comes with five-year punishments for anyone who disrupts a network, but has been criticised by the government.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Rabbitte: 'There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans'
# Eirgrid
# Eirgrid

Rabbitte: 'There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans'

Dec 3rd 2013, 10:13 PM 6,284 Views 21 Comments

Minister Pat Rabbitte said tonight that it is the Government’s policy to deliver infrastructure in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.

'I wouldn't like to live close to a pylon, but who would?' - Incoming Eirgrid chair
# Pylons
# Pylons

'I wouldn't like to live close to a pylon, but who would?' - Incoming Eirgrid chair

Dec 3rd 2013, 12:45 PM 14,382 Views 86 Comments

John O’Connor also “refuted emphatically” that he would have a conflict of interest in his new position having previously been the chairman of An Bord Pleanála.

‘It must be a sign of his own desperation’: Here’s what Labour thinks of Keaveney’s FF switch
# Pleased
# Pleased

‘It must be a sign of his own desperation’: Here’s what Labour thinks of Keaveney’s FF switch

Dec 3rd 2013, 12:45 PM 11,124 Views 41 Comments

“We will struggle,” dead-panned one minister today.

Incoming Eirgrid chairman faces TDs and Senators amid ongoing pylons controversy
# Eirgrid
# Eirgrid

Incoming Eirgrid chairman faces TDs and Senators amid ongoing pylons controversy

Dec 3rd 2013, 11:11 AM 5,998 Views 42 Comments

One senator has already said he will oppose the appointment of John O’Connor as the chairman of the the body responsible for the development and maintenance of the State’s electricity grid.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 29 November, 2013

Conference a key test of whether things really are improving for Labour
# Preview
# Preview

Conference a key test of whether things really are improving for Labour

Nov 29th 2013, 6:06 PM 4,268 Views 22 Comments

Labour members and delegates gather in Killarney for the start of their conference tonight with some signs of improvement in the party’s fortunes.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

Bids for Bord Gáis Energy are "not acceptable" - Rabbitte
# Energy
# Energy

Bids for Bord Gáis Energy are "not acceptable" - Rabbitte

Nov 27th 2013, 10:32 AM 6,851 Views 33 Comments

The gas provider will stay in State ownership after a suitable bid was not received by the government.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 21 November, 2013

'This is wonderful': 'Rattled' Gilmore slams 'hard-necked hypocrisy' of Fianna Fáil
# State Assets
# State Assets

'This is wonderful': 'Rattled' Gilmore slams 'hard-necked hypocrisy' of Fianna Fáil

Nov 21st 2013, 1:41 PM 11,144 Views 86 Comments

The Tánaiste gleefully engaged in one of the government’s favourite pasttimes at Leaders’ Questions this morning: Having a go at Fianna Fáil.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 18 November, 2013

Government to open up new postcode database to businesses – at a cost
# Postcodes
# Postcodes

Government to open up new postcode database to businesses – at a cost

Nov 18th 2013, 10:02 PM 34,541 Views 107 Comments

The new system will give each address, including individual apartments in one building, their own unique code.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 17 November, 2013

"We want an exit, but we want a sustainable exit" - McGrath calls for credit line
# Bailout
# Bailout

"We want an exit, but we want a sustainable exit" - McGrath calls for credit line

Nov 17th 2013, 1:13 PM 6,196 Views 96 Comments

In response to the Fianna Fáil TD, the Communications Minister said that the Government had made “some pretty good shots”.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 15 November, 2013

'A gross error of judgement': Labour senator has "no confidence" in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointment
# Labour Pains
# Labour Pains

'A gross error of judgement': Labour senator has "no confidence" in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointment

Nov 15th 2013, 6:15 AM 13,405 Views 41 Comments

John Whelan’s criticism of Pat Rabbitte follows the appointment of John O’Connor as chairman of Eirgrid.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 14 November, 2013

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion
# Hyperbole
# Hyperbole

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion

Nov 14th 2013, 9:28 AM 7,597 Views 64 Comments

The Government yesterday withdrew an amendment to the FOI Bill which would have seen some charges for requests soar.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Rabbitte: ‘I want Eirgrid to do everything it can to secure community acceptance’
# Electricity Supply
# Electricity Supply

Rabbitte: ‘I want Eirgrid to do everything it can to secure community acceptance’

Nov 12th 2013, 8:01 PM 7,670 Views 50 Comments

There have been protests recently opposing EirGrid’s plans to upgrade the transmission network though overhead pylons.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Which government minister thought he "could change the world" when he had long hair?
# Student Politics
# Student Politics

Which government minister thought he "could change the world" when he had long hair?

Nov 6th 2013, 3:47 PM 13,878 Views 22 Comments

Answers on a postcard, please.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 3 November, 2013

Expert hired by department for Corrib inspection lacked training to access tunnel
# Corrib
# Corrib

Expert hired by department for Corrib inspection lacked training to access tunnel

Nov 3rd 2013, 8:15 AM 17,538 Views 20 Comments

Minister Pat Rabbitte said the representative did not require access to the tunnel to complete the task he was sent to do, which was not health and safety related.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Three in three days: Another Labour councillor has resigned from the party
# Labour Pains
# Labour Pains

Three in three days: Another Labour councillor has resigned from the party

Oct 31st 2013, 10:25 PM 14,501 Views 70 Comments

Wicklow County Council chairman Jimmy O’Shaughnessy has quit the party today.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 25 October, 2013

WATCH: Mattie McGrath tells Rabbitte to 'count the tits on Mrs Murphy's cow'
# Dail Questions
# Dail Questions

WATCH: Mattie McGrath tells Rabbitte to 'count the tits on Mrs Murphy's cow'

Oct 25th 2013, 10:08 AM 17,551 Views 27 Comments

Dogs, cats, Angela Merkel and lots more in the Dáil yesterday…

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment

Oct 15th 2013, 5:00 AM 11,522 Views 24 Comments

Current recipients of free licences will not be affected, TheJournal.ie has learned – instead, the State broadcaster will take brunt of the cut.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Confirmed: New national postcode system to be rolled out by Spring 2015
# In The Post
# In The Post

Confirmed: New national postcode system to be rolled out by Spring 2015

Oct 8th 2013, 2:22 PM 22,412 Views 195 Comments

A consortium headed by Capita Ireland has won the tender to develop, implement and operate the new postcode system.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 7 October, 2013

'He probably should have done it': Kenny's TV debate refusal divides politicians
# Political Wallop
# Political Wallop

'He probably should have done it': Kenny's TV debate refusal divides politicians

Oct 7th 2013, 8:44 AM 4,304 Views 33 Comments

While Minister Pat Rabbitte said it was his view that Enda Kenny should have debated abolition, Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan insisted that the Taoiseach engaged “up and down the country”.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Rabbitte: I believe adjustment will be lower than €3.1 billion
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Rabbitte: I believe adjustment will be lower than €3.1 billion

Oct 6th 2013, 1:02 PM 5,157 Views 67 Comments

It’s expected the figure for Budget 2014 will be finalised at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Government asks experts for advice on Ireland's underexplored oil and gas
# Black Gold
# Black Gold

Government asks experts for advice on Ireland's underexplored oil and gas

Sep 25th 2013, 12:21 PM 8,781 Views 49 Comments

Minister Pat Rabbitte says he wants to strike a balance between attracting investment and maximising returns from the State’s natural resources.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

Bord Gais Energy to be sold in the next three months
# State Assets
# State Assets

Bord Gais Energy to be sold in the next three months

Sep 18th 2013, 9:20 PM 10,188 Views 98 Comments

The Government is hoping to bring in around €1 billion from the sale of the company.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

RTÉ proposes 'modest increase in public funding' over next five years
# RTÉ
# RTÉ

RTÉ proposes 'modest increase in public funding' over next five years

Sep 17th 2013, 10:10 AM 7,000 Views 129 Comments

The broadcaster said that this would enable it to significantly improve its service to audiences.