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#Pat Rabbitte

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

500 per cent rise in use of biofuel since 2007

The increasing use of biofuel saved taxpayers over €300 million in gas import taxes in 2011.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?

Aaron McKenna: The 'broadcasting charge' is a shake down – plain and simple

Using the property tax register to administer the tax is a smash and grab. Why is government allowed to do things in a manner that would probably be banned elsewhere? asks Aaron McKenna.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 30 August, 2013

RTÉ Radio chief: 'We've looked under every stone to try and make savings'

Jim Jennings tells TheJournal.ie about how he replaced Pat Kenny and what needs to be done to get more female voices on the radio.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Poll: Should the property tax register be used to collect the broadcasting charge? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the property tax register be used to collect the broadcasting charge?

Pat Rabbitte has indicated that the register could be used for the collection of the tax which will replace the TV licence fee.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Pat Rabbitte: I've no concerns about Denis O'Brien's invite to Irish economic forum

The Communications Minister was asked this morning if he was equating media magnate Denis O’Brien with China. He denied he was.

'We don't have cavemen here': Property tax register may be used for broadcast charge

Pat Rabbitte has expressed some scepticism that there are people in Ireland who don’t access public service content at all.

Want your say on the new Broadcast Charge? The consultation period is now open

The new charge is due to come in at the start of 2015 and will replace the current TV licence.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 26 August, 2013

New legislation could force landlords to hand over tenants' details

Under plans for the new Broadcasting Charge, the Department of Communications is proposing new laws that could oblige property owners to hand over renters’ names.

Pics: Enda Kenny met Bertie Ahern at Croke Park yesterday

We imagine things won’t be as amicable as yesterday if Bertie’s Dublin make it to Croker in September.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 16 August, 2013

TV3 boss: The Government needs to get RTÉ's tanks off our lawns

David McRedmond is calling for the proportion of money RTÉ gets from advertising to be cut as part of a sweeping reform of the market.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 15 August, 2013

This former Fianna Fáil government minister is now working for a PR company Pat Carey This post contains videos

This former Fianna Fáil government minister is now working for a PR company

Pat Carey, a Cabinet minister with multiple briefs in the final days of the Cowen government, has joined DHR Communications.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 9 August, 2013

Bord Gáis seeking 7 per cent price hike from October

The move would add almost nine euro per month to the average household winter gas bill.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 29 July, 2013

Plan for sale of Bord Gáis Energy published by Government

It’s expected around a billion euro will be raised by the sale, with around half of the funds raised going to pay down bailout debt.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Rabbitte: Let's not start dancing on John Perry's grave just yet

It’s not yet clear whether Minister of State for Small Business John Perry will have to step down after he had a judgment of €2.47 million entered against him in court.

Senator: 'We have to think of Playboy as part of the good old days'

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has asked Minister Pat Rabbitte to examine the UK’s moves to block online pornography.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Burton: Like Rabbitte, I've also been targeted by angry mobs of protesters Run Rabbitte This post contains a poll

Burton: Like Rabbitte, I've also been targeted by angry mobs of protesters

Joan Burton acknowledged that people have a right to protest but says some of these incidents have been very “regrettable”.

VIDEO: Pat Rabbitte being surrounded by protestors in pub Pub Protest This post contains a poll This post contains videos

VIDEO: Pat Rabbitte being surrounded by protestors in pub

Do you agree with the method of protest on show in this video?

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Rabbitte confronted by protestors in Dublin city centre pub

The Communications Minister was followed into by anti-austerity protestors before gardaí intervened earlier this evening.

Public Service Broadcasting Charge to be introduced in January 2015

The new charge will replace the television licence fee.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 15 July, 2013

Ireland and the Internet: Crunching the numbers

How many people in Ireland do you think have never been online?

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: Why should we tell our kids to put their smartphones away before class?

Junior Education Minister Ciarán Cannon argues that Ireland’s education system needs to incorporate more computer science to empower children for the jobs of the future.

Rabbitte: We won't revisit abortion issue in the lifetime of this government

The economy continues to dominate and the issue of abortion will not be revisited by this government, Pat Rabbitte has said.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Government to give money to small businesses to get them online

Government vouchers of up to €2,500 will be granted to small Irish businesses with an online plan.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Decision to introduce postcodes in September 2014 welcomed

Ireland is one of the few countries in the world that does not have a postcode system.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 29 June, 2013

There are five times as many charge stations in Ireland as electric cars

There is a total of 259 electric vehicles in the country and €9.3 million has already been spent on charging infrastructure by the ESB.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 21 June, 2013

We'll know in three months if Ireland's getting a postcode system

Pat Rabbitte says he’s committed to postcodes and a final decision will be made “no later than the third quarter” of 2013.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

€20 million seismic survey hopes to reveal Ireland's true oil and gas wealth

Offshore explorers have welcomed the new push to figure out exactly what may lie under Ireland’s western waters,

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 3 June, 2013

Rabbitte: Fracking could be good for Ireland – but only if it’s safe enough

The natural resources minister also denies suggestions that Ireland is “giving away” its oil and gas reserves.

‘I don’t understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government'

The communications minister says he’s concerned that Labour is taking a disproportionate share of the public’s austerity anger.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Pat Rabbitte: ‘I never said election promises were worthless’

“Isn’t that what you do during an election?”: Pat Rabbitte says his RTÉ comments were misrepresented… by Vincent Browne.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 1 June, 2013

Rabbitte would support fatal foetal abnormality clause in abortion bill Exclusive

Pat Rabbitte has become the first cabinet minister to openly support allowing abortion where there is no prospect of survival.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 31 May, 2013

New broadcasting charge won’t be used to save ailing newspapers Exclusive

Pat Rabbitte says the replacement for the TV licence needs to ensure minimal standards for RTÉ, and can’t save other media.

Pat Rabbitte: Mattie McGrath ‘is about as useful as t*ts on a bull’ Exclusive

The communications minister says Alan Shatter was certainly not trying to claim a constitutional defence when breathalysed.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Minister calls Shatter controversy trivial and superficial

“We have more important things to talk about in this country,” Pat Rabbitte told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 18 May, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Rabbitte: No point comparing Ireland's oil prospects to Norway's

The Minister for Communication and Natural Resources has said a Norwegian-style 80 per cent tax on oil finds would not work, saying: “We’re comparing apples with oranges.”

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Independent radio stations tell Rabbitte: Don't let RTE monopolise the airwaves

“Despite the fact that RTE is a minority player in terms of audience they hold a virtual stranglehold on public funding from the licence fee”.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 15 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Second minister appears to reject calls for 'sunset clause' in abortion law

Alan Shatter suggests it would be more appropriate not to have a legal expiry date written into forthcoming laws on abortion.