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# pat-rabbitte - Monday 15 April, 2013

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

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

Apr 15th 2013, 10:18 AM 6,600 Views 111 Comments

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

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 14 April, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added follow-up to Gangnam Style
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix… now with added follow-up to Gangnam Style

Apr 14th 2013, 7:55 PM 9,365 Views 4 Comments

Things we learned, loved and shared today…

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Column: What a week in the life of a backbench TD looks like
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: What a week in the life of a backbench TD looks like

Mar 30th 2013, 7:00 PM 777 Views 109 Comments

Debates, meetings, touching base with constituents, heading up to Meath East by-election, organising sand bags, reading the newspapers and having words with his colleagues – Kevin Humphreys recounts his busy schedule this week.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 24 March, 2013

Junior Minister: We made a mess of communicating property tax exemptions
# Property Tax
# Property Tax

Junior Minister: We made a mess of communicating property tax exemptions

Mar 24th 2013, 6:24 PM 9,639 Views 105 Comments

Seán Sherlock said that the government “needs to do right by the people” in communicating the exemptions from the property tax.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 21 March, 2013

Opposition TDs criticise 'low' number of local property tax exemptions
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Opposition TDs criticise 'low' number of local property tax exemptions

Mar 21st 2013, 12:59 PM 6,273 Views 87 Comments

While 43,000 households were exempted from last year’s household charge, only 5,100 households have been exempted from the local property tax.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day
# Air Miles
# Air Miles

19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day

Mar 13th 2013, 10:19 AM 10,567 Views 96 Comments

13 senior ministers, five junior ministers, and the attorney general are all jetting off next week to lead trade missions.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Column: Restricting young people's access to social networks would be a huge mistake
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Restricting young people's access to social networks would be a huge mistake

Mar 12th 2013, 7:00 AM 42 Views 22 Comments

It would be foolish to overlook the amazing opportunities social networks and other digital tools present for young people just because older generations are intimated by change, writes Dr Stephen Brennan.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 10 March, 2013

Pat Rabbitte: Social media is crucial for holding authority figures accountable
# Media
# Media

Pat Rabbitte: Social media is crucial for holding authority figures accountable

Mar 10th 2013, 2:02 PM 6,328 Views 71 Comments

Pat Rabbitte said sites such as Facebook and Twitter are important for questioning the established order.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions
# Pensions
# Pensions

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions

Mar 9th 2013, 8:00 AM 13,314 Views 121 Comments

The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 7 March, 2013

Gilmore affirms government's intention to legislate for X case
# Labour
# Labour

Gilmore affirms government's intention to legislate for X case

Mar 7th 2013, 7:10 AM 3,730 Views 127 Comments

Writing on TheJournal.ie this morning, the Labour leader insists that abortion legislation wil be introduced this year.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

Rabbitte: 'Bullying didn't come in with the advent of the internet'
# Social Media
# Social Media

Rabbitte: 'Bullying didn't come in with the advent of the internet'

Mar 6th 2013, 1:44 PM 8,243 Views 76 Comments

The Minister for Communications was speaking about social media before the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications earlier today.

Oireachtas agenda: Mobility grant, Seanad reform and social media abuse
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Mobility grant, Seanad reform and social media abuse

Mar 6th 2013, 7:45 AM 2,348 Views 6 Comments

The Communications committee this morning begins debate on how to respond to the abuse of social media.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 2 March, 2013

Here is the week's news... skewed
# Not The News
From The Daily Edge
# Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Mar 2nd 2013, 5:00 PM 3,940 Views 3 Comments

Breaking via The Mire wire: SIPTU president wins Oscar; hopes rise of a politicians’ strike; Pope quits over Croke Park II; Lift chaos leads to primary care centre.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

Rabbitte plans to introduce public broadcasting charge
# Broadcasting
# Broadcasting

Rabbitte plans to introduce public broadcasting charge

Feb 26th 2013, 8:07 PM 21,526 Views 255 Comments

Deputy Michael Moynihan said in response that the imposition of a new broadcasting charge must result in a reduction to the current TV licence fee.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 25 February, 2013

Pat Rabbitte: Ministers and TDs should 'lead by example' and take paycut
# Croke Park
# Croke Park

Pat Rabbitte: Ministers and TDs should 'lead by example' and take paycut

Feb 25th 2013, 9:59 AM 8,139 Views 63 Comments

A new deal on an extension to the Croke Park Agreement is said to be close to completion following overnight talks.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Leaked Savita death report backs government's decision to legislate - Rabbitte
# Savita
# Savita

Leaked Savita death report backs government's decision to legislate - Rabbitte

Feb 13th 2013, 10:22 AM 11,712 Views 92 Comments

The Evening Herald has obtained a draft HSE report into the death of the Indian woman at University Hospital Galway last October.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Everything you need to know about the promissory notes, but were afraid to ask
# Promissory Notes
# Promissory Notes

Everything you need to know about the promissory notes, but were afraid to ask

Feb 3rd 2013, 8:00 AM 37,707 Views 44 Comments

You have been and will be hearing a lot about promissory notes in the coming weeks but what’s it all about? We’ve taken your questions, come up with some of our own and asked the experts…

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 27 January, 2013

No agreement but bank debt deal talks will continue, Ministers insist
# Promissory Notes
# Promissory Notes

No agreement but bank debt deal talks will continue, Ministers insist

Jan 27th 2013, 2:41 PM 4,572 Views 63 Comments

Leo Varadkar and Pat Rabbitte have both insisted that the discussions on reducing the burden of Ireland’s bank debt will continue despite a report that the ECB had rejected a key Irish government proposal.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 24 January, 2013

Poll: Do you welcome the announcement of plans to export wind energy to Britain?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you welcome the announcement of plans to export wind energy to Britain?

Jan 24th 2013, 9:44 AM 12,083 Views 174 Comments

Up to 30,000 jobs could be created under new plans but they could lead to hundreds of wind turbines being built in the midlands. Do you welcome the plans?

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 18 January, 2013

Column: Yes, the media should report bad news, but cynicism mustn’t blind us
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Yes, the media should report bad news, but cynicism mustn’t blind us

Jan 18th 2013, 7:00 AM 148 Views 39 Comments

Of course journalists must hold politicians to account, writes Seamus Conboy – but Ireland needs confidence too.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 4 January, 2013

Column: Social media has society in a panic. What does that tell us?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Social media has society in a panic. What does that tell us?

Jan 4th 2013, 7:00 PM 396 Views 80 Comments

There is a political lesson behind the widespread condemnations of social media, writes Gavan Titley.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

ComReg warns businesses of increase in phone hacking
# Hacked
# Hacked

ComReg warns businesses of increase in phone hacking

Dec 19th 2012, 6:20 PM 6,379 Views 8 Comments

In one phone hacking case, a company had calls to the value of over €250,000 made through its phones.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Poll: Will the government get a deal on promissory notes?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will the government get a deal on promissory notes?

Dec 16th 2012, 11:00 AM 6,870 Views 56 Comments

There have been disputes in cabinet over who gets to say what – but at the end of day, will we get a deal?

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Dáil votes down Sinn Féin's motion of no confidence in the government
# No Confidence
# No Confidence

Dáil votes down Sinn Féin's motion of no confidence in the government

Dec 12th 2012, 9:31 PM 8,198 Views 122 Comments

The motion was defeated with Labour TD Pat Rabbitte calling it “parliamentary farce”.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 6 December, 2012

VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"
# All In The Family
# All In The Family

VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"

Dec 6th 2012, 1:48 PM 13,108 Views 67 Comments

Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.

Government defends decision to cut respite care grant
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Government defends decision to cut respite care grant

Dec 6th 2012, 12:18 PM 3,512 Views 20 Comments

Pat Rabbitte said the government had had to choose between cutting carer’s allowance or cutting respite care.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 15 November, 2012

Internet will contribute €11.3bn annually to the Irish economy by 2016 - report
# Digital
# Digital

Internet will contribute €11.3bn annually to the Irish economy by 2016 - report

Nov 15th 2012, 6:09 PM 4,792 Views 14 Comments

The boost to the economy will be underpinned by 2.6 million online shoppers in 2012, according to new report from UPC.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Merging of Digital Hub into Dublin City Council "short-sighted"
# Digital Hub
# Digital Hub

Merging of Digital Hub into Dublin City Council "short-sighted"

Oct 31st 2012, 6:55 PM 7,229 Views 16 Comments

Greens voice concern as innovation development agency is moved under DCC care instead of the proposed merger with Enterprise Ireland/IDA.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Binders and crossing the Alps barefoot: The week in quotes
# Said And Done
# Said And Done

Binders and crossing the Alps barefoot: The week in quotes

Oct 21st 2012, 7:00 PM 5,434 Views 1 Comment

“I went to a number of women’s groups and I said ‘can you help us find folks?’and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

Rabbitte slams 'orgy of negativity' over bank debt deal
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

Rabbitte slams 'orgy of negativity' over bank debt deal

Oct 21st 2012, 2:28 PM 5,889 Views 48 Comments

Pat Rabbitte siad that he would have preferred if Angela Merkel had not made the remarks she made but insisted that an agreement to deal with Ireland’s bank debt still stands.

Explainer: What is Saorview, and what do you need to do about it?
# Digital TV
# Digital TV

Explainer: What is Saorview, and what do you need to do about it?

Oct 21st 2012, 12:21 PM 9,249 Views 29 Comments

The analogue TV series is being turned off on Wednesday. Are you one of the 100,000 households who hasn’t switched yet?

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 13 October, 2012

Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking
# Gas
# Gas

Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking

Oct 13th 2012, 7:45 AM 3,717 Views 34 Comments

Initial investigations suggest there could be a major gas reserve in the north-west of the country – but the possible use of fracking to extract the gas is highly controversial.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Some 100,000 still to make the switch to Saorview with just two weeks to go
# Saorview
# Saorview

Some 100,000 still to make the switch to Saorview with just two weeks to go

Oct 10th 2012, 1:46 PM 6,147 Views 62 Comments

With the switchover deadline just 14 days away, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has urged the public not to wait until the last minute.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 28 September, 2012

Over €4.1m in pensions paid to former ministers last year
# Ministerial Pensions
# Ministerial Pensions

Over €4.1m in pensions paid to former ministers last year

Sep 28th 2012, 7:18 PM 6,890 Views 46 Comments

Most current government ministers entitled to pensions from previous ministerial posts surrendered them last year but Finance Minister Michael Noonan didn’t. Bertie Ahern handed back some of his annual pension.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 23 September, 2012

Column: I love RTÉ, but I don’t want an internet tax to pay for it
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I love RTÉ, but I don’t want an internet tax to pay for it

Sep 23rd 2012, 8:30 AM 114 Views 114 Comments

Is the ‘household broadcasting charge’ really the best we can do to support the Irish media, asks Paul Quigley.

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Rabbitte rallies to support of Reilly during debate on no confidence motion
# No Confidence
# No Confidence

Rabbitte rallies to support of Reilly during debate on no confidence motion

Sep 18th 2012, 9:25 PM 8,763 Views 59 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s decision to table a motion of no confidence in Health Minister James Reilly tonight drew criticism from the government benches during a heated debate.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 17 September, 2012

Shatter to examine privacy legislation after publication of Kate pictures
# Topless Pics
# Topless Pics

Shatter to examine privacy legislation after publication of Kate pictures

Sep 17th 2012, 5:25 PM 6,710 Views 66 Comments

The Justice Minister has heavily criticised the publication of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in the Irish Daily Star at the weekend.

Rabbitte: Closing Star over Kate pictures would be “nonsense”
# Topless Pics
# Topless Pics

Rabbitte: Closing Star over Kate pictures would be “nonsense”

Sep 17th 2012, 11:46 AM 13,814 Views 58 Comments

The Communcations minister says Richard Desmond’s reaction to the Duchess of Cambridge photos is “completely disproportionate”.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 10 September, 2012

Ministers affirm government commitment to seeing out Croke Park deal
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Ministers affirm government commitment to seeing out Croke Park deal

Sep 10th 2012, 10:26 AM 3,724 Views 62 Comments

Both Pat Rabbitte and Richard Bruton say the current deal runs until 2014 – and the government plans to see it through.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 8 September, 2012

Pat Rabbitte says people should be prepared to pay for national broadcaster
# Broadcasting
# Broadcasting

Pat Rabbitte says people should be prepared to pay for national broadcaster

Sep 8th 2012, 1:38 PM 9,308 Views 108 Comments

Rabbitte said RTE faces many challenges as the media environment changes and advertising markets become more crowded.