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# pat-rabbitte - Monday 15 April, 2013

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.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 14 April, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing on 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'

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

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

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 2 March, 2013

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

Here is the week's news... skewed

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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?

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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

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

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

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"

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 This post contains images

Binders and crossing the Alps barefoot: The week in quotes

“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

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?

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

Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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