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#Pat Rabbitte

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 17 October, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

13 licences granted for fuel exploration off Irish coast

Some 13 new licences for oil and gas exploration off the Irish coast have been granted, the Minister for Energy has confirmed.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 14 October, 2011

Poll: Have you made the change to digital television? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you made the change to digital television?

Minister Pat Rabbitte today announced that analogue television services will be switched off on 24 October 2012: we’re asking, are you ready for digital TV?

Rabbitte says cabinet’s budget negotiations will be ‘extremely difficult’

The Minister for Communications believes that the government should go no further then cutting €3.6 billion in the forthcoming budget.

Date set for digital TV switchover, here's what you need to know

The Minister for Communications has confirmed that the analogue TV signal will be switched off on 24 October 2012.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 6 October, 2011

The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Thursday

In tonight’s Fix: The presidential candidates doing well in the latest opinion polls; tributes flow for Steve Jobs, and who is the Irish Examiner columnist who is accused of plagiarism?

Rabbitte orders review of fracking in response to concerns

The possibility that hydraulic drilling could be carried out in the northwest has raised concern among environmental activists, residents, and politicians.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 15 September, 2011

UNITE official fully expects ESB workers to vote for industrial action

Jimmy Kelly says workers had already indicated their desire to strike if the government tried to dispose of it.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

UNITE to ballot members on industrial action over ESB sell off ESB

UNITE to ballot members on industrial action over ESB sell off

The decision follows an announcement by the government today that it would sell off a minority stake in the state-owned utility company.

Govt promises no disconnections this winter

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has welcomed comments by Minister Pat Rabbitte that households will not have their heating and electricity disconnected this winter.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 12 September, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Poll: Are you worried about December’s Budget? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you worried about December’s Budget?

Pat Rabbitte has been dropping ominous warnings about the pain contained in Budget 2012 – but is it too early for us to be getting anxious.

‘Extremely painful’ Budget on the way, Rabbitte warns

The energy minister says there is “no more low-hanging fruit” for the €3.6billion in savings which the government wants.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 5 September, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Negative equity should not mean debt forgiveness - Rabbitte

The communications minister says “blanket debt forgiveness” is not an option, but that banks should write off loans where there’s a genuine inability to pay.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Energy efficiency can create jobs

A European Commission ban on 60 watt light bulbs came into effect today, as we’re told we must make ourselves 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2020.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 7 August, 2011

Ministers won't be recalled from holidays despite spiralling Euro crisis

Much of the cabinet is understood to have decamped to Kerry, as one analyst warns we could be headed for a Eurozone split.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

ComReg warns of increase in 'corporate phone-hacking'

Instances of hacking into a company’s switchboard, and then using their phone lines to make calls, are up in 2011.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Chiefs of Bord Gáis, ESB and An Post still won’t say they will take pay cut

Pat Rabbitte asked the heads of the three semi-States under his remit to accept voluntary pay cap of €250,000 a month ago – they still haven’t given him an answer.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 13 June, 2011

Ireland still has no missing children's hotline - because nobody's prepared to run it

The 116000 number has been reserved for a national hotline, like those in Europe – but nobody has applied to run it.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 12 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge "Stop the bus, I wanna go...": Ministers head for key meetings on the austerity coach Caption Competition

"Stop the bus, I wanna go...": Ministers head for key meetings on the austerity coach

Caption Competition: We’re wondering what the ministers are talking about as they emerge from the austerity bus that brought them to key meetings in Dublin last week.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 29 May, 2011

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore insists government is committed to labour reforms

Gilmore insisted this afternoon that whilst TDs were entitled to their opinions reforms to the Joint Labour Committee agreements are necessary, appearing to back under fire Richard Bruton.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 28 May, 2011

Bruton continues to come under fire from Labour over wage agreements

Labour TDs have continued to criticise proposed reforms to wage agreements by the Minister for Enterprise, reportedly with the support of the Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.

# pat-rabbitte - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Communications minister launches free-to-air Digital TV service

Ireland’s answer to Freeview, called ‘Saorview’, will ultimately replace the current analogue TV broadcast system.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 22 May, 2011

Ministers seek to crackdown on bonuses to semi-state chiefs - report

The Sunday Business Post reports that government ministers have or intend to make their views known to commercial state companies regarding bonus payments.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

In today’s 9 at 9: State funeral for Garret FitzGerald; final preparations for Obama; another volcanic eruption; elections in Spain; weak children; and the glory that was Leinster in Cardiff.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 9 May, 2011

Plan for full broadband coverage in Ireland by end of 2012

The Rural Broadband Scheme aims to ensure the remaining parts of the country without broadband coverage get it. Separately an initiative to introduce next-generation broadband to Ireland is underway.

Government acknowledges moves to reduce bailout interest rate

Two government ministers yesterday indicated that Ireland was in line for a reduction on the interest it pays on its EU/IMF loans.

# pat-rabbitte - Sunday 17 April, 2011

Water charges could be introduced before meters are fitted

If the State’s finances get any worse then the government could be forced to act early, Pat Rabbitte admits.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 11 April, 2011

Government to sign off on spending review as quangos and State assets targeted

The news comes as communications minister Pat Rabbitte warned that public sector pay may be cut again.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

Goverment may axe TV licence...and replace it with a new household charge

Even if you don’t have a TV, you may soon have to start contributing to RTE’s output.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Rabbitte pledges ban on lobbying and corporate donations

Minister opens second day of Dáil statements on Moriarty findings, saying government plans to introduce legislation which will keep business and politics at a “healthy” arms length.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

Moriarty Tribunal findings to be referred to DPP

Enda Kenny says he’s asked Pat Rabbitte to refer yesterday’s 2,400-page report to the DPP and Garda Commissioner.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

Poll: Who should be ceann comhairle? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who should be ceann comhairle?

The Ceann Comhairle is expected to be impartial, authoritative and able to keep control of the House. Who do you think is up to the job?

# pat-rabbitte - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

Opposition 'still an option' for Labour, chiefs believe

Labour’s National Council gives its go-ahead for coalition talks with FG – but says it won’t fly straight into government.

# pat-rabbitte - Monday 28 February, 2011

Revealed: the ten biggest winners and losers of Election 2011 GE11 This post contains images

Revealed: the ten biggest winners and losers of Election 2011

We’ve totted up the figures, quantified the quotas, and worked out the ten most – and least – popular politicians in Ireland.

# pat-rabbitte - Saturday 26 February, 2011

LABOUR HAS TAKEN THE second seat of GE11, with Pat Rabbitte polling on top in Dublin South West in the first count. Rabbitte received 12,867 votes – that’s 3,500 votes over the quota. Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes has less than 30 votes below the quota on the first count. Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe polled third, with 8,064 votes. The second count will now commence. Labour’s Joan Burton took the first seat about an hour ago in Dublin West.

# pat-rabbitte - Friday 18 February, 2011

On the hustings: The week in pictures on the Election 2011 campaign trail In Pics This post contains images

On the hustings: The week in pictures on the Election 2011 campaign trail

TheJournal.ie brings you Election 2011′s candidates in their more – or less – photogenic moments of the week.

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 16 February, 2011

Daily Fix: Wednesday

Nine days to go – our daily round-up of the winners and losers of the day. Who’s been getting the boot in (literally)?

# pat-rabbitte - Wednesday 9 February, 2011

Parties continue debate over backing of bank guarantee

Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael have all continued their discussion on whether the bank guarantee was a mistake.