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# Pearse Doherty

This week
26th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# kicking off
Ceann Comhairle threatens to suspend Dáil amid shouting, says public would be 'disgusted'
The Ceann Comhairle got to his feet to call for order after a tense exchange between Pearse Doherty and Micheál Martin
This year
# Cost of Living
Govt expected to sign off on cost-of-living package next week following 'good discussion'
It comes after the Tánaiste accused Sinn Féin of “clever politics” in the Dáil during a tense exchange over the upcoming package.
# Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe apologises for 'clear mistake' but opposition parties query figures
Minister Paschal Donohoe said he understood work on hanging election posters to have been done on a ‘voluntary basis’.
Last year
# Banks
Tánaiste says there are no current plans to reintroduce mortgage interest relief
Varadkar said there are no plans currently but it’s not something the Government would rule out for the future.
# Energy
1,000 disconnections in first half of this year as minister promises action plan in weeks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says 450,000 PAYG customers are being abandoned by Government.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney: No surprise in Northern census results but good relationships needed before border poll
Coveney and Doherty were speaking after it emerged that catholics now outnumber protestants in Northern Ireland.
# Leaders' Questions
Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty responded by saying that Minister Ryan is ‘in bed with the Irish Tories’.
# budget 2023
Coveney says government is 'ruling nothing out' in response to cost-of-living crisis
The Foreign Affairs Minister warned “this isn’t a crisis that is going to go away quickly”.
# dail spat
Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator
Senator Lynn Ruane said words said in the Dáil can target and impact communities.
# Leaders' Questions
In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
An Tánaiste accused the Sinn Féin TD of a “cheap shot” during Leaders’ Questions.
# energy costs
Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
The Taoiseach told the Dáil that Putin wants western governments to get the blame for rising energy costs.
# Housing
'I won't be bullied by you': O'Brien and Doherty clash over State subsidy scheme for developers
The housing minister says the scheme aims to bring into use 80,000 un-commenced planning permissions.
# The Banks
Exiting Ulster Bank gives customers six-month 'deadline' to repay their overdrafts
But bank officials said the lender will remain flexible and urged customers having difficulties to come forward immediately.
# National Maternity Hospital
‘No guarantee’ that maternity hospital CPO would be successful – Donnelly
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said further delay would not be the right choice.
# turf wars burn on
'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban
Leaders Questions saw the third day of intense political debate over the turf issue.
# turf ban vote
Government defeats Dáil turf ban motion by 72 to 63 votes
The votes were aimed at scrapping plans to restrict the sale of turf and cancel the carbon tax increase on 1 May.
# Inflation
'Government doesn't get it': Opposition parties say cost of living package won't go far enough
The rising cost of living is ‘hurting people in the pocket’, said Leo Varadkar.
# vimes boots
Explainer: Why is everything more expensive?
In Ireland and across Europe, prices have risen sharply over the past year as economies have reopened.
No let up in cost of living surge in January as Eurozone inflation hits a record high
CSO examining how to show 'disproportionate' impact of soaring inflation on poorer families
# argy bargy
Taoiseach and Pearse Doherty clash over champagne gathering and Bobby Storey funeral
Micheál Martin said Sinn Féin has still not apologised for attending the funeral gathering in 2020.
# champagne gate
Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the review of the gathering published last night is “insufficient” and called for an independent investigation.
# disabled drivers
Government slammed by opposition TDs as board of disabled drivers group resigns
Pearse Doherty and Denis Naughten are among the TDs who have hit out at the government’s handling of the matter.
All time
# mica
Mica campaigners say average homeowner will have to pay €65,000 under redress scheme
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty today told the government to “go back to the drawing board”.
# Donegal
Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal
The report’s publication has been delayed following a dispute between the HSE, gardaí and the report’s authors.
# r116
Government to cover legal bill for families of R116 victims
Eamon Ryan has told families of the victims of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 crash that the Government will cover their legal costs.
# The Banks
Competition watchdog launches full probe of Bank of Ireland proposal to buy KBC Bank loans
The CCPC said an in-depth investigation was required to determine whether the deal would weaken competition.
Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste
Varadkar said the Department of Housing has also received requests from local authorities in Sligo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to engage in the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.
# consumer watchdog
No sanctions against car insurers over alleged pricing practices despite five-year probe
Pearse Doherty said the consumer watchdog needs expanded powers to deal with competition law breaches.
Pearse Doherty: Davy's top brass can’t lose when there's no accountability
Legislation to underpin individual accountability in the financial sector must be published without delay, writes the Sinn Féin TD.
# Central Bank
'Ban car and home insurers from penalising customer loyalty,' says industry regulator
The Central Bank’s proposals are “a victory for consumers”, says Pearse Doherty.
# Mica Scandal
Houses damaged by mica will be exempt from Local Property Tax for six years, says Paschal Donohoe
No local authority will be worse off as a result of changes to the tax, Donohoe said.
# Housing
Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told
Doherty read out some personal testimonies into the Dáil record from people who say they will never be able to save to buy their own home.
# donegal spike
Donegal: Stephen Donnelly to meet with local politicians and public health officials over virus concerns
Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said the CMO had painted the county with a “wide brush”.
Pearse Doherty: KBC exit is body blow to customers and staff that will reduce competition
The Sinn Féin TD says the move leaves the future of the Irish banking sector uncertain.
# Shuttered
'Ripping commercial heart from Provincial Ireland': Political opprobrium descends on BOI closures
Unions have also asked the bank to halt the decision.
# Pubs vs FBD
Higher premiums and Central Bank probes: Landmark case by pubs against FBD could have far-reaching implications
It’s too early to say but experts believe the costs could eventually be passed onto consumers.
# CervicalCheck
'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured
Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment is subject to income tax, Dáil Finance Committee agrees
The Committee voted in favour of the Finance Bill clause this afternoon.
# Leaders' Questions
Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'
Leo Varadkar says he does not “as standard” retain text messages, but retains official emails
# level 5
O'Brien says 'blanket' eviction ban to take effect while government will engage with banks on mortgage breaks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said today that engaging with the banks on mortgage breaks is the “least the minister of finance should do”.
# Budget 2021
Plans to 'reverse PUP cuts and double investment in housing': Sinn Féin launches alternative Budget
Sinn Féin said it would aim to spend €18.28 billion in total, €6.28 billion more than the government’s target.