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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Robert Dowds

All time
# over and out
Yet another Labour TD is stepping down at the next election
Robert Dowds is not running in Dublin Mid-West next time out.
# Criticism
Sinn Féin defends leaflet amid accusations of 'blatant sectarianism'
A leaflet for Gerry Kelly contains census figures showing more Catholics than Protestants in North Belfast.
# Bit of a commotion
A Labour TD crashed his car into the barrier at Leinster House
Robert Dowds got a slight cut to his hand but is otherwise okay.
# 8th amendment
These Labour TDs and Senators think we should have another abortion referendum
There are growing calls for repeal of the 8th Amendment.
# city slickers
Rebel Labour TDs warn of "rip off" over Dublin's property tax being spent in rural areas
And Pat Rabbitte shares their concerns.
# Awkward
'Publicity seeking' McGuinness criticised by his own committee over resignation call
John McGuinness’s call for two senior health officials to resign during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday has been criticised by some of his colleagues.
# Medical Cards
PAC Chair says HSE is 'not fit for purpose'
John McGuinness called on the HSE’s Director General and the Secretary General of the Department of Health to resign.
# Rehab Group
PAC hasn’t got all the information it wanted about Rehab… or Frank Flannery
Flannery has told the PAC in a letter that he is willing to cooperate with its inquiry into the Rehab Group by, in the first instance, providing written information.
Ireland's drinking problem goes beyond Arthur's Day - An Taoiseach
The Taoiseach was asked today if he supported a boycott of Arthur’s Day, but said that Ireland’s relationship with alcohol goes beyond one day.
# Oireachtas agenda
Labour TD's bill would give public access to private land
The Dáil will today debate a bill from Robert Dowds, identifying privately-owned property to be used as recreational land.
# Corporation Tax
Noonan: US Senate is "misleading" the world on Ireland's tax rate
The finance minister says the supposed ’2 per cent’ tax rate wrongly implies that Apple’s global profits are all taxable here.
# Labour
'There's no point in pretending that this is a Labour Govt' - Labour TD
Robert Dowds made the statement when calling for those who had lost the whip to rejoin the fold.
# Nessa Childers
'Fair-weather friend' Childers criticised by Labour TDs over resignation
The MEP’s decision to resign from the parliamentary party was met with disappointment and criticism from her Labour colleagues today.
# Labour
Labour denies Gilmore seeking to shore up support among TDs and senators
A suggestion that the Tánaiste has been seeking support for his leadership from the parliamentary party has been denied by Labour and a number of its TDs though many did not return calls today.
# Private Schools
Government backbenchers split over possible cuts to private school subsidy
Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy wants to keep the €96 million subvention, but Labour’s Robert Dowds insists it must go.
# Political perks
Ministers to keep €3,500 laundry allowance, Government confirms
Michael Noonan said he had no plans to remove the perk, which can be claimed as a tax refund by ministers who stay in hotels.
# Dublin Mid West
No-one elected in Dublin Mid West in first count
While Labour’s Joanna Tuffy is in the lead after the first count in Dublin Mid West, no candidate reached the quota required.