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12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
Bríd Smith: If we did free transport right, we can convince more than 1% of car users to switch
We need better, more frequent and efficient public transport in rural and urban areas and we need to make it free, writes Bríd Smith.
Last year
# Courts
Man gets suspended sentence after sending sexually explicit videos to Fine Gael TD
The TD had safety concerns, particularly as she was meeting with members of the public during an election campaign
# factfind
FactFind: How many current TDs own houses that they rent out?
Some TDs who had residential tenants let did not declare the rental income
There are 160 TDs in the Dáil - but it isn't entirely straightforward to find out which of them also derive an income from renting houses.
An analysis by The Journal sought to find out, using the Dáil register of interests and by contacting individual TDs.
# Dáil
Investigation: TDs who own rental property but haven't declared rental income
One TD registered 18 properties and no rental income.
TDs are required to declare any additional incomes above €2,600.
Six TDs did not mention any rental income, despite their declaration of ownership of rental properties.
A seventh said he had declared rental income correctly but this was not reflected.
'Unacceptable': Sinn Féin warn Meath TD over lapse in rental property RTB registration
Fianna Fáilers were uneasy about Troy staying, but didn't expect him to fall so soon
# Court
Man (43) pleads guilty to harassing TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill
The court has ordered a victim impact statement.
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# European Parliament
Billy Kelleher will run as an MEP candidate for Fianna Fáil
Galway TD Anne Rabbitte has also been selected as an MEP candidate for the party.
# Consent
Black lace thong held up in the Dáil as TD raises controversial rape trial comments
TD Ruth Coppinger said it was time for ‘rape myths’ to be dispelled with in court cases,
# Peter Fitzpatrick
Louth TD says he won't run for Fine Gael again
He took the last seat in both 2011 and 2016 as a Fine Gael member.
# Brexit
Time for Irish unity referendum is drawing near, says Mary Lou McDonald
Earlier this week, McDonald said that a ‘chaotic brexit’ is not the time to seek a united Ireland.
# housing committee
Eoghan Murphy accused of being either 'not competent' or 'not fit for office' over homeless figures
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin levelled the charge at Minister Eoghan Murphy as the minister appeared before the Oireachtas Housing Committee this afternoon.
# Cork
Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley apologises for verbally abusing gardaí while drunk
The party’s junior spokesperson on mental health said that his behaviour towards Gardaí “was not what it should have been”.
# jobstown
Paul Murphy complaint about Irish Times article not upheld by Press Ombudsman
Murphy appealed to the Press Council of Ireland but it found there was insufficient evidence to support the appeal.
Mary Lou McDonald on Dáil debate: 'Playing the woman and not the ball is a tactic'
The deputy leader of Sinn Féin writes for on her frustration with the ‘arrogance and entitlement’ of establishment parties.
# line of duty
Over 290 gardaí injured while on duty so far this year
That’s according to new figures shared by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
# rural ireland
'If a pilot had two or three glasses to drink I'd still get on the plane' - Danny Healy Rae on drink driving limits
A new bill sponsored by Minister for Transport Shane Ross would see mandatory bans implemented for all drink drivers.
# Housing
Paying over €2,500 a month rent in a house share? Then you should be paying stamp duty
Stamp duty is the fee payable on the instruments used to transfer property.
# 'boxer' moran
'I had a loaded gun and all sorts of thoughts' - TD opens up about struggles with depression
Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran described his struggles in an emotional Late Late Show interview.
# Minister for Education
Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announced she wouldn’t be running earlier this morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think TDs should stand during the Dáil prayer?
The prayer is read by the Ceann Comhairle at the beginning of each day.
# siobhán phillips
Family of woman shot at same time as Garda Tony Golden to sue Gardaí
An RTÉ Investigates programme broadcast last night called into question whether the man who shot Garda Golden and Siobhán Phillips was in fact a Garda informer.
# Public condemnation
Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East
TD Mattie McGrath says that he and other deputies have been trying to get the Dáil to issue an explicit motion on the issue.
# red rock
A TD went undercover to tackle touts charging €600 for Ireland v England tickets
The first clip shows Rock meeting a man in Dublin city, who was selling two tickets in row Q in the north stand for €550.
# To be Frank
"Fully vindicated" - Frank Feighan is set to contest the next election for Fine Gael
Feighan had chosen to not contest last year’s general election after spending nine years in Dáil Éireann.
Former Fine Gael and Independent TD Peter Mathews has died aged 65
The former Dublin South TD announced last year he had been diagnosed with cancer.
# Criticism
Bank of Ireland 'Fomo' loans for students branded as 'irresponsible'
The loans were only offered to a select number of students at Dublin City University.
# occupational hazard
An unfortunate place to sit, Enda - but photos like this are harder to avoid than you might think
When it comes to sitting under unfortunate words or phrases, it’s a case of ‘win some, lose some’ for politicians.
# Moving Forward
After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability
A bill has been approved by Government which will enable ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
# on the air
Musicians hold sing-song outside Leinster House in bid to get more radio play
They were there to launch a new bill from Labour TD Willie Penrose.
# Facts
Danny Healy-Rae says Noah's Ark is "a fact"
The TD made headlines earlier this year when he asserted that “God above” is in charge of the weather.
# Recruitment Drive
Search begins for new officers with "tolerance and humanity" to work in Irish prisons
The first recruits are expected to enter prison service college in early 2017.
# Ivor Callely
Ex-Fianna Fáil TD dodges jail - but judge says he led court on "merry dance"
The former junior minister paid a debt he owed for more than three years – but came in for criticism from the presiding judge.
# Abortion
We asked every TD if they want to repeal the Eighth Amendment - here's what they said
A lot of them don’t want to talk about it.
# Privacy
GSOC says details of Clare Daly's arrest were leaked by gardaí - but no one will be punished
Daly was arrested in 2013 after a breathalyser failed to register a reading, but was later cleared.
# Courts
19 accused in Jobstown trial to have separate trials
They had previously asked that they go on trial together. The trials will most likely be broken up into blocks.
# Expenses
'There's no wrongdoing here': Katherine Zappone defends Dáil travel expenses
Zappone said the route she uses is the fastest and most efficient in terms of saving time.
# rawhide
"She was giving me a right doing" - Healy-Rae has his say on his close encounter with a cow
The TD is due to be released today from Cork University Hospital.
# the man in the van
Not to be outdone by the Healy-Raes, Mattie McGrath's released a pizza-based election song
# the man in the van
Tipp TD Mattie McGrath's election song is all kinds of cringe
Former Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan charged over pub assault
The deputy resigned from his party last month, citing concerns over the North-South Interconnector project.
# Resignation
Sean Conlan thinks Fine Gael is out to get him
The TD, who resigned from the party yesterday, claimed figures in Fine Gael are attempting to silence him.