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# tds - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

"We must have been shaming them": Carers prevented from holding launch in Leinster House

Groups are no longer being allowed to use a conference room in the Oireachtas to hold pre-Budget briefings. A way for politicians to avoid attending?

# tds - Thursday 26 June, 2014

WATCH LIVE: Labour leadership hopefuls to go head-to-head at hustings

This time, it’s due to take place in the Mansion House in Dublin.

# tds - Thursday 12 June, 2014

How should TDs and Senators deal with whistleblowers? Here's some advice they got...

A guidance note was issued to all deputies and senators last night in the wake of recent controversies surrounding whistleblowers.

Stephen Donnelly says he might quit the banking inquiry

“Events of this week are certainly making me rethink whether or not I want to spend the next year-and-a-half in a basement.”

# tds - Saturday 17 May, 2014

Forum needed to deal with "overwhelming" amount of Garda malpractice complaints

The Justice4All group met today in Navan to call for the setting up of the forum.

# tds - Thursday 17 April, 2014

From The Daily Edge Well, isn't it well for some? Holidail

Well, isn't it well for some?

That’s a grand break.

# tds - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

From The42 Open thread: Are you in favour of the GAA's deal with Sky? Have Your Say

Open thread: Are you in favour of the GAA's deal with Sky?

Some TDs have already voiced their opposition to the move, while former GAA President Nicky Brennan recently played down concerns.

# tds - Monday 24 March, 2014

In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why?

Excluding those who have resigned their seat to take up another political position or ill-health, there have been just a handful of resignations from parliament over principle or controversy down the years. Who are they? And why have there been so few?

# tds - Friday 28 February, 2014

One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year

Meanwhile, fourteen elected representatives didn’t declare their donation statements and may now face prosecution.

# tds - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Three years on, here are the most memorable images of the 2011 election campaign Retrospective This post contains images

Three years on, here are the most memorable images of the 2011 election campaign

This time three years ago Ireland was in the middle of one of the most dramatic general elections the country has ever seen. Remember all these memorable moments from the campaign?

# tds - Thursday 6 February, 2014

More tensions at the PAC as Shane Ross accused of “insatiable thirst for publicity”

Two PAC members have formally requested that the PAC again consider the issue of releasing a transcript of garda whistleblower’s testimony. Ross was today accused of being more interested in “getting on the six o’clock news” than pursuing the truth.

# tds - Monday 27 January, 2014

'We cannot do all the work': PAC's growing prominence leads to tensions among members

An ambulance chaser or an indispensable public spending watchdog? The Public Accounts Committee’s work and role is coming under increasing scrutiny from its own members.

# tds - Friday 24 January, 2014

This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians' allowance bill

Yesterday Minister Brendan Howlin introduced new legislation in the Dail which will keep closer checks on how TDs and Senators spend the money.

# tds - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

'A taser for the Ceann Comhairle': Here's what our politicians are asking Santa for this Christmas

Even TDs and Senators are writing letters to the big fella in the North Pole this year…

# tds - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Developing the 'hard neck': TDs on death threats, abuse, and their coping strategies

Is enough being done to help out TDs and Senators cope with the abuse they receive and the difficult cases they have to deal with in their constituencies? takes a look.

# tds - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committee

Brian Conlan, who resigned from his role as CEO at the start of this week, has agreed to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

# tds - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

CRC grilling, powercuts, and everything else happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# tds - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Keaveney: Mistakes were made but Micheál Martin has apologised for them

Colm Keaveney tells why he is now a member of Fianna Fáil and why he didn’t run for Europe.

# tds - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

"Initiative overload": ASTI bring Junior Cycle concerns to TDs and Senators

Teachers say they have major concerns about how the plans will be implemented. Initial talks with the Department took place on Monday.

# tds - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

17 TDs admit they’ve had an alcoholic drink before going into the Dáil chamber

“If a TD has a pint or two I don’t think that’s a problem for me and I don’t think it’s a problem for the citizens of the country either,” Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg has told TV3′s Midweek programme.

# tds - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

21 pictures of TDs and Senators taking part in a fashion show Dedicated Followers This post contains images

21 pictures of TDs and Senators taking part in a fashion show

A hat shaped like a flower, an illuminous golfer and a Minister’s strut. The Shelbourne Hotel had it all last night.

# tds - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

TDs and Senators to strut their stuff on the catwalk for charity Strike A Pose This post contains images

TDs and Senators to strut their stuff on the catwalk for charity

Dáil and Seanad members will go head to head with professional models for charity in the Shelbourne Hotel next week.

# tds - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week

Under changes taking effect this week Leaders’ Questions move to midday on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

# tds - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances

A new bill published yesterday will ensure that unspent allowances from TDs and Senators are repaid for the first time.

# tds - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances

The government has published the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013 today which will deal with the controversial party leaders’ allowance.

# tds - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Ceann Comhairle tells TDs: 'Go and watch television to see what it sounds like'

“There’s a lot of people made a lot of sacrifices so we could come into this chamber and debate, not to shout each other down.”

# tds - Friday 11 October, 2013

TDs and Senators given advice to counter 'disingenuous annual media yarn' on allowances

TDs and Senators have been told to point out that “most if not all members” will have exceeded the minimum number of attendance days to qualify for allowances. In fact, just 15 TDs and four Senators have reached the required number of days.

# tds - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad

After a little trouble with the colours of the Irish flag – and a little trip for Enda – we think they got the message across.

# tds - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Central Bank Governor faces questions over banks’ legal letters and Anglo Tapes

Patrick Honohan has been called to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee after it emerged thousands of legal letters being sent by banks could be classified as ‘sustainable mortgage solutions’.

# tds - Monday 23 September, 2013

Pub body CEO: I don't think TDs should be able to drink in Leinster House Exclusive

Padraig Cribben of the Vintners Federation of Ireland told that TDs should be setting an example.

# tds - Friday 20 September, 2013

Leinster House will open its doors to 1,650 people tonight (so no need to scale the fence, then)

The Houses of the Oireachtas will be open as part of Culture Night. But no, you won’t be allowed sit in Enda’s chair…

# tds - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Having trouble deciding on the Seanad vote? This handy site might give you a steer...

Basically a quick online ‘Cosmo quiz’ quiz, is aimed at cutting through the spin and helping voters work out their position on the abolition of the upper house.

# tds - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

Crowd gathering at 'Lock the government out of the Dáil' protest

The plan had been to form a human chain around the entrance to stop TDs getting in but gardaí have pushed the demonstration back.

# tds - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Burton: Welfare cap not being considered for Budget

The Minister for Social Protection said the measure had been on the table, but was no longer being looked at ahead of next month’s Budget.

# tds - Monday 16 September, 2013

They're back: Here are 8 questions we're asking ahead of the new Dáil term

The Seanad is also back but will it be abolished? We look at that and seven other questions ahead of the return of TDs and Senators this week.

# tds - Thursday 12 September, 2013

The 4 October referendums: Just five days to make sure you're registered

The closing date to get on the register is next Tuesday. So, what do you need to do to ensure you’re on the list?

TDs to be told: 'Coalition needs to live up to staffing promises in mental health'

Mental Health Reform will address TDs and Senators today on issues in the sector; the group is highlighting shortfalls in promised staffing levels and concerns about ring-fencing of funding.

# tds - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Politicians' places of work: what happens around the world?

TDs and senators may have spent six figures in Leinster House bars last year, but how do their perks compare with those of their international counterparts?

# tds - Friday 6 September, 2013

Pints, wine and scones: Nearly €7k spent in Dáil bars during late night abortion debate

The amount spent on pints of lager and Guinness as well as Snack bars and Club Milks as TDs debated the landmark abortion legislation is laid bare in documents obtained and published today by

Oireachtas bars turned over €300,000 last year

The Oireachtas bars do not “come under the same regulations as public bars”, a Freedom of Information request has confirmed.