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# Technical Group

All time
# Greece
'No-brainer', 'game changer' and 'a dig out of a hole' - why these people want a debt conference
Will the Government change its mind?
# Dear Michael
49 TDs and senators in eleventh-hour appeal to Michael D over Water Bill
The President had a swift response for some of them (and it wasn’t a complete ‘no’.)
# Ceann Comhairle
It looks like this man could be facing a motion of no confidence pretty soon
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is increasingly unpopular amongst opposition TDs.
# Can't we be friends?
The massive row that shut down the Dáil on Wednesday is only getting worse
It’s complicated, but let us explain…
# not getting along
Three TDs have been suspended from the Dáil after a massive row
And the Dáil has now been suspended until tomorrow morning.
# Friends
They didn't want her, but the Technical Group had an 'amicable' meeting with Lucinda Creighton today
The Dáil grouping now wants more speaking rights and extra committee memberships.
# Awkward
Lucinda Creighton says she's joined the Dáil Technical Group - but they don't want her
Much confusion as to whether the former Fine Gael TD is now part of the loose alliance of independent deputies.
# Oireachtas agenda
What changes does Ibec want in the 2015 Budget?
Ibec is one of several groups making pre-budget submissions to the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, but what else is happening in Leinster House?
# stage-managed
New TD Ruth Coppinger on the frustrations of Leinster House
The Socialist TD was elected to represent Dublin West last month.
# Socialist switch-up
'I've convicted the system over and over': Joe Higgins is relishing the banking inquiry
The Socialist Party TD has been nominated to serve on the inquiry by the Dáil’s Technical Group this afternoon.
# Oireachtas agenda
How are senior gardaí appointed and removed from their jobs?
The Technical Group will put forward a Bill today that would update the current process.
# contracted
Outsourcing of medical card reviews to German company blamed for 'bizarre judgements'
Clare Daly TD told the Dáil that staff at Dublin-based Arvato Finance are not trained to carry out the reviews.
# Not happy
16 TDs want a meeting with RTÉ because they're being treated 'very unfairly'
Members of the Dáil’s Technical Group claim that the national broadcaster is unfairly excluding them from a Prime Time panel. RTÉ argues that independents are not a political party and represent themselves.
# Oireachtas agenda
Homelessness and taking DNA samples from suspected criminals
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
# Homelessness
'Getting worse by the night': TDs debate Ireland's growing housing crisis
The government was accused of demonstrating “arrogance beyond belief” as only three members of the coalition attended the discussion.
# Oireachtas agenda
Whistleblowers, more whistleblowers and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on in the world of Irish governance today? This is…
# Mattie McGrath
‘Liberals don’t like my thinking’: TD claims he was ousted over abortion views
Mattie McGrath has been removed from two Oireachtas committees by the Dáil Technical Group.
# Walkout
WATCH: Fianna Fáil lead Dáil walkout after row over water services legislation
Sinn Féin and independent TDs joined them as the government’s attempts to dispose of the Water Services Bill this week drew condemnation.
# Bailout exit
‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line
Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that Ireland will not avail of a precautionary credit facility when it exits the bailout programme on 15 December.
# Cannabis
Dáil to debate legalising cannabis for three hours next week
A private members’ motion by independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan is likely to provoke some interesting debate in the Dáil next Tuesday and Wednesday.
# speaking rights
Ceann Comhairle: 'Parliament has to be independent of Government'
The leader of the Dáil was speaking after a week in which he surprised many, including the government, by allowing members of the Reform Alliance and former Labour parliamentary party TDs speaking time during Dáil debates.
# Speaking time
Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here's why it's 'as clear as mud'
Confusion reigns about whether TDs expelled from parliamentary parties can join the Technical Group.
# Silenced
Reform Alliance unlikely to get speaking rights in the Dáil
The government has no plans to allow the expelled Fine Gael rebels, now known as the Reform Alliance, speaking rights in the Dáil.
# Technical Group
'Mick has a serious credibility problem': TDs split on who does Leaders' Questions
Seamus Healy and Stephen Donnelly will represent the Technical Group at Leaders’ Question in the next Dáil term but Luke Ming Flanagan and Mick Wallace are not happy about this.
# These are the Facts
TD seeks to address 'plethora of misinformation' about Technical Group
Catherine Murphy has produced a fact sheet to clarify the parliamentary process when it comes to forming technical groups and political parties.
# Gang of Eight
Explainer: Why can't the Fine Gael rebels form a new political party?
They can’t establish a second Technical Group and they won’t be allowed join the existing one. Are Lucinda Creighton et al becoming a modern day Blanche DuBois?
# Rebel Rebel
Exiled Fine Gael TDs and Senators have "no plans" to form a new party - "at the moment"
Paul Bradford, the temporary spokesperson for the group of eight Fine Gael TDs and Senators, says that government should be “grown up” and allow the rebels speaking rights in the Dáil and Seanad.
# News Fix
Here’s what happened today: Monday
Everyone’s talking about John Kerry’s strong speech on Syria and a shooting that went wrong in Dublin.
# speaking rights
Government rules out Fine Gael rebels’ bid to form second Dáil technical group
The government chief whip has told TheJournal.ie that the coalition has no plans to amend Dáil standing orders as some Fine Gael TDs and senators outside of the Fine Gael parliamentary party are seeking to do.
# Dáil Technical Group
Want to work for these TDs? Technical Group seeks assistant for 'tricky job'
A “tricky job” with “crazy hours” is how the position of parliamentary coordinator with the Dáíl Technical Group is being described.
# Technical Group
TDs speak of 'need for an alternative' amid moves to create new Dáil group
Attempts are being made to form a new Technical Group in the Dáil but reports of a new political party have been dismissed by several TDs who were said to be involved in talks.
# Switch-up
Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil?
The independent TD declined to comment when asked if he was interested in joining the party which itself has denied it has approached the former Progressive Democrat deputy.
# Dáil Technical Group
Ming points controversy 'damages reputation of independents' - Joan Collins
Joan Collins was one of four TDs, including Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who highlighted the issue of penalty points being quashed. She said revelations about ‘Ming’ will impact on the reputation of independent deputies.
# Promissory Note
Technical Group to force Dáil vote on promissory note repayment
15 TDs, led by Shane Ross, have tabled a motion calling for a public assertion that Ireland won’t make the next repayment.
# Leaders' Questions
Gilmore refuses to confirm property tax rumours
Reports suggest the property tax will cost homeowners between €200 and €400 a year – but Eamon Gilmore would not discuss the figures in the Dáil this morning.
Voices
Column: Troubles over Mick Wallace follow a long line of left-wing splits
The Irish left has a history of schism, writes Adrian Grant – but if it wants to reap electoral rewards it must learn to co-operate.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Technical Group
McGrath quits as chairman of Dáil’s technical group in Wallace row
The independent TD is “completely fed up” with Mick Wallace’s actions and doesn’t want him inside the technical group.
# Mick Wallace
Wallace slammed over 'arrogance' and 'venomous assault' on Technical Group
Independent TD John Halligan is now supporting efforts to deny Wallace any speaking time in the Dáil following his latest remarks about former colleagues in the Technical Group.