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# Thomas Byrne

Last month
February 2023
# Olympics
Sports Minister says Olympics ban for athletes from Russia and Belarus should continue
Byrne added that he wished circumstances were different, because athletes from every country should be able to compete.
# political arena
Government still considering funding Taylor’s Croke Park fight but May date an issue
Sports minister Thomas Byrne has also rejected Eddie Hearn’s assertion that his department did not engage on the issue.
This year
# Money Talks
Sports minister defends investment in football but sidesteps betting tax questions
Thomas Byrne did admit that the government needs to ‘step up to the plate’ in improving the sport’s facilities in Ireland.
Last year
# Brexit
Ireland’s Europe Minister hopes Truss would set ‘good’ pattern on Brexit issues
Thomas Byrne hopes that talks on resetting Brexit could still be held.
# Crime
EU proposal aims to crack down on 'dirty money' after Kinahan gang sanctions
European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said the EU wants to ‘go further’ when it comes to dealing with money laundering.
All time
# Northern Ireland
Government seeking ‘early warning system’ on use of Article 16
European Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne said the Government is seeking a new safety clause.
# Thomas Byrne
Ireland 'deeply troubled' by Belarus' threat to take children from protester parents
More than 700 people were jailed following latest anti-government protests in Belarus, the country’s interior ministry said on Monday.
# Travel
Covid-19 test centres fully operational in Cork and Shannon Airports from tomorrow
Travellers arriving into Ireland from ‘red’ regions in the EU will be allowed to move freely once they pass a PCR Covid-19 test five days following their arrival.
# brexit trade talks
EU chief and Boris Johnson agree to ‘redouble efforts’ to reach a deal in trade talks
The briefing is seen as a key moment in the discussions after negotiations derailed in October.
# Thomas Byrne
Where does Ireland's Europe minister think Brexit talks stand now?
The Meath-East TD, who worked in European law and twice ran as an MEP candidate, talks to about an extraordinary Brexit week.
# memory lapse
Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism
Minister for public expenditure Michael McGrath “didn’t recall” his party, Fianna Fáil, trying to block the same allowances in 2017.
# Controversy
Minister denies being source on Barry Cowen drink-driving ban report
Thomas Byrne, a Fianna Fáil TD from Meath East, addressed allegations made about him online that he gave the story to the media,
# State Exams
Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert
The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.
# European elections
'I don't think it worked': Micheál Martin isn't too happy about the crowded line ups for this week's TV debates
Martin has suggested a ‘threshold’ for candidates might be used the next time around.
# Homelessness
'Doing untold damage': FF calls for better State support for homeless schoolchildren
The party is bringing forward a private members motion on the matter in the Dáil tomorrow.
# pay issues
'Deeply shocking': Substitute teachers wrongly overtaxed after new system kicks in
The issue has affected a number of substitute teachers who were paid in the first and second pay runs of 2019.
# Education
'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards
Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has claimed poor training and insufficient pay was behind the drop in the supply.
# byrne baby byrne
'I've never seen anybody with his talent in this league... he's just frightening when he's on form'
Thomas Byrne is making an impression in the League of Ireland.
# Prospect
'He likes the badge and I've no doubt the fans will love him - he plays right from the heart'
Ireland U19 internatonal Thomas Byrne scored his first goal for St Pat’s against Sligo yesterday.
# problems
Ireland U19 player sent home after refusing to take blood test
Thomas Byrne had previously featured in the side’s 0-0 draw with Azerbaijan.
# house of cards
Would you like to work in Leinster House? A new apprenticeship programme could be on the way
Apprenticeships could be offered in parliamentary affairs, public administration and political communications.
# numbers boost
An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September
Some 864 assistants will be allocated in the coming days.
# CEO fraud
€4.3 million mistakenly transferred by Meath County Council frozen in Hong Kong bank
A criminal investigation is underway into the stolen money, which has been secured in a Hong Kong bank.
# Homelessness
Simon Coveney rules out reducing rent cap limit from 4% to 2%
Fianna Fáil has criticised government proposals to limit rent increases in “pressure zones” in Dublin and Cork.
# sunday interview
"The bills won't be coming back...water charges are gone" - Fianna Fáil's Thomas Byrne
Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson says his party’s water charges policy has been consistent.
# wheels of government
'No child should be left on the side of the road': Rural TDs row over school buses
John Halligan said all children that are eligible are getting a seat on their local school bus.
# at odds
"I think that the suspension is a mistake" - FF and FG TDs still split over water charges
Leo Varadkar came in for some heavy criticism from both Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs over comments he made about charges this week.
# Let's talk
Fianna Fáil 'will reject' Enda's offer for a partnership government
There are likely to be objections from a number of Fianna Fáil TDs to the proposal from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
# After Micheál
Fianna Fáil's next leader, from most to least likely
Micheál Martin is safe for now but who’s in the running to replace him? Here’s our ranking of the contenders…
# complex issue
Fianna Fáil doesn't want to repeal the 8th Amendment
Micheál Martin didn’t respond to our survey, while others had an identical reply.
# Not happening
It's 'not possible or appropriate' to adjourn all repossession cases
Thomas Byrne hoped the courts might halt all repossession cases in light of the government’s planned reforms.
# Debt
Courts 'cannot cope' with amount of home repossessions
‘Angry’ was the word of choice in the Seanad today.
# morto
Mary Lou and this Fianna Fáil senator were throwing serious shade on Twitter last night
Can’t we all just get along?
# that would be telling
Humphreys keeping schtum on Fine Gael official who gave her John McNulty's CV
The Arts Minister was questioned on the issue in the Seanad this evening.
# Ecoli
Don't go swimming at Bettystown Beach - the water's not fine
A new water sample was taken yesterday and results are due tomorrow but until then, people are advised to stay out of the water.
# Election 2014
Dogfights, protests and predictions of a recount: Everything happening in Midlands North West
The first count in the constituency is due this afternoon.
# Election 2014
7 things we learned from last night's Midlands North-West Prime Time debate
They came, they shouted, they argued and then they all went home.
# The campaign trail
How much grief are Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil getting on the doorsteps?
Fianna Fáil was launching its European election manifesto today but what sort of reception are voters giving its candidates on the doorstep?
# Election 2014
'It's a really serious job': Thomas Byrne on why he'd like to be an MEP and poll number 'concerns'
The Fianna Fáil senator is bullish about his chances of being elected to the European Parliament next month.
# negative impact
Legislation intended to protect consumers could lead to price increases and job losses
The Competition and Consumer Protection Bill seeks to implement several reforms, including updated regulation of the grocery sector.