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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Willie O'Dea

This year
# odours
Meat rendering plant allowed to expand capacity despite complaints of 'rotten' smell over city
The plant had applied to increase its capacity for meat from 375 tonnes of meat per day to 600 tonnes.
Last year
# Moyross
Limerick residents protest demolition of two houses as local homeless numbers increase
In April, homelessness in County Limerick was 27% higher than it was in the previous April.
# Season's Greetings
Five TDs spent almost €4,000 between them printing Christmas material using Oireachtas facility
51 different TDs and senators used the Oireachtas printer in the run up to Christmas.
51 different TDs and senators used the printer in the run up to Christmas.
Figures released under Freedom of Information show that the total cost of Oireachtas printing before Christmas was €6,428.96.
All time
# government strife
Willie O'Dea isn't happy with the 'light punishments' Green TDs got for voting against the government
O’Dea says punishments must be the same across all government parties.
# Fianna Fáil
'Bitterly disappointed' and 'grossly insulted': FF and FG politicians speak out about ministerial snubs
Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan said he will be “a thorn in the side of the government”.
Minister accused of damaging Ireland's reputation by appealing the Data Commissioner's PSC findings
The minister says she has no choice but to appeal the findings in court.
# Penalty Rates
Thousands of social welfare recipients penalised over inadequate attempts to find employment
5,821 people were subject to ‘penalty rates’ during the first half of the year.
# Social Protection
Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister
TDs said constituents have been in touch about the delay or cessation of customer payments since the new system kicked in.
# Justice
Motion seeking redress for victims abused as children passes despite government opposition
The government argued that the State’s responsibility can’t be established through a conviction.
# the third degree
'If everything's fine, why's it being investigated?' - Social Protection peppered with tough questions over PSC
It emerged at today’s Oireachtas committee on social protection that roughly 450 people have had welfare payments suspended over failing to register for a Public Services Card.
# excuse you johnny
Willie O'Dea is taking Johnny Depp to task over calling Limerick 'Stab City'
Get him, Willie.
# this is new
People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
The news was welcomed by a number of parties.
# money in the pocket
Good news for pensioners: The State pension is going up by €5 a week from today
Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea said promoting the pension increase through a Facebook video was “cynical”.
# late date
Leo Varadkar tells Willie O'Dea to "chill" over his new DJ job
Christmas handbags in Leinster House.
# tell that cat to chill
Leo Varadkar just told Willie O'Dea to "chill" on Twitter over his new DJ job
Christmas handbags in Leinster House.
# Water wars
"Bullying the populace into submission" - TDs aren't happy about Enda's comments on water charges
Kenny has made comments in a newspaper interview about the controversial charges.
# on and on
No deal yet: Fianna Fáil say they're going back in to discuss homelessness
Day 63. Still no government.
# 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.
# Joe Crowley
Fianna Fáil councillor dies while canvassing
Joe Crowley passed away earlier this evening.
# number of the beast
Mother wants child's PPS number changed as it contains 666
The digits are associated with the devil.
Tánaiste's head of staff is paid €52,000 more than pay cap
A war of words between Labour and Fianna Fáil has erupted on the subject.
# Big Willie's Style
Revealed: How Willie O'Dea almost got rid of his famous 'tache
Surely not?
# Big Willie's Style
Willie O'Dea's form of relaxation is slightly odd
It involves doing more work.
# minority report
What if Fianna Fáil DID support Fine Gael after the next election?
No formal deal but on “a case-by-case” basis anything is possible, says the former cabinet minister Willie O’Dea.
# Big Willie's Style
Willie O'Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare
The Fianna Fáil TD has proposed that a basic income replace all current state supports.
# Radical idea
What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?
Fianna Fáil wants to examine the idea if it’s in government after the next election.
# 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…
# Big Willie Style
Willie O'Dea made some startling revelations on TV3 last night
Kissing babies, kissing blondes, not eating pizza, and knitwear…
# parliamentary language
Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.
# election mode
8 things we learned at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
As expected, there’s been new policies … and more in-fighting.
# Suns out guns out
Here's the definitive proof that summer has arrived in Leinster House
TDs have been raiding their summer wardrobes…
# minty fresh
Limerick has just given itself a deep clean
Paul O’Connell led the charge as the county gave itself a Good Friday makeover.
# My achy breaky heart
Fianna Fáil's lack of progress is breaking Éamon Ó Cuív's heart
The party’s internal woes continue today.
# Going menthol
Willie O'Dea thinks Fianna Fáil TDs should stay off the airwaves
The former minister was referring to growing internal problems in Fianna Fáil.
# Coalition
Fianna Fáil aren't 'going to prostitute themselves to anyone'
Willie O’Dea isn’t keen on the idea of coalition with Fine Gael.
# Social Protection
There were 24 data breaches in Joan Burton's department this year
Most of the cases were due to “genuine error”, the Tánaiste said.
# Moving fast
Election 2015? Fianna Fáil is selecting general election candidates next week
The Soldiers of Destiny aren’t hanging around…
# ask a minister
Do TDs bring up medical cards in the Dáil to get votes? 'Bullshit'
“Do you think the Government would give a card back just if people wrote to them? Not in a million years. Not on your nelly.”
# incoherent gibberish
One Fianna Fáil TD is refusing to give Irish Water his PPS number
He also accused Irish Water representatives of speaking “incoherent gibberish”.
# Willie says
Willie O'Dea: I look around the Fianna Fáil table and I don't see the messiah
The Fianna Fáil TD has defended Micheál Martin’s leadership this morning.