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# more guards
Here's how much it would cost to put 500 more gardaí on the beat
The cost of recruiting between 100 and 500 extra gardaí has been outlined by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Irish Water
Government rejects Cowen's Irish Water charges exemption bill
Cowen had tabled a bill aimed at allowing some people 100% exemption from Irish Water charges.
# down the drain
Fianna Fáil attacks "gold-plated bonus culture" at Irish Water as costs are revealed
The Sunday Business Post reports that costs at the utility are twice that of companies in the UK.
# Graffiti
Fianna Fáil is 'seriously considering' banning under-18s from buying spray paint
Barry Cowen raised the issue in the Dáil recently after members of the public suggested the idea.
# Fiasco
Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reduced
However, Enda Kenny has insisted that “every child” will be free.
# Drinking Water
Excessive lead levels in drinking water a 'danger for young children'
It was revealed yesterday that 41 schools, businesses and homes across the country have been found to have excessive levels of lead in the supply because of old pipes.
# Lies
Water charges will cost families more than €400 a year - Fianna Fáil
The party has launched a website claiming to give “the real cost of water charges”.
# Irish Water
Hogan: 'See? Investing in water services IS an investment in jobs'
The Environment Minister has welcomed a €1.7 billion investment in Irish Water.
# quite the shower
"FG and Labour have spent months dodging questions": Coalition slammed over water 'farce'
Enda Kenny confirmed the estimated average household payment for water charges this morning, but he said nothing had been signed off on at today’s Cabinet meeting.
# tempers frayed
'Time to put flesh on the bones of your policies': Heated exchanges in homeless debate
Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said it is the government’s “firm ambition” to eliminate longterm homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016. Opposition TDs were having none of it.
# crc
Cowen: Kiely had no 'hand, act or part' in running of FF
There’s been a raft of media reports detailing the former CRC chief’s links with the party since the start of the payments controversy.
# More Water
Barry Cowen to Phil Hogan: ‘You misled Dáil’. Hogan: ‘No, you did’.
Cowen has claimed that Hogan “either deliberately lied” or “accidentally gave a gross underestimation” about Irish water costs. The Minister says Cowen was “selective in his quotes”.
# More Water
"This government is shrouding itself in secrecy," - Fianna Fáil hit out at Irish Water controversy
The Oireachtas heard a lot more about Irish Water today, with the Dáil and Public Accounts Committee both sitting into the evening.
# Big Philly Style
'You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs': Hogan defends Irish Water spending
The Environment Minister has been called on to resign by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams today.
# More Water
“We’re not getting transparency at Irish Water,” Barry Cowen and Phil Hogan face off on Prime Time
After earlier releasing copies of redacted letters, Barry Cowen got to air his grievances over Irish Water to the Minister for the Environment tonight.
# Town centres
Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'
The government has declined to accept a private members’ bill put forward by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil today.
# Medical Cards
'The most vulnerable people in our society': Dáil hears medical card horror stories
Problems facing some chronically ill people who cannot access discretionary medical cards were raised in the Dáil this week. Here are just some of the stories placed on the Dáil record.
# Heated
'You were in bed with the banks!': The Dáil has had its first row of the new term
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael clashed in the chamber today.
# The West's awake
'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'
Barry Cowen reckons Enda Kenny’s plan to abolish the Seanad reminds him of the performance of his county’s footballers.
# Abortion
Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill
With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by
# Water Charges
Opposition parties attack Labour for 'political posturing' over water charges
An announcement from the Tánaiste that charges will not be implemented next January has drawn criticism from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.
# All in the family
VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"
Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.
# Water Meters
Hogan admits water charges law will be behind Troika schedule
A European Commission report yesterday said legislation would be tabled in the coming days – but Phil Hogan says it’ll be later this year.
# Crime
Homes of Irish golfer and FF TD in Offaly ransacking
Burglars targeted the homes of former Irish open champion Shane Lowry and Fiana Fail TD Barry Cowen.
# shufflin'
Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle
The former deputy leader of the party had resigned in February but is now back on the party’s front bench.
# Leaders' Questions
Fiery exchanges in last Dáil debates before Fiscal Compact referendum
One TD is ordered to leave the chamber as Eamon Gilmore and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin exchange fire during Leaders’ Questions.
# pathways to work
Government unemployment scheme is 'Pathways to Poverty' says opposition
Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have both criticised the government’s plan to tackle unemployment.
# One Year On
Barry Cowen: I want to be seen as more than just Brian's brother
The Laois-Offaly TD, one of only three new Fianna Fáil TDs to be elected in last year’s general election, said he would never have ran for the Dáil if Brian Cowen hadn’t stepped down.
# Pensions Row
Opposition cry foul over Revenue pensions 'mess-up'
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin demand immediate clarification on how 115,000 pensioners were told they may face extra tax.
# Social Welfare
Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting
Figures have shown a huge rise in the number of anonymous tip-offs of suspected social welfare fraud in 2011.
Martin unveils second FF front bench in ten weeks
Just 71 days after appointing his new shadow cabinet, Micheál Martin changes ranks – with just three TDs retaining briefs.
# GE11
All Dáil seats now filled but recount in Galway West with five candidates elected
A full recount will get underway in Galway West this afternoon with five candidates already elected but not yet declared.
# dynasties
Fianna Fáil wipe out marks the end of political dynasties
Well known Fianna Fáil names like Haughey, Hanafin, Coughlan, Andrews and McEllistrim are no longer in the Dáil.
# GE11
The Half Past Fix: 9.30pm
EVERY HOUR – on the half hour – brings you your fix of election tallies, predictions and results of the last 60 minutes. Here’s how the winners and losers of GE11 are playing out so far.
# Laois/Offaly
Cowen name to appear again on the ballot sheets in Laois/Offaly
Barry Cowen will run in his brother’s old constituency, which has already been the scene of several public battles over selection procedures.
# Cowen
Cowen's brother declares interest in Laois/Offaly seat
Taoiseach said yesterday he would not contest election, but his brother might be selected as a Fianna Fáil candidate for the Laois/Offaly constituency tonight.