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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Coalition

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# Your Say
Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?
Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?
# 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.
# Abortion
Government likely to make X Case decision early next year - Reilly
Minister for Health James Reilly said he had read the report from the expert group a number of times and confirmed the Cabinet will be discussing it on Tuesday week.
# Diplomacy
France becomes first Western country to recognise new Syria coalition
Francois Hollande said France will only recognise the opposition government as part of a series of steps to end the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Noonan and Howlin on the Troika's eighth review of the bailout
Are the Troika still happy with Ireland’s progress? Let’s find out…
# Bunreacht na hÉireann
Drumroll please: Chair of the Constitutional Convention is.... Tom Arnold
The Constitutional Convention had been due to begin meeting this month but had been delayed due to the search for a chairperson.
# Europe
Nick Clegg and 500 other politicians coming to Dublin for FF-organised conference
The 33rd annual conference of European liberals will be taking place in Dublin next month.
# Poll
They're back: Fianna Fáil bounce into second place in new opinion poll
It is the first time in two years that Fianna Fáil has overtaken Sinn Féin and Labour in an Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.
# tensions
Labour TDs criticise Fine Gael 'rants' about Croke Park deal
One Labour TD described the eight Fine Gael TDs as “belligerent”
# in charge
Most of the Cabinet to travel to Brussels today to discuss Ireland's EU presidency
The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and nine ministers are going to Brussels today to talk about their plans for Ireland’s presidency of the EU with President José Manuel Barroso.
# Diplomacy
Eamon Gilmore tells UN: Palestinian state is "long overdue"
The Tánaiste also described events in Syria as “an affront to humanity”.
# Resigned
James Reilly on Shortall's departure: 'Pressure's only for tyres'
The Minister for Health showed little disappointment at Róisín Shortall’s resignation – who the Labour chairman said had the full support of party leadership.
Aaron McKenna: What are we paying for the Dáil’s pointless pantomime?
Much Dáil business is an empty stage show – but there is a way we could make it better.
Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term
Independent TD Catherine Murphy gives her take on the challenge faced by the Government.
# New Deal
James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut
Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.
Column: Olivia O'Leary: Here's the main reason why the children's rights referendum matters
It is extraordinary that it is still almost impossible in Irish society for the children of married parents to be adopted, writes Olivia O’Leary
Column: We're dedicated Labour members - but we're not happy with the party
Labour is ignoring its core values and policies in coalition. A group of members are trying to change that, writes Neil Warner.
# Health Cuts
Unhappy Labour backbenchers to stand by Reilly, call FF motion a 'deflection'
The Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin-tabled motion of confidence is “politics at its most unattractive”, according to Waterford TD Ciara Conway.
# Your Say
Poll: Will the coalition government last until 2016?
In its 16 months in office the coalition has by-and-large worked together solidly but will it last all the way until the next general election?
Column: The Fine Gael revolt against abortion 'liberalisation' is misguided. Here's why.
The expert group on abortion isn’t looking to loosen the rules about abortion – merely to give effect to what the constitution already says, writes Fiona de Londras.
# Italy
Is Berlusconi planning a comeback?
The former Italian Premier has suggested he will attempt a return to power, and said he is often asked to step back into the political ring.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach refuses to speculate on Burton idea to raise PRSI
“I have absolutely no intention of getting dragged into your little game here,” he told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who raised the issue.
# renegade
David Cameron hints Britain may hold a referendum on EU membership
The British Prime Minister said that the last Labour government should have held a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
# Marriage equality
Eamon Gilmore: "The time has come on gay marriage"
“The right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation, and in my opinion, its time has come”
Column: We need a whole new type of Budget for Ireland. Here's how to do it.
It is ridiculous to plan an incredibly complex €50 billion budget in less than six months – but there is an alternative, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Ouch
New Greek PM undergoes eye surgery
The surgery came a day after his new finance minister was also taken ill.
# Greece
New Democracy leader to be sworn in as Greek PM
Greek politicians have reportedly reached an agreement on forming a coalition government.
# Afghanistan
NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes
A spokesperson for the military alliance says that airstrikes will not be used on civilian dwellings unless it’s a matter of ‘self-defence for troops on the ground’.
# Labour Party
Gilmore acknowledges Labour’s poll difficulties but says crisis must be resolved
Gilmore said that his party was focussed on solving the country’s economic crisis but acknowledged difficulties with its identity in the coalition with Fine Gael.
# Afghanistan
Withdrawal from Afghanistan key issue at NATO summit
NATO Secretary General Rasmussen says goal and strategy “remain unchanged” despite French plans to pull troops out early.
# Greece
EU chief: suggestion of Greek exit is 'nonsense' and 'propaganda'
Meanwhile, more coalition talks.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Your round-up of the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Israel
Election cancelled: Israeli PM calls off vote after coalition agreement
Benjamin Netanyahu will bring the main opposition party into a coalition government that will have a huge majority. It’s a move that will moderate his government’s hawkish tendencies.
# Politics
"This issue simply doesn't arise" - Gerry Adams rules out coalition with FF
The Sinn Féin leader made the comments after Micheál Martin said he was against any possible coalition with the party.
# Labour
Gilmore tells conference: We face great challenges - but Labour is up for the challenge
The Tánaiste said that the Labour movement had been written out of history “by those who prefer to take a simple Celtic-Rangers view of Irish history”.
# Croke Park
Gilmore: Government will honour Croke Park deal
The Labour leader insisted the agreement on public service pay and pensions was delivering the necessary reforms.
Column: We must only stay in coalition if we can uphold Labour values
As the Labour Party meets for its annual conference, MEP Nessa Childers argues that the party must maintain its core beliefs – or bring down the Government.
# Austerity
Government policy is 'not an austerity strategy', says Howlin
The Minister for Public Expenditure also said economists’ calls to pour resources into a stimulus strategy reminded him of “Fianna Fáil circa 1977″.
# Coalition
Labour needs to assert itself in Coalition, warns MEP
Nessa Childers warned against “arrogance” in a larger coalition party, and said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were both parties of big business.