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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Dáil Éireann

This year
# Politics
Fine Gael TD Michael Creed confirms he will not contest next general election
The Cork North West TD is a former Minister for Agriculture.
# eviction ban
Government wins confidence motion in the Dáil by 86 votes to 67
Green TD Neasa Hourigan, who voted against the government over the eviction ban last week, was among those to vote confidence in the government.
# Maternity Leave
What is a pairing agreement in politics?
This evening’s eviction ban vote has shone the spotlight on maternity leave provisions in politics.
Last year
# exchanging fire
PBP writes to Ceann Comhairle as Taoiseach defends 'Puppets for Putin' remark
The Taoiseach was asked to explain ‘what was going on’ when NATO visited Cork
Analysis: ‘Giveaway’ budget can’t gloss over collapsing living standards
Economist Victor Duggan says while some budget measures will help, we cannot ignore the rough winter ahead.
Explained: How can I get the most out of Budget 2023?
Financial advisor Ralph Benson looks at the budget announcements today and finds out who got top billing.
# your stories
'Energy payments help, but how much will our bills go up?': Your response to Budget 2023
We asked our readers to share their responses to the budget. Here’s what they told us.
Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries
It came after Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused the government of ignoring proposals that would “put money back into people’s pockets.”
# daz
Mattie McGrath goes viral after discussing laundry in the Dáil
The video of Mattie McGrath has been viewed nearly 400,000 times on Twitter.
David McCullagh: 'The vote on the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922 was tense to say the least'
The RTÉ journalist looks at the events of 7 January 1922 which are analysed in a TV special tonight.
All time
# Séan Ó Fearghaíl
The Dáil's Ceann Comhairle has tested positive for Covid-19
Seán Ó Fearghaíl will work from home and his Dáil duties will be carried out by the Leas-Cheann Comhairle.
# cuckoo funds
Morning Memo: Going cuckoo
Opposition TDs have accused the government of sneaking in an exemption for big investors.
Duncan Smith: TDs in the Dáil who throw around references to Nazis need to think again
The Labour TD reacts to Dáil debates yesterday in which references to ‘Stalinist’ and ‘Nazism’ were used.
Opinion: A tribute to Tomás Mac Curtain, the martyred Lord Mayor
Donal Fallon looks at the life of Tomás Mac Curtain, who was shot dead in his home on 20 March 1920.
Government called upon to 'go further' with containment measures as TDs make statements on Covid-19
Here’s a round-up of the latest developments today.
# pain clinic
'Chronic pain is particularly acute for children': Issue of children's consultant stepping down raised in Dáil
The issue was raised by TD Dara Calleary in the Dail today.
# tractor protest
Independent TD says Creed should resign if he does not apologise for death threat comments
Creed made the comments in the Dáil yesterday and some farmers are calling for an apology.
# Irish Unity
Leo Varadkar 'certainly' would not rule out a Citizens' Assembly on a United Ireland
Varadkar told the Dáil today he would not rule out holding an assembly, but said it was a “sensitive time” at the moment.
# Timmy Dooley
Ceann Comhairle orders 'urgent' probe after FF TD's Dáil votes recorded despite him being absent
Clare TD Timmy Dooley said a fellow party member cast a number of votes for him while he was absent from the Dáil chamber on Thursday.
# noteworthy
Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance
Minister Sean Canney was also asked to provide more information on €3,258 in “policy formulation” expenses that were spent in a string of restaurants around the country.
# Treasures of the Oireachtas
'The trove of documents belong to the Irish people': Maps, cartoons and periodicals from the past 300 years now available online
Members of the public will be able to explore the over 10,000 historical documents online.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Will children aged 4 and under be taught about masturbation if the sex education bill becomes law?
The claim was made by a Renua local election candidate.
# noteworthy
€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years
For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders
# first dail
TDs and Senators to hold special joint session in Mansion House to mark 100 years since first Dáil
The first Dáil met at the Mansion House on 21 January 1919 following the 1918 General Election.
# CervicalCheck
Funeral cortège of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House
Crowds gathered to remember and thank Emma, who had spoken on behalf of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.
# St Mary's Pro Cathedral
'Not part of God's plan': Hundreds attend Dublin funeral for Emma Mhic Mhathúna
The funeral cortège passed by the Dáil, the Department of Health, and Áras an Uachtarán.
# Leaders' Questions
Simon Coveney says the government's 'hugely ambitious' social housing programme is working
Coveney was standing in for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is in Brussels to meet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
# Departure
Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick 'seriously considering' running as an independent
Fitzpatrick will meet with his team this weekend and make a formal announcement on Tuesday.
# Role Model
Constance Markievicz to be formally honoured at House of Commons today
A portrait of the former Sinn Fein MP is set to be presented to the British Parliament later today.
# Eighth Amendment
Abortion legislation expected to be law by January 2019
The first Dáil sitting since the country voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment takes place this afternoon.
# Survey
Dáil women's caucus calls for audit of harassment and bullying in the Oireachtas
The group has called for a survey of the working conditions of elected officials in Leinster House.
# Love Actually
Here's what happened when DailyEdge asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Love Actually
Leo Varadkar’s a fan, but are his colleagues? We found out.
# coercive control
TDs urged to pass new domestic violence bill making psychological abuse a crime
A major study found 31% of Irish women have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner.
# the next stage
Medicinal cannabis bill makes progress in the Dáil despite expected opposition
Campaigner Vera Twomey had earlier collapsed outside the gates of Leinster House.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you in favour of the government's strategic communications unit?
The new communications unit has caused a deal of controversy since its announcement.
# Bonanza
€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.
Watchdog sent 90 files to gardaí over possible election offences
The Standards in Public Office Commission gave the details in its annual report, published today.
# Sex Offenders
Repeat sex offenders will face mandatory minimum sentencing under new laws
The new Bill is to get Cabinet approval in the Autumn.
# rural ireland
'If a pilot had two or three glasses to drink I'd still get on the plane' - Danny Healy Rae on drink driving limits
A new bill sponsored by Minister for Transport Shane Ross would see mandatory bans implemented for all drink drivers.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you think we need more than 158 TDs?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.