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#Dáil Éireann

# dail-eireann - Friday 12 July, 2013

Catch-up: The things you should know about final Dáil abortion vote
# This Happened
# This Happened

Catch-up: The things you should know about final Dáil abortion vote

Jul 12th 2013, 7:00 AM 17,346 Views 46 Comments

A ministerial rebellion and a new minister within hours; anger at criminalisation of and lack of advocacy for women; the Dáil bar can stay open until 5am.

Taoiseach asked me to resign: Lucinda Creighton
# Enda The Road
# Enda The Road

Taoiseach asked me to resign: Lucinda Creighton

Jul 12th 2013, 6:00 AM 19,268 Views 107 Comments

Former Minister of State for European Affairs says that Enda Kenny asked her for resignation after her Níl vote – so she handed it over.

Peadar Toibín suspended from Sinn Féin for six months
# Out In The Cold
# Out In The Cold

Peadar Toibín suspended from Sinn Féin for six months

Jul 12th 2013, 1:21 AM 14,058 Views 35 Comments

TD for Meath West has been censured for his vote against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote
# Abortion
# Abortion

Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote

Jul 12th 2013, 12:32 AM 8,447 Views 33 Comments

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has passed the final stage of the Dáil this evening, after two day of heated debates.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 11 July, 2013

LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote
# Abortion
# Abortion

LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote

Jul 11th 2013, 11:59 PM 8,609 Views 34 Comments

TDs have returned to Leinster House after a long night to continue debating amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.

Róisín Shortall has pop at "arrogant" Government
# Not Happy
# Not Happy

Róisín Shortall has pop at "arrogant" Government

Jul 11th 2013, 11:05 PM 10,104 Views 29 Comments

The former junior minister said it was clear the Government would brook no Opposition changes to abortion legislation from the outset.

Creighton: I believe I made the correct decision
# Abortion
# Abortion

Creighton: I believe I made the correct decision

Jul 11th 2013, 9:04 PM 19,999 Views 177 Comments

The Government Chief Whip has confirmed that the vote on amendment 56 will lose Creighton her junior ministry.

Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated
# Abortion
# Abortion

Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated

Jul 11th 2013, 7:47 PM 7,055 Views 78 Comments

Amendments rejected as TDs call for “very difficult and tragic” cases of rape and incest be catered for.

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors

Jul 11th 2013, 9:15 AM 3,277 Views 0 Comments

What’s on Leinster House today? Well, as you asked…

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Column: The language of the abortion debate has been cruel and unfair – on both sides
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The language of the abortion debate has been cruel and unfair – on both sides

Jul 10th 2013, 7:30 PM 257 Views 43 Comments

Tonight’s vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill probably won’t end the public debate about abortion – and the women we all claim to care about deserve better than the unfair language that has been used recently, writes Aisling Twomey.

Rosary chants and 'Savita' banners greet TDs ahead of contentious vote
# Abortion
# Abortion

Rosary chants and 'Savita' banners greet TDs ahead of contentious vote

Jul 10th 2013, 10:57 AM 10,964 Views 334 Comments

Dozens of pro-life protesters are maintaining their vigil as deputies arrive ahead of today’s abortion vote. Pro-choice campaigners said there were “tensions” between the groups overnight.

Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation

Jul 10th 2013, 7:15 AM 2,843 Views 31 Comments

It’s going to be a long evening with the vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Who will vote for and against – and potentially lose their party whip?

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP

Jul 9th 2013, 7:15 AM 3,312 Views 8 Comments

Fianna Fáil want limits on how often – and how – financial institutions can contact indebted mortgage holders while CAP reform debate is sure to rile the agricultural community.

# dail-eireann - Friday 5 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Brighter Evenings Bill and birdwatchers
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Brighter Evenings Bill and birdwatchers

Jul 5th 2013, 7:30 AM 4,000 Views 14 Comments

The first Friday of every month always sees some extra action in the Dáil and committees – and it’s an apt time to start speaking about Irish summer time hours. Is it an outdated thing to be putting the clocks back and forth?

# dail-eireann - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Postcodes and stiff financial regulations
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Postcodes and stiff financial regulations

Jul 4th 2013, 7:20 AM 3,520 Views 4 Comments

Pat Rabbitte will be shooting the breeze with senators on the sustainability of the postal service and post offices around Ireland. Abortion is still up for debate in committees and will the financial regulator get some teeth?

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

"Bring a book, send a silent message..." The 'standing people' protest comes to Dublin
# Booking The Bankers
# Booking The Bankers

"Bring a book, send a silent message..." The 'standing people' protest comes to Dublin

Jul 3rd 2013, 10:00 PM 19,028 Views 98 Comments

Inspired by a campaign that started in Turkey’s Taksim Square and spread via social media, Irish people are being asked to ‘book the bankers’ at a demonstration tomorrow.

Oireachtas agenda: Home repossessions and passion in the Seanad
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Home repossessions and passion in the Seanad

Jul 3rd 2013, 7:15 AM 4,129 Views 14 Comments

Remember David Norris’s impassioned speech on possible Seanad abolition last week? Guess what’s back on the cards today…

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Banking inquiry framework and human trafficking
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Banking inquiry framework and human trafficking

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:15 AM 2,571 Views 10 Comments

With the Anglo Tapes still in the headlines, all eyes are on the final stage of legislation that might provide the means to hold an inquiry into Ireland’s banking fiasco. There is also the matter of a certain first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill…

# dail-eireann - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil debates abortion as Seanad debates... Seanad
# Dáil Éireann
# Dáil Éireann

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil debates abortion as Seanad debates... Seanad

Jun 27th 2013, 7:45 AM 1,991 Views 5 Comments

No major votes today though, as Thursday means Eamon Gilmore takes Leaders’ Questions

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Anglo director in the dock(lands), and SNA cuts
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Anglo director in the dock(lands), and SNA cuts

Jun 26th 2013, 7:45 AM 4,249 Views 3 Comments

Lar Bradshaw – a former Anglo director and director of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority – is at the PAC today.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Gardaí have had the Anglo tapes for over four years, says Kenny
# Anglo
# Anglo

Gardaí have had the Anglo tapes for over four years, says Kenny

Jun 25th 2013, 10:37 PM 34,827 Views 250 Comments

“The buck stops with the government, and I’m going after them.”

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?

Jun 25th 2013, 7:45 AM 2,606 Views 3 Comments

The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Reilly says he won’t be afraid to suspend abortion service as bill introduced in Dáil
# Abortion
# Abortion

Reilly says he won’t be afraid to suspend abortion service as bill introduced in Dáil

Jun 20th 2013, 10:05 PM 9,764 Views 153 Comments

In a historic moment, the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been introduced into the Dáil this morning.

'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'
# The West's Awake
# The West's Awake

'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'

Jun 20th 2013, 3:15 PM 5,701 Views 20 Comments

Barry Cowen reckons Enda Kenny’s plan to abolish the Seanad reminds him of the performance of his county’s footballers.

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to hold its final votes on scrapping Seanad
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to hold its final votes on scrapping Seanad

Jun 20th 2013, 7:30 AM 2,158 Views 5 Comments

The fate of one house will be in the fate of the other today, before debate begins on the divisive abortion legislation.

TDs to hold first debates on new abortion bill today
# Abortion
# Abortion

TDs to hold first debates on new abortion bill today

Jun 20th 2013, 6:30 AM 2,922 Views 185 Comments

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill gets its first outing in the Dáil this afternoon, before votes next week.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Senior Fine Gael TD opposes Seanad abolition
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

Senior Fine Gael TD opposes Seanad abolition

Jun 18th 2013, 7:00 PM 4,522 Views 21 Comments

Olivia Mitchell called the abolition of the upper house “dramatic and far reaching”.

Shatter dismisses link between anti-malaria drug and soldiers' suicides
# Lariam
# Lariam

Shatter dismisses link between anti-malaria drug and soldiers' suicides

Jun 18th 2013, 3:20 PM 6,016 Views 43 Comments

The minister says an investigation has shown it is “extremely unlikely” that Lariam was linked to mental health concerns.

# dail-eireann - Friday 14 June, 2013

Labour TD's bill would give public access to private land
# Oireachtas Agenda
# Oireachtas Agenda

Labour TD's bill would give public access to private land

Jun 14th 2013, 7:15 AM 6,657 Views 56 Comments

The Dáil will today debate a bill from Robert Dowds, identifying privately-owned property to be used as recreational land.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Rónán Mullen: Taoiseach playing the victim over nasty abortion messages
# Abortion
# Abortion

Rónán Mullen: Taoiseach playing the victim over nasty abortion messages

Jun 12th 2013, 1:47 PM 12,573 Views 180 Comments

The pro-life senator has accused Enda Kenny of using spin tactics to deflect from his “deeply unpleasant” proposal to legislate for abortion under the terms of the X Case.

Taoiseach: I'm being branded a murderer and getting letters written in blood
# Abortion
# Abortion

Taoiseach: I'm being branded a murderer and getting letters written in blood

Jun 12th 2013, 11:24 AM 20,409 Views 219 Comments

Enda Kenny has revealed that he is being branded a murderer as the debate over legislation for abortion rages on.

# dail-eireann - Monday 10 June, 2013

People who are not TDs or Senators 'should be appointed as Ministers'
# Constitutional Covention
# Constitutional Covention

People who are not TDs or Senators 'should be appointed as Ministers'

Jun 10th 2013, 8:08 AM 6,813 Views 28 Comments

The Constitutional Convention has made a number of recommendations on reforming politics in Ireland.

# dail-eireann - Friday 7 June, 2013

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum
# Seanad
# Seanad

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

Jun 7th 2013, 3:59 PM 4,551 Views 54 Comments

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?
# Seanad
# Seanad

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?

Jun 6th 2013, 4:39 PM 9,279 Views 47 Comments

The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?

McDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

McDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil

Jun 6th 2013, 12:53 PM 6,591 Views 71 Comments

Former Tánaiste Michael McDowell is arguing for the retention and the reform of the Seanad.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped

Jun 5th 2013, 4:59 PM 6,956 Views 98 Comments

A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.

# dail-eireann - Saturday 1 June, 2013

TD: We didn't demonise those who had points cancelled by naming them in Dáil
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

TD: We didn't demonise those who had points cancelled by naming them in Dáil

Jun 1st 2013, 8:15 AM 6,576 Views 33 Comments

Joan Collins has defended her naming of high-profile individuals who allegedly had penalty points cancelled in the Dáil chamber last December.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

Dáil vote means top earners set to take pay cut from July
# Public Pay
# Public Pay

Dáil vote means top earners set to take pay cut from July

May 29th 2013, 10:29 PM 16,560 Views 84 Comments

Public servants earning over €65,000 a year will have pay cuts from July 1 after this evening’s Dáil vote.

Shatter survives Dáil motion of no confidence with 88-45 win
# No Confidence
# No Confidence

Shatter survives Dáil motion of no confidence with 88-45 win

May 29th 2013, 9:26 PM 6,902 Views 65 Comments

A government counter-motion supporting Shatter was passed easily in the Dáil this evening.

Dáil suspended - twice - as opposition criticises time to debate pay cuts
# Suspended
# Suspended

Dáil suspended - twice - as opposition criticises time to debate pay cuts

May 29th 2013, 6:13 PM 6,667 Views 23 Comments

Opposition TDs also demanded to know why almost three-quarters of their proposed amendments were ruled out of order.