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# Dáil

Last year
# argy bargy
'Don't you dare lecture me': Sparks fly in the Dáil on housing
Leader’ Questions got heated today with the Taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald hitting out at each other over housing issues.
# Interview
Leas Ceann Comhairle concerned about govt 'lack of accountability' on Covid heading into 2022
Connolly says she is concerned about democracy and the lack of oversight of ‘draconian’ laws being rolled over into next year.
All time
# Scoop
These were the most popular drinks in the Dáil bar this year
Almost €10,000 was spent in the Dáil’s two bars since September.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are vaccinated people as likely to transmit Covid-19 as non-vaccinated people?
Did a study show a vaccinated person is every bit as likely to transmit Covid as an unvaccinated person? We test a claim made in the Dáil by Wexford TD Verona Murphy.
A TD made the claim this week, leading to the Minister for Health criticising the spread of 'anti-vax information'
We spoke to the author of the study referenced by the TD, who said the claim was incorrect
The study's results were complex and it's easy to see how messages became mixed around the findings, writes Brianna Parkins
# Savita Halappanavar
Vigil at Dáil to mark nine years since death of Savita Halappanavar
The crowd was told that people across the country on Thursday evening were remembering Ms Halappanavar.
# mica
Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme
The children said all they want is to feel safe in their homes.
# tributes
Dáil observes moment of silence in memory of MP David Amess
Amess was stabbed to death while meeting constituents last week.
# lifting restrictions
Dáil extends law allowing vaccine pass for indoor dining to January as a 'precaution'
Government says it plans to scrap the use of the Covid pass on 22 October.
# Adoption
Agencies tasked with supporting adopted adults ‘not fit for purpose’, Committee hears
Findings from the Adoptee Voices report were presented to the Oireachtas Children’s committee today.
# Free Parking
Taoiseach disagrees with revoking free parking for former politicians at Leinster House
There have been calls to restore the Leinster House garden at the Kildare Street entrance, which is now a car park for members.
# Rumours
Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour
Matt Carthy accused Minister Simon Harris of leaking from Cabinet.
TD Matt Carthy claims a junior Fine Gael minister operated a 'sting operation' to uncover the leaker
Minister Simon Harris says Carthy's claims are untrue
Harris says he will 'consider very strongly" reporting the Carthy to the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges
# housing protest
'Homes for people, not for profit': Hundreds gather outside Dáil to protest housing crisis
Hundreds of people gathered in the city centre on the same day TDs reconvened after the summer recess.
# back at work
Government prepares to go to bat for Coveney as 'normal politics' returns to Leinster House
Politicians return today after the summer recess.
# Judiciary
Dáil hears allegation of "abuse of power" by a judge
Paul Murphy TD asked the Taoiseach about a case he was told about recently.
# vaccine passport
Large protest in Dublin last night as Dáil passed indoor dining legislation
The Dáil passed the second reading of the bill by 72 votes to 66.
# Vote
Polls close in Dublin Bay South after first election of the pandemic
40% of voters cast a ballot in the constituency.
# cost of politics
The cost of funding TDs climbed to €47.49 million last year
The accounts also disclose that sales at the Dáil bars and restaurants last year plunged by 70% from €1.4 million to €424,513.
# Domestic Violence
'Very few women my age have not been subjected to some form of sexual assault' - Minister
TDs called for action on sexual, domestic and gender-based violence in the Dáil this afternoon.
# Live Music
Musicians call for clear plan to reopen live entertainment industry
Up to 100 demonstrators took part in a protest in Dublin calling for a commitment from the government to reopen the sector.
# Vaccination
Most AZ second doses will be administered within next five weeks, Reid confirms
The HSE chief said it is planned that the second doses of AstraZeneca will be completed by 19 July.
# Across the quays
Dáil staying in Convention Centre due to risk posed to members
Dáil sittings may return to Leinster House in autumn if 70 to 80% of the population is vaccinated.
# Homes
Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing
It would amend Article 43 of the Constitution, which covers private property rights.
# Survivors
'The correct thing to do': Mother and Baby Homes Commission members urged to appear before Oireachtas committee
Tánaiste Leo Vardakar said the authors of the report should come before the Oireachtas “without delay”.
# Dáil
Government to table 'strongly-worded' Dáil motion on Belarus today
There has been a growing diplomatic row after Belarus diverted a Ryanair civilian plane and arrested an opposition journalist.
# vaccine target
Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'
The State had believed it would receive 470,000 Janssen doses but that is now looking, at best, more like 235,000.
Health Minister accused of 'dropping a bombshell' in the Dáil
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the government will provide 'revised targets' tomorrow
Ireland likely to only receive half of the planned 470,000 J&J doses by end of June
HSE says 2.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date
Government trails 'positive announcement' as Cabinet sub-committee meets to decide on easing restrictions
Minister defends live performance ban for pubs and restaurants but musicians criticise 'sledgehammer approach'
# Housing Crisis
'A human error': Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing passed by Dáil after junior Minister doesn't call vote
The housing crisis has been top of the political agenda for over two weeks now, following outrage over cuckoo funds.
New legislation aims to make 'threatened' basking sharks a protected species in Ireland
The world’s second-largest fish is a frequent visitor to Irish shores.
# Out of work
Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.
Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.
# tensions
Kelly accuses Donnelly of 'incompetence' during heated row in Dáil over Covid vaccine roll-out
Donnelly told the Dáil he is “reluctant” to give specific estimates on vaccine deliveries.
# Legislation
Bill to allow child murder victims to be named could be made law by end of March, McEntee says
The Bill has passed through all stages of the Seanad.
# shared equity scheme
Dáil to debate Sinn Féin's motion on scrapping scheme which it says 'will not make homes more affordable'
The Minister for Housing, however, has said the scheme will help young prospective homeowners out of a “rental trap”.
# CervicalCheck
Taoiseach to 'check out' why Dr Gabriel Scally is no longer overseeing CervicalCheck plan
148 out of 170 of Scally’s recommended actions have been implemented, with a further 12 on track to be completed.
'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance
Tensions were running high during Leaders’ Questions.
# Slam Duncan
Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times
Footage of the Dáil debate went viral on social media yesterday.
# Covid-19
'We need a change in approach': Dáil hears debate on zero-Covid strategy
The Labour tabled a motion calling for a “national aggressive Covid-19 suppression strategy”.
# Mental Health
More than 8,500 young people on waiting list for primary care psychological services, Dáil hears
Minister Mary Butler told the Dáil today she was “especially concerned about the rise in eating disorders among girls and young women”.
# Mea Culpa
Madigan withdraws 'normal children' comments and issues apology for mother and baby home comparison
Teachers union the INTO has called on the Minister to apologise for her latest comments.
# student nurses
'She doesn't get paid for that': Dáil told of student nurse whose patient's toe 'came off in his sock'
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has been accused of gaslighting student nurses.
# Politics
These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year
We take a look at who did well – and who didn’t fare brilliantly.