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# Damien English

Last month
February 2023
# ethics probe
Labour submits ethics complaint against former junior minister Damien English
Damien English resigned as a junior minister in January.
This year
2023
# Neale Richmond
Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond appointed junior minister following resignation of Damien English
The appointment was confirmed this morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government parties audit all Ministers' property interests?
There has been calls for the move following the resignation of Fine Gael TD Damien English.
# Damien English
Property questions take out another minister but this resignation is different to the Troy saga
English’s resignation is solely due to a 2008 planning application.
Fine Gael TD Damien English resigned his position as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment today.
The Meath West TD resigned solely due to a 2008 planning application in which he failed to declare he owned a house.
Public scrutiny of politicians’ ownership of housing has ramped up in recent months following the controversy surrounding TD Robert Troy and his properties.
Fine Gael TD Damien English resigns as junior minister after reports about property ownership
A fortnight of apologies and clarifications that led to Robert Troy's resignation
# Resignation
Fine Gael TD Damien English resigns as junior minister after reports about property ownership
English confirmed that he failed to inform Meath County Council about ownership of a house in Castlemartin.
Last year
2022
# Grow Digital
New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'
€10 million will be available in 2022 and it will be administered by Enterprise Ireland.
# cardiac care
On-call GP service 'majorly concerned' over plans to require referrals for patients to Navan
Out-of-hours doctors in Navan say the hours they operate are due to be curtailed in August.
Out-of-hours GPs raise serious concerns about unnecessary delays for stroke or cardiac patients, reports Christina Finn
NEDOC says no negotiations have taken place with the HSE over their involvement in pre-hospital assessments.
Meath TDs are extremely annoyed that the HSE did not consult with GPs in the area.
All time
# corporate tax rate
Donohoe says government could lose up to €2.2bn a year in corporate tax revenue if G7 deal implemented
Finance Ministers of the world’s seven richest economies agreed to commit to a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% at the G7.
# level 5
'Children will be able to get clothes': Taoiseach says retailers should take compassionate approach
The row over essential and non-essential retail items has been rumbling on since Level 5 restrictions were introduced last week.
# aftermath
Flooding continues to affect many areas but Storm Jorge caused 'no major reported incidents'
Minister of State Damien English thanked State bodies after helping to ensure the storm passed “without significant incident”.
# Damien English
In a first, the Planning Regulator has urged a minister to reverse decision for east Cork retail village
Under legislation, Minister Damien English has two weeks to decide whether to accept or reject the regulator’s recommendation.
# Damien English
Fine Gael minister: Political parties 'need to look at' vetting procedures for election candidates
It follows controversial comments by candidate Verona Murphy.
# same-day sampling
Calls for same-day water testing at Irish beaches after spills at wastewater plants
A swimming ban was put in place at several locations in Dublin this week following an overflow from the wastewater treatment plant in Ringsend.
# record numbers
'Our solutions are working': Minister responds to record homeless figures
It is the third month-on-month increase in the number of people living in emergency accommodation.
# homeless to home
'I can't describe the feeling... Just to know that I can now live a proper life with my kids'
Peter McVerry Trust opened 13 new apartments for families and children affected by homelessness in Dublin’s city centre.
# pmv trust
'No one's changing the narrative here': Minister responds to criticism from Fr Peter McVerry
The housing and homeless charity is launching its 2017 annual report today.
Department of Housing claims 14,000 reduction in number of people on social housing list
The drop represents some respite for embattled Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
# Housing
Regeneration plan launched for Dublin's St Teresa's Gardens
Construction of the first phase of the project, 54 social homes, is due to commence in the coming months.
# retirement homes
Departments in talks about rolling out state-funded old age villages
There will be shared responsibility between the two departments to ensure that homes are supported by the HSE.
# housing committee
'It was no place from day one to even build a site': Ongoing issues around Traveller accommodation
Local authorities last year had an underspend of 45% when it came to Traveller-specific accommodation.
# reusing dublin
Number of ghost estates has 'decreased by 91% since 2010'
Meanwhile, a new app is set to let members of the public report vacant buildings.
# anti-homeless devices
'See no homeless, hear no homeless, help no homeless': Paul Murphy hits out at government approach
Solidarity TDs have launched a Bill that aims to prevent the installation of anti-homeless devices.
# Housing
€9 million to be made available this year for Traveller housing
The accommodation includes group housing and halting sites for Traveller families.
# Rebuilding
'Largely gone': Ghost estates are rapidly disappearing
South Dublin County Council is the first local authority area to have zero unfinished developments.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How many new social housing units did the government provide last year?
In the second instalment of our two-part series, FactCheck referees an on-air dispute between Damien English and Eoin Ó Broin.
# industrial strife
Is the Lansdowne Road pay agreement dead in the water?
The government is saying it’s not.
# For Rent
It's a nightmare to find students digs, so the government is hiring someone to help
An allocation of €49,000 has been given for a new student accommodation officer.
# no room at the inn
Homeless families living in Dublin hotel told to leave by Saturday
Lynam’s Hotel has gone into receivership.
Voices
Why Fine Gael is NOT a party of the elite
Fianna Fáil’s efforts to paint Fine Gael as a party of the elite are fatally undermined by this week’s budget, according to junior minister Damien English.
# lisbon bound
Innovation minister says losing the Web Summit is actually a 'success story'
Damien English said it’s another example of an Irish company doing well internationally.
# Research
Women now have 1.7 million more reasons to get involved in science
Ten women have been awarded funding by Science Foundation Ireland.
# Notes on a scandal
Minister 'doesn't know' what was written on his hand during Prime Time debate
Damien English’s notes were the talk of Twitter…
# drip drip drip
Richard Bruton says the government doesn't control Irish Water's bonus structure
Meanwhile, the company’s insisting that bonuses of up to 19 per cent of an employee’s pay are only given “in exceptional cases”.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: Kite-flying and 'dirty tricks'
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# McNulty-gate
Minister: It would be a 'cop out' to reveal Fine Gael official
Minister of State for Skills Damien English says that it’s a party matter.
# Agriculture
Doyle confirms interest but still no decision on junior agriculture minister
Andrew Doyle, the chairman of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, has confirmed his interest in filling the vacancy at the Department of Agriculture which arose following the death of Shane McEntee last year.
# Children's Rights
Fine Gael TDs to run marathon for Yes vote in referendum
Fine Gael Deputies Liam Twomey and Damien English will run to raise money for Barnardos, and encourage people to vote Yes in the Children’s Referendum.
# Your Say
Poll: Is Kenny right - did people go 'mad with borrowing'?
Enda Kenny has caused a political storm after his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos. But is he right?
# Mad with borrowing
Criticism of Taoiseach's 'mad with borrowing' comments is 'a bit silly' – FG TD
Damien English said that people knew exactly what Enda Kenny meant when he said yesterday that “people simply went mad with borrowing” during the economic boom.
# Irish Economy
Parties clash over pre-election economic plans
Is FG changing its policies every day? Does Labour want to hand power to the EU? Is FF’s plan vague with “woolly targets”?