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# Fine Gael

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin confirms he will not stand in next General Election
Griffin confirmed he would not contest the next General Election to Radio Kerry this morning.
Last month
January 2023
# sprints
Fine Gael spokesperson for Arts and Culture apologises for online comments about Dublin band
Dublin-based band Sprints have since thanked Ciaran Cannon for the ‘free publicity’.
# SIPO
Heather Humphreys accuses Sinn Féin of setting up 'kangaroo court' against Paschal Donohoe
The minister said that Sinn Féin wasn’t affording Donohoe due process and seeking to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ against him.
# Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe apologises for 'clear mistake' but opposition parties query figures
Minister Paschal Donohoe said he understood work on hanging election posters to have been done on a ‘voluntary basis’.
# ethics
'He's fully corrected the record': Coveney defends Donohoe over undeclared donation
Coveney said he believes that Donohoe has given a “very detailed explanation as to what happened”.
# SIPO
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe in hot water over his expense declarations?
Sinn Féin have said that the Public Expenditure Minister’s explanation was “simply not credible”.
# open all hours
Housing, healthcare, cost-of-living and late-night pub opening on the agenda as Dáil returns
Varadkar looking for a ‘fresh start’ to his tenure as Taoiseach as he tries to shake up Govt priorities.
# Neale Richmond
Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond appointed junior minister following resignation of Damien English
The appointment was confirmed this morning.
# 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.
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin remain most popular party despite small drop in support as Fine Gael regain ground
The latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll shows the state of the parties.
# Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach claims Sinn Féin-led government would mean ‘fewer jobs and lower incomes’
Leo Varadkar said there was concern in the business community about the potential for Sinn Féin in government.
Last year
2022
Voices
Analysis: What should Michael McGrath look to achieve as he moves to the Department of Finance?
Ciarán Casey of University of Limerick looks back at previous ministers for finance and outlines any possible challenges ahead.
# slan go foill
Micheál Martin gets a goodbye video from the European Council on his final meeting as Taoiseach
The role of Taoiseach is rotating tomorrow, with Leo Varadkar taking over the job.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Varadkar to seek promises from ministers he appoints that they'll be seeking re-election
Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night he will be giving the formation of the new Government a lot of thought over coming days.
# irish embassy opening
Coveney stresses value of 'diplomatic channels' amid row over Tehran embassy
Opening an Irish embassy in the Iranian capital is being kept under review.
# CETA
Divisions emerging between Govt parties over amending legislation to ratify CETA
The Supreme Court ruled that ratifying CETA currently was unconstitutional.
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
FG and FF's housing potshots at each other make it an easy win for SF's slogans and promises
While Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael take cheap potshots at one another over who is to blame, Sinn Féin only have to sit back and watch the poll numbers rise.
# Political Donations
Sinn Féin receive highest amount in disclosed political donations last year
Donations made by TDs, Senators, MEPs across six political parties amounted to €193,511.
# ukrainian refugees
Communities that take in Ukrainian refugees could get multimillion-euro funding
Leo Varadkar said he wanted a community fund for areas to improve schools, public transport, community and sporting facilities.
# O'Connell Street
TD says comment about 'druggies' on O'Connell Street was 'maybe a poor choice of language'
Senator Lynn Ruane says Deputy Kehoe should be more concerned about people with drug dependencies than tourists.
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin remains most popular party as coalition fails to receive budget bounce
Sinn Féin have hit a record high of 37% support in the Ireland Thinks poll.
# irish farmers journal
Fine Gael remains the most popular political party among Irish farmers, poll shows
That’s according to a poll commissioned by the Irish Farmers Journal.
# ireland thinks
Sinn Féin support remains high as majority expect McDonald for next Taoiseach
2 out of 5 respondents said they’d like to see the next government led by Sinn Féin.
# SIPO
Political parties and independents received €13.4 million in State funding last year
The funding is non-electoral and is an administrative allowance.
# SIPO
Ethics watchdog rules out overhauling guidelines for political parties
The review came after concerns were raised about Irish political parties who work and contest elections in multiple jurisdictions.
# support drop
Support for the Government drops as Sinn Féin continue to rise in popularity
The drop in support will be concerning to Fine Gael, who fall to their lowest level of support since 1994.
# dail motion
Government wins Dáil confidence vote by margin of 85 to 66
The government motion was tabled in response to a no-confidence vote by Sinn Féin.
The Government was expected to survive the motion despite having lost its Dáil majority.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin accused Sinn Féin of cynical politics, populism and "whataboutery".
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Government is "out of touch, clearly out of ideas and now out of time".
Taoiseach confident government will defeat no-confidence vote tomorrow
# No-confidence vote
Sinn Féin confirm no-confidence motion will be tabled against Government
Yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would welcome the chance to prove the Government has a working majority.
# pension age
Pension age shouldn't go beyond 66, says Micheál Martin
Additional PRSI contributions will be needed to ensure the pension age is not increased, says Micheál Martin.
# dail spat
Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator
Senator Lynn Ruane said words said in the Dáil can target and impact communities.
Varadkar 'not ruling out' new cost-of-living measures before Budget
As things stand, the Tánaiste said the plan is still to wait until budget day in October.
# The Journal Live
Watch our LIVE event: The EU and You - how young Irish people can prosper as citizens of Europe
Our youth audience heard from MEPs and European expert on how they work – and challenged them on how EU should tackle issues such as climate change.
# Fine Gael
Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint
‘It cannot be tolerated, will not be tolerated,’ said Minister Simon Harris.
# Joe McHugh
Former Education Minister Joe McHugh will not stand in next general election
The Fine Gael TD said he made the decision to step away from politics in order to spend more time with his family.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about Enda Kenny?
Time to hark back.
# Politics
Sinn Féin needles Varadkar over Fine Gael backbench unease about Carbon Tax hike
The carbon tax is set to increase next month from €33.50 to €41.00 per tonne of carbon.
# Ukraine
Gardaí should gather evidence of Russia's war crimes by interviewing refugees, says Flanagan
The former justice minister has written to the Garda Commissioner asking for the the gardaí to take statements.
# FAI
Fine Gael senator apologises and retracts statement about Robbie Keane's salary
Senator Micheál Carrigy had said Keane should donate his FAI salary over the past two years to local soccer clubs.
# WRC
Former Fine Gael party secretary to take claim over being forced to retire at 65
The party will face the Workplace Relations Commission on Thursday morning.
# Universal Social Charge
Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?
Some politicians’ stances on the tax have changed over the years.