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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Frances Fitzgerald

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# Tropical Storm
Leo Varadkar's trip to Africa set to be cancelled as political storm escalates
Varadkar is scheduled to travel to Mali and Coast Ivory next week.
# Whistleblower
Sinn Féin submits motion of no confidence in Tanaiste
Tánaiste and former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has come under fire over how much she knew.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Frances Fitzgerald resign over the 'forgotten' McCabe email?
It has been the 24 hours from hell for the former Minister for Justice.
# Whistleblower
'It's not enough to say she can't remember': Frances Fitzgerald under pressure in McCabe email row
Tánaiste and former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has come under fire over how much she knew.
# disclosures tribunal
Frances Fitzgerald sends TDs email at centre of Maurice McCabe row
“How could the minister receive such an email and read it and forget that she read it?,” Paul Murphy asked.
# o'higgins commission
'What are they hiding from?': Pressure on government on what it knew about McCabe smear plans
The government has said that it is up to the Disclosures Tribunal to answer this question.
# Discrimination
John Halligan says he'd pay €7.5k compensation as opposition calls on him to resign
During an interview, Halligan asked a woman if she was married and if she had children.
# Policy
Ireland's 'unfit' corporate watchdog is about to get a major overhaul
The ODCE was roundly criticised for its role in the collapse of the case against Sean FitzPatrick.
# Eighth Amendment
Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens' Assembly's stance on abortion
The Assembly said terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
# Bausch and Lomb
125 jobs to be created in Waterford by eye health company
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar opened an €85 million extension to Bausch and Lomb in Waterford this morning.
# ethical investment
Courts Service of Ireland still holds €6 million worth of shares in tobacco companies
The Charities Regulator sold off its shares this year.
# no booze
Ireland is one step closer to lifting the Good Friday alcohol ban
Cabinet approved a number of amendments to a private members bill which would lift the ban.
# Jail Time
'The man who raped me went on to attack multiple women': Calls for harsher sentences for serial rapists
A new Bill to impose tougher sentencing passed First Stage in the Dáil earlier this afternoon.
# Supreme Court
Minister for Justice is 'insulting Irish courts' in Ian Bailey extradition case, lawyers say
French authorities are seeking the extradition of Bailey to face charges relating to the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
# protected disclosure
Minister took 6 months to respond to allegations that gardaí entrapped people through informants
Sinn Fein TD made a series of allegations of wrongdoing by gardaí in a protected disclosure to Frances Fitzgerald.
# The next leader
'If she ran, we'd hit her with that every day': Fitzgerald's leadership bid ends before it started
The Justice Minister confirmed this morning it was “not the right” decision for her.
# Minister for Education
Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announced she wouldn’t be running earlier this morning.
# Frances Fitzgerald
Tánaiste says firing Nóirín O'Sullivan would be like Trump sacking Comey
“If this was being said about any other person there would be outrage about it,” Frances Fitzgerald said.
Sinn Féin calls for Justice Minister to answer questions about alleged political phone tapping
The Sunday Independent’s Niall O’Connor exclusively reported yesterday that a politician’s election activist had their phone bugged.
Fianna Fáil want the Commissioner to step down over garda scandals
Jim O’Callaghan has said he is also losing confidence in the Justice Minister.
# Cracking down
'It is a relentless war': Tánaiste wants to weaken the power of gang leaders in prisons
Frances Fitzgerald has said resources must be in place to tackle gangland’s grip on Irish society.
# basketball coach
Inquiry may be launched into case of child abuser Bill Kenneally
The former national basketball coach is serving a 14-year sentence for abusing teenage boys in Waterford in the 1980s.
# full pay
The State is spending millions on the wages of gardaí who have been suspended
“The tax payer should not have to fund any more than is necessary,” said a GRA spokesperson.
# three-horse race
Your choice for next Taoiseach? Leo and Simon both ahead of Micheál Martin
A new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Poll for makes interesting reading for Fine Gael members.
# breath test scandal
Fianna Fáil might join forces with Labour for motion of no confidence in Garda management
The party said it cannot express confidence in Garda Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan.
# hidden naggin
Underage teens are getting drunk by sucking on vodka-laced oranges, claims TD
Deputy Anne Rabbitte says she’s seen it happen outside teenage discos.
# He said she said
Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference
There have been tense exchanges in the chamber this evening.
# under-18s
Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will sign a ministerial order as early as this week ending the practice.
# questions unanswered
'We have confidence in the Commissioner': Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil divided over garda scandal
Sinn Féin has called a no-confidence motion in Nóirín O’Sullivan to be voted on next week in the Dáil.
# Prostitution
'An historic day': It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland
Not everyone is happy with the new legislation.
# latest garda scandal
'No one believes An Garda Síochana': Calls for shake-up to garda management
The Policing Authority is to examine the full facts of how and why two massive garda admin errors occurred.
# protect and serve
Fancy wearing the blue? The Garda Reserve is taking on 300 more recruits
It’s part of a plan to increase the size of both the reserve and regular garda forces.
# Girl Power
Women on State boards on the rise as 'talent bank' boosts numbers
A target of 40% female representation has been set for State boards.
# simon says no
Simon Harris rules himself out but Frances Fitzgerald gearing up for Fine Gael leadership battle
The Minister for Health has put an end to speculation about his future.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are there really 8,500 social housing units currently being built?
Part One of FactCheck’s two-part series on high-profile disputes over social housing, this week.
# He said she said
5 serious questions for the government that Dáil 'clarifications' did not clarify
Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and Katherine Zappone said they were going to clear up any remaining confusion last night. Here’s how that went.
# Whistleblower scandal
Tusla to appear before Dáil committee next week as McCabe controversy rumbles on
The main players have been having their say on the ongoing scandal.
# family supports
Prisoner parenting course aims to prevent mothers and fathers from reoffending
Evidence shows that fathers who have positive relationships with their children are six times less likely to reoffend.
# i didn't know
'Thanks for calling Katherine' - Frances Fitzgerald has torrid time of it explaining her role in Tusla saga
The Minister insists she had no knowledge of Tusla’s involvement in the Maurice McCabe saga before last Thursday’s Prime Time broadcast.
Political turmoil over the Maurice McCabe whistleblowing smears
Pressure is increasing on government ministers and Tusla over who knew what about the Maurice McCabe story.