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# gaa - Monday 24 January, 2011

Gaza flotilla raid legal, says Israeli inquiry

The Israeli raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza was legal, a commission finds, because Israel is in a state of war.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Deadlines loom for would-be Fianna Fail leaders, for a final date for General Election 2011 – and for the person who wants to be the one to flick the ‘crush’ switch on Sean FitzPatrick’s BMW.

No money, no leaders, no Irish: what the world's papers say

Guess what the world’s press makes of Ireland’s latest political woes? No prizes for guessing: they don’t think it’s good.

# gaa - Sunday 23 January, 2011

Greens' ministerial briefs assigned to Ó Cuív and Carey

Éamon Ó Cuív and Pat Carey will take three briefs each for the final weeks of the current government.

CONOR LENIHAN has confirmed he will NOT be seeking nomination to contest Fianna Fáil’s leadership election, telling RTÉ’s David Davin-Power that having contacted others within the party, too many fellow TDs had already offered their support to other candidates. Lenihan’s withdrawal means that the four currently declared candidates will likely be the only ones to contest Wednesday’s election.

Independents say Finance Bill support is "not guaranteed"

Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae put the Finance Bill in further jeopardy – saying they may not vote for it.

Gilmore demands Dáil to be dissolved by end of week: statement in full

Read the full statement made by Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore.

Labour demands that Finance Bill be enacted this week

Labour says it will withdraw its motion of no confidence if the Finance Bill is enacted – and the Dáil dissolved – by next weekend.

Green Party to withdraw from coalition GE11

Green Party to withdraw from coalition

The Greens withdraw from government – but will continue to support the Finance Bill from the Dáil’s opposition benches.

Green Party quits government: the statement in full GE11

Green Party quits government: the statement in full

The full text of John Gormley’s statement, in which he announced that his Green Party was withdrawing from government.

Lenihan to hold immediate meetings on Finance Bill

The Finance Minister will meet with opposition finance spokespersons tomorrow to arrange a timetable for passing the bill.

Sky football pundits in hot water over ‘sexist chat'

The Mail on Sunday audio records men sounding like Richard Keys and Andy Gray, making sexist remarks about a female linesman.

Hanafin wants to lead Fianna Fail 'movement, not party'

Mary Hanafin says she wants to involve more women and young people – and hopes male TDs are ready for a female leader.

Brian Lenihan: I have the support of a very large number of deputies for leadership

In his lunchtime press conference, Lenihan insists that the problems in Ireland’s economy did not begin on his watch.

It's not just Ireland... Tunisian PM steps down

Tunisia’s Prime Minister says he’ll quit politics as soon as elections are held to appoint a new government to succeed him.

Asia's richest man eyeing up Irish state assets

Li Ka-Shing, who’s worth over €15bn, is considering investing in the ESB, Bord Gais, and Ireland’s ports.

Eight rescued after 40ft yacht runs aground

A 40-foot motor cruiser runs aground in the early hours off the coast of Co Kerry, leaving eight requiring rescue.

Poll: Who gets your vote for the FF leadership? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who gets your vote for the FF leadership?

Martin, Lenihan, Ó Cuív or Hanafin – if you were a Fianna Fáil TD, which would you be opting for?

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Four in the running in the FF leadership, Aer Lingus staff stay grounded, and how young Gardaí are sleeping on floors.

# gaa - Saturday 22 January, 2011

Four senior FF figures declare leadership intentions

Micheal Martin, Brian Lenihan, Éamon Ó Cuív and Mary Hanafin will all be candidates in Fianna Fáil’s leadership election.

FF election candidates demand input in leadership contest

A Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election in Clare says the party’s next Dáil crop should have a role in picking a leader.

Opposition parties again call for immediate general election

Both Fine Gael and Labour have said they will table varying motions of no confidence this week if there’s no immediate election.

THE GREEN PARTY has issued a brief statement in which it said its TDs and Senators had discussed Brian Cowen’s decision to resign as leader of Fianna Fail, but to remain as Taoiseach. The party will “meet tomorrow morning to consider the situation”, the statement said.

Fianna Fáil leadership: who's next?

Paddy Power’s already got his market open – and there’s only one horse running.

Fianna Fáil votes to pick new leader on Wednesday

TDs have until Monday afternoon to decide if they want to be FF leader, and will vote to elect one on Wednesday.

Cowen resigns FF leadership: statement in full

The Taoiseach’s full statement on how he’s staying Taoiseach, despite having a new party leader elected this week.

Poll: Will changing leader encourage you to vote Fianna Fáil? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will changing leader encourage you to vote Fianna Fáil?

Will the change of leadership make a difference for Fianna Fáil’s fortunes in a general election in 48 days’ time?

Brian Cowen quits as FF leader, remains as Taoiseach FF Leadership This post contains videos

Brian Cowen quits as FF leader, remains as Taoiseach

Brian Cowen resigns the leadership of Fianna Fáil but will continue to lead government – saying it’s not to do with the reshuffle.

Watch out: we're about to fill up the internet

We’re only about 10 days away from running out of internet ‘postcodes’, says an internet provider encouraging an upgrade.

AN TAOISEACH, BRIAN COWEN, is to make a media statement at 2pm this afternoon at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The government press office hasn’t offered any indication about what the statement will relate to, but given the Taoiseach’s current precarious future, it may be a big announcement. We’ll do our best to tell you what we can.

TD denies breaking litter laws on Irish Times front page

Frank Feighan is pictured with a campaign poster on the front of today’s Times – forcing him to deny breaching litter laws.

Gabrielle Giffords could make 100% recovery, say doctors

The Congresswoman shot in the brain 14 days ago is discharged from hospital – and should retain ALL her mental abilities.

Two die in Co Clare house fire

Two men, in their 60s and 30s, are killed in an overnight fire at Tubber, just beside the border with Galway.

Seven days on, Ó Cuív refuses to back Cowen

Friday, January 14: Brian Cowen has Éamon Ó Cuív’s full support as Fianna Fáil leader. Friday, January 21: No comment.

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THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show

You might have missed it, but people are talking – so here’s the full 14 minutes of Jim Corr’s spot on the Late Late Show.

Gardaí seek local help to identify Cashel crash victims

Three men are killed after their car hit a truck on the N8 outside Cashel – but Gardaí cannot identify the deceased.

Three firemen treated after major Stillorgan fire

21 units of Dublin Fire Brigade were summoned to Stillorgan after a pub, dry cleaners, restaurant and apartments are damaged.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The heave that keeps on heaving, three dead in Tipperary crash, and how the internet is almost full…

# gaa - Friday 21 January, 2011

Chilean mine collapse report blames owners

The mining accident which trapped 33 men below ground for 72 days has been blamed on poor regulation and inadequate safety measures.

Co Wexford post office raided by armed man

Man made off with undisclosed amount of money from post office in Ramsgrange this morning.