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#Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Thursday 22 September, 2022

Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries

Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries

Sep 22nd 2022, 2:25 PM 23,786 Views 32 Comments

It came after Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused the government of ignoring proposals that would “put money back into people’s pockets.”

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 21 September, 2022

Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan

Updated Sep 21st 2022, 3:57 PM 25,718 Views 59 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty responded by saying that Minister Ryan is ‘in bed with the Irish Tories’.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 20 September, 2022

More than 21,000 people cannot work because of long-Covid symptoms, Dáil told
# Long Covid
# Long Covid

More than 21,000 people cannot work because of long-Covid symptoms, Dáil told

Sep 20th 2022, 7:18 PM 19,697 Views 27 Comments

Independent TD Denis Naughten called on the Taoiseach to ‘act now’ to address the care needs of those with symptoms

# leaders-questions - Thursday 15 September, 2022

Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year
# School Buses
# School Buses

Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year

Sep 15th 2022, 2:21 PM 13,871 Views 29 Comments

Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 14 September, 2022

Energy costs dominates first day back but politicians get a giggle with 'Taoiseach' Mary Lou remark
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Energy costs dominates first day back but politicians get a giggle with 'Taoiseach' Mary Lou remark

Sep 14th 2022, 4:59 PM 40,649 Views 27 Comments

A minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II was also held today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 13 July, 2022

Audit into infant organ disposal should be published without delay, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Audit into infant organ disposal should be published without delay, says Taoiseach

Jul 13th 2022, 3:12 PM 3,666 Views 7 Comments

The Taoiseach offered his “deepest sympathies” to the families impacted, stating that what happened compounded their grief.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 5 July, 2022

School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package
# Back To School
# Back To School

School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package

Updated Jul 5th 2022, 7:10 PM 61,606 Views 61 Comments

The proposal is set to cost €67 million.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 23 June, 2022

AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs

Jun 23rd 2022, 3:30 PM 5,947 Views 5 Comments

The Government has faced criticism from parents and advocates about the difficulty in finding class places for children with additional needs.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 22 June, 2022

There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees Ireland takes in, says minister
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees Ireland takes in, says minister

Jun 22nd 2022, 4:07 PM 21,543 Views 0 Comments

There were heated exchanges between Independent TD Carol Nolan and the housing minister over the issue of immigration.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 16 June, 2022

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda

Updated Jun 16th 2022, 6:08 PM 59,081 Views 0 Comments

An Tánaiste accused the Sinn Féin TD of a “cheap shot” during Leaders’ Questions.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 15 June, 2022

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
# Housing
# Housing

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil

Jun 15th 2022, 1:33 PM 16,587 Views 48 Comments

President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 1 June, 2022

Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF

Jun 1st 2022, 2:24 PM 13,330 Views 29 Comments

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that Putin wants western governments to get the blame for rising energy costs.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'

May 12th 2022, 1:37 PM 24,548 Views 44 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

Salads and cycling aren't weird: Taoiseach comes to Eamon Ryan's defence amid Dáil criticism

Salads and cycling aren't weird: Taoiseach comes to Eamon Ryan's defence amid Dáil criticism

Apr 26th 2022, 5:58 PM 50,043 Views 47 Comments

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Martin was drinking too much green tea and that it had gone to his head.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 31 March, 2022

Govt to consider time-of-day-pricing for electricity in bid to tackle cost of living
# Energy Prices
# Energy Prices

Govt to consider time-of-day-pricing for electricity in bid to tackle cost of living

Updated Mar 31st 2022, 3:52 PM 30,041 Views 47 Comments
  • Time-of-day pricing is where the price of electricity is less expensive at night than during the daytime as there is less demand.
  • A package of measures to help with the rising cost of energy will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Minister Eamon Ryan says we cannot rule out LNG as an option.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May

Updated Mar 29th 2022, 6:40 PM 12,827 Views 20 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Criticism over soaring home heating oil costs as Martin says hands are tied due to EU VAT rules
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Criticism over soaring home heating oil costs as Martin says hands are tied due to EU VAT rules

Mar 9th 2022, 2:35 PM 35,552 Views 66 Comments

Micheál Martin says they are working with the EU to see if there can be greater flexibility.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 8 March, 2022

Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality
# Neutrality
# Neutrality

Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality

Mar 8th 2022, 4:58 PM 23,339 Views 41 Comments

TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he was concerned about recent calls for greater cooperation with NATO.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 24 February, 2022

Gas prices and the cost of food likely to rise, Tánaiste says
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Gas prices and the cost of food likely to rise, Tánaiste says

Feb 24th 2022, 1:21 PM 37,538 Views 48 Comments

“The lights won’t go out,” Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 23 February, 2022

'Pathetic': Dáil takes a turn for the ugly as housing 'debate' gets dredged into history
# Across The Floor
# Across The Floor

'Pathetic': Dáil takes a turn for the ugly as housing 'debate' gets dredged into history

Feb 23rd 2022, 1:22 PM 42,062 Views 132 Comments

Both Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil brought up events of the past.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 17 February, 2022

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
# Nphet
# Nphet

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings

Updated Feb 17th 2022, 4:20 PM 86,536 Views 104 Comments

Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 3 February, 2022

'Suite of measures' to address the rising cost of living expected 'in the next couple of weeks'
# Inflation
# Inflation

'Suite of measures' to address the rising cost of living expected 'in the next couple of weeks'

Updated Feb 3rd 2022, 5:00 PM 40,565 Views 97 Comments

The Cabinet sub committee on economic recovery will meet next week to discuss the rising cost of living in Ireland.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Not an issue of funding': Urgent surgery wait lists for children unacceptable, says Taoiseach

Feb 2nd 2022, 3:30 PM 7,875 Views 8 Comments

Micheál Martin said record sums of money have been given to the HSE and to CHI.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

'Don't you dare lecture me': Sparks fly in the Dáil on housing
# Argy Bargy
# Argy Bargy

'Don't you dare lecture me': Sparks fly in the Dáil on housing

Jan 26th 2022, 2:12 PM 59,877 Views 96 Comments

Leader’ Questions got heated today with the Taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald hitting out at each other over housing issues.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

Tanaiste urges employers to give staff a pay hike to help with rise in the cost of living
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Tanaiste urges employers to give staff a pay hike to help with rise in the cost of living

Jan 25th 2022, 3:55 PM 26,606 Views 40 Comments

‘I honestly don’t think you’re living in the real world,’ Labour leader Alan Kelly told the Taoiseach today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women
# Gender-based Violence
# Gender-based Violence

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women

Updated Jan 19th 2022, 5:17 PM 15,778 Views 0 Comments

Tributes were also paid to Ashling Murphy, who was laid to rest in Offaly yesterday

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
# Freezing Classrooms
# Freezing Classrooms

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters

Dec 7th 2021, 4:20 PM 13,585 Views 14 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 17 November, 2021

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar': Dáil row breaks out between Kelly and Martin

Nov 17th 2021, 2:40 PM 66,212 Views 118 Comments

Micheal Martin has denied that he said teachers would be exempt from Covid-19 isolation rules.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 11 November, 2021

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal
# Donegal
# Donegal

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal

Nov 11th 2021, 4:56 PM 6,280 Views 0 Comments

The report’s publication has been delayed following a dispute between the HSE, gardaí and the report’s authors.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 9 November, 2021

Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland
# Housing
# Housing

Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland

Nov 9th 2021, 5:08 PM 33,716 Views 47 Comments

It was reported at the weekend that two ministers may attend housing ‘roadshows’.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 21 October, 2021

Government to cover legal bill for families of R116 victims
# R116
# R116

Government to cover legal bill for families of R116 victims

Updated Oct 21st 2021, 7:33 PM 31,232 Views 19 Comments

Eamon Ryan has told families of the victims of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 crash that the Government will cover their legal costs.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme

Oct 20th 2021, 1:24 PM 18,001 Views 101 Comments

The children said all they want is to feel safe in their homes.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready
# Scandalous
# Scandalous

Tetchy exchange as Taoiseach told he should be 'ashamed' only 8 affordable homes ready

Sep 29th 2021, 2:15 PM 43,079 Views 90 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader said it was “scandalous” that such a low number will be delivered in 2021.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Sep 16th 2021, 5:30 PM 14,893 Views 13 Comments

Varadkar said the Department of Housing has also received requests from local authorities in Sligo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to engage in the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Sep 15th 2021, 4:24 PM 15,557 Views 29 Comments

The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 8 July, 2021

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'
# Housing
# Housing

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'

Jul 8th 2021, 1:38 PM 24,431 Views 78 Comments

Catherine Murphy said leasing properties from funds was “an abuse of public money”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

'Not practical, unenforceable and discriminatory': Government’s latest Covid plans branded unacceptable
# 'absolutely Bananas'
# 'absolutely Bananas'

'Not practical, unenforceable and discriminatory': Government’s latest Covid plans branded unacceptable

Jun 29th 2021, 4:45 PM 29,641 Views 77 Comments

Opposition TDs have called on the government to rescind its decision, describing it as “absolutely bananas”.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 17 June, 2021

National Maternity Hospital: Government has 'problems' with project on land transferred from Sisters of Charity
# Maternity Care
# Maternity Care

National Maternity Hospital: Government has 'problems' with project on land transferred from Sisters of Charity

Jun 17th 2021, 1:54 PM 12,797 Views 18 Comments

The Tánaiste has said there are “problems, quite frankly, in going forward with this project”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Most AZ second doses will be administered within next five weeks, Reid confirms
# Vaccination
# Vaccination

Most AZ second doses will be administered within next five weeks, Reid confirms

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 10:54 PM 42,180 Views 68 Comments

The HSE chief said it is planned that the second doses of AstraZeneca will be completed by 19 July.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July
# Rent Protections
# Rent Protections

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July

Jun 2nd 2021, 1:06 PM 9,435 Views 23 Comments

Opposition says government must ensure that all renters – not just those that fall under the Covid-19 protections – are not hit with an 8% rent hike.

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