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# Leinster House

This week
3rd December 2023 - 8th December 2023
Justice Minister Helen McEntee survives confidence motion after heated debate
The Journal’s live blog will bring you the latest developments from Leinster House throughout the day and livestream the debate.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Ceann Comhairle: 'No compelling need to intervene' after Sinn Féin TD used photo of man in Dáil
Seán Ó Fearghaíl also said he would prefer words like “scumbags” were not used in the Dáil.
Request to fly Palestinian flag in Leinster House refused as Govt accused of 'double standards'
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to fly either the Palestinian or Israeli flag at the moment.
Last month
November 2023
'It’s obvious you don’t f***ing listen to what anybody says': Thomas Pringle and Danny Healy-Rae row in the Dáil
There were angry outbursts between the two Independents this afternoon in the Dáil.
Ceann Comhairle refuses Israeli ambassador request to show graphic footage of Hamas attack to politicians
The Ceann Comhairle said the screening would be inappropriate.
This year
Portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen finally goes on display in Leinster House
He spent five months in St Vincent’s Hospital and before moving on to rehab.
No protests outside Leinster House today following 'ring of steel' put in place around perimeter
There was an increased garda presence around Leinster House today over fears there would be a repeat of the scenes seen last month.
Far-right posts featuring mock gallows outside Dáil remain online despite Garda investigations
A report by
Stephen McDermott
It follows an analysis of posts across multiple platforms.
The Journal found content targeting TDs after analysing social media pages across multiple platforms.
Imitation gallows prop is being investigated under laws relating to the incitement of hatred.
Two Extinction Rebellion protesters who locked themselves to Dáil gates in 2019 spared jail
The duo argued that they used ‘non-violent direct action’ because of Government inaction on climate change.
'Are politicians partly to blame for the protest at the Dáil? Absolutely' - Ceann Comhairle
“We cannot expect the public to respect us as politicians if we don’t respect ourselves,” he said.
Policing Authority says it's 'concerned' over yesterday's protest outside Leinster House
The authority said that the Gardaí’s protection of the public’s right to protest should be equally as important as the safety of others at work.
Who were the protesters at the Dáil and what exactly were they protesting?
Filming from the protest yesterday, former Exposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin said that she was there “giving our TDs a welcome back.”
Senior gardaí to meet with Oireachtas officials today to discuss security review
Thirteen arrests were made yesterday during a protest of 200 people outside Leinster House.
Commissioner told 'credibility of gardaí at stake' as TD warns of potential 'Jo Cox moment'
TDs and senators have condemned yesterday’s protests, which saw politicians trapped in Leinster House.
There were a number of violent incidents throughout the day, and a total of thirteen people were detained by gardaí.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said senior gardaí would meet with Oireachtas officials to discuss a security review.
Thirteen arrested as anti-immigration protesters threaten politicians outside Leinster House
Thirteen people charged after arrests at Leinster House protests
Two men who were arrested appeared before court on public order charges and were granted bail.
Thirteen arrested as anti-immigration protesters threaten politicians outside Leinster House
The protesters’ signs and banners featured slogans like “Irish Lives Matter” and “Ballybrack Says No”.
Five things to look out for as the Dáil's constituency map is redrawn
A report by
Christina Finn
We could find out today that we’re getting more than 20 new TDs after the next general election.
Dáil breaks for summer hols but political temperature set to be 'a little higher' on its return
The Dáil recess kicked in on Thursday, with politicians not due back until mid-September.
FF politicians call for security improvements at Leinster House
A number of members recounted incidences in which they were shouted at and felt harassed leaving and entering the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Vigil held in memory of the 402 homeless people who died in Dublin since 2018
Organised by the political party Aontú, the vigil was attended by family members of some of those who have died.
Oireachtas costs rose to €141.5m last year as more security was needed for politicians
The Commission said that “protecting female members” of the Oireachtas is of particular importance.
Taskforce on protecting politicians from abuse to meet today
A final report will be completed by 31 December 2023.
Teenager arrested after break in at Leinster House released without charge
A file is being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Programme.
Teenage boy arrested following break in at Leinster House
He is currently detained at a Garda station in Dublin.
Young farmers group hold 'positive' meeting with Taoiseach after march to Govt Buildings
Macra is calling for stronger government support for young farmers and young people in rural communities.
Biden tour of Ireland comes to Dublin as President to visit Áras, Oireachtas and Dublin Castle
A report by
Christina Finn
The US president will address the joint Houses of the Oireachtas this afternoon.
Protesters gather outside Leinster House calling for eviction ban to be reinstated
The protest, organised by the Cost of Living Coalition, began at 1pm on Kildare Street.
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.
Politicians told to avoid holding clinics alone and to consider getting a personal alarm
Gardaí have issued fresh security advice to Oireachtas members today.
Last year
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.
Ursula von der Leyen to address TDs and Senators on visit to Dublin
The European Commission President will meet with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D Higgins.
'100 years of injustice': Survivors call for mother and baby home redress scheme to be extended
“Violation of human rights could become a thorn in the side of this Government.”
Paul Murphy TD says he was repeatedly kicked by protesters when leaving Leinster House
Murphy said that he was “not intimidated” by the protestors “in the slightest”.
Mice, rats and slugs among pests that plagued Leinster House in past six months
Exterminators identified a “possible disease risk” due to bird droppings around the door bridge connecting the building to the Department of An Taoiseach.
Marc MacSharry compares Ireland to 'Marxist Republic' after claiming Oireachtas staffer opened his post
The saga began when MacSharry tried to circulate a report on the impact of Covid-19 on mental health last July.
All time
The Dáil's Ceann Comhairle has tested positive for Covid-19
Seán Ó Fearghaíl will work from home and his Dáil duties will be carried out by the Leas-Cheann Comhairle.
Protesters take calls for end to maternity restrictions to gates of Leinster House
More than 100 people gathered to call for partner access to neo natal units to be restored to pre-pandemic levels.
Taoiseach disagrees with revoking free parking for former politicians at Leinster House
There have been calls to restore the Leinster House garden at the Kildare Street entrance, which is now a car park for members.
Government prepares to go to bat for Coveney as 'normal politics' returns to Leinster House
Politicians return today after the summer recess.
Dáil bar to reopen for first time since last year
The two bars in Leinster House have been closed for much of the pandemic.