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# Leinster House

Last month
January 2023
# 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.
# security advice
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
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.
# Leinster House
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.
# boarded out
'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
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”.
# leinster mouse
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.
# Leinster House
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
# Séan Ó Fearghaíl
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.
# march for maternity
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.
# Free Parking
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.
# back at work
Government prepares to go to bat for Coveney as 'normal politics' returns to Leinster House
Politicians return today after the summer recess.
# Pints
Dáil bar to reopen for first time since last year
The two bars in Leinster House have been closed for much of the pandemic.
# gender balance
Advisory group will attempt to 'achieve gender balance' in Leinster House artworks
Plans for the display of some modern artworks to liven up parts of Leinster House are also under consideration.
# Live Music
Musicians call for clear plan to reopen live entertainment industry
Up to 100 demonstrators took part in a protest in Dublin calling for a commitment from the government to reopen the sector.
# Across the quays
Dáil staying in Convention Centre due to risk posed to members
Dáil sittings may return to Leinster House in autumn if 70 to 80% of the population is vaccinated.
# Arrest
Man to appear in court after jumping over barrier at Leinster House
The gates and entrance to Leinster House were briefly locked this afternoon after a man crossed over a barrier into the grounds.
# oireachtas costs
Special advisers to Government ministers' earn over €4.5 million in salaries
The advisers’ pay ranges from €67,659 to €180,276, with 18 of them earning more than €100,000.
# new normal
Budget 2021 will be revealed today - here's a look at how things will unfold
Today the biggest budget in the history of the State will be revealed – here’s what we know.
# Leinster House
'It's been politics by Zoom': How first-time TDs have found the Dáil in the time of Covid
Like everyone else it’s been about adapting to the circumstances.
Voices
Opinion: The idea that the Constitution stops the Dáil from operating with video technology is a nonsense
Legal experts David Kenny and Conor Casy say there is ‘too much at stake’ to do nothing about hybrid or virtual sittings.
# Final Countdown
The votes are in: Here's when we'll know whether FF, FG and the Greens can form a government
The count results from the Green Party, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael are expected to be announced.
# garda horkan
'A peacemaker and a rock of sense': TDs pay Dáil tribute and hold minute's silence for Garda Colm Horkan
“He never let us down, the people he had sworn to serve,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil today.
# Leinster House
Dáil to sit today to discuss Covid-19 impacts on Ireland's economy
The Taoiseach will answer questions about the public health emergency.
# Grand coalition
Framework document for new FF-FG government to be signed-off tomorrow
Both parties hope the document will convince smaller parties to enter government.
# Leinster House
Martin says country 'not where it would like to be' in terms of testing volume and turnaround times
Speaking this evening at Leinster House, Martin said ‘there’s still a significant degree of work to be done’.
# Leinster House
Dáil to sit in Convention Centre for Taoiseach election vote
The cost of holding the sitting in the centre will be discussed on Wednesday.
# Covid-19
Almost 100 staff and residents in one nursing home test positive for Covid-19, Dáil hears
Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly raised the matter in the Dáil today.
# Leinster House
Coronavirus: Dáil set for three-hour sitting despite debate over whether it's 'essential'
The Dáil last sat a week ago as it concluded a marathon debate on emergency Covid-19 legislation.
# Leinster House
Dáil sitting prompts State’s top civil servant to remind TDs of Covid-19 guidelines
A number of TDs have said the government must continue to be held to account.
# Leinster House
Dáil to sit on Thursday, but Labour TDs will stay at home to support the 'national effort'
Alan Kelly and Ged Nash will publish subtitled videos of their statements on social media.
# Leinster House
Limited number of TDs to attend Dáil sitting to pass emergency Covid-19 legislation
Some have called for a time limited ‘sunset clause’ to be included in the Bill relating to detentions.
# Back to Work
The Dáil is back today to discuss Covid-19, but there will be no vote for the next Taoiseach
TDs are to speak for over six hours on the issues later this afternoon.
# Leinster House
TDs to discuss Covid-19 outbreak for six hours when Dáil reconvenes this week
There have been two confirmed cases on the island of Ireland so far.
# slán
Retiring TDs reflect on Enda and Leo, their time in the Dáil and the 'slowness' of the system
Eighteen TDs who were elected in 2016 have decided not to run in the general election – but what have some of them learnt.
# Women's Health
'Wombs, periods, they're taboo subjects': Patients appeal to TDs and Senators for endometriosis support
Women have been advocating for change in this area and to support the 155,000 women who suffer from it.
# Controversy
Old Oireachtas printers not eco-friendly, case for new controversial printer argued
The purchase of the printer is due to be discussed by the Public Accounts Committee later this week.
# off the presses
This is the model of printing press that's causing all the hassle for the Oireachtas
Structural works were needed at Leinster House to ensure the printer fit correctly in the building.
# fobbing in
'Focused review’ into TD attendance announced following recent controversies
The review should be completed by January.
# Caged
'I'm on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week': Family carers stage protest outside the Dáil
Several carers spoke today about the huge amount of work they do looking after loved ones.