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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Leinster House

All time
# Most unparliamentary
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
The debate about sexism in Irish politics has been reignited by Michael Lowry and his controversial note this week.
# lovely e-fags
'I've seen children using e-cigs and that is terrifying'
If passed, a new bill will mean ‘vaping’ becomes subject to the same regulation as ordinary cigarettes
# The Internet
There is a 'Skype facility' in Leinster House after all. Well, sort of... has done some digging today…
# State of the Nation
Will Enda finally do a TV debate?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Dáil over
Here's why all of the opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil today...
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and others held a press conference outside Leinster House after a dramatic walkout.
# Standing firm
"We're at the end of our tether" - Labour can't make this Senator leave his office
James Heffernan had his belongings packed up by former Labour colleague John Gilroy recently. But he’s not budging.
# Kenya believe it
Fine Gael TD: "Yes, I made some calls to Africa. None of them were personal."
Michelle Mulherin confirms she made calls to Kenya from her phone in Leinster House, but says they were not personal.
# Prime Numbers
Conor McGregor, Queen Elizabeth and club sandwiches: The week in numbers
Plus: How much does it cost to rent an Irish pub on wheels?
'Elderly patients are being kept on trolleys for days'
Nurses brought their anger at overcrowding to the gates of the Dáil today.
# State of the Nation
Why is Lucinda holding a women-only briefing?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# get the red carpet
Look out for the giant spliff: The not-so-serious 2014 political awards
They all take themselves way too seriously in Leinster House. So here’s a bit of light relief from the year that was…
# pictorial yearly
Shufflin', celebrating and protesting: The political year in pictures
There were resignations, a Cabinet reshuffle and the issue of water charges.
# Housing
One Coalition party isn't keen on letting bedsits back onto the market
Tánaiste Joan Burton had previously suggested the ban could be examined.
# Leinster House
QUIZ: How well do you really know these TDs and Senators?
Test your knowledge here.
# Irish Water
Amid claims of drunkenness, the Seanad has voted to pass the Water Services Bill
Earlier, proceedings were suspended twice in less than an hour – after a row over claims that senators were coming from the Dáil bar to vote on the Bill last week.
# remembering the dead
Masked sex workers to hold candlelit vigil outside Leinster House
They will remember the deaths of seven women in Ireland who were sex workers.
# State of the Nation
Minister 'hasn't heard anything' to reassure her about abuse at other care homes
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# we won't pay
WATCH: Clashes between gardaí and water charge protesters on O'Connell Bridge
The main protest, in which tens of thousands participated, was a peaceful one but a gardaí said six arrests were made.
# State of the Nation
How many people will protest against water charges today?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# 48 hours
From Motor City to Leinster House: The Detroit water protesters have been busy since they landed
The activists have been in close contact with the Irish movement in recent months, and have even held solidarity events in Detroit.
# Homelessness
A plaque has been erected in the doorway where Jonathan Corrie died
He passed away from hypothermia earlier this month.
# just passing by
What was Gene Simmons from Kiss doing at Leinster House?
“I guess because of my silly hair people tend to take me to big buildings to meet important people.”
# Bad timing
Restaurant owners say they're not targeting homeless with begging survey
The Restaurants Association said homelessness and aggressive begging are two separate issues.
# Jonathan Corrie
There was a very moving vigil for the homeless outside Leinster House last night
The silent vigil followed the discovery of the body of a homeless man just yards from Leinster House on Monday.
# mark of respect
Leinster House postpones turning on its Christmas lights after homeless man's death
The Ceann Comhairle said tonight’s planned event would be ‘inappropriate’.
# crisis
Alan Kelly will hold an emergency summit after homeless man found dead near Leinster House
The body of a man who had been sleeping rough was discovered in a doorway on Molesworth Street yesterday morning.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?
Organisers aren’t expecting thousands of viewers.
# State of the Nation
The country's most kissable politician wants to sort out the medical card fiasco today
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# get out of town
'Power surge' prompts evacuation at Leinster House
LH2000, a newer section of the building, was evacuated earlier this evening.
# house of cards
'Potentially an ISIS situation ': Here are the winners and losers from the political week
In which a Fine Gael TD made some ill-judged remarks, the Socialists were on the defensive and Nigel Farage had more reasons to smile.
# Shoes
There's a pretty moving display outside Leinster House today. Here's what it's about...
Campaigners from Women’s Aid have put dozens of shoes on display outside the Dáil today.
# house of cards
'An entire red herring': Here are the winners and losers from the political week
In which a minister opened up about being bullied, a Sinn Féin councillor got an apology and David Cameron got shoved.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: Watchdog or ambulance chaser? The PAC is under scrutiny again...
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Prime Numbers
Supermacs, Nokia phones, and Dublin house prices: The week in numbers
Plus: How many students are taking part in the next BT Young Scientist competition?
# house of cards
'Incoherent gibberish': Here are the winners and losers from the political week
In which Sinn Féin was under pressure, John Tierney survived and a Labour TD admitting to going missing for a vote…
# Racket
Two lads are banging pots and pans outside Leinster House today. Here's why...
Yep, it’s something to do with Irish Water…
# Courts
Sword-wielding teen who staged "one man rebellion" gets community service
19-year-old Jordan Buckley was wrestled to the ground by three gardaí after rushing the front door of Leinster House with a sword.
# New experience
'People have been fairly sound': What Michael Fitzmaurice learned on his first week in the Dáil
We caught up with the new TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim towards the end of his first week in Leinster House.
# The High Table Interview
Mary Lou McDonald: 'I'm not exactly a shrinking violet'
Watch an extended interview with the Sinn Féin deputy leader at’s offices this week.
# Budget banter
Inside Leinster House: Giddy government backbenchers embrace the end of austerity...
… while the opposition fail to muster much of an opposition.