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# Leinster House

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# budget 2015
Here's why people who make (and like) craft beer should be happy today
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is unveiling his Budget measures this afternoon.
# budget 2015
IN IMAGES: 'Blood from a f***ing stone' - a decade of Budgets
10 years in 15 seconds.
# house of cards
'I won’t be whipped': Here are the winners and losers from the political week
A Ming dynasty, a Socialist revolution and bad news for the two biggest opposition parties…
# Bit of a commotion
A Labour TD crashed his car into the barrier at Leinster House
Robert Dowds got a slight cut to his hand but is otherwise okay.
# McNulty-gate
8 things you need to know about Fine Gael's Seanad shambles... and why it matters
A little-known losing local election candidate is at the centre of a controversy that is causing huge problems for Fine Gael.
# Price list
Here's how much a pint costs in the Dáil bar these days
Still cheaper than most other bars…
# paying up
Irish politicians have started paying for their pints on time
Leinster House authorities are taking a more proactive approach when it comes to collecting money owed.
# Dublin
Woman arrested as Dáil protests turn nasty
A number of groups have been protesting outside Leinster House today, as TDs return for the start of the new term.
# no smoke
Sniffer dogs search Leinster House, Ming Flanagan breathes a sigh of relief
Apparently he got out just in time.
# gender politics
Lack of women makes Leinster House a "really weird" place to work, says Senator
Gender quotas are coming in at the next General Election. What will that mean for parties? FF are looking at the detail…
# house of cards
Fishing rods, fizzy drinks and Gulfstream Jets: Winners and losers - and one for you to decide - from the political week
You win some, you lose some — and with the Cabinet back, it’s been a busy week in both categories.
# ructions
"You won't say quiet to me, sir": Check out this 2007 clip of Enda clashing with a furious Ceann Comhairle
“Quiet now, you’re new in the job,” was the advice from Enda, setting off a reaction of Bishop Brennan-style proportions from John O’Donoghue.
# house of cards
The Burton Bounce: Winners, losers and one we couldn’t decide on from the political week
You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.
# house of cards
'The other one is worser': Winners, losers and one we couldn't decide on from the political week
You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.
# Fresh threads
The Leinster House ushers are getting brand new tailored uniforms
# Gift shop
The Dáil 'tuck shop' that cost €1.3 million to build and lasted five years is reopening (sort of)
An Síopa was known as ‘the most expensive tuck shop in Ireland’ when it was opened in 2008.
# house of cards
'Cheated death': 4 winners, 4 losers and one for you to decide on from the political week
You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.
# Greatest love of all
This Fine Gael TD really misses the famous Dáil plinth
There’s a special bond between Mary Mitchell O’Connor and the famous Leinster House steps….
# house of cards
'A right pain in the bum': 4 winners and 5 losers from the political week
You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.
# Review
Another year over: What exactly has happened in the Dáil since September
We take a look back on some of the major events that defined the 2013/14 session in Leinster House.
# Oireachtas agenda
Sorry, but it's not over: City manager to be grilled on Garth Brooks debacle... again
Yes yes yes, we know, yesterday we said it was all over, but an Oireachtas committee has other ideas.
# Oireachtas agenda
It's politicians' last day in Leinster House before the summer holidays, here's what they're up to
They’ll be off on holidays – sorry, doing constituency work – until September.
# Oireachtas agenda
Are we STILL talking about Garth Brooks?
Yes, the GAA and Aiken Promotions will appear before the Transport Oireachtas Committee today.
# Oireachtas agenda
Will this be James Reilly's last official outing?
The Health Minister is one of a few Cabinet members expected to be undertaking their last official engagements today, ahead of the reshuffle.
# Oireachtas agenda
Why are the Central Bank so secretive?
Garth Brooks has already been mentioned once or twice, and there’s an interesting petition regarding the Central Bank. Here’s what’s going on within the walls of Leinster House
# fresh horse-trading
Fianna Fáil: Our 'Garth Brooks Bill' could be passed by tomorrow
The party’s mooted legislation change would essentially create an appeals process whereby the Council’s decision could be appealed on economic and tourism grounds.
# reforming zeal
"A nice, decent gentleman" and the inventor of the Euro: Reaction to Ruairí Quinn's departure
The Education Minister has confirmed he’s stepping down from Government, and won’t run again for a Dáil seat.
# out of sight
"We must have been shaming them": Carers prevented from holding launch in Leinster House
Groups are no longer being allowed to use a conference room in the Oireachtas to hold pre-Budget briefings. A way for politicians to avoid attending?
# Hardworking
In numbers: The Dáil and Seanad sat for 234 days or 1,745 hours last year
The Houses of the Oireachtas has released some interesting figures in its 2013 annual report.
# Oireachtas agenda
How much will you be paying for your water?
The Commission for Energy Regulation will be giving TDs and Senators a briefing on water tariffs in Leinster House today.
# Oireachtas agenda
How important is alcohol to Irish agriculture?
Representatives from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland will be visiting Leinster House today to discuss the issue.
# scrap friday
Full metal racket: The Government's in no mood for a scrap, and the McGraths are livid...
Mattie had done a lot of work on his scrap metal bill, but the Government weren’t playing ball. And Finian threatened to hit the Minister between the eyes… with facts.
# Socialist switch-up
'I've convicted the system over and over': Joe Higgins is relishing the banking inquiry
The Socialist Party TD has been nominated to serve on the inquiry by the Dáil’s Technical Group this afternoon.
# house of cards
'Nine men sitting in a bunker for a year': 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week
You win some, you lose some…
# Oireachtas agenda
Should there be a centralised database to record all racist incidents in Ireland?
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# house of cards
'This is farcical': 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week
You win some, you lose some…
# plinthtacular
The Dáil Plinth now has its own Twitter account
It’s hard out here for a plinth.
# Oireachtas agenda
What will NAMA have to say about its predicted profits at the PAC?
NAMA officials will be grilled by the Public Accounts Committee on the details of their latest annual report….
# Whistleblower
'I told her to ring Maurice McCabe': John Wilson shook hands with the Garda Commissioner today
Noirín O’Sullivan shook hands and chatted with whistleblower and former garda John Wilson outside Leinster House today.
Clapping, posing and Enda: How to welcome a new TD to Leinster House in 7 easy steps
Fine Gael welcomed the newest members of its parliamentary party to the Oireachtas today.