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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Luke Ming Flanagan

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# Twitter
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan says Twitter account was compromised after comment about Saoirse McHugh
The tweet in question was deleted but several screengrabs of the tweet and the comment were shared online today.
# top trends
These were the most active Irish politicians on Twitter during the European election campaign
More than 33,000 unique Irish Twitter users discussed the European election on the social network in recent weeks.
# midnight must read
Why might the European election exit poll have over-predicted the 'green surge'?
Questions are being asked about RTÉ and Red C polling as the first results come in.
# Defence Forces
Massacre of 160 people in Mali 'underlines need for international presence', Dept Defence says
There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali.
# tax loophole
High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds
Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken.
Voices
Opinion: Far-right politics on the rise so we need to stop silencing working class voices on the left
Ordinary working-class people are being silenced by left-wing commentators, because of their lack of regard for modern liberal terminology, writes Conor Kenny.
# global attention
'Not conservative ... just complicated' - Roscommon's repealers on the county's journey from No to Yes
Voters across Roscommon have been talking to each other, finally, about previously “taboo subjects”.
# hate texts
Tusla worker's phone was used to send journalist death threats
A garda investigation is now underway.
# Chancers
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan learned not to mess with Aer Lingus on Twitter this morning
Maybe he’ll stick with Ryanair after this one.
# Bank Guarantee
Being tough on bankers ... and Fine Gael: How Peter Mathews will be remembered
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is among those to have paid tribute to Mathews, saying Ireland is “a poorer place” without him.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Luke 'Ming' Flanagan right about other Irish MEPs' poor record of attendance?
The Independent MEP says he’s the only Irish member who regularly shows up for the Agriculture Committee. FactCheck puts that claim to the test.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Enda Kenny elected Taoiseach, Dave Mahon found guilty of manslaughter and elections in the UK…
# debt justice
The man from Ballyhea Says No is running for the Dáil
Diarmuid O’Flynn will run for the Independent Alliance in Cork North-West.
# Roscommon
Ming seeks compensation from Fine Gael TD over Irish Times interview
Luke Ming Flanagan has taken legal action against former constituency rival Frank Feighan.
# 228 weeks
'Greece should drop the euro - and so should Ireland'
Ballyhea Says No began marching against the Irish bailout in 2011.
# ttipping point
Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists
Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.
# rock the vote
NUI Galway Students' Union to hold referendum on cannabis legalisation
Luke Ming Flanagan and Garda whistleblower John Wilson will speak at an information night ahead of the vote.
# Lonely dancer
Ming thinks Enda's like a man who never asked the lady across the hall to dance
What is he talking about?
# Belgium
European Parliament evacuated after bomb alert
The scene has now been declared safe.
# Rebel Alliance
Will Luke 'Ming' Flanagan be part of the new Independent alliance?
The two men have been political allies for years — but is Ming on board with the Ross-Fitzmaurice plan?
# shatter says no
Remember when Ming asked for an aircraft carrier? He's told us why
It was all about Ireland’s neutrality, you see.
# 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…
# New Political Party
Christy Burke wants to team up with Ming's successor ... maybe
Dublin’s Lord Mayor is considering running for the Dáil.
# excuse me
Ming is on a 'bad list' with a Nazi supporter ... and he's not impressed
The Irish politician features on a list dubbed the ‘most embarrassing MEPs’.
# VINB
Vincent Browne handed out his media awards last night (oh, and we got one)
Hurrah!
# Ming
'Family comes first': Irish MEPs explain poor voting record in Europe
Ireland ranks last out of all Member States for attendance at plenary sessions.
# looking sharp
Back in time: Would you vote for THIS 'Ming'?
Now available in colour (and with hair).
# Ming Dynasty
The Man Who Would Be Ming: Meet the turf-cutter tipped to take a Dáil seat next month
Michael Fitzmaurice, one of the leaders of the campaign against the turf-cutting ban, plans to take out a loan to cover the cost of running in the by-election.
# bracing
It looks like Luke 'Ming' Flanagan actually enjoyed his Ice Bucket Challenge
Or, as he described it, his ‘glorified piss bucket challenge’.
# successful candidate
Maura Hopkins selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election
Enda Kenny said “Hopkins is an excellent candidate for Fine Gael.”
# voting time
Here's when by-elections for two empty Dáil seats are set to take place
The two votes are likely to take place before the Budget in October.
# Fashion
Here are 5 TDs who could do with a new stylist
There’s been some fashion disasters in the Dáil in recent years…
# SIPO
Here's what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter
SIPO received complaints about the former justice minister from the two outspoken politicians.
# 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.
# tough break
Ming and Hayes may be off to Brussels, but they're going without pay for two months
Luke Ming Flanagan and Brian Hayes automatically vacated their Dáil seats last month and won’t officially become MEPs into July.
# Best of Friends
Brian Hayes: I'll work with Ming, I look forward to working with him
The newly-elected Fine Gael MEP is at opposite end of the political spectrum to the new MEP for Midlands North-West.
# the final whistle
'The government treats people like gobshites' - John Wilson
The former garda welcomed Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as Labour leader, describing him as “arrogant”.
# Election 2014
Dogfights, protests and predictions of a recount: Everything happening in Midlands North West
The first count in the constituency is due this afternoon.
# Midlands-North-West
'We've been waiting for 100 years for someone to come and save us' - Ming calls for political change
Flanagan is expected to secure one of four European seats in the 15-county Midlands North West constituency.
# TBT
Throwback Thursday: Politics edition
From befriending Tom Cruise to stealing each other’s outfits, our politicians have done it all.