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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Ming

All time
# bark or bite
MEP McGuinness writes to harassment committee over Ming Flanagan's 'puppy' remarks
Flanagan says the remarks have been taken out of context.
# ttipping point
Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists
Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.
# positive waves
There's going to be a great big march for cannabis today in Dublin
Ciarán Maher of cannabis campaigners NORML Ireland wants to see ‘subtle’ state regulation of the drug.
# Lonely dancer
Ming thinks Enda's like a man who never asked the lady across the hall to dance
What is he talking about?
# 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?
# delivery date
It could be nine months before Independents agree on policies --- Michael Fitzmaurice
The man hoping to bring together a new political force in Irish politics dropped by, on his way to meet a potential future candidate…
# 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.
# 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’.
# 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.
# Roscommon-South Leitrim
Ming dynasty: Fitzmaurice upsets Fianna Fáil to take Dáil seat
Ming-backed turf-cutter Michael Fitzmaurice picked up transfers from all over the field to pip the FF candidate to the post.
# By-election
"There was cattle to be moved": The winner of the 'Ming' by-election explains his late arrival
The country’s newest TD was busy on the farm, but he’s now arrived to a rapturous reception at the Roscommon count centre.
# Polling Time
24 candidates, but only one who isn't asking for votes ... Happy by-election day
Polls open in Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South West … And will John McNulty take a seat in the Seanad? We’ll know by this afternoon.
# house of cards
"I hope you won’t get into trouble...": Here are the winners and losers from the political week
The McNulty omnishambles just wouldn’t go away, Big Phil’s Big Grilling failed to materialise, and a Tory minister landed himself in hot water – over a poem.
# 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’.
# 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.
# Ming
Tofu McNuggets are now a thing in McDonald's restaurants in Japan
Ick.
# Ming Dynasty
Runners and riders: Here's who's vying to take Ming's old seat in the upcoming by-election
Turfcutter Michael Fitzmaurice is emerging as the Ming-backed candidate, while the main parties are also busy making preparations ahead of the contest…
# Out with the old
Ever heard of Ervia? That's what Bord Gáis Eireann is now called
However, customers will still deal with either Irish Water or Gas Networks Ireland.
# Runners and Riders
A Ming Dynasty? Here's who's in the running to take the MEP's vacant Dáil seat
The independent politician’s ascension to Europe automatically triggers a by-election in Roscommon-South Leitrim. Who will take his place?
# 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.
# Euroming
Ming: No, I won't send a replacement to Brussels
But will he serve a full term? The independent TD’s leaving the door open for an early return to domestic politics.
# loud noises
Smacking, shellacking and John The Baptist - Election 2014 in quotes
Politicians on both sides have been singing a surprisingly similar tune the last couple of days…
# Euroming
'I'm done dealing with the monkey, I want to deal with the organ grinder' - Ming on his European bid, being a mosquito and drugs
He’s a thorn in the side of the government, so why does Ming Flanagan want to go to Brussels?
# Ming
'Dissent is not disloyalty': Commissioner reacts to new whisteblower allegations
However, she was not willing to respond directly to allegations made by Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.
# Labour Pains
Labour Senator's attack on election rival continues amid calls to withdraw 'sexist remark'
An image, posted by Lorraine Higgins’s social media accounts, branded Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan a “turkey”.
# it's happening
It's official: Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is running for Europe
There had been much speculation in recent days that the Roscommon-South Leitrim TD would throw his hat into the ring.
# Ming's challenge
Watch: Ming Flanagan challenges Minister to drink glass of 'glorified piss' (water)
The independent TD could be in trouble with Dáil authorities after an outburst in the chamber this morning.
# Cannabis
Dáil to debate legalising cannabis for three hours next week
A private members’ motion by independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan is likely to provoke some interesting debate in the Dáil next Tuesday and Wednesday.
# Technical Group
'Mick has a serious credibility problem': TDs split on who does Leaders' Questions
Seamus Healy and Stephen Donnelly will represent the Technical Group at Leaders’ Question in the next Dáil term but Luke Ming Flanagan and Mick Wallace are not happy about this.
# Penalty Points
Shatter versus Ming: Justice Minister takes aim at 'self-serving' TD
The Minister for Justice says Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan cancelled a meeting with Gardaí who were investigating the cancellation of his penalty points.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Dáil Technical Group
Ming points controversy 'damages reputation of independents' - Joan Collins
Joan Collins was one of four TDs, including Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who highlighted the issue of penalty points being quashed. She said revelations about ‘Ming’ will impact on the reputation of independent deputies.
# Penalty Points
Flanagan to address Dáil amid claims he denied penalty points were wiped
The independent TD was asked if he had penalty points wiped from his licence last December but denied he had. He intends to address the Dáil this evening.
# Ming
In pictures: Mummified human remains found in Ming Dynasty tomb
Archaeologists discovered the remains during an excavation in Nanchang city.
# political pay
‘Ming’ Flanagan on €9k signpost donation: I’m keeping my election promise
The Independent TD says he is trying to keep the donation quiet as his phone begins ringing again with requests for the half of his salary that he has pledged to give away.