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# Ministers

Last month
March 2023
# Daily poll
Poll: Is it worthwhile for Ministers to travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day?
Almost €175,000 was spent last year to send ministers abroad on trade missions for St Patrick’s Day.
Opinion: The argument for more ministers? Just look at Roderic O'Gorman's workload
This argument isn’t about jobs for the boys and girls, writes Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne.
This year
# accommodation crisis
McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
Last year
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Ahead of the return of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Coalition leaders to discuss reshuffle on Monday
The role of Taoiseach will rotate to Leo Varadkar next Saturday.
# Maternity Leave
New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
Currently, female councillors are office-holders rather than employees and are not covered by the statutory framework for maternity leave.
# St Patrick's Day
Slimmed down contingent of Ministers likely to travel abroad for St Patrick's Day this year
It is tradition for Ministers and Ministers of State to travel to different destinations around the globe to mark St Patrick’s Day.
All time
# Player power
Extraordinary letter from players shows that the IRFU needs to start listening
The union’s dismissive response simply underlined the point the players were making.
# Ministers
Irish government seeks meeting with IRFU after letter from women's players
Ministers Martin and Chambers are considering the letter with “the upmost seriousness.”
# signal app
Five members of Cabinet have downloaded app that allows encrypted messages to be wiped
Unlike WhatsApp, the data from Signal messages is retained on the device only and not backed up in the cloud.
# Cabinet
Taoiseach to meet vaccine task force ahead of Cabinet as considerations given to extend gap between Pfizer jabs
It’s understood the time between vaccines being administered will be looked at, as has been the approach adopted by the UK and Canada.
# Stormont
'We have a long way to go': NI ministers agree path forward for 'cautious' easing of lockdown
The plan includes up to six people from two households being able to meet outdoors in a private garden from 1 April.
# Cabinet
Gardaí to be given powers to seize scramblers and quad bikes on the spot
The HSE found that 62 people were injured last year in accidents involving off-road vehicles like scrambler bikes.
# Fianna Fáil
'Bitterly disappointed' and 'grossly insulted': FF and FG politicians speak out about ministerial snubs
Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan said he will be “a thorn in the side of the government”.
# new lineup
In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers
The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.
# Covid-19
Change to wage subsidy scheme to include those returning from maternity leave
The change will also accommodate those returning from a period of paternity or adoptive leave.
# St Patrick's Day
Around the world - This is where Varadkar and our ministers are heading for St Patrick’s Day
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit US President Donald Trump this St Patrick’s Day.
# international relations
Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# ministers and elders
Ministers 'hurt' over Presbyterian Church in Ireland's hardline stance on same-sex couples
Over 200 ministers and elders of the Church signed a letter outlining their feelings over decisions made at its 2018 General Assembly.
# the eighth
Cabinet approves draft bill clearing way Oireachtas to set new abortion laws if 8th is repealed
The deadline for production of a final bill is 6 March.
# Girl Power
Women on State boards on the rise as 'talent bank' boosts numbers
A target of 40% female representation has been set for State boards.
# practical
Charlie Flanagan's gift of choice? A bog oak pen
Politicians do write a lot.
# defence plan
Is Europe forming an army? EU Ministers have approved a planning centre for military operations
Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy says, “This is very clearly another step towards the creation of an EU army.”
# pay packet boost
TDs are definitely getting that pay hike next year
TDs are to get a €5,000 increase over the next two years.
# something about mary
Enda Kenny defends appointment of Mary Mitchell O'Connor after public criticisms
The minister herself has said: “I don’t mind and I don’t care what people say about me.”
# budget2017
Ministers aren't going to get a €12,000 pay hike after all
The Department of Public Expenditure has confirmed to that Minister Paschal Donohoe will ask Cabinet to waive the pay restoration.
# ask a minister
WATCH: Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone answer your questions about Budget 2017 asked your questions about housing and children live on Facebook this evening.
Aaron McKenna: The little government that could… If the cynics will let it
Aaron McKenna thinks the current government could run two or three years and deliver on some real fundamental changes to the way that we run the country.
Vincent Browne: Appointing unqualified ministers is an airhead absurdity we inherited from the British
There is no wonder ministers make cock up after cock up, writes Vincent Browne for
# day 49
Bums on seats: What ministries do independents have their eye on?
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael met again today. They’re due to meet again on Monday.
# storm frank
Enda is visiting flood-hit areas, but not 'doing the Bertie Ahern'
Members of the opposition have strongly criticised the government over their response to the widespread damage.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the plan to hold a Cabinet meeting in Lissadell House?
Enda, Joan and co are heading west tomorrow for a spot of team-building.
# Mary Hanafin
Former ministers to get pension boost, but one thinks the country "isn't ready" yet
Mary Hanafin has said former ministers should be the “very last” people to get an increase.
# pressing the flesh
Ireland rolled out the red carpet for China's second most powerful man today
Premier of China Li Keqiang has gone west (of the Shannon).
# Grexit
Noonan reckons the Greek Finance Minister is 'a bit of a rock star'
He also added that Ireland did ask for a debt write down by suggesting ways forward that would result in one.
# Breaking
It's a deal: Greece and Eurozone ministers agree on bailout extension
It is reportedly in the region of four months.
# Grexit
Can Michael Noonan help save the eurozone from economic disaster?
The Finance Minister is back in Brussels today for the deadline of Greece’s bailout.
# pictorial yearly
Shufflin', celebrating and protesting: The political year in pictures
There were resignations, a Cabinet reshuffle and the issue of water charges.
# Outbreak
Charlie Flanagan has been in Europe to discuss how to fight Ebola
EU ministers have callled for ‘united, coordinated, and increased efforts’ to fight the virus.
# Cabinet approval
Who is Ireland's most popular minister?
And least popular?