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€51 million Garda payroll over-run is “bad planning” by Shatter – Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil’s Justice spokesperson accused the Justice Minister of failing to fund basic Garda payrolls.
Shatter: DNA database strikes balance between tackling crime and respecting human rights
The bill, once passed, is likely to see a new DNA database in operation by next year. Criminals who receive a sentence of 5 years or more will have their DNA logged.
'A fan of oratory': Fly interrupts Dáil debate on DNA database
Some buzz in the Dáil chamber earlier…
Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin
Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.
Sinn Féin: Let us take part in the Prime Time debate
Meanwhile Fianna Fáil has slammed Fine Gael’s “play acting” over who takes part in tonight’s TV debate. Luckily this will all be over in a few days…
Over €5 million spent on bank guarantee legal advice since 2011
Over €5 million has been spent with one legal firm alone since 2011 on advice related to the controversial bank guarantee scheme of 2008.
Over €72k spent on report evaluating Ireland's economic relationship with UK
The report by the PA Consulting Group cost a total of €144,988.96 with the other half the cost shared with the UK government.
Burton claims Collins is "politically partisan" over Anglo tapes comments
Collins said that the Taoiseach’s priority is to “exploit these tapes for his narrow political advantage”.
Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill
With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by
Shatter: ‘Do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident surrounding Deputy Wallace? ...Of course I do’
Alan Shatter admits to an error of judgement, but defends his record, as the Dáil begins debating a motion of no confidence.
Kenny: 'The difference is Wallace broke the law, and Shatter didn't'
The Taoiseach is pressed on why a report exists of Mick Wallace’s encounter with Gardaí, but none of Alan Shatter’s.
Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter
TDs will debate Fianna Fáil’s motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the party saying Shatter’s position is untenable.
"People do not feel secure in their own homes" - FF takes aim at Shatter
“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more”.
New insolvency guidelines protect banks at borrowers' expense - opposition
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have both queried the amount of power left in the hands of the banks in the insolvency regime which was unveiled today.
Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government
The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.
Adams: 'An awful lot of us might have to say we're sorry for a whole lot of things'
On whether he was ever a member of the IRA, Adams said: “I am a republican leader. I never distanced myself from the IRA. I never will distance myself from the IRA.”
VIDEO: TD Niall Collins says Adams's apology 'makes him sick'
The Fianna Fáil spokesperson on justice and equality said that his apology to the family of Jerry McCabe was “an act of hypocrisy”.
Government asked if it will "ignore" concerns on garda station closures
Deputies Willie O’Dea and Mary Lou McDonald spoke about the issue during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil today.
Revealed: Over €9.5 million spent by the State on legal fees in 2012
The amount was revealed in a Parliamentary Question which was asked last week.
Dáil to debate garda station closures as ex-commissioner criticises cuts
Former garda assistant commissioner Martin Donnellan questioned the cuts to garda resources as the issue will be debated in the Dáil this week.
Cross-party calls for loyalists to reconsider Dáil protest
Around 150 loyalists plan to hold a protest outside Leinster House this Saturday sarcastically calling for the Irish flag to be taken down… even though it won’t be flying.
Up to 1,200 Gardaí now eligible to retire - Garda Commissioner
The Garda Commissioner was answering questions before the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality earlier today.
Gilmore: We need to bring legal clarity to abortion issue
“This will not be the seventh government to neglect and ignore this issue,” Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil this morning.
Shatter says newspaper article is “dishonest and inaccurate”
The justice minister says the Sunday Independent “corrupted the content” of correspondence with Enda Kenny.
Call for tougher penalties for 'black market' criminals
Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foundation have raised concerns about the origins of the data used in the report.
Call for Dublin 'task force' after armed raids and Phoenix Park violence
Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins has said that a Dublin Task Force needs to be established in order to make the streets of the capital safer following a number of recent incidents.
Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle
The former deputy leader of the party had resigned in February but is now back on the party’s front bench.
Opposition dismisses 'whitewash' report on councils' planning inquiries
Jan O’Sullivan’s report on irregularities in seven county councils came a day before a Dáil vote on resuming them.
Clare TD's fury at Fianna Fáil proposal for Limerick "land grab"
The Dáil voted down a proposal from Niall Collins to include some border areas of Co Clare under a new Limerick council.
How much did the entire government spend on make-up last year?
In 2006 ministers spent a total of €27,083 on make-up expenses. So how much do you think they spent in 2011?
Sinn Féin calls on Government to clarify water meter charges
Party spokesperson Brian Stanley has said any attempt to bill households for water meters will be “fiercely resisted”.
Homeowners will have to pay for their own water meters
The cost of water meters will be passed onto consumers, the Government has revealed.
Junior ministers among those who claim most for mileage
Small Business Minister John Perry has claimed the most of any government minister in mileage allowances over the past year, new figures have revealed.
Taoiseach slammed over 'people went mad with borrowing' comments
Enda Kenny’s comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday have been sharply criticised.
Fianna Fáil publishes bill to regulate lobbyist industry
The party says a lobbyists’ register must be brought into effect before the State considers selling off its major assets.
Government strikes down bid to halt septic tank bill
Opposition TDs wanted to delay the Water Services Amendment Bill until expert advice had been received, but were frustrated.
Good news: Limerick not wiped off the map
Local TD Niall Collins claimed that Limerick was not on Google Earth and Maps but the company says it was there all along.
Septic tank row continues as Fianna Fáil calls for expert advice
Sinn Féin has also organised information meetings in Mayo next week to discuss the impact of the Septic Tank Bill.
Nurses at Limerick hospital continue protest with third strike on Tuesday
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr James Reilly says the work stoppages are “unsafe, unsound and unwarranted”.