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# Oireachtas Committee

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"Mammy, why is the dog allowed in the garden and we are not?"
Fr Peter McVerry has spoken of the rules facing families in emergency accommodation at the Oireachtas Homeless Committee.
The banking inquiry is in a real mess right now
The committee faces a crucial 24 hours in a bid to salvage its work.
As many as 17,000 people in Ireland could have this disability... but no one knows for sure
Activists say more accurate data is needed.
'Britain twice saved the world from tyranny, we'll do what we want' - Tory MP
Gordon Brown reckons a Brexit would make the UK akin to the ‘North Korea of Europe’. So… would it?
'The abuse we suffered due to our skin colour is being airbrushed from Irish history'
Mixed Race Irish is asking for the Government to recognise the abuse they suffered in State-run institutions.
Water bills could be delayed as energy regulator looks at deadline
The Commission for Energy Regulation also stressed that call-out charges have not yet been finalised.
There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available
However the Children’s Rights Alliance has warned that Ireland must not adopt from countries not inside The Hague recommendations.
"Little more than lipstick on a pig." Environment groups not happy with Ireland's climate change plan
The draft plans commit Ireland to a “low-carbon economy by 2050″ but Friends of the Earth say detailed targets are needed.
'Why did it take a Prime Time programme to highlight the problems at Portlaoise maternity unit?'
The chief medical officer was questioned on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise this morning.
Oireachtas committee has “grave concerns” about issues raised by GSOC
GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien and other members of the Ombudsman faced questions from TDs and Senators over a report in the Sunday Times that the agency’s communications systems were bugged.
Dáil bar is exempt from holding a licence and its operation will not change
In a letter to Gerry Adams TD, the Oireachtas Joint sub-Committee on Administration said that the bar ‘operates on the basis of parliamentary privilege’.
Poll: Should the former CRC chief be compelled to appear at an Oireachtas hearing?
A TD is seeking extra powers for the Public Accounts Committee to compel the outgoing chief to appear before it.
Committee will be asked to reject appointment of John O'Connor as Eirgrid chairman
After government TDs and Senators declined to support O’Connor yesterday they will now be asked to formally reject his appointment next week.
No informants acting off the books - as far as the Garda Commissioner knows
He was questioned before an Oireachtas committee today on concerns raised by the Garda Ombudsman.
Honohan: Banks threatened repossession in 62 per cent of 'sustainable solutions'
The Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that ‘it was notable, though perhaps not surprising’ that banks have pursued this option.
Poll: Should suicide ideation clause be removed from Bill?
The issue will be one major question debated today as Oireachtas committee considers Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
Committee: Sponsorship of sport by alcohol companies ‘should remain in place’
An Oireachtas Committee has published a series of recommendations today on the government proposals to ban alcohol companies from sponsoring sport.
Politicians want generic uniforms and rented books for every school
The Oireachtas education committee has been looking at ways of trying to cut the cost of sending children to school.
RTE stars paid "too much" says station boss
RTE director general Noel Curran said further cost reductions will be introduced next year.
Committee to decide if advocacy groups should attend abortion law hearings
Public hearings on the draft of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 are likely to take place later this month.
Central Bank governor Honohan to face TDs and senators
Patrick Honohan will discuss economic and monetary union with TDs and senators on the Oireachtas EU Affairs Committee this afternoon.
Column: What Irish companies need to know about cyberbullies in the workplace
With new media comes new risks, writes Julie O’Neill who says many employers might not know they could be liable for statements made by their employees outside of working hours.
HSE fails to submit €74 million worth of consultant claims
An Oireachtas report found that consultants were not signing off on claims and recommended that the HSE look at naming those holding up the collection of income.
Digital Rights Ireland defend existing online laws before oireachtas committee
Representatives from Digital Rights Ireland and Google appeared before the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications earlier today.
Oireachtas committee 'concerned at difficulties between Health Dept and Ombudsman'
They have now called on a member of the Department of Health to address their concerns about
Oireachtas committee wants to hear your issues with social media
Transport and Communications joint committee has launched a public consultation process to explore the use – and abuse – of social media. (And you can participate through social media).
What did the Pope say about abortion yesterday?
Was Benedict referring to Ireland when he spoke of laws that “unjustly alter the balance” between mother and baby?
Oireachtas to question newspapers over 'paying for linking'
Labour TD Seán Kenny is asking the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain its stance on linking.
Bank directors to be asked if AIB and BOI are acting in public interest
Four directors – including former Tánaiste Dick Spring – will be questioned by the Oireachtas Finance Committee on whether the bailed-out banks are acting in the public interest.
Ombudsman: Department of Health is disregarding the law
Emily O’Reilly was speaking about the department’s decision not to remove age limits on allowances for people with severe disability.
Shatter criticised for refusal to commit to minimum garda numbers
The Justice Minister also said he is unable to say when recruitment will recommence despite the high numbers expected to retire this year.
Crown "disappointed" as Oireachtas committee votes against smoking ban at Leinster House
Finian McGrath TD, who was against the motion, said he was “delighted” the committee showed some “common sense” on proposed ban on campus.
Public Accounts Committee to examine HSE allowances
In considering the allowances, the committee will compare the Irish system of compensating medical staff with international systems.
Fate of Moore Street 1916 buildings up for debate
Oireachtas committee to hear from representatives campaigning for the preservation – but owners of site who want to redevelop it won’t attend.
Committee recommends double penalty points for drivers using phones
The Dáil committee also recommended the points systems north and south of the border should be aligned.
Poll: Should penalty points for drivers using mobile phones be doubled?
An Oireachtas committee has recommended a penalty points reform so we ask: Should points for drivers using their phones be increased from two to four?
Petitions system to allow public to 'set parliamentary agenda'
An Oireachtas committee will take petitions from the public and be “a robust body acting on behalf of our people” according to its chairman.
Pyrite: There are 'legal and moral responsibilities'
The chairman of the pyrite panel made the comment at an Oireachtas committee meeting this afternoon.
Column: Yes, we need a banking inquiry – but we can’t let politicians do it
Have you ever seen our TDs in action? They’re hardly the people to investigate this complex – and untrustworthy – industry, writes Aaron McKenna.
Ulster Bank customers still receiving warning letters
Two people contacted yesterday after receiving warnings about missed loan payments and failed direct debits.