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# oireachtas - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
# Sorry
# Sorry

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 1:00 PM 46,876 Views 148 Comments
  • Coveney acknowledges "making mistakes in recent weeks" and that this has created "a political embarrassment for the Government"
  • In hindsight , Coveney says it would have been helpful for him to respond to Zappone's text to tell her that it was not a job offer, but rather a concept.
  • The minister called Zappone on Sunday to tell her their text messages were being released

# oireachtas - Tuesday 31 August, 2021

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel

Updated Aug 31st 2021, 6:07 PM 35,595 Views 45 Comments

The minister is facing scrutiny from an Oireachtas committee over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy.

# oireachtas - Friday 30 July, 2021

Taoiseach says Covid has 'exacerbated' volume of legislation, as politicians discuss President's letter
# Legislation
# Legislation

Taoiseach says Covid has 'exacerbated' volume of legislation, as politicians discuss President's letter

Jul 30th 2021, 3:00 PM 15,638 Views 27 Comments

Michael D Higgins says he received nine Bills in one day.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 21 July, 2021

Establishment of Special Committee to examine Dying with Dignity Bill recommended
# Assisted Dying
# Assisted Dying

Establishment of Special Committee to examine Dying with Dignity Bill recommended

Jul 21st 2021, 6:30 PM 8,313 Views 13 Comments

The Justice Committee said today that the proposed legislation has “serious technical issues”.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

'You feel you're not welcome in Ireland': TDs told of anti-Traveller 'hate speech' during Covid-19
# Oireachtas Committee
# Oireachtas Committee

'You feel you're not welcome in Ireland': TDs told of anti-Traveller 'hate speech' during Covid-19

Jul 13th 2021, 4:36 PM 16,414 Views 0 Comments

Representatives of Pavee Point appeared before the Oireachtas today.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Johnny Ward: Racing chiefs saddle up to face Oireachtas quizzing From The42

Johnny Ward: Racing chiefs saddle up to face Oireachtas quizzing

Jul 7th 2021, 4:01 PM 2,318 Views 0 Comments

Jim Bolger’s recent comments have prompted lots of questions.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

‘I am not a vector’: Oireachtas committee hears from children affected by the pandemic
# Children
# Children

‘I am not a vector’: Oireachtas committee hears from children affected by the pandemic

Jun 22nd 2021, 7:30 PM 15,164 Views 11 Comments

The Children’s Committee heard from a group of young people on their experiences since March 2020.

Aer Lingus losing €1 million a day because of Covid-19 and travel restrictions, says airline's chief executive
# Air Travel
# Air Travel

Aer Lingus losing €1 million a day because of Covid-19 and travel restrictions, says airline's chief executive

Updated Jun 22nd 2021, 12:14 PM 26,269 Views 36 Comments

The airline’s CEO and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer appeared before a committee this morning.

Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI
# Public Opinion
# Public Opinion

Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI

Jun 22nd 2021, 11:29 AM 14,382 Views 64 Comments

‘Overwhelming majority’ have supported public health measures and would have preferred them to be more restrictive.

# oireachtas - Thursday 3 June, 2021

Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'

Jun 3rd 2021, 6:35 PM 7,421 Views 7 Comments

Funchion, who is chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, describes her shock over recent issues with the Mother and Baby Home Commission.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

National Cyber Security Centre director salary should be up to €290,000, Committee hears
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

National Cyber Security Centre director salary should be up to €290,000, Committee hears

Updated May 25th 2021, 11:32 AM 34,522 Views 67 Comments

Four leading cyber security experts spoke to the Oireachtas Committee on Communications today.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Officials from National Cyber Security Centre to address 'urgent' meeting of TDs and Senators over HSE hack
# Ransomware
# Ransomware

Officials from National Cyber Security Centre to address 'urgent' meeting of TDs and Senators over HSE hack

May 18th 2021, 6:30 AM 11,466 Views 13 Comments

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications Networks meets this morning.

# oireachtas - Monday 26 April, 2021

Another 'outdoor summer': Here's when to expect this week's Covid re-opening decisions
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

Another 'outdoor summer': Here's when to expect this week's Covid re-opening decisions

Apr 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 72,025 Views 52 Comments
  • As well as the schedule for May the Taoiseach is expected to give some indications of the plan for June this week.
  • The main announcements are expected on Thursday night, with NPHET set to convene on Wednesday.
  • It comes amid the easing of some restrictions on sports today and the reopening of outdoor attractions like zoos.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Minister 'optimistic' fans will be able to attend test sporting events during the summer
# Summertime
# Summertime

Minister 'optimistic' fans will be able to attend test sporting events during the summer

Apr 20th 2021, 4:47 PM 11,255 Views 8 Comments

Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers says Ireland can learn from what other countries are doing.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

Facebook 'concerned' over plans to regulate online political advertising in Ireland
# Social Media
# Social Media

Facebook 'concerned' over plans to regulate online political advertising in Ireland

Mar 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,041 Views 24 Comments

An Oireachtas committee will hear submissions from Facebook and Twitter today on the proposed Electoral Reform Bill.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question
# Good Friday Agreement
# Good Friday Agreement

When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question

Feb 16th 2021, 1:32 PM 29,457 Views 115 Comments

The decision to hold a referendum is ultimately one to be taken by the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

Frontline healthcare workers should get pandemic compensation, INMO to tell Oireachtas committee
# Frontline
# Frontline

Frontline healthcare workers should get pandemic compensation, INMO to tell Oireachtas committee

Feb 9th 2021, 6:45 AM 27,595 Views 53 Comments

An Oireachtas committee will meet with healthcare representative organisations later this morning.

# oireachtas - Friday 15 January, 2021

Special advisers to Government ministers' earn over €4.5 million in salaries
# Oireachtas Costs
# Oireachtas Costs

Special advisers to Government ministers' earn over €4.5 million in salaries

Jan 15th 2021, 7:34 PM 33,831 Views 91 Comments

The advisers’ pay ranges from €67,659 to €180,276, with 18 of them earning more than €100,000.

# oireachtas - Friday 25 December, 2020

TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant
# On The House
# On The House

TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant

Dec 25th 2020, 9:00 PM 70,722 Views 96 Comments

Figures obtained by TheJournal.ie show how much was owed by Dáil staff last month.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Eir CEO says it was a 'mistake' to locate customer care centre in Sligo
# Complaints
# Complaints

Eir CEO says it was a 'mistake' to locate customer care centre in Sligo

Updated Nov 25th 2020, 6:36 PM 117,990 Views 163 Comments

Carolan Lennon has since clarified her remarks and said Eir is “committed to Sligo”.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Private hospitals will play a role in the event of a surge in Covid-19 hospitalisations, says HSE boss
# Winter Plan
# Winter Plan

Private hospitals will play a role in the event of a surge in Covid-19 hospitalisations, says HSE boss

Nov 11th 2020, 7:15 AM 14,609 Views 15 Comments

Reid will tell the committee today that waiting lists have stabilised.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

UK government suffered 'biggest political defeat' in House of Lords over Brexit bill, TDs are told
# Peers
# Peers

UK government suffered 'biggest political defeat' in House of Lords over Brexit bill, TDs are told

Oct 21st 2020, 5:14 PM 30,302 Views 17 Comments

Members of the UK’s House of Lords addressed an Oireachtas Committee about the Internal Market Bill.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

‘Very challenging situation’ for Ireland if UK breaches international law, McEntee says
# Brexit
# Brexit

‘Very challenging situation’ for Ireland if UK breaches international law, McEntee says

Oct 6th 2020, 8:15 PM 19,678 Views 16 Comments

The Justice Minister said there will be ‘shock and surprise’ if the UK backs out of NI Protocol.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Covid-19: Dr Ronan Glynn 'optimistic' about Dublin stabilising but 'no evidence yet' to move to Level 2
# Capital Issues
# Capital Issues

Covid-19: Dr Ronan Glynn 'optimistic' about Dublin stabilising but 'no evidence yet' to move to Level 2

Updated Sep 30th 2020, 12:16 PM 36,734 Views 126 Comments

Glynn said the restrictions on Dublin would only be taking effect this week.

Donnelly announces plans to double number of public health staff in Ireland
# Covid Commitee
# Covid Commitee

Donnelly announces plans to double number of public health staff in Ireland

Sep 30th 2020, 10:44 AM 24,815 Views 23 Comments

Donnelly made the announcement during this morning’s Covid-19 Oireachtas Committee.

How many ICU beds do we actually have and what happened to the Covid surge capacity?
# Intensive Care
# Intensive Care

How many ICU beds do we actually have and what happened to the Covid surge capacity?

Sep 30th 2020, 7:30 AM 84,356 Views 49 Comments

During the height of the pandemic, hospitals used high dependency and post-operative beds on a temporary basis.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Supreme Court receives report into Seamus Woulfe's attendance at golf event
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Supreme Court receives report into Seamus Woulfe's attendance at golf event

Sep 29th 2020, 5:14 PM 27,782 Views 24 Comments

The former Attorney General has apologised for his attendance at the event.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?

Sep 23rd 2020, 12:49 PM 39,255 Views 59 Comments

Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Ceann Comhairle says Clifden golf event was either 'collective crass stupidity' or 'arrogant delusion'
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Ceann Comhairle says Clifden golf event was either 'collective crass stupidity' or 'arrogant delusion'

Sep 2nd 2020, 3:42 PM 34,366 Views 43 Comments

There was public fury over revelations that around 80 guests, including serving and former politicians, attended the golf dinner.

# oireachtas - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Dr Ronan Glynn: 'People who need to self-isolate should have no fear about their employment'
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

Dr Ronan Glynn: 'People who need to self-isolate should have no fear about their employment'

Aug 26th 2020, 3:00 PM 20,086 Views 16 Comments

Dr Glynn said people should be compensated for their 14-day self-isolation.

# oireachtas - Thursday 13 August, 2020

Committee to hear 'more than 40 meat plant workers in one town sharing accommodation'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Committee to hear 'more than 40 meat plant workers in one town sharing accommodation'

Aug 13th 2020, 6:00 AM 24,454 Views 23 Comments

Union representatives will tell committee members that the industry contains ‘unrivalled vectors’ for the transmission of the virus.

# oireachtas - Friday 10 July, 2020

Dáil hears 'institutional racism' led to data breach over meat factory workers' Covid-19 test results
# Oireachtas Committee
# Oireachtas Committee

Dáil hears 'institutional racism' led to data breach over meat factory workers' Covid-19 test results

Jul 10th 2020, 5:49 PM 20,784 Views 38 Comments

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland said there had been a ‘gross and serious breach of confidentiality’.

‘Significant’ amount of extra staff needed to reopen schools, Covid-19 committee told
# Education
# Education

‘Significant’ amount of extra staff needed to reopen schools, Covid-19 committee told

Jul 10th 2020, 12:32 PM 22,317 Views 21 Comments

Seán Ó Foghlú said students coming out of teaching college this year will be “a main source” of extra staffing.

Why were there so many clusters of Covid-19 in meat plants? TDs to hear experiences of staff today
# Special Committee
# Special Committee

Why were there so many clusters of Covid-19 in meat plants? TDs to hear experiences of staff today

Jul 10th 2020, 6:05 AM 14,015 Views 14 Comments

The Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 Response will also hear from Department of Health officials on the re-opening of schools today.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic
# Bleak Outlook
# Bleak Outlook

Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic

Jun 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 31,585 Views 37 Comments

A worrying picture will be painted when representatives from a number of sectors address TDs today.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'
# Childcare
# Childcare

Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'

Jun 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 15,938 Views 17 Comments

The Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will hear about concerns in the sector today.

# oireachtas - Thursday 18 June, 2020

HSE chief to tell TDs of 'very significant changes' needed to treatment of vulnerable older people
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

HSE chief to tell TDs of 'very significant changes' needed to treatment of vulnerable older people

Jun 18th 2020, 6:05 AM 13,090 Views 11 Comments

Paul Reid will appear before the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 this morning.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears

Jun 16th 2020, 7:59 PM 21,831 Views 40 Comments

Department of Social Protection staff processed more than 1.2 million claims in a few weeks.

# oireachtas - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Committee hears further outbreaks of Covid-19 'probable', but strategy is 'right one for Ireland at this time'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Committee hears further outbreaks of Covid-19 'probable', but strategy is 'right one for Ireland at this time'

Jun 9th 2020, 2:15 PM 15,136 Views 22 Comments

Any future increases in numbers would likely be managed in a targeted way, Professor Philip Nolan said today.

# oireachtas - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Senators to seek High Court determination if Taoiseach won't set date for next Seanad sitting
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

Senators to seek High Court determination if Taoiseach won't set date for next Seanad sitting

Jun 6th 2020, 12:23 PM 10,277 Views 13 Comments

A group of 10 Senators have written to Leo Varadkar urging action two months after the Seanad elections have concluded.

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