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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Opposition

All time
# 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.
# Midnight oil
Talks back on with less than 48 hours to stop the rail strike
Planning a journey this Friday?
# talks breakdown
Rush-hour train strike next week set to go ahead as talks break down
The action will also take place the following weekend.
# Careful Now
Enda Kenny warns voters not to choose 'political freakshow' of the Opposition
Is it election season already?
# Banking Inquiry
Joan Burton to banking inquiry - "We would have let Anglo fail"
Labour’s current leader and former leader were in front of the banking inquiry this afternoon.
# Privacy
The United States won't be able to listen in on phone calls after tonight
The USA Patriot Act which underpins the domestic activities of the National Security Agency is set to expire.
# Know Your Enemy
Lewandowski aside, do Ireland have much to fear when they come up against Poland?
Why Martin O’Neill’s men must watch out for Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Arkadiusz Milik among others.
# Opposition
Anti-alcohol campaign group say criticism is "premature"
The group have issued a number of radio and billboard advertisements in recent weeks.
# Willie Frazer
Will Dublin allow the Love Ulster parade to go ahead as planned?
Dublin City Council is set to vote on a motion opposing the parade this evening.
# ready for it
"The addiction of politics is in me... but there's always part of me saying: ‘Do you want it?’"
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke talks about Sinn Féin, the coalition, and whether he’d join a new political party.
# Russia
Over 130 people have been arrested at an anti-Putin protest in Moscow
Alexi Navalny, a leading critic of the Russian President, has also been arrested.
# dead set against
This old garda station is being turned into a mortuary
But residents aren’t happy.
# Taoiseach
The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister
The Taoiseach has taken over the portfolio on a temporary basis.
# not as fun as it sounds
What Constitutional ban has the Opposition 'neutered to the point of comedy'?
Deputies Pearse Doherty and Stephen Donnelly have argued that a section of the Irish Constitution needs to be changed.
# Leaders' Questions
The Cabinet didn't discuss water charges today, apparently
The Taoiseach said the government had “a very long agenda” and water charges simply didn’t come up.
# Whisteblowing
"Snide, frequently partisan and dismissive" - opposition takes aim at Shatter
‘Spinning’, ‘circling the wagons’ and ‘making shapes’ – Alan Shatter took a battering in the Dáil today.
# Opposition
Olympians come out against Russia anti-gay laws
In a statement, the two groups also announced protests to be held in Moscow, Sochi, London, Rio de Janeiro and other cities.
# standoff
Ukraine opposition refuses to back bill that would free activists
The bill was passed in parliament without the backing of the ruling party – but opposition MPs refused to vote.
# budget14
"Even the dead aren't safe from this Government" - Fianna Fáil reaction to the Budget
The treatment of elderly people was highlighted by two Fianna Fáil spokespeople today, with Seán Fleming asking what the Government “has against elderly married couples?”.
# Reform
Wexford to fight against next Saturday's Central Council league proposals
The moves to revamp the hurling league are opposed by the Model County.
# Zimbabwe
Mugabe faces growing fallout after disputed election win
Robert Mugabe’s rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, denounced the win as “stolen”.
# Kathleen Lynch
Minister said Bethany Home must be included in redress scheme... in 2010
Three years ago Kathleen Lynch said the government’s refusal to include the Bethany Home in a redress scgeme was a “running sore”. Yesterday she said the government’s decision to refuse redress was an “appropriate one”.
# Seanad
Seanad votes to hold referendum on abolishing the Seanad
Today marked the final debate and vote on the Bill in the upper House.
# Abortion
Abortion bill passes first Dáil vote, moves to committee stage
The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has passed the second stage of the Dáil this evening with cross-party support but also cross-party opposition.
# Leaders' Questions
Phil Hogan 'has no role' in trying to stop €500m sewage plant
Enda Kenny says the decision to build a €500m sewage treatment plant in Clonshaugh lies with the local authorities.
# Sewage
Power: Plans for 'monster' sewage plant are "outrageous"
It has been announced that the preferred site for the plant is Clonshaugh in north Dublin.
# Syria
Syria's rebels are using chemical weapons too, says UN investigator
A member of a UN panel investigating alleged war crimes says it appears that the rebels are using sarin gas.
# Politics
In full: Micheál Martin's speech to the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
The full text of the Fianna Fáil leader’s speech to his annual party conference – including his support for public sector workers (but without any mention of abortion).
# Syria
US doubles aid to Syrian rebels, who want more
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the new package of assistance, saying it will provide an additional $123 million in aid.
# Syria
Opposition vows to fight until 'new Syria' established
In a statement, the main opposition National Coalition said: “The large challenges still before us only increase our determination to overthrow the Assad regime”.
# Politics
Clare Daly: Property tax is going to be a 'game changer'
The Dublin North TD said the property tax will put increasing pressure on the Government. “Labour, they’re nearly dropping like flies,” she said.
Column: Promissory note deal sees Fine Gael come out on top
The response to the promissory note deal has ranged from muted in the case of Fianna Fáil to outrage from Sinn Féin and the Independents – so what does this deal mean for Fine Gael, asks Gary Murphy.
Column: Labour faces the same fate as the Greens after reneging on promises
Labour will be the casualty of this government because it secured votes by promising things the party could never deliver, writes Adrian Grant.
# Civil War
Obama recognises Syrian rebels as the 'legitimate' representative of the country
The US President said Syria’s opposition is the legitimate representative of the country’s people – the most significant US intervention so far in the brutal civil war.
Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there?
Social media is all about debate and dissent, writes Fr Tony Flannery – so perhaps it can teach the Vatican a lesson.
# tensions
Tanks deployed at Egypt presidential palace after clashes
Five demonstrators died overnight as supporters and opponents of president Mohamed Morsi fought outside the presidential palace.
# Syria
Newly united Syria opposition bids for recognition
Yesterday a deal was made to form a broad-based opposition structure to take the 20-month uprising forward.
# El Presidente
Poll open in Venezuela in tough election for Chavez
Hugo Chavez has been in power for almost 14 years – but his opponent in the presidential election is in a statistical dead heat with the president in opinion polls.
# Syria
Syrian Prime Minister defects to Jordan
State-run television in Syria says Riad Hijab has been sacked but opposition sources say he has fled to Jordan.