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# Patrick O'Donovan

Last year
# St Stephen's Green
Live animal Christmas crib gets the go ahead but in a new location
The event outside the Mansion House was cancelled last month but will go ahead in St Stephen’s Green.
# Tornado
Government called on to extend support scheme to Wexford communities hit by suspected tornado
A local councillor said the suspected tornado was like a scene from ‘Twister’ or ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
# christmas tradition
Minister seeks new location for live Christmas crib after decision to remove it from Mansion House
There cannot be a ‘Scrooge-like agenda’ said Minister Patrick O’Donovan.
All time
# Coronavirus
Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be extended for months, but reduced for part-timers
The Taoiseach made the announcement at midday today.
# coalitions
Junior minister says a government involving Sinn Féin would 'risk security of State'
Patrick O’Donovan ruled out the possibility of a coalition between his party and Sinn Féin.
# Dublin-Monaghan bombings
Patrick O'Donovan: 'I don't differentiate between atrocities'
The junior minister suggested in an interview that republicans were responsible for the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
# Patrick O'Donovan
'It's ignorance': Sinn Féin calls for apology after junior minister blames party for Dublin-Monaghan bombing
Junior Minister for Finance Patrick O’Donovan questioned Sinn Féin’s involvement with the Dublin-Monaghan bombing over the weekend.
# stocks and shares
Donohoe defends his share-holdings in drinks company Diageo
Three ministers were asked about their share-holdings during a press conference today.
# wild atlantic way
Ireland looks absolutely stunning in this new video
Fáilte Ireland wants more Irish people to explore the west coast.
# Equality
'There needs to be a change in mindset in how we view the role of women in sport'
Minister Patrick O’Donovan says his Department has offered mediation in an attempt to find a resolution in the row between the women’s national team and the FAI.
# Planning ahead
Shane Ross outlines his department's plans - but no mention of gender quotas for sports boards
The Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan had put forward plans for gender quotas for sporting bodies.
# Gender Quotas
Women's sport has come a long way, but there's still about a century to go
“Even tectonic plates need a little shove,” writes Tommy Martin as he looks at the government’s gender quota proposals
# all change
Sports bodies to be fined if their boards don't comply with new gender quota rules
Groups will have 2-3 years to implement the new rules.
# Olympic Council of Ireland
Olympic Council of Ireland says Pat Hickey is entitled to "natural justice" as Ross announces inquiry
A retired judge will lead the inquiry into the Olympic ticket-touting scandal, but will be unable to compel witnesses.
# Rule breakers
Sinn Féin has broken Dáil rules on party political broadcasts... AGAIN
It’s the second time in less than a year that the party has flouted long-standing rules about party political broadcasts at Leinster House
# pigs might fly
'If you put two pigs flying up O'Connell Street it'd be the number one news item on RTE'
Point-scoring was the order of the day as RTE appeared before an Oireachtas Committee today to discuss alleged bias in its coverage.
# strike a pose
Here's how much the Taoiseach's department has spent on photography since 2002
But first, let me take a selfie (to cut down on further professional photography costs).
# owning the road
Fine Gael row with TDs over funding 'like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts': would like to state that there is nothing wrong with Ford Escorts.
# sorted
Ray D'Arcy's salary will be 'more than covered' by sponsorship money
The incoming chair of RTÉ has been talking stars’ pay before an Oirechtas committee this morning.
# penalty points quashed
Speed cameras to be reviewed as system 'clearly isn't working'
The Oireachtas Transport Committee isn’t impressed.
# liz o'donnell
New RSA Chair told to 'name and shame' local authorities that fail to maintain road standards
Liz O’Donnell appeared before the Oireachtas Transport Committee today.
# Migrants
Joan Burton has no plans for UK-style crackdown on welfare for jobless immigrants
A Fine Gael TD asked the Labour minister about a recent ban on immigrants in the UK receiving dole payment for their first three months of residency.
# Live for the weekend
Dáil over: TDs finish early for the week after ‘opposition fail to show’
Day’s over…
# tighten your belts
This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians' allowance bill
Yesterday Minister Brendan Howlin introduced new legislation in the Dail which will keep closer checks on how TDs and Senators spend the money.
# Anonymous
TD wants tougher controls of online currencies such as Bitcoin
Patrick O’Donovan has written to the Oireachtas Communications Committee asking them to investigate anonymous internet payments made possible by digital currencies.
# Bullying
Ireland 'should consider laws that would jail cyber bullies'
A Fine Gael TD has suggested Ireland adopt proposed New Zealand laws, which would make it an offence to incite someone to take their own life.
# Bomb Scare
Man arrested as suspicious devices found in Limerick
Both devices were declared non-viable after an investigation overnight.
# Gardaí
TD says retired gardai could free up staff for frontline
Some 340 Gardaí are engaged exclusively in administrative duties according to Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan.
# Obesity
Wanted: well-known personality to front anti-obesity campaign
A TD has called on the government to appoint a well-known name to front a campaign tackling obesity, believing it could have the same success as Gay Byrne’s presence at the Road Safety Authority.
# Courts
TD calls for cameras to be allowed in Irish courts
Fine Gael backbencher Patrick O’Donovan has asked the Justice Minister to consider limited broadcasting of court proceedings.
# GE11
Is this the first song of the election campaign?
Former IFA president John Dillon is running in Limerick – and produces what could be the only tune of the election campaign.