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# Politics

This month
January 2023
# Harassment
Soc Dems TD Holly Cairns tells of stalker appearing at her house and sending sexual messages
Cairns said that she had briefly considered if she wanted to continue in politics due to the pornographic messages she was receiving.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach defends Paschal Donohoe as minister due to make Dáil statement on undeclared donations
Opposition TDs have called for a full explanation from the Minister, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
# Paschal Donohoe
Donohoe to review his records from 2016 election after complaint to SIPO
A complaint alleges that services for Donohoe’s campaign should have been declared as a corporate donation.
Voices
Analysis: How is Ireland doing after 50 years in the EU?
Emma DeSouza recently visited Strasbourg and looked at how Ireland has been doing as a member state.
Last month
December 2022
Voices
Michéal Martin: Europe’s most sacred task remains its first - peace
The Tánaiste reflects on Ireland’s 50 years in the EU and the development of the country’s voice within.
Voices
Analysis: What should Michael McGrath look to achieve as he moves to the Department of Finance?
Ciarán Casey of University of Limerick looks back at previous ministers for finance and outlines any possible challenges ahead.
# Housing
Housing crisis spilling into widespread social crisis, Dáil told
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted that there was “a very deep” social crisis affecting the country.
Last year
2022
Voices
Brian Rowan: Would it really be progress if the Executive was restored?
The former BBC correspondent asks if voting in another Assembly election would change anything in Northern Ireland.
# SIPO
Thirteen political parties in breach of legal requirements to submit accounts
A new report from Ireland’s ethics watchdog was published today.
# Service
Teenage victim named as Creeslough locals gathered for remembrance service
The service was attended by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste among other political figures.
Voices
Fintan Bray: I’m so proud to have made history in Irish politics
The newly-elected member of the Fianna Fáil Ard Chomhairle says he’s worked hard to get here and is grateful to his family for all their support.
Voices
Analysis: What will its first far-right leader since WWII mean for Italy?
Sofia Ammassari and Duncan McDonnell look at the shock political shift of Italy to the far-right and ask what it means for the future.
Voices
Opinion: Longtermism - what is it and why should we embrace it in legislation?
Marc Ó Cathasaigh of the Green Party says legislators should always consider future generations.
Voices
Extract: What it was like to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement
The head of the Irish delegation at the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast, David Donoghue, writes about the experience.
# New term
Dáil back after summer break with a cost-of-living Budget and rotating Taoiseach on the agenda
The next two weeks will be whirlwind.
# Think-In
Green Party believes being in Government is 'right thing to do for the country'
The Green Party is holding its think-in today in Co Clare as the Dáil returns from its summer recess.
# Donations
Four TDs and senators were given €3,000 in political donations last year
Public reps must disclose any donations valued at (or totalling) €600 or more from an individual source.
Voices
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Sabina Higgins' letter - a damaging and avoidable controversy
The politics professor says the letter damaged Ireland’s reputation regarding its position on Russia’s war against Ukraine.
# Tory leadership race
Truss allies deny ‘black ops’ campaign against Mordaunt as Tory leadership race heats up
Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, is bidding to consolidate and increase support from the right of the Tory party, in the face of a surge by Penny Mordaunt.
# Taoiseach
Taoiseach to express condolences on Abe killing on official visit to Japan
Micheál Martin will also visit Singapore on the four-day visit.
# Public Transport
Fianna Fáil calls for more public transport policing as it launches survey on commuter safety
The survey aims to gather more detail on anecdotal reports of assault and harassment on public transport.
# Cost of Living
'This is not a crisis for everybody': Protesters blast inaction on cost of living at the Dáil
The protest was organised by the Cost of Living Coalition.
Voices
Opinion: As Boris departs, the British public should ask the Conservatives 'what took you so long?'
Cabinet members and Conservative backbenchers stuck with Johnson while the public cried for him to leave, former UK/EU negotiatior Sydney Nash writes.
# beergate
Starmer and Rayner will not be fined over ‘beergate’, say police
The British Labour leadership duo had vowed to quit if police had taken action against them.
# Politics
Sinn Féin considering motion of no confidence in government
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that he welcomes the opportunity to prove the Government has a working majority.
# Cost of Living
Government 'can't take risks with economy', says Taoiseach in response to calls for mini budget
Taoiseach Micheál Martin faced more calls for an emergency budget today.
# Poll
Sinn Fein remains most popular political party, says latest poll
Fine Gael found its support dropping to 20%, while Fianna Fail dropped by a point to 15%.
# Travel
Trains, planes and automobiles: Irish ministerial transport emitted 400 tonnes of carbon last year
An analysis by The Journal reveals the Government’s carbon footprint for 2021.
An analysis by The Journal has found that ministers emitted 406 tonnes of CO2 equivalent between them last year.
The final figure is an under-reporting of the true number because multiple departments did not release full data.
Details released also show that eight ministers used public transport at least once in 2021.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: Will the midterms be a tough day or a bloodbath for the Democrats?
Our columnist says the leaked Roe V Wade draft and Republican candidates endorsed by Donald Trump may prove costly for the Biden administration.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?
Ireland’s history of emigration has made most of us resistant to anti-immigration rhetoric, our columnist writes.
# Politics
Sinn Féin needles Varadkar over Fine Gael backbench unease about Carbon Tax hike
The carbon tax is set to increase next month from €33.50 to €41.00 per tonne of carbon.
# rishi sunak
British Chancellor facing ‘very serious questions’ over wife’s non-dom tax status
The tax-reducing status emerged on the day Rishi Sunak’s national insurance increase came into effect.
# Climate
'Only the beginning': Ireland's first-ever carbon budgets pass through the Dáil
A motion to approve the budgets passed through the Dáil without a vote due to little opposition.
# party support
Sinn Féin remains in the lead as most popular party among voters, new poll shows
The findings from the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll were published this weekend.
# working from home
Plan for 'major shift’ on remote working for civil servants launched by government
Most civil servants will now be able to work remotely at least some of the time.
# Politics
Support for Fine Gael continues to fall in latest polling
Sinn Féin remains the most popular party in the Republic of Ireland.
# Meetings
Biden and other leaders head to Brussels ahead of back-to-back Nato, G7 and EU summits
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other leaders are also travelling to Brussels on Thursday.
# Ukraine
US expresses 'deep concerns' about Russia and China's alignment
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party’s chief diplomat, met today.
Voices
Timmy Dooley: 'We cannot be shy about how many Ukrainian refugees we can accommodate'
The Fianna Fáil senator visited Ukraine at the weekend with colleague Billy Kelleher and saw first-hand the suffering there.
# USA
Nancy Pelosi says she's going to run for 19th term in office
Pelosi has been the only female speaker of the House of Representatives.