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# Regina Doherty

All time
# end of the line
Minister says Nóirín O'Sullivan's pension will reflect her 'experience, expertise and rank'
The Policing Authority has thanked O’Sullivan for 36 years of service to the force.
# wherefore art thou
It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?
# shake things up
The Department of Social Protection is getting a major rebrand
A number of functions from the Department of Jobs will transfer to the new Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
# Data Protection
Taoiseach insists Public Services Card is not a national identity card
The Data Protection Commissioner has voiced concerns about the government’s rollout of the card.
Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty earlier said the card will “give an improved, enhanced and effective service”.
# Road Safety
RSA says Public Services Card will help crack down on fraudulent driving licences
The card has been under the spotlight recently after a number of stories of people losing out on public services.
# Flexible Friend
Minister says Public Services Card is 'not compulsory but is mandatory for services'
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says the card is mandatory for her department’s services.
# this is new
People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
The news was welcomed by a number of parties.
# garda complaint
Taoiseach says Minister Regina Doherty 'felt she was being harassed' by blogger
Answering questions in the Dáil today, Leo Varadkar said that it was a “private matter” between the Minister and the academic.
# Complaint
'More censorship': Row in Dáil as TD asks why gardaí spoke to professor over Regina Doherty blog
Blogger and academic Catherine Kelly claims she was cautioned by gardaí about her social media posts and online articles which referenced Regina Doherty.
# Benefit Fraud
Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published
The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.
# Regina Doherty
Fine Gael minister confirms complaint lodged with gardaí against political blogger
Blogger and academic Catherine Kelly claims she was cautioned by gardaí about her social media posts and online articles which referenced Regina Doherty.
# helping hand
Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance
The department is launching an awareness campaign well ahead of the 30 September deadline.
# On the rise
An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign
There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.
# Wage boost
Regina Doherty may have to repay €15,829 of Chief Whip allowance if it was unlawful
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said introducing new laws to boost ministers’ pay is not a priority.
# Attorney General
Fianna Fáil says there 'will be consequences' over judge's appointment
The party has called on the Attorney General to not accept her new Court of Appeal role.
# holy words
Two TDs say they will break Dáil rules and refuse to stand during the daily prayer
It’s proposed a 30-second moment of silence will take place after the daily prayer.
# water woes
'It was a cock-up': Government chief whip says Fine Gael messed up with water charges
Regina Doherty said that the party had made a “catastrophe” of trying to introduce water charges.
# Follow the leader
'Distracting and destabilising': Leo Varadkar says 'everyone is waiting' on a decision from Enda
Regina Doherty thinks the Taoiseach should be given space to make his own decision.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Regina Doherty right to say she didn't support the use of civil disobedience?
The Government Chief Whip denies having made some controversial comments. We put that claim to the test.
# marshalling the troops
Cracking the Whip: Regina Doherty talks disloyalty, Trump, and why she and Mary Lou no longer speak
Fine Gael’s Chief Whip has had a big year. In a wide-ranging interview she tells us of her punishing schedule, spats with Sinn Féin, and why Christmas time always means home.
# Assisted Suicide
Junior Minister John Halligan's right-to-die bill may be "unusual" but there are no rules against it
Halligan said he is planning to introduce a bill proposing to make assisted suicide legal in Ireland.
# Fight Fight Fight
'Micheál needs to stop with his spin' - Doherty hits out at FF leader over tax cut criticisms
Yesterday the Fianna Fáil leader claimed his party “succeeded in stopping many of the most damaging Fine Gael policies”.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is it really "illegal" for the government to negotiate with the UK before Brexit?
Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty made an extraordinary claim on Tonight With Vincent Browne this week. Was she right?
# You're Fired
Will Enda Kenny use his newfound 'mojo' to sack John Halligan?
“I expect John Halligan to do his job,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.
# how bizarre
RTÉ's political coverage went all 3am-at-an-Irish-wedding this afternoon
Saturday with Claire Byrne signed off for the season with a massive Oireachtas sing-song. Some were a little better than others…
# Regina Doherty
"I haven't broken the law": Government Chief Whip defends liquidation of company
Regina Doherty defended the closure of her company today.
# at odds
"I think that the suspension is a mistake" - FF and FG TDs still split over water charges
Leo Varadkar came in for some heavy criticism from both Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs over comments he made about charges this week.
# The Troubles
Gerry Adams condemns death threat made to Fine Gael TD
Regina Doherty got into a heated debate with the Sinn Féin leader.
# the road back
Families who were forced out of their homes by pyrite move back in
There has been a boost in the number of people applying to the pyrite remediation scheme.
# legal advice
Sinn Féin are bringing in the lawyers over alleged abuse investigations
Pearse Doherty says claims by Regina Doherty are “scurrilous”.
# Most unparliamentary
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
The debate about sexism in Irish politics has been reignited by Michael Lowry and his controversial note this week.
# simon says
A war of words has broken out between Fine Gael and Labour
A Labour senator has accused Fine Gael of ‘trying to hijack’ the party’s policies.
# building up
Planning permission was approved for 52% more dwellings than last year
The number of apartment units approved has also shot up.
# Analysis
Why this TD WAS elected to break the law
Analysis: Paul Murphy has always been upfront about his intention to boycott water charges… and has encouraged others to follow suit.
# gubu
Yes, this TD really did say she likes to lather butter all over herself and pretend she's a slug
But it was all for a good cause…
# Gender Quotas
'Deeply, deeply misogynistic': Women share their experiences of life in politics
Just 27 of Ireland’s 166 TDs are female, but are gender quotas the best way to increase this figure?
# Niall Collins
Micheál Martin: TDs shouldn't involve themselves in criminal proceedings
The Fianna Fáil leader has been reacting to the controversy surrounding his justice spokesperson today.
Column: We need family friendly politics if we want more women in the Dáil
Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli has brought her daughter to work with her since she was a baby in a bid to highlight the difficulties faced by working mothers, something Irish politics needs to look at, writes Regina Doherty TD.
# Employment
100 new jobs announced for Alltech in Dunboyne
Regina Doherty TD said she hoped this would have a knock-on effect on other local businesses.