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# TDs

Last month
January 2023
# security advice
Politicians told to avoid holding clinics alone and to consider getting a personal alarm
Gardaí have issued fresh security advice to Oireachtas members today.
Last year
2022
# Dáil
Number of TDs set to increase by at least nine after next election
Cabinet today approved a proposal that would see the number of seats in the next Dáil increase to at least 169 and not more than 179.
# Expenses
Five TDs and senators forced to refund almost €6,000 after audit of expense allowances
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin were among those required to refund the value of unvouched expenses.
All time
# Legislation
Taoiseach says Covid has 'exacerbated' volume of legislation, as politicians discuss President's letter
Michael D Higgins says he received nine Bills in one day.
# out of the running
Former TD Kate O'Connell will not run in Dublin Bay South by-election
“It appears that preparations have been made for a long time, that it would be impossible for me to win a convention,” O’Connell said.
# Not happy
Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs
TDs have been hearing from teachers and other frontline workers unhappy with the changes.
# Watchdog
Fine Gael on top as Sipo reveals political donations list for 2019
Donations disclosed by Irish political parties last year totalled €175,576.
# customer care
Tánaiste expects Eir customer care 'to improve' after meeting with telecoms company
TDs offices have been inundated with poor customer service complaints from constituents.
# Pay increase
Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?
Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.
# lump sum payments
All TDs who lost their seats in the last election have paid back their 'parachute' payments
Termination payments made to TDs and senators amounted to €2m.
# covid-19 pandemic
WATCH: TDs and people all over the country applaud frontline healthcare workers in unison
The clapping began at 8pm.
Voices
The Irish For: Why do so many Irish politicians start out as teachers?
Darach Ó Séaghdha asks why we elect so many múinteoirí to the Oireachtas.
# ge2020
Here are all the TDs we're saying goodbye to after they lost their seats
35 deputies did not get re-elected, including some high profile names.
# Cork North Central
Is this Cork constituency the most unpredictable in the general election?
Three of the four TDs elected in Cork North Central in 2016 will not be on the ballot.
# elected
By-election results: Here is a list of your four new TDs
Fianna Fáil have claimed two seats and it’s one each for Sinn Féin and the Greens.
# unchained
Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested and released after chaining themselves to gates of Leinster House
Dozens of gardaí formed a human chain around protestors as their locks were cut off the gate looking onto Merrion Square.
# White Paper
'Rainy Day Fund is finished before it even started' say TDs as minister drops €500m top-up
Donohoe has rowed back on his commitment to top up the fund this year.
# TD Wishes
We asked every TD to share their best Christmas present and NY resolution
Whose best present was a donkey?
# aras 2018
Independent TDs and senators fail to agree on presidential candidate
The group had a “robust debate” this evening.
# Back to Work
After a 68-day break, the Dáil is back. Here's what's on the agenda
Post office closures, blasphemy and the long-delayed alcohol bill are up for debate as the Dáil resumes.
# Boycott
TDs to snub 4th of July party at the US ambassador's residence in Dublin tonight
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations.
# Passports
Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents
Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.
# please stop
Filibustering: Here's why a decision to deploy a little-used Dáil rule caused ructions this week
TDs such as Mattie McGrath, Danny and Michael Healy Rae were accused of filibustering this week.
# Pay Up
Politicians who don't pay their bar tab will have it deducted from their salary
The Taoiseach encouraged the Oireachtas to investigate how to chase up politicians who fail to pay their bills.
# Donations
The number of large donations made to politicians fell dramatically last year
Just €6,360 in large donations was given to TDs, senators and MEPs last year.
# The Eighth Debate
Simon Harris opens abortion debates by listing counties of women who travelled for abortions
It was the first of two days of debate.
# Outrage
'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis
The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.
# Love Actually
Here's what happened when DailyEdge asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Love Actually
Leo Varadkar’s a fan, but are his colleagues? We found out.
# Love Actually
Here's what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Love Actually
Leo Varadkar’s a fan, but are his colleagues? We found out.
# Holliers
The Dáil is going on holidays for Christmas today
Politicians have four weeks off from today.
# Criticism
'You're talking about going to war': TDs concerned EU defence deal could lead to Ireland joining a European army
Last week, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for Ireland to take part in an EU plan.
# Beep beep
'Hello, I'm in the Dáil': TDs to be banned from making calls in the chamber
TDs will still be allowed use social media while in the Dáil chamber.
# Pay Up
Taoiseach says politicians should settle their Dáil bar tab or have it taken from their salaries
The unpaid tabs at the Dáil bar and restaurant amount to €5,000.
# Bonanza
€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you think we need more than 158 TDs?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# 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.
# Money In The Bank
'Not an April Fools' joke': First tranche of TDs' pay boost kicks in today
The basic salary of a TD had been cut from 92,672 to €87,358 under the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement.
# queen bey
Here's what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Beyoncé
“Enda Kenny really is a good for nothing type of brother.”
# pay hike
Abandoning the working wage? Sinn Féin raises salaries for all elected representatives
In introducing the €2,500 pay rise the party appears to be finally abandoning its ‘working wage’ pay strategy.
# imprisoned without trial
Ibrahim Halawa described as "strong and very brave" as TDs meet him in Cairo jail
Halawa has been in prison without trial for almost three-and-a-half years.