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In their own words: What do TDs think of the fiscal treaty?
# Referendum
# Referendum

In their own words: What do TDs think of the fiscal treaty?

Apr 6th 2012, 5:55 PM 2,900 Views 14 Comments

All this week, an Oireachtas sub-committee has been discussing the fiscal compact treaty with academics, civil society leaders, and other politicians. Here’s what they made of it.

Column: Our politicians are overpaid. It’s time they rejoined the real world.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Our politicians are overpaid. It’s time they rejoined the real world.

Mar 29th 2012, 7:30 AM 315 Views 65 Comments

A new campaign is calling for politicians’ pay to be benchmarked against real jobs. Aaron McKenna explains why the salaries have to shrink.

Almost half of voters support EU fiscal treaty referendum – poll
# Poll
# Poll

Almost half of voters support EU fiscal treaty referendum – poll

Mar 24th 2012, 6:48 PM 2,522 Views 78 Comments

Almost one in five voters say they don’t know how they will vote in the referendum according to the Sunday Business Post/Red C poll.

Poll: Have you paid the household charge?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you paid the household charge?

Mar 24th 2012, 2:30 PM 12,683 Views 145 Comments

There’s exactly one week to go before the deadline for paying the charge and the government insists there’ll be a last minute rush. So we’re asking – have you paid it?

Three anti-household charge TDs unhappy with national rally
# Tension
# Tension

Three anti-household charge TDs unhappy with national rally

Mar 24th 2012, 1:48 PM 7,416 Views 66 Comments

Three of the nine TDs involved in the campaign against the household charge have criticised the Socialist Party TDs for taking key speaking slots at today’s rally in Dublin.

In pics: Tensions, visits and tantrums - the new Dáil's first year in photos
# One Year In
# One Year In

In pics: Tensions, visits and tantrums - the new Dáil's first year in photos

Mar 10th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,398 Views 5 Comments

It’s been exactly one year since the current crop of TDs took their seats in Leinster House for the first session of the current Dáil. Here’s what’s happened over the year in photographs.

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform
# Government
# Government

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 543 Views 1 Comment

Alan Shatter has been one of the most pro-active ministers in the current government – but one year on, what has been achieved in the area of justice and law reform?

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Political reform
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Political reform

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 437 Views 1 Comment

The government has promised major political reform – but has it fulfilled its promises, one year in?

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Jobs
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Jobs

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 683 Views 3 Comments

The unemployment crisis has been one of the biggest issues facing the government. One year in, what has it achieved on the jobs front?

Twitter slideshow: TDs react to the referendum announcement
# Referendum
# Referendum

Twitter slideshow: TDs react to the referendum announcement

Feb 28th 2012, 4:45 PM 4,981 Views 29 Comments

“New shoes needed”…

Controversial allowance for independent TDs will be reviewed
# Leaders' Allowance
# Leaders' Allowance

Controversial allowance for independent TDs will be reviewed

Feb 17th 2012, 5:56 PM 3,072 Views 18 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has pledged to examine the leaders’ allowance, which is also given to independent senators.

SIPTU calls for suspension of 'unfair' household charge
# Household Charge
# Household Charge

SIPTU calls for suspension of 'unfair' household charge

Feb 17th 2012, 12:09 PM 3,220 Views 59 Comments

The country’s largest trade union said that the €100 household charge penalises low and middle income families and called on the government to suspend it.

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance
# Expenses
# Expenses

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

Feb 15th 2012, 3:14 PM 3,424 Views 21 Comments

An amendment moved by independent Senators making the ‘leaders’ allowance’ vouched has been defeated by the government.

Halve the size of the Dáil, says Bertie Ahern
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Halve the size of the Dáil, says Bertie Ahern

Feb 11th 2012, 3:09 PM 5,148 Views 82 Comments

The former taoiseach says the Dáil should be composed of 70 to 80 TDs, elected from single seat-constituencies.

Joan Burton defends government handling of public sector retirements
# Dáil
# Dáil

Joan Burton defends government handling of public sector retirements

Feb 9th 2012, 11:45 AM 2,108 Views 31 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection hit back after Fianna Fáil said that the situation had been “shambolic”

Taoiseach, Noonan, Howlin among ministers claiming unvouched TDs' expenses
# TD Expenses
# TD Expenses

Taoiseach, Noonan, Howlin among ministers claiming unvouched TDs' expenses

Feb 3rd 2012, 4:48 PM 6,111 Views 76 Comments

While the country struggles under immense financial pressure, eight cabinet ministers take expenses that can’t be audited.

This is how much your TD claimed in expenses in 2011
# TD Expenses
# TD Expenses

This is how much your TD claimed in expenses in 2011

Feb 3rd 2012, 6:00 AM 22,061 Views 113 Comments

Figures released by the Oireachtas detail exactly how much every TD in the country claimed in expenses from the day they got elected until the end of December 2011.

The TDs who were paid less than €50k in expenses - and why
# TD Expenses
# TD Expenses

The TDs who were paid less than €50k in expenses - and why

Feb 2nd 2012, 6:32 PM 8,359 Views 26 Comments

We look at how the majority of the 31st Dáil representatives were paid allowances in 2011.

In full: 1 in 5 TDs claimed more than €50k in expenses last year
# TD Expenses
# TD Expenses

In full: 1 in 5 TDs claimed more than €50k in expenses last year

Feb 2nd 2012, 6:30 PM 9,437 Views 92 Comments

34 TDs in the 31st Dail claimed over €50,000 in expenses from the Oireachtas last year – here’s the full list.

'Swords question' dominates submissions on Dáil boundary changes
# Constituencies
# Constituencies

'Swords question' dominates submissions on Dáil boundary changes

Jan 12th 2012, 10:21 PM 5,619 Views 31 Comments

Of the 533 submissions published by the Constituency Commission so far, 238 relate to Swords’ placement in Dublin West.

As it happened: Leaders' Questions in the Dáil
Live Jan 11th 2012, 4:29 PM

As it happened: Leaders' Questions in the Dáil

Open thread: What would you like to see happen in the Dáil this year?
# Let Us Know
# Let Us Know

Open thread: What would you like to see happen in the Dáil this year?

Jan 11th 2012, 11:33 AM 1,452 Views 67 Comments

Politicians are back in Leinster House today for the first Dáil session of 2012 – but what issues would you like to see them dealing with?

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Jan 11th 2012, 7:30 AM 166 Views 54 Comments

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

Explainer: How are Ireland's constituencies being redrawn?
# Constituencies
# Constituencies

Explainer: How are Ireland's constituencies being redrawn?

Jan 10th 2012, 4:04 PM 5,755 Views 30 Comments

The Constituency Commission is cutting the number of TDs and redrawing our electoral map. Here’s everything you need to know about what will happen…

The most telling Irish political pictures of 2011
# Review 2011
# Review 2011

The most telling Irish political pictures of 2011

Dec 24th 2011, 9:15 AM 5,299 Views 7 Comments

A general election, the implosion of two parties, EU drama and a Presidential campaign – can you picture all that in one year? We tried…

In pictures: Christmas tree lights turned on at Leinster House
# Christmassy
From The Daily Edge
# Christmassy

In pictures: Christmas tree lights turned on at Leinster House

Dec 1st 2011, 6:20 PM 3,588 Views 33 Comments

It’s December so things are officially allowed to get Christmassy – so here’s a slideshow of politicians having some fun and turning on the Christmas lights at Leinster House this afternoon.

Bill to cut judges' pay rubber-stamped by TDs
# Judges Pay
# Judges Pay

Bill to cut judges' pay rubber-stamped by TDs

Nov 30th 2011, 7:16 AM 961 Views 4 Comments

The bill, which emerged from last month’s referendum, was passed in the Dáil last night.

Irish voters trust Gardaí and RTÉ most, banks and political parties least
# Political Science
# Political Science

Irish voters trust Gardaí and RTÉ most, banks and political parties least

Sep 16th 2011, 1:03 PM 1,690 Views 33 Comments

Results of a comprehensive survey of Irish voters also show that people want fewer TDs, value local interaction highly, and don’t want the electoral system to change.

TDs voluntarily return €120,000 in unused expenses
# Scruples
# Scruples

TDs voluntarily return €120,000 in unused expenses

Aug 8th 2011, 1:38 PM 1,501 Views 18 Comments

Ministers Ruairi Quinn and Jimmy Deenihan are among those who returned expenses allowances they never used.

TDs may have to use pre-paid charge cards in Dáil bar
# Dáil Bar
# Dáil Bar

TDs may have to use pre-paid charge cards in Dáil bar

Aug 1st 2011, 3:56 PM 829 Views 16 Comments

It was recently revealed that a tab of almost €70,000 had been run up between the Dáil bar and restaurants.

Taoiseach and Ceann Comhairle at odds over Dáil dress code
# Dress Code
# Dress Code

Taoiseach and Ceann Comhairle at odds over Dáil dress code

Jul 16th 2011, 2:45 PM 1,402 Views 20 Comments

The Ceann Comhairle says the Dáil must hold a vote on introducing the new dress code – but there’s no place on the agenda.

Poll: Does it matter what TDs wear in the Dáil?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Does it matter what TDs wear in the Dáil?

Jul 9th 2011, 11:01 AM 8,654 Views 122 Comments

The Oireachtas is set to introduce new rules which could see casually dressed TDs booted out. Is that right?

New dress code for smarter-looking TDs
# Dress To Impress
# Dress To Impress

New dress code for smarter-looking TDs

Jul 8th 2011, 4:04 PM 3,572 Views 92 Comments

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett has described the Dáil dress code as “pathetic”.

Maximum of 13 TDs can be cut from next Dáil
# Dáil Éireann
# Dáil Éireann

Maximum of 13 TDs can be cut from next Dáil

Jun 30th 2011, 1:27 PM 491 Views 12 Comments

It could be as few as six under changes proposed today by the Minister for the Environment today.

Poll: How many TDs should be in the next Dail?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How many TDs should be in the next Dail?

Jun 30th 2011, 11:40 AM 2,837 Views 54 Comments

A Boundary Commission is set to redraw constituency lines and lead to a reduction in the number of TDs in the next Dail. But how many should we lose – if any at all?

Number of TDs could be cut by 20
# TDs
# TDs

Number of TDs could be cut by 20

Jun 30th 2011, 8:12 AM 547 Views 13 Comments

The change in Ireland’s population, to be revealed in Census figures today, will lead to constituency boundary changes.

Former TD returns €12,000 in expenses after low Dáil attendance
# AWOL
# AWOL

Former TD returns €12,000 in expenses after low Dáil attendance

Jun 19th 2011, 12:06 PM 853 Views 18 Comments

The ex-TD missed the Dáil’s minimum attendance level by a hefty margin.

Government unveils plans to reduce number of TDs
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Government unveils plans to reduce number of TDs

May 4th 2011, 1:14 PM 1,273 Views 0 Comments

The next Constituency Commission will be told to provide for a reduced number – reducing the Dáil by about a dozen.

Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland
# Trusted
# Trusted

Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland

Apr 28th 2011, 9:51 AM 1,248 Views 2 Comments

A survey done on behalf of the Medical Council reveals, perhaps not surprisingly, that doctors are the most trusted profession but TDs and pollsters come bottom of the pile.