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# think-in - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Micheál Martin says there would 'need to be' a carbon tax in Budget 2020

A climate change focus in the Budget will be necessary, said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

# think-in - Monday 3 September, 2018

Mary Lou McDonald says she would meet Trump while he visits Ireland

McDonald said the party will join the protests against the visit of the US President this November.

# think-in - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Ireland needs to break EU rules in order to build more houses, says Solidarity-PBP

Richard Boyd Barrett said the government needs to declare Ireland’s housing crisis an emergency.

# think-in - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

'They need to cop on': Fianna Fáil denies it's biding its time to bring the government down

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said the government had to stop looking over its shoulder and lead.

# think-in - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

'A change of leadership is required': Rumblings in Fine Gael that Enda should go

Enda Kenny said this is not a time to “mess around”.

# think-in - Monday 12 September, 2016

Purpose of Fine Gael election campaign review is not to 'hang, draw or quarter'

Two reports reviewing the party’s election performance were discussed at today’s Fine Gael think-in in Kildare.

Will Enda Kenny use his newfound 'mojo' to sack John Halligan?

“I expect John Halligan to do his job,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.

# think-in - Tuesday 15 September, 2015

Can Micheál Martin really become the next Taoiseach?

Analysis: It would have been inconceivable after 2011 that Fianna Fáil could return to government so soon. But it might happen.

# think-in - Friday 11 September, 2015

Enda Kenny wants five more years. After that? 'God knows'

The Fine Gael leader is gearing up to lead the country once more.

Can Sinn Féin lead the next government?

Analysis: Controversies aren’t harming Sinn Féin in the polls and its message is resonating with more and more voters across the country.

# think-in - Thursday 10 September, 2015

Can Fine Gael dare to dream of an overall majority?

Analysis: Ahead of its last think-in before the election, some in Fine Gael quietly believe history can be made. But can it really?

# think-in - Thursday 3 September, 2015

Lucinda: Fine Gael wanted me to be a good girl

The Renua leader has some strong words for her former colleagues.

# think-in - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

There's a "real risk" that the Banking Inquiry could collapse

An early General Election or lengthy court proceedings could scupper the work of the inquiry entirely, Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath is warning.

# think-in - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

Fianna Fáil's gender issues, and 4 other things we learned from the party's think-in...

How do they encourage more women to run for the Dáil? Micheál wants to be Taoiseach – but with which party’s backing? Here’s how things went, down in Roscommon…

Having ruled out Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, would Fianna Fáil go into coalition with Labour?

Micheál Martin’s been pressed on potential coalition partners again this afternoon.

We need to get ready for "one last gasp of austerity" in 2015 --- economist

The quarterly water charge set to hit households from January will effectively “suck” money out of the system, economist Tom McDonnell says.

Joan Burton: 'Eamon is here and in very good form'

Joan Burton: 'Eamon is here and in very good form'

There’s no grudge being held, it seems.

Lack of women makes Leinster House a "really weird" place to work, says Senator

Gender quotas are coming in at the next General Election. What will that mean for parties? FF are looking at the detail…

# think-in - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Think-ins, smackdowns and desperation: Winners and losers (and one for you to decide) from the political week... House Of Cards This post contains a poll

Think-ins, smackdowns and desperation: Winners and losers (and one for you to decide) from the political week...

David Cameron’s in the firing line for travelling north, Mary Lou’s in the headlines for flying Down Under, and we’re not sure what to make of Leo…

# think-in - Friday 12 September, 2014

Loose Lips Leo and 4 other things we learned at the Fine Gael 'think-in'

The Fine Gael parliamentary party gathered in picturesque Fota Island to talk the economy, elections and Leo…

Public row? what public row?.. Enda's trying to draw a line under the Varadkar spat

The Taoiseach’s latest comments on the health service follow fresh warnings from Department officials about possible bed closures.

# think-in - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Gerry Adams wants to see more all-island "joinedey-upness" in Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are gathering this morning for their party think-ins, taking place in Termonfeckin and Cork, respectively.

# think-in - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Enda Kenny: 'I feel the people's pain'

The Taoiseach has said that the Budget is going to be tough no matter what but that the coalition would aim to deliver it “in as fair a way as possible”.

# think-in - Monday 16 September, 2013

Here’s what happened today: Monday

Get up to speed on the mass shooting in Washington DC, the latest word from Michael Noonan on the Budget and the major child abuse investigation under way in Northern Ireland.

Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive

Michael Noonan indicated there may be a Budget adjustment of less than €3.1 billion if there’s good news contained in two key sets of data, but he said the final figure had not yet been decided.

Gilmore: The Irish people aren't going to punish the party that solved the crisis

The Tánaiste has defended the Labour Party’s record in government and said that Joan Burton is doing a “fabulous job”.

# think-in - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

Pics: Fine Gael TDs climb Croagh Patrick... one of them runs back down Think-In This post contains images

Pics: Fine Gael TDs climb Croagh Patrick... one of them runs back down

All the way up, and all the way down…

Enda Kenny: Croke Park Agreement has a lot done, but more to do

The Taoiseach also refused to discuss a possible reshuffle among Fine Gael front benchers.

# think-in - Monday 12 September, 2011

FFers have to pay for stay during party think-in

As Fianna Fáil members meet to discuss the social impact of the recession, they feel the pinch themselves after being asked to pay for their own accommodation.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Blow to Norris’s re-entry hopes, Hurricane Katia hits Ireland (literally), and proof that Spongebob literally makes you stupid…

# think-in - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

Taoiseach: “Everything is on the table” in December’s Budget

Enda Kenny says his government is ‘prepared to be radical’ in the Budget – and refuses to clearly rule out raising income taxes.

# think-in - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

FG begins think-in as Gilmore warns of tough budget

As Fine Gael begins its meeting in Galway, Eamon Gilmore tells a Labour think-in that there is “no manual” to deal with this crisis.

# think-in - Tuesday 14 September, 2010

“It’s well known that the Taoiseach suffers from congestion sometimes”

Fianna Fáil ministers rally around the ‘hoarse’ and ‘congested’ Taoiseach after his controversial Morning Ireland interview.