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#Willie O'Dea

# willie-odea - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Willie O'Dea tried to make hay while the sun shone... And the thunder rolled
# Slick Willie
# Slick Willie

Willie O'Dea tried to make hay while the sun shone... And the thunder rolled

Jul 8th 2014, 12:31 PM 11,604 Views 19 Comments

All the ministers were meeting behind closed doors — a perfect time, thought Fianna Fáil, to schedule a press op.

# willie-odea - Sunday 15 June, 2014

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%

Jun 15th 2014, 7:30 AM 23,803 Views 28 Comments

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

# willie-odea - Thursday 22 May, 2014

Taoiseach reveals €191,000 in severance payments to former Fianna Fail ministers
# Paid Up
# Paid Up

Taoiseach reveals €191,000 in severance payments to former Fianna Fail ministers

May 22nd 2014, 12:24 PM 17,774 Views 116 Comments

Enda Kenny said that four ministers are in receipt of payments despite a pledge not to draw them.

# willie-odea - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Tánaiste: If there's one thing I can't be accused of, it's making decisions that court popularity
# Water Charges
# Water Charges

Tánaiste: If there's one thing I can't be accused of, it's making decisions that court popularity

Apr 17th 2014, 12:30 PM 6,429 Views 47 Comments

Eamon Gilmore acknowledged he’s not exactly Mr Popular in the Dáil this afternoon as the water charges row rumbled on.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

85,200 young people in Ireland are 'neither earning nor learning'
# Unemployment Levels
# Unemployment Levels

85,200 young people in Ireland are 'neither earning nor learning'

Apr 16th 2014, 11:17 AM 10,026 Views 65 Comments

There was a bit of argy-bargy between Willie O’Dea and Minister Joan Burton this morning.

# willie-odea - Friday 10 January, 2014

'Rebel bishop' Pat Buckley rejects call to ban him from performing marriages
# Weddings
# Weddings

'Rebel bishop' Pat Buckley rejects call to ban him from performing marriages

Jan 10th 2014, 6:45 AM 13,944 Views 31 Comments

The independent bishop was given a suspended sentence in Belfast last month for his part in a sham marriage scam.

# willie-odea - Friday 3 January, 2014

6 times Rubberbandits truly represented Limerick as City of Culture
# Limerick
From The Daily Edge
# Limerick

6 times Rubberbandits truly represented Limerick as City of Culture

Jan 3rd 2014, 12:17 PM 9,433 Views 15 Comments

Limerick’s greatest cultural export?

# willie-odea - Friday 13 December, 2013

Lad making surprise Christmas visit home gets helping hand from Willie O'Dea
# Willie Saves Christmas
From The Daily Edge
# Willie Saves Christmas

Lad making surprise Christmas visit home gets helping hand from Willie O'Dea

Dec 13th 2013, 11:39 AM 24,136 Views 63 Comments

God bless us, everyone.

# willie-odea - Sunday 27 October, 2013

"James Reilly is a reforming minister" says ministerial colleague
# Catherine Murphy
# Catherine Murphy

"James Reilly is a reforming minister" says ministerial colleague

Oct 27th 2013, 1:17 PM 7,116 Views 53 Comments

Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd defends James Reilly’s handling of Health – and despite reports of €1 billion of total cuts, says some areas are improving.

# willie-odea - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'
# Social Welfare Bill
# Social Welfare Bill

Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'

Oct 24th 2013, 1:49 PM 7,151 Views 61 Comments

A slight difference of opinion over Budget cuts in the Dáil chamber today…

# willie-odea - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

9 things we learned from last night's 'Looking After No 1' programme
# Parish Pump
# Parish Pump

9 things we learned from last night's 'Looking After No 1' programme

Oct 22nd 2013, 9:12 AM 19,221 Views 44 Comments

A great insight into how politicians get things done for the people who elect them or a demoralising portrayal of Ireland’s ‘parish pump’ politics.

# willie-odea - Saturday 17 August, 2013

Limerick school posted five JobBridge ads, one looking for a cleaner
# Ardscoil Rís
# Ardscoil Rís

Limerick school posted five JobBridge ads, one looking for a cleaner

Aug 17th 2013, 8:45 AM 17,751 Views 66 Comments

Willie O’Dea, TD for Limerick City and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection, said “five seems pretty high alright”, but added “schools are struggling”.

Hundreds of families applying for grants to help cover high funeral costs
# Death In Ireland
# Death In Ireland

Hundreds of families applying for grants to help cover high funeral costs

Aug 17th 2013, 7:45 AM 16,299 Views 51 Comments

The Department of Social Protection is paying out more than €5 million every year to help people cover funeral and burial expenses for their loved ones.

# willie-odea - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill
# Abortion
# Abortion

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

Jun 8th 2013, 8:15 AM 6,573 Views 91 Comments

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by TheJournal.ie.

# willie-odea - Sunday 19 May, 2013

FG ministers back Shatter in penalty points comments row
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

FG ministers back Shatter in penalty points comments row

May 19th 2013, 5:17 PM 8,367 Views 112 Comments

Both Richard Bruton and Brian Hayes say Shatter’s comments added context to complaints about the penalty points inquiry.

# willie-odea - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Government asked if it will "ignore" concerns on garda station closures
# Garda
# Garda

Government asked if it will "ignore" concerns on garda station closures

Jan 31st 2013, 12:44 PM 7,301 Views 83 Comments

Deputies Willie O’Dea and Mary Lou McDonald spoke about the issue during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil today.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused
# Disability
# Disability

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused

Jan 30th 2013, 11:13 AM 17,664 Views 25 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the department received 4,339 claims for domiciliary care allowance in 2012.

# willie-odea - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Gilmore refuses to confirm property tax rumours
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Gilmore refuses to confirm property tax rumours

Nov 29th 2012, 12:03 PM 10,738 Views 119 Comments

Reports suggest the property tax will cost homeowners between €200 and €400 a year – but Eamon Gilmore would not discuss the figures in the Dáil this morning.

# willie-odea - Saturday 10 November, 2012

Budget 2013: As speculation mounts, retailers say their business is suffering
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Budget 2013: As speculation mounts, retailers say their business is suffering

Nov 10th 2012, 7:45 AM 5,903 Views 27 Comments

Consumer confidence has plummeted as we worry about the forthcoming budget and retailers say they’re feeling the pinch but will the government do anything to stop the leaks and speculation?

# willie-odea - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Hundreds waiting over a year to appeal refused disability allowance
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Hundreds waiting over a year to appeal refused disability allowance

Oct 20th 2012, 5:01 PM 9,946 Views 44 Comments

Figures released by Joan Burton show 4,169 are appealing a refusal, with 321 of them waiting over a year for it.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence

Oct 10th 2012, 10:29 AM 3,166 Views 54 Comments

Speaking in the Dáil last night the Minister said the fall in consumer confidence was probably due to Ministers talking about issues like child benefit and property tax.

# willie-odea - Monday 1 October, 2012

Report on cutting child benefit being 'considered' by Burton
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Report on cutting child benefit being 'considered' by Burton

Oct 1st 2012, 1:36 PM 7,487 Views 84 Comments

Fianna Fáil wants Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to honour a pre-election promise and say that child benefit will not be cut in the forthcoming budget.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall
# Pensions Shortfall
# Pensions Shortfall

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall

Sep 12th 2012, 6:57 PM 6,105 Views 23 Comments

The Irish Times cited an unpublished report from KPMG that indicated the State was facing a massive pensions and social welfare shortfall by 2066 in a story today that the government has played down.

# willie-odea - Friday 7 September, 2012

Fianna Fáil calls on Minister to rule out cut to free travel scheme
# Free Travel
# Free Travel

Fianna Fáil calls on Minister to rule out cut to free travel scheme

Sep 7th 2012, 5:29 PM 4,536 Views 42 Comments

It has emerged this week that the scheme is the subject of a review by an interdepartmental group ahead of December’s Budget.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Willie O'Dea says Burton 'continues to mislead' over disability allowance cuts
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Willie O'Dea says Burton 'continues to mislead' over disability allowance cuts

Aug 8th 2012, 7:15 AM 3,325 Views 29 Comments

Fianna Fáil TD said the Minister for Social Protection should be upfront about changes to criteria for the allowance and explain application refusals and delays.

# willie-odea - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

Aug 7th 2012, 8:33 PM 5,138 Views 47 Comments

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.

# willie-odea - Sunday 29 July, 2012

Unreasonable and outrageous: The week in quotes
# Said And Done
# Said And Done

Unreasonable and outrageous: The week in quotes

Jul 29th 2012, 7:00 PM 6,193 Views 3 Comments

“I am not guilty of these charges.”

# willie-odea - Thursday 26 July, 2012

'Culture of bonus as an entitlement' behind push for banker bonus legislation, says O'Dea
# Bank Bonuses
# Bank Bonuses

'Culture of bonus as an entitlement' behind push for banker bonus legislation, says O'Dea

Jul 26th 2012, 9:54 AM 2,056 Views 23 Comments

Former FF minister says proposals target higher-ranking bankers and their work performance.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

FF tables new laws to defer bankers' bonuses for five years
# Bank Bonuses
# Bank Bonuses

FF tables new laws to defer bankers' bonuses for five years

Jul 25th 2012, 3:29 PM 4,222 Views 59 Comments

Willie O’Dea’s new proposals would see bankers have bonuses deferred for five years, and forfeited if the bank loses money.

# willie-odea - Thursday 12 July, 2012

Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle
# Shufflin'
# Shufflin'

Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle

Jul 12th 2012, 6:48 PM 6,413 Views 54 Comments

The former deputy leader of the party had resigned in February but is now back on the party’s front bench.

# willie-odea - Thursday 7 June, 2012

Government criticised as employment at lowest level in nine years
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Government criticised as employment at lowest level in nine years

Jun 7th 2012, 9:31 PM 4,146 Views 37 Comments

Figures from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey put unemployment at its highest level since the financial crisis.

# willie-odea - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Dan Boyle: Performance of Phil Hogan could help Green Party's return
# Green Day
# Green Day

Dan Boyle: Performance of Phil Hogan could help Green Party's return

Jun 6th 2012, 6:45 AM 3,180 Views 34 Comments

The former Green Party chairman says the current environment minister is “as good an anti-Green as we could get”.

# willie-odea - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Tánaiste suggests Cardinal Brady should "not hold a position of authority"
# Cardinal Brady
# Cardinal Brady

Tánaiste suggests Cardinal Brady should "not hold a position of authority"

May 3rd 2012, 11:18 AM 2,086 Views 31 Comments

Eamon Gilmore said it was his personal view that anyone who did not deal with the scale of the abuse outlined in a BBC documentary this week should not be in a position of authority.

# willie-odea - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Politicians Playing the Sax and Double Bass Pics of the Day
# Pic Of The Day
From The Daily Edge
# Pic Of The Day

Politicians Playing the Sax and Double Bass Pics of the Day

Apr 26th 2012, 7:37 AM 2,471 Views 11 Comments

Mattie McGrath, Simon Harris and Willie O’Dea together at last. Say no more.

# willie-odea - Saturday 31 March, 2012

O'Dea: 'People had begun to get suspicious of Bertie'
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

O'Dea: 'People had begun to get suspicious of Bertie'

Mar 31st 2012, 2:40 PM 4,888 Views 29 Comments

Former Defence Minister Willie O’Dea has spoken candidly about Bertie Ahern’s evidence to the Mahon Tribunal in 2007.

# willie-odea - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Column: BAI report does not close file on That Tweet
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: BAI report does not close file on That Tweet

Mar 8th 2012, 4:29 PM 43 Views 39 Comments

Seán Gallagher’s Áras bid may have been derailed with or without the tweet from fake McGuinness account. But the point is we need to know who was behind it, says Derek Mooney who knows all about losing a job amid a Twitter controversy…

# willie-odea - Monday 20 February, 2012

IT work needed before foreign drivers can accrue penalty points
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

IT work needed before foreign drivers can accrue penalty points

Feb 20th 2012, 2:30 PM 3,390 Views 10 Comments

Leo Varadkar says that while a new law allows drivers without Irish licences to get points, the IT isn’t in place to implement it.

# willie-odea - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

'Optics' and 'rehash': Opposition dismisses government's jobs plan
# Jobs
# Jobs

'Optics' and 'rehash': Opposition dismisses government's jobs plan

Feb 14th 2012, 7:10 AM 1,404 Views 28 Comments

Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have heavily criticised what they see as the re-announcement of certain schemes and a lack of targets to reduce unemployment.

# willie-odea - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Taoiseach slams doctor who has warned mothers and babies could die
# Midwives
# Midwives

Taoiseach slams doctor who has warned mothers and babies could die

Jan 26th 2012, 9:57 AM 3,795 Views 46 Comments

Warnings that an exodus of midwives from the HSE will lead to deaths have been branded ‘outrageous’ by Enda Kenny.

# willie-odea - Friday 20 January, 2012

Noonan on emigration comments: 'I am being quoted out of context'
# Emigration
# Emigration

Noonan on emigration comments: 'I am being quoted out of context'

Jan 20th 2012, 11:54 AM 4,139 Views 105 Comments

The Finance Minister’s comments that emigration was in some cases “a lifestyle choice” have been heavily criticised by opposition parties.