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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

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%

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

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

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'

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

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

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

6 times Rubberbandits truly represented Limerick as City of Culture

Limerick’s greatest cultural export?

# willie-odea - Friday 13 December, 2013

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

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

God bless us, everyone.

# willie-odea - Sunday 27 October, 2013

"James Reilly is a reforming minister" says ministerial colleague

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'

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

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 This post contains images

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

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

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

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

# willie-odea - Sunday 19 May, 2013

FG ministers back Shatter in penalty points comments row

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# willie-odea - Sunday 29 July, 2012

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Unreasonable and outrageous: The week in quotes

“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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

Politicians Playing the Sax and Double Bass Pics of the Day

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'

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

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

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

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

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'

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