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# Willie Penrose

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# Westmeath
Lotto ticket worth €1 million sold in Labour TD's shop
Willie Penrose and his wife Anne own the shop in Co Westmeath.
# ruckus
'We must give musicians a chance': Quotas for Irish music got TDs very fired up
“It stimulates you. It invigorates you. It’s what we come from, it’s where we come from”.
# Guaranteed Irish
A new Bill is calling for a quota of Irish music on the radio - and the music industry isn't happy about it
Labour TD Willie Penrose has an amendment up for discussion this evening calling for a 40% quota of Irish music on Irish radios.
# on the air
Musicians hold sing-song outside Leinster House in bid to get more radio play
They were there to launch a new bill from Labour TD Willie Penrose.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think 30% of radio airtime should be dedicated to Irish acts?
Labour’s Willie Penrose wants to give struggling musicians a break.
# water fairness bill
Labour - including Alan Kelly - wants Irish Water to refund all payments
But only in the event of water charges being suspended…
# Comeback Kid
Down to the wire: This Labour TD might still have a chance at a seat
Penrose had conceded on Saturday evening but this morning he said there is “an outside chance” he’ll get back in.
# Absent
13 Labour TDs missed the Dáil vote on abortion last night
A large number of Labour deputies missed the vote on a bill to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment.
# Dáil scenes
"He's a fine deputy!": Row over Labour's belated expulsion of Keaveney from committee
Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher stuck-up for former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney in the Dáil this morning.
# Labour
Penrose welcomed 'back into Labour fold' by Gilmore
The Labour Party leader welcomed the news that Willie Penrose is to rejoin the Labour Parliamentary Party.
# turbines
Anti-wind farms protest takes place in Mullingar
A Labour TD said he believed that around 1,500 people attended the event.
# world of celebs
The Dredge: Is Niall Horan going into politics in Mullingar?
He’s a Labour Party man. That, and all the rest of the day’s celebrity dirt.
# Disclosures
8 things we learned from TDs' declarations of interests for 2012
How many deputies own property abroad? And where do those who keep their eyes on Ireland’s finances invest themselves?
# Severance
Former junior ministers share €64,000 severance payout for 2012
Former Labour minister Willie Penrose, and Fianna Fáil duo Dara Calleary and Billy Kelleher, received severance last year.
# Abortion
Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?
A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.
# legal eagles
7 barristers paid over €200,000 each for work for Chief State Solicitor
The barristers carried out work for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor, who represents the State in various courts.
# Expenses
SF condemns €17,205 pay boost for Labour junior minister
The government has given Jan O’Sullivan a pay raise in line with her status as a ‘super-junior’ minister with a seat at Cabinet.
# TD Expenses
Taoiseach, Noonan, Howlin among ministers claiming unvouched TDs' expenses
While the country struggles under immense financial pressure, eight cabinet ministers take expenses that can’t be audited.
# Bye Bye
2011: The year of resignations
Undone by sex scandals, economic failures, uprisings and other controversies, an astonishing number of high-profile figures resigned from their various posts in the past 12 months.
# Appointments
Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan appointed ‘super-junior’ minister
O’Sullivan succeeds Willie Penrose as Housing Minister, while veteran Joe Costello is given her old job at Foreign Affairs.
# Appointments
Taoiseach: Gilmore yet to recommend new housing minister
Enda Kenny says the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has yet to make any recommendation on replacing Willie Penrose.
# Barracks
Barracks closures will not have major impact on local economies - minister
Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe says closing four rural barracks will help make the Defence Forces “more professional”.
# Budget 2012
TDs begin debating Budget 2012's social welfare cuts
The Social Welfare Bill 2011 will be voted on by TDs tomorrow – but former Labour TDs Penrose and Nulty have broken ranks again.
# Your Say
Poll: Was Willie Penrose right to step down?
Was Willie Penrose right to step down over the closure of a local barracks – or should cabinet members accept the need for tough decisions?
# Resignation
Rabbitte insists Willie Penrose remains part of the 'Labour family'
The Communications Minister said he understood the reasons for Penrose’s resignation from government yesterday.
# Barracks
Government confirms closure of four military barracks
Military barracks at Mullingar, Cavan, Clonmel and Castlebar are to close, with 515 military and 25 civilian staff to be relocated.
# Willie Penrose
Labour TD resigns from government over barracks closure
Labour Party TD and Junior Minister for Housing Willie Penrose is the first ministerial resignation since the government came to office last February.
# Ghost Estates
Ghost estates could be used for social housing - Minister
It will be a long process but the Minister wants to look at using so-called ghost estates for much needed social housing.
# Landlords
Students in sleepout protest over rogue landlords
The USI is highlighting calls for a deposit protection scheme – Housing junior minister Willie Penrose says he is awaiting feedback from the PRTB on the issue.
# Mortgage Relief
Are Labour ministers split over mortgage debt relief for homeowners?
The party denies it but that appears to be at odds with the differing lines ministers gave on the much talked about issue yesterday.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think struggling households should get mortgage debt relief?
The campaign to have debt forgiveness introduced for those unable to meet their home loan payments is gathering voice. Do you think there should be such a scheme?
# Mortgage Debt
Writing off mortgage debt is an "emergency" need
Chorus of calls for Government to organise a mortgage debt relief scheme for worst-off householders builds to crescendo – and now a government junior minister is backing it…
# Housing
Affordable housing scheme scrapped after plunge in property prices
Housing Minister Willie Penrose said official encouragement of home ownership had contributed to the economic crash.
# Ghost Estates
Committee set up to deal with 'ghost estates' in Ireland
The latest figures show that there are over 23,000 complete and vacant dwellings in Ireland with nearly 10,000 near completion.
# Dolphin House
Council flat conditions a breach of human rights, commission claims
The conditions in Dolphin House in the city centre are being denied the basic human right to a home. the IHRC claims.
# GE11
The Hot List: How the day unfolded in 12 key constituencies
Kevin Humpheys has taken the final seat for Labour in Dublin South-East. Check out how the first day of counting unfolded in key constituencies across the country.
# GE11
Mary O’Rourke will retire to write a book and spend time with her grandchildren
O’Rourke has conceded she will lose her seat in Longford-Westmeath.