Ruth Coppinger to meet Agriculture Minister over plans to ban fur farming

Solidarity-PBP's Ruth Coppinger is to meet the Agriculture Minister to seek clarity on his plans to ban fur farming in Ireland.

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Fur farming is to be banned in Ireland

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is to bring a proposal to Government this week to phase out fur farms.

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Half of Cabinet fail to show up for Dáil questions

Almost half the Cabinet has failed to turn up in the Dáil for topical questions this year — despite a pledge by the Government that debates would be revamped and junior ministers would not just read scripts.

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€80,000 to keep TDs fit for office

TDs are to get their own personal trainer to ensure they are fighting fit for the next general election.

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Cut that break - Dáil holidays

The Dáil is back after time off for the local and European Parliament elections, and a worry for the Government’s business managers is that there are now a mere 14 sitting days remaining before it closes down for the summer break.

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Government, business too close: Relationship needs to be redefined

Not so very long ago any suggestion that all our governments, led by whichever half of the duopoly that has always run this state, are too close to business would have been dismissed with a shrug.

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Opposition bills are stuck in a legislative labyrinth

Opposition parties say the Government is using Brexit and financial cost fears to delay 146 badly-needed bills backed by the Dáil and Seanad from becoming law, says Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Government accused of using Brexit to delay laws

The Government has been accused of using the Brexit crisis and cost fears as an excuse to stall vital law changes after it emerged 146 opposition bills have been delayed despite being backed by the Dáil and Seanad.

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Nancy Pelosi to address Dáil

Nanci Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is to address the Dáil next Wednesday.

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New museum marking women's place in Irish history could be on the way, Josepha Madigan suggests

This would follow on the success of The Rising commemorations and other events which had marked women's place in Irish history.

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TDs want to see audit of support group

The Department of Justice has clashed with TDs after saying it is unlikely to publish an audit examining how a sexual assault support group misspent almost €90,000 in public funds.

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Dáil to debate Bill which would seal testimony of abuse victims for 75 years

Controversial new laws to seal the testimony of those abused in residential institutions for 75 years are to be debated in the Dáil today.

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Dáil set to vote on bill banning oil drilling

People Before Profit is hopeful of gaining enough cross-party support to forward its bill aimed at banning oil and gas drilling in Irish waters to select committee level this week.

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Insurers ‘maximise profits at expense of SMEs’

Insurance companies have been accused of making hundreds of millions of euro while putting small businesses at risk of closure.

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Shane Ross just masking 'utter incompetence' says Sinn Fein TD likened to a donkey in heated exchange

Transport Minister Shane Ross landed himself in hot water after he likened a Sinn Fein TD to a donkey, during heated exchanges in the Dail.

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Proposed legislation seeks to cap personal injury payouts

Personal injury payouts could be capped under proposed new legislation which, it is hoped, will help reduce the cost of cover for businesses, motorists and farmers.

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6,000 young people speak out on social concerns to mark Dáil's 100th Anniversary

The Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019 is to be launched in Dublin today and will see 6,000 young people speak out on local, national and international issues across the country.

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Just one politician a day uses free Dáil gym

According to new figures, non elected Leinster House staff made up 92 per cent of the total visits in 2018.

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Higgins warns of xenophobia and global warming

We are witnessing the return of an “ugly, xenophobic corruption of nationalism” President Michael D Higgins has warned.

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World is witnessing return of ugly xenophobic corruption, says President Higgins

Michael D Higgins also said that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing Ireland.

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The Dáil's centenary: A great event worthy of celebration

Today marks the centenary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann.

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A momentous day as first Dáil meets and first shots of War of Independence occur

One hundred years ago today, Ireland took major steps towards freedom from the British Empire. An independent parliament opened in Dublin, however it was overshadowed by an unsanctioned ambush in Tipperary, writes Ryle Dwyer.

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President Higgins to mark centenary of first Dáil sitting

President Michael D Higgins will deliver a keynote address tomorrow to mark the centenary of the first sitting of the Dáil.

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Health Minister takes on ‘most important job’ after becoming first-time dad

The 32-year-old revealed the happy news on his Instagram page on Friday morning.

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Eagle-eyed observers notice error at Dáil centenary celebration

A former Fine Gael Taoiseach has joined the Labour party from the grave - or so it appears.

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Leinster House kicks off 100 years of Dail Eireann

The Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail TD welcomed actors playing historical figures.

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Leinster House error sees Garret FitzGerald join the Labour party from beyond the grave

A former Fine Gael Taoiseach has joined the labour party from the grave - or so it appears.

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New Dáil term beings 100 years on from first ever sitting

A new Dáil term begins today almost 100 years on from when the parliament first sat.

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'She would like something good to come out of the tragedy' - Leo speaks of his admiration for Vicky Phelan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he shares Vicky Phelan's desire to bring some good from her tragic circumstances and promised to do so this year.

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Single-use plastics banned in Irish government offices

Richard Bruton announced on Friday that government departments and public bodies will lead the way in tackling the issue.

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Simon Harris and Eoghan Murphy under threat in reshuffle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has put his ministers on notice of his intention to carry out a reshuffle this summer, in the wake of the local and European elections.

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Ministers face cold sweats as they await fate

No subject matter exercises ministers more than talk of a reshuffle, writes Political Editor, Daniel McConnell

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Campaigns and causes are just tactics in legislative game of dice

United we stand, divided we fall, writes Gerard Howlin

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Ministers ‘afraid’ to face interviews at Christmas

Cabinet ministers have been accused of “being afraid” to face the media after they snubbed the prospect of interviews over the Christmas period, preferring to rely on press releases.

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Brother Kevin Crowley honoured with Human Dignity Award

He is the fourth recipient of the award which recognises those committed to the promotion of human dignity.

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TD shows thong in Dáil to highlight concerns over treatment of rape victims

A Dáil deputy held up a thong in the chamber to highlight the maltreatment of rape victims during adversarial trials.

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Health, housing, broadband to fore of new deal confidence and supply talks

Health, housing, and broadband are set to dominate three more days of talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil this week aimed at extending the life of the minority Government.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil exchange confidence and supply files

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will provide each other with documents crucial to the confidence and supply talks today before a day-long meeting between the parties’ negotiating teams on Thursday.

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Ireland-China relations - Sensitive stuff

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghail’s worry about the sensitivities of the Beijing dictatorship — sorry, government — is such that he has warned TDs planning to go to Taiwan that their visit risks causing “serious offence and grave concern to our Chinese friends”.

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Tanaiste heckled at stormy Leaders’ Questions over school building inspections

Simon Coveney was accused of being disingenuous after he responded to claims the issues were kept secret by the Department for Education.

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Fine Gael wants Micheál Martin to cost any changes to agreement

Fine Gael has insisted any changes to the confidence and supply deal with and Fianna Fáil must be fully costed. The call comes just hours before the high-profile negotiations are set to begin.

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Oireachtas invite tenders for €100k gym equipment refit for TDs and Senators

Gym equipment providers have been invited to tender for a €100,000 refit of the Oireachtas gym to keep our TDs and senators in shape.

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Arts Council has no ‘realistic prospect’ of recovering €200,000

Almost €200,000 in Arts Council funding has been lost, with “no realistic prospect” of recovery, after a third party that was to issue grants on its behalf went into liquidation.

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TDs and senators to mark centenary of first Dáil meeting

TDs and senators past and present will mark the centenary of the first meeting of Dáil Éireann next January in the same room where it took place.

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Richard Bruton confirmed as Denis Naughton's replacement as Communications Minister

Joe McHugh has been confirmed as the new Minister for Education.

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Boost for Micheal Martin as Taoiseach backs off Halloween confidence and supply deadline

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed down on his Halloween confidence and supply deal talks deadline after a senior official u-turned to say the crunch date was "never a deadline and more of a target".

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Fianna Fáil issue Christmas deadline for confidence and supply agreement

The crunch confidence and supply deal talks must end by Christmas to allow the public to know exactly where the Government stands in the lead up to any no deal Brexit crisis, Fianna Fáil has said.

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Taoiseach and Micheal Martin to meet before full-scale negotiations

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin held their first formal face-to-face talks over the future of the Government last night amid ongoing fears of a snap election.

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Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy survives motion of no confidence vote

Junior Minister Catherine Byrne has confirmed that she will support her Fine Gael colleague when the Dáil debate on a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy comes to a vote this evening.

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€257m for Christmas bonus not yet assured, says Regina Doherty

The Government has not yet set aside the required €257m for the Christmas bonus for this year, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty will reveal today.

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Gearing up for the challenges ahead as new Dáil term set to commence

As the Dáil returns, the Irish Examiner political team examines the issues that will dominate the headlines inside and outside of Leinster House

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Rush to sort referendum on woman’s place in home clause

The proposed referendum to remove references in the Constitution to a woman’s place being in the home will be debated early next month by TDs and senators amid a rush to get the green light for the vote.

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People Before Profit want all TDs to give up business interests once elected

People Before Profit wants to force all TDs to give up their business interests when they get elected.

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Watch: Explosive scenes in the Dáil as Danny Healy-Rae loses cool over drink-link initiative

There were explosive scenes in the Dáil today after a row broke out between two Kerry TD's over the new rural transport initiative - 'drink link.'

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Taoiseach slams 'misplaced priorities' in face of renewed pressure on communications unit

The Taoiseach has faced renewed calls to disband his controversial communications unit amid angry exchanges in the Dail.

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FG motion to seek reduction in junior ministers

Fine Gael is due to introduce a private-members' motion in the Dáil today calling for a reduction in the number of junior ministers.

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TDs reject motion calling for shorter recess

TDs have today voted against shortening their 11-week summer recess.

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FG and Labour seeking increase in Dáil sitting days

Fine Gael and the Labour Party are reportedly demanding an increase of up to 50% in the number of Dáil sitting days as TDs prepare to return today from their annual five-week Christmas break.

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Opposition lines up to challenge Ahern as Dáil resumes

The Dáil resumes today as the main opposition parties continue to reassert themselves as a credible alternative to the Government.

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Dail disrupted as Greens protest

Proceedings at the Dail were disrupted today when Green Party members held up placards spelling the words No to War and walked out of the chamber.

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