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Dáil Éireann

Dáil Éireann

This is the lower house of the Oireachtas. There are 166 elected TDs in the Dáil. The Dáil is responsible for electing the Taoiseach, approving the Taoiseach's nominees for ministerial positions and approving the budget.

# dail-eireann - Sunday 20 July, 2014

From TheJournal.ie 5 examples of Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett completely losing it with TDs Seanie Says Relax This post contains videos

5 examples of Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett completely losing it with TDs

The Dáil is over for the summer so here’s a look back at deputies getting told off by the principal.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Senator claims ‘discrimination’ as row erupts over sign language interpreter in the Dáil Dispute

Senator claims ‘discrimination’ as row erupts over sign language interpreter in the Dáil

A spokesperson for the Oireachtas has denied the claim.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

From TheJournal.ie TDs stopped from asking Enda Kenny questions – then he’s stopped from answering them Dáil This post contains videos

TDs stopped from asking Enda Kenny questions – then he’s stopped from answering them

Dáil procedure got in the way during Questions to An Taoiseach today.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says nobody should be asked if their child ‘still had Down syndrome?’ Hardship

Taoiseach says nobody should be asked if their child ‘still had Down syndrome?’

Medical cards were discussed in the Dáil this afternoon.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 17 April, 2014

From The Daily Edge Well, isn’t it well for some? Holidail

Well, isn’t it well for some?

That’s a grand break.

From TheJournal.ie Justice Committee says Ireland should recognise Travellers as ethnic group Recognition

Justice Committee says Ireland should recognise Travellers as ethnic group

A report from the committee said the Taoiseach and Justice Minister should confirm this recognition and commence dialogue with representative groups about new legislation.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie ‘A ludicrous situation’: Dozens of questions go unanswered in the Dáil because of absent TDs Dáil Reform

# dail-eireann - Monday 24 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why? Bye Bye

In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why?

Excluding those who have resigned their seat to take up another political position or ill-health, there have been just a handful of resignations from parliament over principle or controversy down the years. Who are they? And why have there been so few?

# dail-eireann - Thursday 30 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Dáil over: TDs finish early for the week after ‘opposition fail to show’ Live For The Weekend

# dail-eireann - Friday 10 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie SF ‘rebel’ Tóibín confident he’ll be back in the party fold by February Sinn Féin

SF ‘rebel’ Tóibín confident he’ll be back in the party fold by February

The Meath deputy was expelled last summer after he voted against the party on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Fitzgerald: We’re still working towards second pre-school year Children

Fitzgerald: We’re still working towards second pre-school year

The Minister said that staff training needed to brought up to the required standards before the scheme could go ahead.

# dail-eireann - Friday 6 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie ‘We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity’: Mandela’s address to the Dáil Mandela In Ireland

‘We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity’: Mandela’s address to the Dáil

Freed from prison six months earlier, Mandela made a stirring speech to the Dáil in that glorious summer of 1990. Here’s what he said.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 14 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore: I’m the cyber-crime tsar Loyaltybuild

Gilmore: I’m the cyber-crime tsar

The Tánaiste says he’ll be coordinating the Government response to Loyaltybuild security breach.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 17 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie WATCH: Dáil falls silent to highlight plight of children in need of cochlear implants Silence

WATCH: Dáil falls silent to highlight plight of children in need of cochlear implants

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien asked that the Dáil observe the silence “to get some understanding of what those children have to endure”.

# dail-eireann - Monday 14 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: Our crisis was caused by too little democracy – not by too much Opinion

Column: Our crisis was caused by too little democracy – not by too much

One TD has launched constitutional challenge seeking to reassert the right to vote on state spending – here’s why, Vincent P Martin writes.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie ‘An attempt to blacken my good name’: Ceann Comhairle hits out at leaks Dáil

‘An attempt to blacken my good name’: Ceann Comhairle hits out at leaks

Seán Barrett has accused people of “leaking stuff” in an attempt to “blacken my good name” over the appointment of a new Dáil clerk.

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Against the clock: Large screens to show TDs how long they can speak for The Final Countdown

# dail-eireann - Thursday 29 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie TD seeks to address ‘plethora of misinformation’ about Technical Group These Are The Facts

TD seeks to address ‘plethora of misinformation’ about Technical Group

Catherine Murphy has produced a fact sheet to clarify the parliamentary process when it comes to forming technical groups and political parties.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Three thousand sign up to ‘lock the Government out of the Dáil’ 2013 Lockout

Three thousand sign up to ‘lock the Government out of the Dáil’

A protest group – led by property tax hunger striker Tony Rochford – is planning a large-scale demonstration as TDs return from their break.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 15 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie ‘He’s very, very pale’: Mick Wallace and Clare Daly met Julian Assange yesterday Wikileaks

‘He’s very, very pale’: Mick Wallace and Clare Daly met Julian Assange yesterday

The independent TDs held a wide-ranging meeting with the Wikileaks founder at the Ecuadorean embassy in London yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie New law being considered to replace Kieran Coughlan as clerk of the Dáil Houses Of The OIreachtas

New law being considered to replace Kieran Coughlan as clerk of the Dáil

Kieran Coughlan retired as clerk of the Dáil earlier this month with a decision on his permanent successor likely to be delayed until the Dáil returns in the autumn.

# dail-eireann - Sunday 11 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie “Standing and reading gave me a sense of empowerment over what is happening in our country” Booking The Bankers

“Standing and reading gave me a sense of empowerment over what is happening in our country”

A group of protesters staged a series of peaceful, silent demonstrations outside the gates of the Dáil in the weeks leading up to its summer break – each member reading a book chosen to “send a message”. Some of them have been sharing their choices with TheJournal.ie…

# dail-eireann - Thursday 8 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Support for Fine Gael holding up in latest Red C poll, slight drop for Labour Opinion Poll

Support for Fine Gael holding up in latest Red C poll, slight drop for Labour

It appears the passing of the Protection of Life Bill hasn’t damaged support for Enda Kenny’s party: they’re up one point in the latest political opinion poll, while Labour is down by the same margin.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 18 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie The Dáil has gone on holidays until September Seeya

The Dáil has gone on holidays until September

TDs will focus on their constituencies for the next nine weeks, or so they tell us.

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: The Happy New Ear Campaign and garda accountability Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: The Happy New Ear Campaign and garda accountability

What’s on Leinster House today? Well, as you asked…

# dail-eireann - Sunday 14 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Rabbitte: We won’t revisit abortion issue in the lifetime of this government Abortion

Rabbitte: We won’t revisit abortion issue in the lifetime of this government

The economy continues to dominate and the issue of abortion will not be revisited by this government, Pat Rabbitte has said.

# dail-eireann - Friday 12 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Catch-up: The things you should know about final Dáil abortion vote This Happened

Catch-up: The things you should know about final Dáil abortion vote

A ministerial rebellion and a new minister within hours; anger at criminalisation of and lack of advocacy for women; the Dáil bar can stay open until 5am.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach asked me to resign: Lucinda Creighton Enda The Road

Taoiseach asked me to resign: Lucinda Creighton

Former Minister of State for European Affairs says that Enda Kenny asked her for resignation after her Níl vote – so she handed it over.

From TheJournal.ie Peadar Toibín suspended from Sinn Féin for six months Out In The Cold

Peadar Toibín suspended from Sinn Féin for six months

TD for Meath West has been censured for his vote against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

From TheJournal.ie Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote Abortion

Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has passed the final stage of the Dáil this evening, after two day of heated debates.

# dail-eireann - Thursday 11 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote Abortion This post contains videos

LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote

TDs have returned to Leinster House after a long night to continue debating amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Róisín Shortall has pop at “arrogant” Government Not Happy

Róisín Shortall has pop at “arrogant” Government

The former junior minister said it was clear the Government would brook no Opposition changes to abortion legislation from the outset.

From TheJournal.ie Creighton: I believe I made the correct decision Abortion

Creighton: I believe I made the correct decision

The Government Chief Whip has confirmed that the vote on amendment 56 will lose Creighton her junior ministry.

From TheJournal.ie Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated Abortion

Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated

Amendments rejected as TDs call for “very difficult and tragic” cases of rape and incest be catered for.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors

What’s on Leinster House today? Well, as you asked…

# dail-eireann - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: The language of the abortion debate has been cruel and unfair – on both sides Opinion

Column: The language of the abortion debate has been cruel and unfair – on both sides

Tonight’s vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill probably won’t end the public debate about abortion – and the women we all claim to care about deserve better than the unfair language that has been used recently, writes Aisling Twomey.

From TheJournal.ie Rosary chants and ‘Savita’ banners greet TDs ahead of contentious vote Abortion This post contains images

Rosary chants and ‘Savita’ banners greet TDs ahead of contentious vote

Dozens of pro-life protesters are maintaining their vigil as deputies arrive ahead of today’s abortion vote. Pro-choice campaigners said there were “tensions” between the groups overnight.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation

It’s going to be a long evening with the vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Who will vote for and against – and potentially lose their party whip?

# dail-eireann - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP

Fianna Fáil want limits on how often – and how – financial institutions can contact indebted mortgage holders while CAP reform debate is sure to rile the agricultural community.

# dail-eireann - Friday 5 July, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Brighter Evenings Bill and birdwatchers Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Brighter Evenings Bill and birdwatchers

The first Friday of every month always sees some extra action in the Dáil and committees – and it’s an apt time to start speaking about Irish summer time hours. Is it an outdated thing to be putting the clocks back and forth?

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