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# politics - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Government deal to implement minimum alcohol pricing welcomed Alcohol Abuse

Government deal to implement minimum alcohol pricing welcomed

But the government has kicked plans to ban alcohol companies from sponsoring sport into the long grass.

From TheJournal.ie First public meeting of Constitutional Convention in Cork tonight Ccven

First public meeting of Constitutional Convention in Cork tonight

The convention are looking to get ideas from the public about what constitutional issues should be tackled next.

# politics - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances Party Leaders' Allowance

New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances

The government has published the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013 today which will deal with the controversial party leaders’ allowance.

From TheJournal.ie Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts Protest This post contains images

Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts

The crowd at Leinster House was predominantly made up of elderly people who oppose cuts to medical cards for over 70s and other measures announced in last week’s Budget.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday The 5 At 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Facing call to resign, Taoiseach says medical card issues ‘will all be sorted out’ Leaders' Questions

Facing call to resign, Taoiseach says medical card issues ‘will all be sorted out’

As Gerry Adams told Enda Kenny to resign in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach blamed “systems failures” for problems with discretionary medical cards.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter confirms date for Missing Persons Day, following campaign by Mallow students Missing Persons

Shatter confirms date for Missing Persons Day, following campaign by Mallow students

Kate McCann was one of the high-profile supporters of the Cork students’ inititiative, which included an intensive lobbying campaign and a petition signed by 12,000 people.

From TheJournal.ie Howlin: ‘I wish this government hadn’t come in when our economy was broken’ Budget 2014

Howlin: ‘I wish this government hadn’t come in when our economy was broken’

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has said that the Budget cuts announced last week stand.

From TheJournal.ie PICS: After 40 years, David Norris has shaved off his beard for charity Beardless This post contains images

PICS: After 40 years, David Norris has shaved off his beard for charity

The senator has given his 40-year-old beard the chop in aid of cancer charities.

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good job Vote Of Confidence

Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good job

The Health Minister has the support of the Cabinet, two senior members insisted this morning.

From TheJournal.ie 9 things we learned from last night’s ‘Looking After No 1′ programme Parish Pump

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.

# politics - Monday 21 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? Cannabis

Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?

Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is due to launch a bill in the coming days proposing the legalisation of the drug.

From TheJournal.ie “I think it’s a bit rich of Mícheál Martin”- James Reilly resists calls to resign Going Nowhere

“I think it’s a bit rich of Mícheál Martin”- James Reilly resists calls to resign

Reilly has come under increased pressure about spending and savings figures within the Department of Health.

From TheJournal.ie Adams: ‘I’ve committed no offence, I did the best I could under difficult circumstances’ Gerry Adams

Adams: ‘I’ve committed no offence, I did the best I could under difficult circumstances’

Gerry Adams today questioned why the police and the social services did not launch an investigation into his niece’s abuse in 1987.

From TheJournal.ie Busy day for President Higgins as Central American tour continues Aló Presidente

Busy day for President Higgins as Central American tour continues

The President and his wife will attend a lunch hosted by his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, where they’ll also be joined by business and academic figures from the country’s Irish community.

# politics - Sunday 20 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: I petitioned to stop politicians promising the moon and stars Opinion
From TheJournal.ie James Reilly should resign as Minister for Health – FF Pressure

James Reilly should resign as Minister for Health – FF

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said James Reilly’s policies will do “immense damage” to the health system.

From TheJournal.ie Gerry Adams never led secret inquiry into Sinn Féin/IRA sexual abuse – SF Denial

Gerry Adams never led secret inquiry into Sinn Féin/IRA sexual abuse – SF

Gerry Adams said an article which says he led the covert internal inquiry was “scurrilous”.

From TheJournal.ie Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly’s ability Confidence

Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly’s ability

The junior minister said Reilly is the most suitable person to tackle the health budget.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it? Opinion

Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it?

The fascination some politicians in Northern Ireland have with the Republic’s boom years is creating some strange political bedfellows and confusing policies, writes David McCann.

From TheJournal.ie ‘You’re an embarrassment on television’: 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week House Of Cards
From TheJournal.ie Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America Michael D

Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America

Higgins departed from Dublin Airport yesterday morning as he embarks on an official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

# politics - Saturday 19 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmore’s department Hiring

Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmore’s department

Applicants will face numerous tests and interviews in order to bag one of the ten positions.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan reports email threat to burn his family home to gardaí Threat

Hogan reports email threat to burn his family home to gardaí

A spokesperson for the minister said he had previously received threats in relation to the household charge but they were “not like this”.

From TheJournal.ie Buenos días: President Higgins goes to Central America for 12-day trip El Presidente

Buenos días: President Higgins goes to Central America for 12-day trip

President Higgins left this morning for his official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

From TheJournal.ie In Pictures: The cast of RTÉ drama Charlie get to work Charlie This post contains images

In Pictures: The cast of RTÉ drama Charlie get to work

Aidan Gillen as Charlies Haughey and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara.

From TheJournal.ie Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts Grey Power

Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts

The protest is being timed for the fifth anniversary of the large scale protest that followed the 2008 Emergency Budget.

# politics - Friday 18 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Adams to speak at conference alongside father of IRA bomb victim Peace Process

Adams to speak at conference alongside father of IRA bomb victim

The Sinn Féin leader will speak at the London Irish Centre alongside Colin Parry and a former chief of staff for Tony Blair.

From The Daily Edge Jimmy Kimmel asks kids what they think about the government shutdown Kids Table

Jimmy Kimmel asks kids what they think about the government shutdown

Lord of the Flies doesn’t seem so far-fetched now.

From TheJournal.ie Challenge to Children’s Referendum dismissed by High Court Reject

Challenge to Children’s Referendum dismissed by High Court

A Dublin woman had taken a petition with an aim to quash the result in the November 2012 vote.

From TheJournal.ie NI First Minister Peter Robinson hails GAA for its role in peace-building Peace Process

NI First Minister Peter Robinson hails GAA for its role in peace-building

The DUP leader was speaking at Queen’s University Belfast where he also condemned recent shootings by by the UVF and republican dissidents.

From TheJournal.ie Laws against sex buyers need to be introduced now, says Immigrant Council Anti-trafficking Day

Laws against sex buyers need to be introduced now, says Immigrant Council

340 people are living in slavery in Ireland which is why action is needed now says ICI.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: ‘I might be 6′ 5” but I’m not going to lean in any direction’ Dublin Mayor

Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: ‘I might be 6′ 5” but I’m not going to lean in any direction’

The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.

# politics - Thursday 17 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie “There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly Medical Cards

“There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly

The Minster for Health also said that it has never been the case that having a particular illness guarantees access to a medical card

From TheJournal.ie OECD approves of Irish tax rate, but change is coming says Noonan Corporation Tax

OECD approves of Irish tax rate, but change is coming says Noonan

The head of the OECD’s tax centre says there is no threat to the Irish corporate tax rate, but Michael Noonan wants to enhance the country’s reputation.

From TheJournal.ie The Gathering might return in five or seven years time, says Varadkar Tourism

The Gathering might return in five or seven years time, says Varadkar

The Gathering brought in more than 300,000 tourists, but he said it is not something that can be done too often.

From TheJournal.ie DUP MP says republican “fixed committee” existed to deal with sex abuse claims Gregory Campbell

DUP MP says republican “fixed committee” existed to deal with sex abuse claims

Gregory Campbell MP made the allegation in the House of Commons yesterday.

# politics - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Details of pyrite repair funding due tomorrow Pyrite

Details of pyrite repair funding due tomorrow

It is hoped the pyrite remediation scheme will be approved by Christmas.

# politics - 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.

# politics - Sunday 13 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Final Budget details to be hammered out at Cabinet tonight Budget Talks

Final Budget details to be hammered out at Cabinet tonight

The meeting is underway at Government Buildings and due to last for several hours.