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From TheJournal.ie ‘I don’t understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government' Labour Pains

‘I don’t understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government'

The communications minister says he’s concerned that Labour is taking a disproportionate share of the public’s austerity anger.

From TheJournal.ie Howlin: Labour will quit coalition if its influence is not strong enough Labour Pains

Howlin: Labour will quit coalition if its influence is not strong enough Exclusive

The public expenditure minister says suggestions that Labour are in political trouble are premature.

From TheJournal.ie Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need' Britain

Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'

Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Criticism of Eamon Gilmore has been very personal and extremely unjust Opinion

Column: Criticism of Eamon Gilmore has been very personal and extremely unjust

Opinion polls come and go, but the public are missing the real achievements of the Labour party in government, writes Rory Geraghty.

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore admits disappointment at Labour's battering in Meath East Labour Pains

Gilmore admits disappointment at Labour's battering in Meath East

The Tánaiste and Labour leader says his party will “have to do some reflection” on its dramatic slump in the by-election.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are you satisfied with Labour's performance in government? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you satisfied with Labour's performance in government?

The junior partner in government saw its vote collapse in Meath East. How do you feel about how it’s performing in power?

From TheJournal.ie Property tax exemptions are 'stupid' and 'ham-fisted' - Labour whip Property Tax

Property tax exemptions are 'stupid' and 'ham-fisted' - Labour whip

Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg has harshly criticised Phil Hogan over the property tax exemptions, saying the Environment Minister has made a ‘dog’s dinner’ of the way in which the tax is being administered.

From TheJournal.ie Done deal: Netanyahu confirms that he has formed a new Israeli government Israel

Done deal: Netanyahu confirms that he has formed a new Israeli government

The agreement will see Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party form a government with the centrist HaTnuah, Yesh Atid and the far right Jewish Home.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are you happy with what government has achieved so far? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you happy with what government has achieved so far?

The Fine Gael/Labour coalition is two years old this month. How do you think they’ve done?

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know as you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Coalition sees disagreements over student grants Education

Coalition sees disagreements over student grants

While Labour TDs believe the change makes “perfect sense”, there is opposition from some Fine Gael TDs.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Government could learn from the mistakes of Cosgrave's National Coalition Read Me

Column: The Government could learn from the mistakes of Cosgrave's National Coalition

On the 40th anniversary of the election of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition that ended a record sixteen years of Fianna Fáil government, David McCann reflects on what lessons the current government should take from its predecessors.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil back on top in new opinion poll Opinion Poll

Fianna Fáil back on top in new opinion poll

This is the second opinion poll in the last two weeks that has seen Fianna Fáil rise to the top.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know before you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Joan Burton: "Promissory note deal? The EU needs a success story" Deal Or No Deal

Joan Burton: "Promissory note deal? The EU needs a success story"

Joan Burton also said the main lesson from the economic crisis is that financial markets and wealthy elites should not be allowed to “dictate our future”.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why is government more damaging to Labour than Fine Gael? Political Power

Column: Why is government more damaging to Labour than Fine Gael?

Small parties tend to suffer disproportionately in government – so, in order to survive, Labour needs to realise who its real supporters are, writes Dr Eoin O’Malley.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you think the current coalition will run its full term? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think the current coalition will run its full term?

An opinion poll has shown that 39 per cent of people do not think so. What to you think?

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should the Budget be moved to a different month? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Budget be moved to a different month?

Just five days after Budget 2013, there have already been calls to move next year’s Budget to a different month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: I don't see why we should pay the €3bn promissory note next year Anglo

Varadkar: I don't see why we should pay the €3bn promissory note next year

The government is trying to do a deal on Anglo debt to avoid having to pay the €3 billion in March -but the ECB is warning that it may not be possible.

From TheJournal.ie Government defends decision to cut respite care grant Leaders' Questions

Government defends decision to cut respite care grant

Pat Rabbitte said the government had had to choose between cutting carer’s allowance or cutting respite care.

From TheJournal.ie Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted Budget 2013 This post contains images

Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted

From the cuts in child benefit and respite care to the increase in the price of wine, here’s how people on Twitter reacted to Budget 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Wine up by €1 a bottle, beer increasing by 10c a pint Budget 2013

Wine up by €1 a bottle, beer increasing by 10c a pint

The government has increased the excise on alcohol and cigarettes by more than was expected in Budget 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Labour TDs should not support budgets that hurt working people Austerity

Column: Labour TDs should not support budgets that hurt working people

Austerity is failing, writes Labour TD Patrick Nulty – and the party’s representatives should not support it indefinitely in the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions Who Pays?

What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions

The government has made it clear that it isn’t happy to keep footing the bill for employee sick pay – so we’ve asked Sinn Féin, TASC and IBEC what they think should be done about it.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?

Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore refuses to confirm property tax rumours Leaders' Questions

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.

From TheJournal.ie Government likely to make X Case decision early next year - Reilly Abortion

Government likely to make X Case decision early next year - Reilly

Minister for Health James Reilly said he had read the report from the expert group a number of times and confirmed the Cabinet will be discussing it on Tuesday week.

From TheJournal.ie France becomes first Western country to recognise new Syria coalition Diplomacy

France becomes first Western country to recognise new Syria coalition

Francois Hollande said France will only recognise the opposition government as part of a series of steps to end the Bashar al-Assad regime.

From TheJournal.ie As it happened: Noonan and Howlin on the Troika's eighth review of the bailout Bailout

As it happened: Noonan and Howlin on the Troika's eighth review of the bailout

Are the Troika still happy with Ireland’s progress? Let’s find out…

From TheJournal.ie Drumroll please: Chair of the Constitutional Convention is.... Tom Arnold Bunreacht Na HÉireann

Drumroll please: Chair of the Constitutional Convention is.... Tom Arnold

The Constitutional Convention had been due to begin meeting this month but had been delayed due to the search for a chairperson.

From TheJournal.ie Nick Clegg and 500 other politicians coming to Dublin for FF-organised conference Europe

Nick Clegg and 500 other politicians coming to Dublin for FF-organised conference

The 33rd annual conference of European liberals will be taking place in Dublin next month.

From TheJournal.ie They're back: Fianna Fáil bounce into second place in new opinion poll Poll

They're back: Fianna Fáil bounce into second place in new opinion poll

It is the first time in two years that Fianna Fáil has overtaken Sinn Féin and Labour in an Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

From TheJournal.ie Labour TDs criticise Fine Gael 'rants' about Croke Park deal Tensions

Labour TDs criticise Fine Gael 'rants' about Croke Park deal

One Labour TD described the eight Fine Gael TDs as “belligerent”

From TheJournal.ie Most of the Cabinet to travel to Brussels today to discuss Ireland's EU presidency In Charge

Most of the Cabinet to travel to Brussels today to discuss Ireland's EU presidency

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and nine ministers are going to Brussels today to talk about their plans for Ireland’s presidency of the EU with President José Manuel Barroso.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Gilmore tells UN: Palestinian state is "long overdue" Diplomacy

Eamon Gilmore tells UN: Palestinian state is "long overdue"

The Tánaiste also described events in Syria as “an affront to humanity”.

From TheJournal.ie James Reilly on Shortall's departure: 'Pressure's only for tyres' Resigned

James Reilly on Shortall's departure: 'Pressure's only for tyres'

The Minister for Health showed little disappointment at Róisín Shortall’s resignation – who the Labour chairman said had the full support of party leadership.

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: What are we paying for the Dáil’s pointless pantomime? Opinion

Aaron McKenna: What are we paying for the Dáil’s pointless pantomime?

Much Dáil business is an empty stage show – but there is a way we could make it better.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term Opinion

Column: Here’s what our leaders need to deliver in the new Dáil term

Independent TD Catherine Murphy gives her take on the challenge faced by the Government.

From TheJournal.ie James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut New Deal

James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut

Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.