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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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Olivia O'Leary: Here's the main reason why the children's rights referendum matters Opinion

Column: Olivia O'Leary: Here's the main reason why the children's rights referendum matters

It is extraordinary that it is still almost impossible in Irish society for the children of married parents to be adopted, writes Olivia O’Leary

From TheJournal.ie Column: We're dedicated Labour members - but we're not happy with the party Opinion

Column: We're dedicated Labour members - but we're not happy with the party

Labour is ignoring its core values and policies in coalition. A group of members are trying to change that, writes Neil Warner.

From TheJournal.ie Unhappy Labour backbenchers to stand by Reilly, call FF motion a 'deflection' Health Cuts

Unhappy Labour backbenchers to stand by Reilly, call FF motion a 'deflection'

The Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin-tabled motion of confidence is “politics at its most unattractive”, according to Waterford TD Ciara Conway.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will the coalition government last until 2016? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will the coalition government last until 2016?

In its 16 months in office the coalition has by-and-large worked together solidly but will it last all the way until the next general election?

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Fine Gael revolt against abortion 'liberalisation' is misguided. Here's why. Opinion

Column: The Fine Gael revolt against abortion 'liberalisation' is misguided. Here's why.

The expert group on abortion isn’t looking to loosen the rules about abortion – merely to give effect to what the constitution already says, writes Fiona de Londras.

From TheJournal.ie Is Berlusconi planning a comeback? Italy

Is Berlusconi planning a comeback?

The former Italian Premier has suggested he will attempt a return to power, and said he is often asked to step back into the political ring.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach refuses to speculate on Burton idea to raise PRSI Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach refuses to speculate on Burton idea to raise PRSI

“I have absolutely no intention of getting dragged into your little game here,” he told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who raised the issue.

From TheJournal.ie David Cameron hints Britain may hold a referendum on EU membership Renegade

David Cameron hints Britain may hold a referendum on EU membership

The British Prime Minister said that the last Labour government should have held a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Gilmore: "The time has come on gay marriage" Marriage Equality

Eamon Gilmore: "The time has come on gay marriage"

“The right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation, and in my opinion, its time has come”

From TheJournal.ie Column: We need a whole new type of Budget for Ireland. Here's how to do it. Opinion

Column: We need a whole new type of Budget for Ireland. Here's how to do it.

It is ridiculous to plan an incredibly complex €50 billion budget in less than six months – but there is an alternative, writes Aaron McKenna.

From TheJournal.ie New Greek PM undergoes eye surgery Ouch

New Greek PM undergoes eye surgery

The surgery came a day after his new finance minister was also taken ill.

From TheJournal.ie New Democracy leader to be sworn in as Greek PM Greece

New Democracy leader to be sworn in as Greek PM

Greek politicians have reportedly reached an agreement on forming a coalition government.

From TheJournal.ie NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes Afghanistan

NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes

A spokesperson for the military alliance says that airstrikes will not be used on civilian dwellings unless it’s a matter of ‘self-defence for troops on the ground’.

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore acknowledges Labour’s poll difficulties but says crisis must be resolved Labour Party

Gilmore acknowledges Labour’s poll difficulties but says crisis must be resolved

Gilmore said that his party was focussed on solving the country’s economic crisis but acknowledged difficulties with its identity in the coalition with Fine Gael.

From TheJournal.ie Withdrawal from Afghanistan key issue at NATO summit Afghanistan

Withdrawal from Afghanistan key issue at NATO summit

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen says goal and strategy “remain unchanged” despite French plans to pull troops out early.

From TheJournal.ie EU chief: suggestion of Greek exit is 'nonsense' and 'propaganda' Greece

EU chief: suggestion of Greek exit is 'nonsense' and 'propaganda'

Meanwhile, more coalition talks.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Your round-up of the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

From TheJournal.ie Election cancelled: Israeli PM calls off vote after coalition agreement Israel

Election cancelled: Israeli PM calls off vote after coalition agreement

Benjamin Netanyahu will bring the main opposition party into a coalition government that will have a huge majority. It’s a move that will moderate his government’s hawkish tendencies.

From TheJournal.ie "This issue simply doesn't arise" - Gerry Adams rules out coalition with FF Politics

"This issue simply doesn't arise" - Gerry Adams rules out coalition with FF

The Sinn Féin leader made the comments after Micheál Martin said he was against any possible coalition with the party.

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore tells conference: We face great challenges - but Labour is up for the challenge Labour This post contains images

Gilmore tells conference: We face great challenges - but Labour is up for the challenge

The Tánaiste said that the Labour movement had been written out of history “by those who prefer to take a simple Celtic-Rangers view of Irish history”.

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore: Government will honour Croke Park deal Croke Park

Gilmore: Government will honour Croke Park deal

The Labour leader insisted the agreement on public service pay and pensions was delivering the necessary reforms.

From TheJournal.ie Column: We must only stay in coalition if we can uphold Labour values Opinion

Column: We must only stay in coalition if we can uphold Labour values

As the Labour Party meets for its annual conference, MEP Nessa Childers argues that the party must maintain its core beliefs – or bring down the Government.

From TheJournal.ie Government policy is 'not an austerity strategy', says Howlin Austerity

Government policy is 'not an austerity strategy', says Howlin

The Minister for Public Expenditure also said economists’ calls to pour resources into a stimulus strategy reminded him of “Fianna Fáil circa 1977″.

From TheJournal.ie Labour needs to assert itself in Coalition, warns MEP Coalition

Labour needs to assert itself in Coalition, warns MEP

Nessa Childers warned against “arrogance” in a larger coalition party, and said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were both parties of big business.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Easter Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Easter Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Govt may change data protection law to collect household charge - Hogan Crackdown

Govt may change data protection law to collect household charge - Hogan

The Minister for the Environment said that people who don’t pay “won’t get away with it”.

From TheJournal.ie Investigation into banking crash needs to hurry up - Howlin Anglo

Investigation into banking crash needs to hurry up - Howlin

Brendan Howlin also said there is a chance the referendum on public inquiries could be rerun to allow an inquiry into the banking crisis to take place.

From TheJournal.ie In the polls: How have political parties fared since GE11? One Year In

In the polls: How have political parties fared since GE11?

Check out how national opinion polls have tracked the main parties and Independents since the 31 Dáil took office.

From TheJournal.ie FG photocall cancelled 'because too few TDs would attend' One Year In

FG photocall cancelled 'because too few TDs would attend'

Fine Gael’s photo op to mark one year in power wasn’t cancelled because of a mix-up – but because nobody wanted to go.

From TheJournal.ie TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform Government

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform

Alan Shatter has been one of the most pro-active ministers in the current government – but one year on, what has been achieved in the area of justice and law reform?

From TheJournal.ie TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Political reform One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Political reform

The government has promised major political reform – but has it fulfilled its promises, one year in?

From TheJournal.ie The Journal.ie's progress report for the Government: Education One Year In

The Journal.ie's progress report for the Government: Education

The government promised to deliver a lot of changes in education – but one year in, has it delivered?

From TheJournal.ie TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Health One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Health

One year in, has the government fulfilled its promises on fixing the health system?