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From TheJournal.ie Three Labour ministers who lost their Dáil seats are going for the Seanad Next Best Thing

Three Labour ministers who lost their Dáil seats are going for the Seanad

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Kevin Humphreys and Ged Nash are all seeking a Leinster House comeback.

From TheJournal.ie They said - the general election count quotes of the weekend Soundbites

They said - the general election count quotes of the weekend

Lots of politicians had lots to say today as you might imagine, and not all of it was nice.

From TheJournal.ie There were premature poster erections all over Ireland last night Steady Now

There were premature poster erections all over Ireland last night

Getting ahead of themselves.

From TheJournal.ie Yet another Labour TD is stepping down at the next election Over And Out

Yet another Labour TD is stepping down at the next election

Robert Dowds is not running in Dublin Mid-West next time out.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless charity hits back at politician saying it needs to 'step up to the plate' Joanna Tuffy

Homeless charity hits back at politician saying it needs to 'step up to the plate'

Joanna Tuffy has criticised the Peter McVerry trust and and Focus Ireland for not doing enough to build housing.

From TheJournal.ie Labour TD insists she wasn't suggesting parents bring their children to work Lone Parents

Labour TD insists she wasn't suggesting parents bring their children to work

Joanna Tuffy’s comments were criticised by Twitter users and a Sinn Féin MEP.

From TheJournal.ie Some Labour TDs could miss today's abortion vote, no whip on Fianna Fáil deputies Labour's Way

Some Labour TDs could miss today's abortion vote, no whip on Fianna Fáil deputies

Meanwhile, Anne Ferris said she is willing to face the consequences of being expelled from the Labour Party.

From TheJournal.ie 'Things change': Labour TD defends her party's U-turn on water charges The Usual Suspects

'Things change': Labour TD defends her party's U-turn on water charges

Joanna Tuffy has criticised people who recently shared a statement she made against water charges in 2009.

From TheJournal.ie Labour TD says party has 'ceded too much ground to the right-wing point of view' Labour Pains

Labour TD says party has 'ceded too much ground to the right-wing point of view'

Joanna Tuffy has said that the party has “ceded too much ground” in coalition with Fine Gael.

From TheJournal.ie Labour senators to join Mary O'Rourke in campaigning for Seanad to be saved Seanad Referendum

Labour senators to join Mary O'Rourke in campaigning for Seanad to be saved

Two Labour senators will canvass with the former Fianna Fáil minister in the midlands this week.

From TheJournal.ie Enda tells government parties: You must support Seanad abolition Euro Trip

Enda tells government parties: You must support Seanad abolition

The Taoiseach was speaking while on EU business in Latvia and Lithuania yesterday. He is in Finland today and London tomorrow.

From TheJournal.ie 'Fair-weather friend' Childers criticised by Labour TDs over resignation Nessa Childers

'Fair-weather friend' Childers criticised by Labour TDs over resignation

The MEP’s decision to resign from the parliamentary party was met with disappointment and criticism from her Labour colleagues today.

From TheJournal.ie Labour denies Gilmore seeking to shore up support among TDs and senators Labour

Labour denies Gilmore seeking to shore up support among TDs and senators

A suggestion that the Tánaiste has been seeking support for his leadership from the parliamentary party has been denied by Labour and a number of its TDs though many did not return calls today.

From TheJournal.ie Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications Delayed

Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications

Around 48,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed. Ruairí Quinn has said the delay is “not satisfactory”.

From TheJournal.ie Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee Committee

Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee

They will speak about the challenges facing their families with the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, chaired by Joanna Tuffy (pictured).

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Leaving Cert ‘points race’ is bad – but it’s better than alternatives Opinion

Column: The Leaving Cert ‘points race’ is bad – but it’s better than alternatives

‘Radical’ new proposals for interviews are really a return to the past, writes Joanna Tuffy TD. Instead, we need a much wider debate on third level education.

From TheJournal.ie Victims' remains group not on brink of closure - Oireachtas committee Disappeared

Victims' remains group not on brink of closure - Oireachtas committee

Current indications are that the commission working to locate bodies of the Disappeared will continue its investigations.

From TheJournal.ie Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan Local Authorities

Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan

Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Gender quotas do women no favours – and undermine democracy Opinion

Column: Gender quotas do women no favours – and undermine democracy

Yes, we need more women in politics – but gender quotas go against everything our democracy stands for, writes Labour TD Joanna Tuffy.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Women will make politics better – and quotas are the only way Opinion

Column: Women will make politics better – and quotas are the only way

Having more women in politics is the shake-up our system needs – but those who say we don’t need quotas are kidding themselves, writes Eoin Murray.

From TheJournal.ie First women-only Oireachtas meeting sparks controversy Oireachtas

First women-only Oireachtas meeting sparks controversy

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy has objected to the ‘pigeonholing’ of women in the meeting to be held tonight.

From TheJournal.ie Gilmore accepts US assurance of no rendition flights through Shannon Shannon

Gilmore accepts US assurance of no rendition flights through Shannon

Eamon Gilmore says he’ll take the United States’ word that its Air Force did not carry prisoners of war through Shannon.

From TheJournal.ie Labour TD slams Dáil cuts as "Tea Party-type stuff" Dáil Cuts

Labour TD slams Dáil cuts as "Tea Party-type stuff"

Joanna Tuffy has said you could justify up to 200 TDs in the Dáil and slammed the “populist” move to cut numbers.

From TheJournal.ie No-one elected in Dublin Mid West in first count Dublin Mid West

No-one elected in Dublin Mid West in first count

While Labour’s Joanna Tuffy is in the lead after the first count in Dublin Mid West, no candidate reached the quota required.

THE IRISH LABOUR PARTY has endorsed the decision of the British coalition government to ban car clamping on private property, and has called on the government here to introduce similar rules.

Junior minister at the Home Office, Lynne Featherstone, announced new legislation today which will ban private firms from operating clamping services on property not owned by the state, including shopping centres, hospital car parks and university campuses.

Similar laws have been in effect in Scotland for two decades already. More than 2,000 existing licences for clamping services will be revoked under the plans, which will come into effect in England and Wales shortly after the appropriate bills are introduced in November.

Labour’s environment spokeswoman Joanna Tuffy has complimented the move, and believes there is a “strong case” for similar rules to be introduced in Ireland.

Complaining that clamping was being used by some private landowners as a means of raising extra revenue, Tuffy said that “people parking in hotel, hospital or shopping centre cark parks often find themselves clamped without adequate signage warning them” and criticised transport minister Noel Dempsey who had “consistently” refused to consider reform of the sector.

Fine Gael transport spokesman Simon Coveney added that the current legislation allowed “almost anyone” to set up a clamping company and to be awarded a licence to trade, without any significant government regulation. He said Fine Gael would publish proposals for similar legislation shortly.

The Irish Parking Association, which represents Ireland’s clamping licencees, has called for reform of the trade previously.