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From TheJournal.ie Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers Leaders' Questions

Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers

The Tánaiste said if people borrow money, they have a responsibility to pay it back.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar 'didn't know the names' of the other people interested in Seamus Woulfe role Supreme Court

Leo Varadkar 'didn't know the names' of the other people interested in Seamus Woulfe role

The Tánaiste faced numerous question on the ongoing controversy today.

From TheJournal.ie Government considering whether to make it mandatory for a person to restrict their movements Legally Enforceable

Government considering whether to make it mandatory for a person to restrict their movements

Varadkar said it is under consideration for “certain circumstances”.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus' Leaders' Questions

Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'

Leo Varadkar says he does not “as standard” retain text messages, but retains official emails

From TheJournal.ie 'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes Rural Independent Group This post contains videos

'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes

Taoiseach Micheál Martin subsequently apologised to Michael Healy-Rae.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error Leaving Cert Controversy

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

From TheJournal.ie 'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel Penalised

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel

A number of concerns about how welfare payments were cut if citizens travelled abroad have been raised.

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste says there is no guarantee that pubs will reopen on 10 August Time Please

Tánaiste says there is no guarantee that pubs will reopen on 10 August

“There’s a big difference between Portmagee and Dame Lane,” said TD Michael Healy Rae.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit Leaders' Questions

Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty raised the issue of the banks charging interest on mortgages that have availed of pandemic payment breaks.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly' Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly'

Some 1,500 Debenhams workers in Ireland have lost their jobs.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death Ultan Meehan

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death

Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.

From TheJournal.ie 'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks Emergency Departments

'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin hit out against the Taoiseach today stating that waiting lists for children are “quite shocking”.

From TheJournal.ie Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney

Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary told the Tánaiste that “Good media is dying on the vine while you whistle by the graveyard”.

From TheJournal.ie TDs must be in designated seats for Dáil votes to take place for time being, Ceann Comhairle says Votegate

TDs must be in designated seats for Dáil votes to take place for time being, Ceann Comhairle says

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl addressed the Dáil on the matter before Leaders’ Questions today.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says it would have been a sign of 'bad faith' had Johnson not distanced himself from Brexit non-papers Brexit

Taoiseach says it would have been a sign of 'bad faith' had Johnson not distanced himself from Brexit non-papers

The Taoiseach’s comments come after reports that the UK’s proposal to replace the backstop is a series of customs posts.

From TheJournal.ie Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport PSC

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan interview: 'Sometimes Leo's inner neo-liberal comes out' Green Agenda

Eamon Ryan interview: 'Sometimes Leo's inner neo-liberal comes out'

The Green Party leader spoke to TheJournal.ie while on a clean up in Donnybrook.

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over' Child Protection

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou McDonald asks Michael Noonan to clarify if he described Majella Moynihan case as 'internal garda matter' Gardaí

Mary Lou McDonald asks Michael Noonan to clarify if he described Majella Moynihan case as 'internal garda matter'

Noonan was minister for justice during the period Majella Moynihan faced censure.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says final tender for broadband plan is 'many multiples' of the original estimated cost National Broadband Plan

Taoiseach says final tender for broadband plan is 'many multiples' of the original estimated cost

The Taoiseach said he will make a decision on the final bidder before Easter.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil hears calls for research to be carried out into familicide in Ireland Her Name Is Clodagh

Dáil hears calls for research to be carried out into familicide in Ireland

There were also calls for the HSE and Tusla to be included in the new garda review of murders in the home.

From TheJournal.ie Pregnant woman with '15% chance of delivery' given list of UK hospitals to get abortion, Dáil hears Portiuncula Hospital This post contains videos

Pregnant woman with '15% chance of delivery' given list of UK hospitals to get abortion, Dáil hears

Ruth Coppinger TD told the Dáil she had been contacted by a woman who shared her story.

From TheJournal.ie 'One or two' contractors Varadkar would not like to see get a public State contract again Low Balling

'One or two' contractors Varadkar would not like to see get a public State contract again

Work is underway to ensure the public procurement process is more robust, particularly for large-scale projects.

From TheJournal.ie Some smear tests to be repeated due to backlog resulting in samples expiring CervicalCheck

Some smear tests to be repeated due to backlog resulting in samples expiring

Simon Harris had been warned on numerous occasions that his announcement of free repeat smear tests was “dangerous” .

From TheJournal.ie Nurses' strike, hospital costs and housing: Leo questioned about the big problems facing him in 2019 Leaders' Questions

Nurses' strike, hospital costs and housing: Leo questioned about the big problems facing him in 2019

Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said the staff of Irish hospitals have acted with responsibility and in a mature manner and stated that the government has decided to “disengage”.

From TheJournal.ie 'It doesn't take very long for your balaclava to slip': Ructions in Dáil as Taoiseach and Doherty discuss Roscommon eviction Leo Varadkar

'It doesn't take very long for your balaclava to slip': Ructions in Dáil as Taoiseach and Doherty discuss Roscommon eviction

Leo Varadkar claimed that “when it comes to law and order” and the Sinn Féin party, “It doesn’t take very long for your balaclava to slip.”

From TheJournal.ie 'Elaborate system for workers to vouch for modest expenses': Mary Lou and Leo clash over Revenue changes Taxes
From TheJournal.ie Black lace thong held up in the Dáil as TD raises controversial rape trial comments Consent

Black lace thong held up in the Dáil as TD raises controversial rape trial comments

TD Ruth Coppinger said it was time for ‘rape myths’ to be dispelled with in court cases,

From TheJournal.ie Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach Hospital Shut Down

Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach

The Taoiseach says hospitals effectively close down over the Christmas period and that needs to end.

From TheJournal.ie 'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food Social Protection

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food

Howlin said calls to the Social Protection helpline have been going unanswered.

From TheJournal.ie 'Not good enough': Tánaiste apologises to women for 18-week delay for their smear test results CervicalCheck

'Not good enough': Tánaiste apologises to women for 18-week delay for their smear test results

Due to the upsurge in the number of women presenting for their smear test, there is now a backlog of 60,000.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach 'satisfied' with Denis Naughten's account of dinner with Broadband Plan bidder - for now David Mccourt

Taoiseach 'satisfied' with Denis Naughten's account of dinner with Broadband Plan bidder - for now

Naughten has been under pressure after it emerged he attended a dinner with David McCourt in July.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney says the government's 'hugely ambitious' social housing programme is working Leaders' Questions

Simon Coveney says the government's 'hugely ambitious' social housing programme is working

Coveney was standing in for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is in Brussels to meet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach on DUP leader's belief the Good Friday Agreement can be changed: 'It is not up for negotiation' Brexit

Taoiseach on DUP leader's belief the Good Friday Agreement can be changed: 'It is not up for negotiation'

She also said that fears about how Brexit will affect Ireland was turning people off the idea.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty No Snaps

Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty

Leo Varadkar said he wanted to give assurances today that such a measure is not being considered by government.

From TheJournal.ie 'Revenue are counting the chip bags coming out of chip shops' - Taoiseach defends use of PIs to investigate consultants Leaders' Questions

'Revenue are counting the chip bags coming out of chip shops' - Taoiseach defends use of PIs to investigate consultants

The hiring of private investigators by government departments was reported upon in last weekend’s Sunday Business Post.

From TheJournal.ie Abortion legislation expected to be law by January 2019 Eighth Amendment

Abortion legislation expected to be law by January 2019

The first Dáil sitting since the country voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment takes place this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie 'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the Dáil CervicalCheck

'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the Dáil

“It is a stain on all our doors, it is a stain on all of us,” Labour’s Alan Kelly told his Dáil colleagues today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Make them go minister - or else you go' - Calls for heads to roll in CervicalCheck scandal CervicalCheck

'Make them go minister - or else you go' - Calls for heads to roll in CervicalCheck scandal

The issue dominated large chunks of Leaders’ Questions today.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy CervicalCheck

Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy

The Taoiseach said the government still do not know all the facts surrounding the CervicalCheck scandal.

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