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#Leinster House

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should the Leinster House lawn be let grow into a wild meadow? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Leinster House lawn be let grow into a wild meadow?

Insert ‘put politicians out to pasture’ joke here.

From TheJournal.ie €28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years Noteworthy

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years

For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders

From TheJournal.ie Tensions escalate between Tóibín and Sinn Féin over 'threat' to leave Leinster House office Office Politics

Tensions escalate between Tóibín and Sinn Féin over 'threat' to leave Leinster House office

Tóibín left the party in November but his office remains beside other Sinn Féin TDs .

From TheJournal.ie Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings Costs

Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings

The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year Lighting Up

Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year

Over 1,700 packets were sold in the year to 15 October.

From TheJournal.ie Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years' Leo Varadkar

Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years'

The group, who all lived in the Protestant mother and baby home, hope the letter will lead to some progress in their case.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas gym shouldn't be 'solely funded by the tax-payer': Fitness centre goes out to tender Health Kick

Oireachtas gym shouldn't be 'solely funded by the tax-payer': Fitness centre goes out to tender

€100,000 gym equipment goes out to tender for TDs, Senators and staff of Leinster House.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas to spend €775,000 on 'online news aggregator service' Leinster House

Oireachtas to spend €775,000 on 'online news aggregator service'

The service must be “easy to use” and allow TDs, Senators and their staff the ability to search content easily.

From TheJournal.ie Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group National Broadband Plan

Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group

Richard Bruton is to take over the role of Communications Minister temporarily.

From TheJournal.ie Funeral cortège of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House CervicalCheck This post contains videos

Funeral cortège of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House

Crowds gathered to remember and thank Emma, who had spoken on behalf of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.

From TheJournal.ie 'It could be a turning moment in the crisis': Major housing rally to take place outside Dáil in October Raise The Roof

'It could be a turning moment in the crisis': Major housing rally to take place outside Dáil in October

A range of trade unions, housing advocates and groups have today called for a “radical shift” in Ireland’s housing policies.

From TheJournal.ie 'The battle will be long': Housing activists threaten more property occupations until crisis is resolved Housing Crisis

'The battle will be long': Housing activists threaten more property occupations until crisis is resolved

Around 40 protesters staged a protest through Dublin city centre this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie 'Considerable surprise in the room': There was a sexual consent class for TDs and Senators today Leinster House

'Considerable surprise in the room': There was a sexual consent class for TDs and Senators today

Paul Murphy said that his legislation to provide objective sex education in schools is sorely needed.

From TheJournal.ie Cyclists stage lie-down protest outside Leinster House calling for greater road safety Dublin Cycle Campaign

Cyclists stage lie-down protest outside Leinster House calling for greater road safety

Four cyclists have died on Irish roads so far this year.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East' Snow Day

Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East'

The business committee has decided to suspend the Dáil at 2pm today.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil women's caucus calls for audit of harassment and bullying in the Oireachtas Survey

Dáil women's caucus calls for audit of harassment and bullying in the Oireachtas

The group has called for a survey of the working conditions of elected officials in Leinster House.

From TheJournal.ie 'It was cutting my husband during sex': Women with vaginal mesh complications take fight to the Dáil Vaginal Mesh

'It was cutting my husband during sex': Women with vaginal mesh complications take fight to the Dáil

Today a consultant from Scotland told TDs he stopped doing these procedures in 2014 because he believed the risks outweighed the benefits.

From TheJournal.ie 'Good, measured debate' - Fine Gael TDs met for almost five hours to talk about abortion Behind Closed Doors

'Good, measured debate' - Fine Gael TDs met for almost five hours to talk about abortion

A two-day debate on the abortion issue kicks off on Wednesday.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar not concerned that a group of Scientologists were hosted in Leinster House FIRHOUSE CENTRE

Varadkar not concerned that a group of Scientologists were hosted in Leinster House

The Victory Centre in Firhouse was opened as the Scientology’s European base earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie The Dáil is going on holidays for Christmas today Holliers

The Dáil is going on holidays for Christmas today

Politicians have four weeks off from today.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Dáil is no Westminster - but it certainly is a boys' club' Leinster House

'The Dáil is no Westminster - but it certainly is a boys' club'

We spoke to female TDs and ministers past and present about the issue.

From TheJournal.ie 'You never know who would be after us': Security beefed up at Leinster House amid fear of threats Airport Screening

'You never know who would be after us': Security beefed up at Leinster House amid fear of threats

The Taoiseach has criticised security at Leinster House for being far less stringent as other national parliaments.

From TheJournal.ie Rotting floors and fungus on the walls: These students want an end to learning in prefabs Scoil Nua

Rotting floors and fungus on the walls: These students want an end to learning in prefabs

Pupils, parents and teachers demand a new school after 21 years of promises.

From TheJournal.ie Senators are back today, and they have some new digs New Home

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs

The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.

From TheJournal.ie Olympic tickets committee meeting suspended after staff member taken to hospital Medical Issue

Olympic tickets committee meeting suspended after staff member taken to hospital

The morning session was suspended after the man became ill.

From TheJournal.ie €4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election Bonanza

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

From TheJournal.ie Would you like to work in Leinster House? A new apprenticeship programme could be on the way House Of Cards

Would you like to work in Leinster House? A new apprenticeship programme could be on the way

Apprenticeships could be offered in parliamentary affairs, public administration and political communications.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should speaking time for smaller Dáil parties be reduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should speaking time for smaller Dáil parties be reduced?

Under Fianna Fáil’s proposals, backbenchers from bigger parties would have more time.

From TheJournal.ie Leaders' Questions: Mattie McGrath to the Government, 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss' The Who

Leaders' Questions: Mattie McGrath to the Government, 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss'

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was in the hotseat today for Leaders’ Questions.

From TheJournal.ie These Sinn Féin MPs were at Leinster House today to demand speaking time London To Dublin

These Sinn Féin MPs were at Leinster House today to demand speaking time

Separately, Gerry Adams held talks with Theresa May. The British PM also spoke by phone with Leo Varadkar.

From TheJournal.ie Mind if I go? Emotions run high as Enda takes just seven minutes to say goodbye Short Meeting

Mind if I go? Emotions run high as Enda takes just seven minutes to say goodbye

“Let the games begin,” Kenny declared, tongue-in-cheek, as he set out his plans to step down.

From TheJournal.ie 'Treated like Nelson Mandela or JFK': International media say Ireland is trying to woo EU Brexit boss Best Deal For Ireland

'Treated like Nelson Mandela or JFK': International media say Ireland is trying to woo EU Brexit boss

There was a lot of pomp and ceremony for Michel Barnier – the man who will lead Europe’s Brexit negotiations.

From TheJournal.ie As it happened: Brexit's top negotiator reassures Dail 'the Irish interests will be the union’s interest' Liveblog

As it happened: Brexit's top negotiator reassures Dail 'the Irish interests will be the union’s interest'

Michel Barnier spoke to TDs and Ministers today during a visit to Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'A special tribute': Tree of Hope puts down roots at Leinster House Suicide Awareness

'A special tribute': Tree of Hope puts down roots at Leinster House

Representatives from across the political divide attended the ceremony that saw the tree planted on Leinster Lawn this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Vera Twomey causes TD traffic chaos by staging sit-in at Leinster House Dáil Gridlock This post contains videos

Vera Twomey causes TD traffic chaos by staging sit-in at Leinster House

Assorted deputies were left stranded inside the gates of Leinster House by the protest.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East Public Condemnation

Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

TD Mattie McGrath says that he and other deputies have been trying to get the Dáil to issue an explicit motion on the issue.

From TheJournal.ie 'His life is on the line': Vigil held in support of Ibrahim Halawa ahead of 21st trial date tomorrow Leinster House

'His life is on the line': Vigil held in support of Ibrahim Halawa ahead of 21st trial date tomorrow

Dublin-born Halawa has been held without trial in Egypt since being arrested at a protest in Cairo in August 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants Leinster Mouse

Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants

Rodent activity and droppings were found in the building.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Rail and Dublin Bus could face delays as Bus Éireann strike comes to Leinster House Day 6

Irish Rail and Dublin Bus could face delays as Bus Éireann strike comes to Leinster House

It has not yet been confirmed if rail and Dublin bus workers will attend today’s protest.

From TheJournal.ie Security at Dáil far less stringent than at other national parliaments - Varadkar London Attack

Security at Dáil far less stringent than at other national parliaments - Varadkar

The social protection minister said there is a possibility that somebody could carry out an act of violence in the Irish parliament.

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