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This morning/afternoon.

More as we get it.

Also: FIGHT!



This afternoon.

Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin 2

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly (left) and TD Ged Nash at the launch of Labour’s Alternative Budget 2022.


The Labour Party leader Alan Kelly has suggested the rental platform Airbnb needs regulation – but only in urban areas.

Mr Kelly, whose constituency is Tipperary, has a property which is rented out in a rural area.

He told Pat Kenny this is used as a connection for his family.

My wife is from down there, so it’s a connection down there for her and her family.

“I’ve an issue with Airbnb in urban areas as opposed to rural areas – particularly in areas… where that house is, it’s a very small population area.”

High on power, that lad.

Alan Kelly On The Future Of The Labour Party (Newstalk)


Ivana Bacik and Alan Kelly





Last night.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar greets Labour’s Ivana Bacik and party leader Alan Kelly following Labour’s victory in the Dublin Bay South by-election.


This evening.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Labour Senator and Dublin Bay South by-election candidate Ivana Bacik (top right) with her party leader Alan Kelly (top left). Ms Bacik is favourite to take the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.


This afternoon.

With 100% of the boxes tallied, the indications are that Ms Bacik is on 30% ahead of Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan on 26%, with Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on nearly 16%.

Tallies, which are not official counts and come with a strong health warning, suggest that Claire Byrne of the Green Party is on just under 8%, with Fianna Fáil’s Deirdre Conroy under 5% and Independent Mannix Flynn on 3%.

Bacik on course to top the poll in Dublin Bay South (RTÉ)

Earlier: Meanwhile, In The RDS


This afternoon.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan (right) with party president Mary Lou McDonald and constituency neighbouring TD Chris Andrews.


This morning.

Dail Eireann at the Convention Centre.

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly and the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, clash over vaccine roll-out figures.

Minister Donnelly had said “slightly less than a million doses” of Covid vaccines will arrive in the month of April.

However, Sinn Féin’s Health Spokesperson, David Cullinane said Mr Donnelly told a meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting last night that the figure he received for April was 860,000.

Donnelly criticised after Covid vaccine arrivals are revised downwards (RTÉ)

This afternoon.

He’s really angry.

Labour leader Alan Kelly said mandatory hotel quarantine needs to be introduced immediately.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, he said it is not good enough that it will be a number of weeks for the legislation that is being brought in to become operational.

Mr Kelly said that “we’ve locked up our people three times to stay within 5km of their homes, the choice into the future is do we continue to do that or do we quarantine people coming in”.


The Government is seeking to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000.

Speaking in the Dáil, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that around 60% of international travellers arriving into Ireland are returning Irish holiday makers.

He told Labour’s Duncan Smith that “there is a sense that €500 is not a sufficient disincentive to travel abroad“.

Plans to increase international travel fine to €2,000 (RTÉ)

Earlier: A Voice In The Wilderness

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly

This morning.

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly.

He’s had enough of mild-mannered suppression.

So macho.

Previously: Must. Have. Power



Good times.

A photo obtained by The Irish Independent shows the Labour Party boss unmasked on the Luas

This morning.

Via Irish Independent:

Labour leader Alan Kelly has apologised after the emergence of a picture of him not wearing a face mask while travelling on the Luas.

Independent.ie has obtained a picture of the Tipperary TD travelling on the Luas Green Line on Tuesday night. Mr Kelly is seen in the picture not wearing a face mask or covering.

The Labour leader apologised on Wednesday morning and said he was distracted while watching Manchester United’s Champions League encounter against RB Leipzig.

…The Tipperary TD has been to the forefront of campaigning on various issues around Covid-19 and in recent weeks has been challenging the Government on its plans to roll out a vaccine, including calling for a Vaccine Minister.

‘I was distracted watching Man United’ – Labour leader Alan Kelly apologises for not wearing mask on public transport (Independent.ie)


Meath Fianna Fáil activist Ken McFadden alleges dirty tricks from Meath Fianna Fáil TD and new Minister of State for European Affairs. Thomas Byrne (top) , who has yet to respond.



Thursday morning update here.


Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen addressed the Dail last night on the issue of his drink driving charge from 2016

This morning.

Via The Offaly Express:

Cllr Eamon Dooley, who was sitting on [Offaly County] council when Barry Cowen was first co-opted to the local authority to replace his brother Brian in 1992, said he had a “fair idea” who informed the Irish Independent about the incident.

He could not confirm that it was a senior member of the Fianna Fail party but said it came “from someone who had a grudge against” the Offaly TD.

I’d say he was Fianna Fail alright but I wouldn’t say he was a TD. I’d say he was never an elected member of anything. That’s only my opinion, for what it’s worth.”

Cllr Dooley expects the controversy to die down, even though “some fellows” keep seeking new ways to maintain it….

“It’ll eventually run out of steam. If every fellow who was appointed held up his hand and said ‘I had two pints and I drove home’, I’d say we’d have very few ministers.”

Fianna Fail member with ‘grudge’ blamed for Barry Cowen leak (Offally Express)

Barry Cowen apologises in Dáil for drink driving incident that was a ‘stupid, stupid mistake’ (Independent.ie)




Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Martin, who is also Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht, said he has shown remorse after making a “serious mistake”.

However, Ms Martin said that the one issue that was not addressed was why Mr Cowen was driving on a provisional licence and she said he may have to reach out to road safety campaigners and explain that himself.

Taoiseach accepts Cowen’s remorse ‘is genuine (RTÉ)

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly TD, and Duncan Smith TD (left) at Leinster House this morning

This morning/afternoon.

Big Pharma’s way so.

Imagine our shock, etc.