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This morning.

Cork city.

Livestock shenanigans at a cabinet meeting being held in Corcaigh – a temporary re-location that must have seemed like a good idea at some point.

That’ll learn them.


Inside Cork City Hall…

Ah here.

Helen McEntee, new junior minister for European affairs, with her fellow junior ministers following their appointments yesterday afternoon with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, centre

This afternoon.

Further to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s choice of junior ministers yesterday…

Fine Gael has released the following statement:

Fine Gael in Government has done more than any other party before it, in terms of gender equality in politics.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has maintained the highest number of female Cabinet Ministers in the history of the State – first achieved in July 2014 .

Currently there are four female full Cabinet Ministers, including the Tánaiste, and in addition, a female Super Junior Minister who sits at Cabinet.

Of the 11 Fine Gael female TDs, six are either Ministers of Junior Ministers, including the Super Junior Minister, meaning 55% of Fine Gael female TDs occupy senior Government positions. Of the five Fine Gael female TDs who are not Ministers, four are first-time TDs.

Fine Gael introduced gender quotas cutting funding to political parties if they failed to run at least 30% women candidates at the General Election.

As a result of this, the 2016 election saw 35 women elected to the Dáil. This was the highest number of women ever elected to the Dáil and a 40% increase on 2011.

Fine Gael has more women elected to the Dáil than any other party. However, there is no room for complacency and we continue to work to encourage more women into politics.

Fine Gael ran more female candidates than any other party in the last local elections of 2014. In that election we had the highest number of female candidates ever to feature on a Fine Gael ticket.

The party gave every possible support to these female candidates in their electoral bids, including training and mentoring specific to the challenges faced by women in politics.

Fine Gael is completely committed to increasing the number of women actively participating in politics and will continue to seek to boost the number of women at al levels of the party.


Related: Leo’s London romance shattered by women trouble back home (Ellen Coyne, The Times)

Previously: It’s Good To Be King

Statement via Hugh O’Connell


The cabinet at Aras an Uachtaráin on May 6, 2016, following the General Election last year with Katherine Zappone (fourth from right)

Further to reports that Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone did not inform her cabinet colleagues of the matters concerning Tusla and Sgt Maurice McCabe when it met on Tuesday, to discuss the terms of conditions of the forthcoming commission of investigation into Supt Dave Taylor and Sgt Maurice McCabe’s protected disclosures…

The following statement has been released by a spokesperson for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone…

Minister Zappone has met with Mrs Lorraine McCabe and Sgt Maurice McCabe. She has heard first hand of the devastation caused to them by the false allegations against Sgt Maurice McCabe.

The Minister became aware of the circumstances when Mrs McCabe contacted the office of the Minister for Health on 18 January 2017.

As the matter related to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Private Secretary of DCYA was requested to call Mrs McCabe. The private secretary did this on 18 January.

Minister Zappone met Mrs and Sgt McCabe on Wednesday 25 January. Since then her office has been in regular contact with Mrs and Sgt McCabe and Tusla – which has led to the offer of a public apology.

The Secretary General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs held a meeting with Senior Tusla Personnel on Friday 27th January. Tusla provided DCYA with a chronology and analysis of the case – which my Department gave to Mrs and Sgt McCabe on Saturday 28th January.

Tusla informed the Secretary General that they have instituted a case review to extrapolate all relevant information in order to provide a more detailed analysis.

Minister Zappone informed relevant Government colleagues during the course of this period. Minister Zappone was always of the view that Tusla would form part of the investigation by the Commission of Inquiry.

It’s also being reported that Ms Zappone is declining to name the “Governement colleagues” with whom she spoke.


Yesterday, in the Dáil, Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald asked Fine Gael Justice Minister and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald if she was aware of any contact between the gardaí and any other State agency in respect of Sgt Maurice McCabe…

They had the following exchange…

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In addition, in the Seanad yesterday afternoon, Ms Fitzgerald said the following, as part of her statement on the commission of investigation by Mr Justice Peter Charleton…

I thank Members of this House for agreeing to statements being taken on this important matter in the House today. As the House will be aware I have laid the relevant material before the House to give full effect to the recommendations of Mr Justice O’Neill.

However, before moving to seek approval for the relevant motion I believe it is sensible that we discuss these matters here first. I am already persuaded from discussion which I have had that there may be some improvements which can be made to put beyond doubt that certain matters will come within the remit of the commission. I intend to reflect on what is said here today and make any amendments to the proposed draft order in light of those discussions.

As Mr Justice O’Neill indicated, it is imperative that certain allegations be examined and I believe we should stick as closely as possible to the terms of reference he proposed. After all we appointed him and gave him terms of reference for the initial inquiry. He has considered all the issues and made a series of recommendations which I have laid before the House.

Transcripts via Oireachtas.ie

H/T: Gavan Reilly

Previously: ‘Government Forces Have Said’


From left: Cabinet members Alex White, Simon Coveney, Enda Kenny, Joan Burton, Alan Kelly and Simon Harris this lunchtime


Help is on its way (should this kind of thing happen again).

The set up of a Flood Management Co-Ordination and Implementation Group is among the matters discussed at a crisis summit at Government Buildings this afternoon

The new group would co-ordinate the local flood management plans for 66 different towns and settlements along the Shannon which are vulnerable to flooding.

Junior minister Simon Harris says other measures being discussed today include funding for a long-term weather forecasting system.



Govt discuss setting up national flood forecasting system to avoid future floods along Shannon (Irish Examiner)

Earlier: I Love Rain


Blogger Thoughts-Pensées considers the apparent dream team that is the current Canadian cabinet:

Minister of Health is a doctor. Minister of Transport is an astronaut. Minister of National Defense is a Sikh Veteran. Minister of Youth is under the age of 45. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst. Minister of Finance is a successful businessman. Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader. Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit. Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD. Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees was an Immigration critic. There are scientists in the cabinet, and it is made up of 50% women.

And the icing on the cake?


Via Lydia Chrabieh

(H/T: john Gallen)

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Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton unveil the new cabinet of junior ministers this afternoon at government buildings.

Sherlock you can’t be serious.


(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

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From top: Eamon Gilmore, Simon Coveney and Enda Kenny, all outside government buildings this morning and Lucinda Creighton arriving at the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society Luncheon in the Westin Hotel, Dublin.

Meanwhile, from RTE:

It is understood that the heads of the Protection of Maternal Life Bill 2013 being discussed at Cabinet propose three procedures.

One doctor will be required to certify a termination of pregnancy in a medical emergency.

Two doctors will be required in the case of a non-emergency.

In the case of suicidal ideation, three doctors will be required to certify that a woman is entitled to a termination of pregnancy.

The heads of the bill also provide for an appeals process.


Three procedures proposed in abortion legislation (RTE)

(Laura Hutton and Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)