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This morning.afternoon.

Dail Eireann.

leaders’ Questions.

After accusations by Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald of Fianna Fáil corruption in dealings with property developers and vulture funds,…

…Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Sinn Féin is the last party that can talk about corruption given the campaign of “murder and mayhem” it supported in Ireland.

Deputy McDonald responded:

“Go away outta that”

More whatouttaery.




Yesterday: “The House Is On Fire”


Seanad Eireann.

Fianna Fáil Senator Gerry Horkan advocated banning the unjabbed from supermarkets and public transport.

Senator Horkan said:

“Here we are on 23 November and the month of December is traditionally the most important for the licensed trade and hospitality business, at between 2.5 and three times the normal month. It is not like closing in March, November or October. It is a significant month.

Of course we have to have balance and of course we have to make sure we are safe but it is so important that we encourage people. We must look at the figures and try to make sure everybody knows the vaccination system is very safe.

I know we got a lot of emails in response to something I said to the Leader on another day. They really work. If we look at the figures that came out yesterday, the 54% in ICU who are unvaccinated are generally younger and extremely healthy before they get Covid but they end up in ICU. They are healthy younger people who just did not think it would affect them.

Everybody who has been vaccinated and is in ICU has an underlying condition. We wish them all well. However, the point is that vaccines work.

As others have said, vaccine certificates should be required for entry into gyms and hairdressers. Why not introduce such a requirement for supermarkets and public transport? I know it is difficult to police some of these things, but really, if people want to participate in society, they need to be vaccinated.

If they do not want to participate in society, that is okay. They can stay at home; that is their business. However, unvaccinated people are putting themselves, their families, the rest of us and the economy at risk.

None of us wants a lockdown. It is in all of our hands to behave as best we can. We can socialise safely. If people are vaccinated, it is unlikely to do them too much harm if they do not have a pre-existing condition.

I ask the Leader to organise a proper discussion of this issue. New communities may not be as tuned into mainstream media, newspapers and radio. Let us ensure all are aware of the benefits of vaccination.”

Earlier: Urgent Medical Care


This morning.

Fianna Fáil Cork East TD James O’Connor

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

The Dáil’s youngest TD is angered by the failure to include a by-pass for Castlemartyr and Killeagh in the National Development Plan this week.

He voiced his concern on Cork local radio station C103 this morning.

RTÉ News understands that he has been in talks with the Taoiseach since Sunday night.

Deputy O’Connor wants a firm, unambiguous commitment from Government this evening that the road upgrade will proceed.

Principled stand.



Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor considering resigning from party (RTÉ)

Pic: Fianna Fáil

Marc MacSharry

Now you know how we all feel.

The Dáil will debate and vote on a Sinn Féin confidence motion in Simon Coveney later this evening.

More as we get it.


From top Micheál Martin with John McGuinness in 2015

This morning/afternoon.

Via Independent.ie:

Carlow-Kilkenny Deputy John McGuinness said a process should commence that would see the Micheal Martin replaced in a “constructive and respectable” manner

Deputy McGuinness, who is not attending Fianna Fáil’s party “think-in” in Cavan today, wrote a letter to the party’s Chief Whip Jack Chambers outlining the reasons why he believes Mr Martin should be replaced.

He told RTÉ Radio One that he is unhappy with the direction the party is taking and the handling of the 2020 general election.

“Fianna Fáil has been in the doldrums in terms of polls over the last 10 years. The first obligation is to have that discussion at party level. To decide how you’re going to move forward and to air your views and then to plan.

I’m not expecting that we would have a new leader overnight. I’m expecting that we would do it differently. That we would give it time. That we would consider a process. That we would spread it out over a period and the candidates would then be given a chance to put their names forward, to discuss their agenda with the various members of the party and the organisation rather than a row that would happen and then a change.”

Plan needed to replace Martin as party leader before next general election, says Fianna Fáil TD (Independent.ie)


This afternoon.

Mansion House, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin accompanied by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland visit a display of items to mark the 100th anniversary of talks that would lead to the end of the War of Independence, including a typescript memorandum (above) with the proposed terms that came into effect on 11 July 1921.

What the UN and EU flags are doing there – other than demonstrating a dependence – is anyone’s guess.


Julien Behal/RollingNews

Last night.

The Dail at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Sinn Féin TDs walked out of the Dáil chamber before a vote to extend the Special Criminal Court for another year. Sinn Féin has previously said its TDs would abstain from the vote pending a review of the Court.

Sinn Féin TDs walk out of Dáil before Special Criminal Court vote (Independent.ie)


This afternoon.

The Dáil at the Convention Centre.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said that the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien will “bring in legislation quickly” to close a loophole allowing an 8% rent hike for tenants.

However, he said that the Government is limited by the Constitution on introducing a blanket ban on rent increases.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said that “an entire generation is locked out of home ownership” because of high rents.

Not only do they face the prospect of the Government “cutting their income support”, she added, but they also face a “double whammy” of an 8% rent hike.

Loophole allowing 8% rent hike to be closed – Taoiseach (RTE)