Tonight since 8pm.
In the Dáil.
A debate has been under way in relation to a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion on the terms of reference of the scoping exercise into the death of Shane O’Farrell.
It follows the family of the late Shane O’Farrell highlighting the Department of Justice’s rejection of terms of reference drawn up by District Court Judge Gerard Haughton who was appointed by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to chair the scoping exercise into the 23-year-old law student’s death.
Earlier: “We’re Hoping To Get Support From Other Parties” [Updated]
Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee
2011 Tweets from Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs Lorraine Clifford-Lee
Asked by the Irish Independent for a comment on her controversial tweets, Fianna Fail Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee said the tweets referred to are from as far back as 2011 and were posted long before she became involved in electoral politics.
“I want to be absolutely clear, the tweets were wrong and I apologise for any hurt or offence caused by them,” she said.
“While it does suit some people to take my tweets out of context for their own right wing agenda, I hope that the people of Dublin Fingal will not be distracted by personal smear campaigns such as this.
“Anyone who has worked with me since my election to the Seanad three years ago can confirm the role I played in promoting progressive policies.”
Senator apologises for ‘Traveller’ and ‘dwarf’ tweets but claims she is victim of smear campaign (Independent.ie)
EXCLUSIVE: FF by-election candidate complained about “black, Brazilian dwarf” sitting beside her (Gript)
Johnny Fallon tweetz:
Some anonymous person sent me this brilliant mug today…🤣🤣🤣🤣 don’t know who it was. It gave me a damn good giggle.
Hairy Baby T-shirts tweetz:
It’s clearly taken from our T-shirt but we didn’t do the mugs!
Fianna Fáil Cup (Twitter)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out holding a general election before Christmas.
It is understood that at a meeting with Fine Gael ministers this morning, Mr Varadkar told colleagues that this would not be in the best interest of the country given that Brexit remains unresolved.
The issue was raised by the Taoiseach himself following speculation in recent days about the timing of an election.
Taoiseach rules out pre-Christmas general election (RTÉ)
Earlier: “This Is About A Very Small Number Of Fine Gael Ministers Wanting To Get Out Of Their Current Job”
Fianna Fáil TD MIcheal McGrath
“This is about a very small number of Fine Gael ministers wanting to get out of their current job because they’re…they’re not delivering in the areas of health, in particular, and housing.
“And let’s be honest, this is what this is about.”
“And they might see some narrow party political advantage to having an election before Christmas, or indeed a narrow personal political interest.
“It is not in the country’s interest…”
Fianna Fáil TD MIcheal McGrath speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke this morning.
Listen back in full here
Related: ‘The stars are aligned’: Momentum builds in FG for November election (The Irish Times)
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
Jennifer Bray, in The Irish Times, reports:
A report into the Dáil voting controversy is to be published today following discussions by the clerk of the House with four Fianna Fáil TDs involved.
The Dáil’s Committee on Procedures will meet today at 9am and the report will be published soon after.
Mícheál Lehane, of RTÉ, reports:
It is understood that the report, which was prepared for the Ceann Comhairle on the Dáil voting controversy, will be unable to recommend disciplinary action because the matter is also under investigation by another Dáil committee, and any sanction could prejudice that work.
The Dáil will also be debating the report this afternoon [at 2.25pm], and TDs who are the subject of the report will have an opportunity to make a statement.
Dáil clerk’s report on Fianna Fáil voting incident to be published (Jennifer Bray, The Irish Times)
Report due into Dáil voting activity (Mícheál Lehane, RTÉ)
Daniel McConnell, of The Irish Examiner, tweetz:
Breaking: Conclusions of Oireachtas report into irregular voting in Dail Eireann last Thursday, as discussed by Committee on Procedure and Privileges.
Breaking: Dail report into voting scandal concludes a wider review of electronic voting system, demands TDs must be in their allocated seats.
Fianna Fáil TD’s Michael McGrath and Barry Cowen held a press conference to give an “update” on next week’s Budget 2020 process.
Virgin One Media’s political correspondent Gavan Reilly noted:
More as they get it.
“The ideal way to meet this requirement [accommodating asylum applicants], obviously is by providing permanently-built accommodation and this is what the government plans to do.”
Fianna Fáil Minister for Justice John O’Donoghue (above), launching Direct Provision as an ’emergency measure’, March 2000.
Nineteen years later….
“What is the Government’s plan to provide further accommodation for the increasing number of people coming and seeking asylum? We have obviously had difficulties in establishing direct provision centres as we saw in Oughterard this week.
“We need to be careful. We have generally dealt well with the issue of immigration. It is apparent that some people from outside the country are opportunistically going to places such as Oughterard for the purposes of drumming up a racist agenda.
“We need to be careful that we do not allow their populist and racist appeal to spread in the country. One way to ensure that does not happen is by the Government having a clear plan in place to ensure people seeking asylum are accommodated in the future.”
Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan (above) in the Dáil this morning on the recent withdrawal of a tender to provide a Direct Provision centre at a hotel in Oughterard, County Galway.
Dail transcript via Oireachtas.ie
Previously: Direct Provision on Broadsheet
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
The Irish Examiner reported Micheál Martin received a €30,000 salary bonus in 2018 through the parliamentary activities allowance taking his
take home gross pay up to €124,353.
A total of €8.19m was spent by the eight main parties in 2018 on this allowance which can cover Public Relations, travel and general administration.
A report to be published by the a Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) reveals:
Fianna Fáil received €305,353 for “the provision of consultant services, including the engagement of public relations services”.
Fine Gael spent €73,907 under the same category while the Social Democrats spent €3,000 on PR.
Of the Independent TDs, some of the top spenders on PR included Minister Katherine Zappone who claimed €23,450; Michael Harty who received €23,500; Michael Lowry who was paid €13,716 and Noel Grealish who got €16,827.
Micheál Martin receives €30,000 salary bonus (Examiner)
…he was not alone in criticising the Taoiseach yesterday. Another Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony, wrote on Twitter that the delay in Mr Varadkar and Mr Johnson talking “says so much about our Taoiseach #badlyhandling”. She also subsequently deleted this tweet.
Mr Martin had to issue a tweet clarifying Fianna Fáil’s position.
“To be absolutely clear; the refusal by PM Boris Johnson to engage with European leaders and our Taoiseach without pre conditions on the issue of Brexit is unacceptable and is not within the realms of normal diplomatic or political behaviour,” he wrote.
Fianna Fáil’s Dooley rebuked over his ‘bizarre’ Brexit ‘solo run (Independent.ie)
Fianna Fail’s Timmy Dooley deletes tweet about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Brexit ‘failure’ (Irish Mirror)