Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan says the answers for these Garda scandals have not been given and want answers from Tanaiste… The party says it’ll consider options after hearing from Tanaiste today and Commissioner attends committee on Thursday.
Government TDs and ministers arrive at Leinster House ahead of the announcement of Budget 2017.
From top:Minister of State for Disability Issues and Independent Alliance TD Finian McGrath, Health Minister and Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, Arts Minister and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys, Foreign Affairs Minister and Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, Sports Minister and Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross, Independent Alliance TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Finance Minister and Fine Gael TD Michael Noonan.
The man with two phones Taoiseach Enda Kenny also arriving at Leinster House this morning.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe will present Budget 2017 from 1pm.
SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids) held a protest outside Leinster House on Wednesday.
Micheál Martin heckled at 1.57.
“This is in response to the most gendered cuts ever in the history of the state (98% of those on One Parent Famil Payment are women). 40, 000 lone parents are due to lose their entitlement to One Parent Family Payment this year once their youngest child is over 7. There have already been 11,000 families who have already lost this payment.”
Aeriel view Leinster House, Kildare Street with potential piazza arrowed
As I stood outside the gates of Leinster House this afternoon, I found myself admiring the vast open space that lies between the admirable buildings of the National Museum and the National Library. Modelled on the Pantheon of Rome, these temples of intellect built in the Victorian Palladian style complement, in the best possible fashion, the aesthetic facade of our Oireachtas.
It is a great pity that a public square does not exist to enhance the splendour of these surroundings and provide us with what could be called our very own parliamentary piazza.
Instead, we are faced with an ugly car park – covered in tarmac, restricted for use by the official classes, and confined by a large unflattering surround of black iron railings.
(Members of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, at a briefing for TDs and Senators in the AV Room of Leinster House last year)
Saoirse Brady writes:
I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on it already but the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privileges (Dáil Éireann) has apparently decided to stop allowing civil society groups from briefing legislators in the AV room.
This is used by civil society groups to brief Oireachtas members on proposed legislation or other topical issues, to share their expertise and experience as well as raising issues of concern or providing answers to questions members may have in advance of Dáil/Seanad/Committee debates.
The Seanad also has a Committee on Procedure and Privileges but it is not bound by this decision and has apparently called for a joint discussion later in the month. The AV room is a valuable resource given that TDs and Senators can attend briefings without leaving Leinster House but can leave quickly for a vote without huge time pressure. There is no cost to the NGO involved so it’s beneficial for both sides.
In the context of proposed Dáil reforms where we’ve been told that the Government will engage more with civil society in relation to proposed legislation, it seems strange to take such a stance.