Author: Paul Cunningham

A potential clash looms between the Irish Government and a Seanad Committee tasked with reviewing EU Directives before they become Irish law. Minister of State Jennifer Carroll MacNeill asserts that draft regulations transposing EU Directives into Irish law are privileged legal advice and cannot be shared with the committee, a stance likely to spark controversy. The Committee members are set to challenge this position, arguing that it limits their ability to scrutinize laws as intended. Despite acknowledging the frustrations of the Committee, Minister Carroll MacNeill emphasizes the importance of legal clarity in providing information to the committee. The Attorney General’s…

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In a solemn moment of reflection, TDs in the Dáil paid tribute to the more than 8,000 men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. The UN General Assembly declared 11 July as the International Day of Reflection for this tragic event. The massacre, recognized as genocide by international courts, was carried out by Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladić. Despite opposition from Serbia and Bosnian Serbs, the UN resolution was adopted to honor the victims. In Srebrenica, thousands gathered to remember the lives lost, with families still waiting to bury loved ones. The remains of more victims…

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Fianna Fáil Senator Criticizes Government’s Apology to Thalidomide Survivors Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan has expressed disappointment in her own Government’s apology to thalidomide survivors, deeming it inadequate. Thalidomide, a drug prescribed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s, caused serious birth defects in their children. The Government announced an enhanced support package, including greater access to health and social care professionals, therapies, home and car adaptations, and more. However, McGreehan believes these measures fall short of addressing the ongoing challenges faced by survivors. The Irish Thalidomide Association plans to discuss the issue further, while political parties are expected…

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The race for the next leader of the Green Party is heating up, with Minister for Children and Integration Roderic O’Gorman throwing his hat into the ring. With 24 years of membership under his belt, O’Gorman aims to lead the party to victory while fulfilling their ambitious goals. Despite Minister Pippa Hackett not officially declaring her candidacy, she has received endorsements from Minister of State Ossian Smyth and Senator Pauline O’Reilly. Both believe Hackett’s leadership would dispel the notion that the Green Party is focused solely on Dublin. Meanwhile, Minister of State Joe O’Brien is considering entering the race, with…

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Excitement is brewing as candidates prepare to announce their intentions to run in the Green Party leadership contest, following Minister Eamon Ryan’s decision to step down. The party’s executive council has met to determine the timeline for the race, with speculation pointing to potential candidates such as Roderic O’Gorman, Pippa Hackett, and Joe O’Brien. While Deputy Leader Catherine Martin has ruled herself out of the race, attention has turned to those at the Cabinet table, including Minister O’Brien who has expressed interest in running. Supporters of Minister O’Gorman see him as a frontrunner, given his senior ministerial position and longstanding…

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Eamon Ryan’s departure from the Green Party leadership has sparked speculation and concern about the party’s future. Ryan’s success in revitalizing the Greens from political obscurity to winning 12 Dáil seats is undeniable, with key green policies integrated into the Programme for Government during his tenure. While deputy leader Catherine Martin has ruled herself out as a candidate, attention has turned to Minister Roderic O’Gorman as a potential successor. The new leader faces challenges such as reshuffling the Cabinet, strengthening ties with coalition partners, and rebuilding the party after recent electoral setbacks. The leadership change comes amidst internal divides and…

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With the possibility of a general election looming in early 2025, the Government could bypass the need for crucial by-elections and continue in office using a strategic loophole. Despite four TDs recently elected as MEPs, the Coalition may push ahead with a general election post Budget 2025. Speculation on polling dates circulate for late October and November, with a potential election in March. However, the clock starts ticking for mandatory by-elections to fill the vacated seats within six months, but Rule 40 allows the Government to prioritize a general election over these by-elections. The Coalition could move the by-election writs,…

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Ireland’s Taoiseach Simon Harris will head to Brussels for a significant meeting with EU leaders, focusing on the presidency of the European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen is eyeing a second term, with discussions centered around her potential re-election. While the meeting won’t finalize Von der Leyen’s fate, it will offer insights into her chances. Harris stressed the importance of stability and direction for Europe amid conflicts like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Israel’s actions in Gaza. He urged swift completion of all EU institution appointments. The consensus among EU leaders is likely to lean towards supporting Von der Leyen,…

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Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty is calling for immediate action and accountability following an RTÉ Investigates programme that uncovered shocking abuse towards horses, including the repeated beating of dying animals. Illegal activities such as identity laundering for horses have been discovered at a site linked to Ireland’s only active horse abattoir. The Department of Agriculture and Gardaí conducted searches at Shannonside Foods Ltd in Co. Kildare as a result of the investigations prompted by the RTÉ programme. Despite these mistreatments happening under the nose of government inspectors, no welfare issues were reported. Minister for Finance Michael McGrath expressed his…

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Former Fianna Fáil Minister of State, Terry Leyden, has recently been appointed as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Azerbaijan in Dublin, with jurisdiction for the entire country of Ireland. With a distinguished political career spanning over 50 years, Mr. Leyden first entered politics in 1974 when he was elected to Roscommon County Council. He later went on to become a TD for Roscommon-Leitrim in 1977, holding various junior ministerial positions before serving 18 years in the Seanad, retiring in 2020. His appointment as Honorary Consul for Azerbaijan comes on the nomination of President IIham Aliyev, signifying the recognition…

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