FF in danger of being reduced to the status of a mudguard party

One of the less noticeable consequences of Covid has been to obscure a number of developments and decisions which have the capacity to be extremely damaging and possibly have fatal consequences for Fianna Fail. There are a number of those, but today I will just concentrate on one area – banks and financial institutions. In

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My speech on Banking, March 3rd 2021

In the ridiculously short time available to me I am not able to discuss Bank of Ireland but suffice it to say I agree with the remarks by Members on all sides of the House. I will confine myself, in the few minutes I have, to the situation with Ulster Bank. The key question with

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Examinerships For SMEs – Topical Issue

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this very important topic. This State has expended enormous amounts of money as aids to businesses affected by the pandemic, and rightly so. The purpose of this has been to preserve businesses and jobs affected by the pandemic. More important is ensuring that as many

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We have to start planning now for a better post Covid nation

It goes without saying that the government’s primary focus for now must be on battling Covid-19. The authorisation of two highly effective vaccines, with the promise of others to come soon, means we are pushing back against the virus on two fronts: suppression and immunisation. The government must spare no effort in deploying these two

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St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House to open

St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House, Mungret will open in the January following a visit to the facility by Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte TD. The state-of-the art facility located in Mungret was designed and purpose built in 2018 to provide overnight respite breaks for children with severe physical disabilities and additional complex medical needs from

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TDs’ pay increase risks social solidarity

TD’s pay will increase by 2% next Thursday from €96,189 to €98,113. Unsurprisingly, the public are underwhelmed. Until fairly recently the Government set TD’s salaries. This was always controversial as politicians were accused of writing their own ticket. Then the Government came up with what appeared to be a good idea. They linked TD’s salaries

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Covid-19 Testing Centres

The testing service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are referred by their GP will be seen.  Where a test is requested, the person should be self-isolating at home until they are called for their test. It is advised that any person who is symptomatic or waiting for an appointment

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