'You put party before country' - Micheál Martin attacks Taoiseach as Dara Murphy quits Dáil for EU role
'You put party before country' - Micheál Martin attacks Taoiseach as Dara Murphy quits Dáil for EU roleDara Murphy had been a TD for Cork North Central before quitting earlier today to take up a €150,000-a-year job in the EU Commission in Brussels.
Stephen Donnelly TD, Former independent, former Social Democrat and now Fianna Fail TD showing his abandoning of any independent opinion and towing the Fianna Fail Party line who want to make corrupt politically appointed judges the majority vote on the appointment of more judges .
The Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland (previously bill no. 29 of 2018) is an amendment to the constitution of Ireland which permits the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion.
Fianna Fáil is to mount a fresh attempt to block controversial legislation to overhaul how judges are appointed after the Government guillotined debate in the Seanad.
Justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said he plans to put down amendments to the bill when it returns to the Dáil in the new year.
"We will continue to oppose it. It is still a very bad piece of legislation, notwithstanding the amendments made in the Seanad," he said.
It comes after claims of a row between Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Fine Gael's Seanad justice spokesman Martin Conway after the Government lost two votes on the bill this week because no Fine Gael senators were present. Mr Flanagan was said by some onlookers to have given Mr Conway "a dressing down" after the lost votes. "I found it quite distressing to watch," said one onlooker.
Over 2,000 children in north Dublin waiting over a year for vital health care
It has also emerged there are massive variations depending on location .While North Dublin has the biggest backlog with 2,400 children in the queue, just 10 kids are on a waiting list for speech and language therapy in Dun Laoghaire and none in Dublin South East.Fianna Fail’s health spokesman Stephen Donnelly, who obtained the figures, said many kids are waiting for years, often for primary care supports such as speech and language therapy.Others are languishing on lists for critical operations for conditions as serious as scoliosis – an agonising curvature of the spine.
Enda Kenny set to be new Taoiseach as financial crisis pushes ruling elite into fourth place in Ireland's general election. "There is no interest in Europe jeopardising the very genuine efforts the Irish people are willing to make to correct our economic problems.
Fianna were small, semi-independent warrior bands in Irish mythology. They are featured in the stories of the Fenian Cycle, where they are led by Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool). They are based on historical bands of aristocratic landless young men in early medieval Ireland.
However Mr Conway, who along with Mr Flanagan sat through more than 100 hours of the long-running debate, denied this. He said he was upset the Government had lost votes on "one of the most frustrating pieces of legislation" he had ever dealt with. "I felt terrible," he said. "I just was gutted that there was no one there when two amendments were moved. I was upset but I wasn't in tears. There was no row with Charlie Flanagan."
It is understood there was a brief dispute with the minister, who Mr Conway had initially heard to say: "You'll have to explain this to the Taoiseach."
However, Mr Flanagan had actually said: "Somebody better explain this to the Taoiseach."
A source close to Mr Flanagan insisted he and Mr Conway are "the best of buddies".
The bill passed all stages of the Seanad after the Government successfully guillotined debate. It had been stalled in the upper house for more than a year and subject to a filibuster led by Independent senator Michael McDowell.
The bill has been championed by Transport Minister Shane Ross and is supported by Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and a number of Independents in the Dáil and Seanad.
Martin says he's trying to be the 'sane voice' and calls on Varadkar to agree election date .
Martin says he's trying to be the 'sane voice' and calls on Varadkar to agree election dateSpeaking to reporters today, Martin also said the Taoiseach is weighing up his options on when to call an election, but he wants a date set.