THE SEANAD HAS PASSED the second stage of the Finance Bill, 28:21. The Seanad will meet again in the morning at 10.30am for further discussion on amendments to the Bill, before it passes back to the Dáil. The Dáil is due to convene tomorrow evening at 8pm, when it will take any recommendations generated in the Seanad. This morning, Taoiseach Brian Cowen confirmed that the Dáil will meet again on Tuesday before he goes to the Áras to seek its dissolution and confirm the general election date.
# gaa - Tuesday 25 December, 2012
Calling all chocolate affecionados: do you really know your Quality Streets from your Roses? Only one way to find out…
# gaa - Monday 19 December, 2011
Get the lowdown on North Korea’s leader, from the quest for the perfect pizza to giant rabbits…
# gaa - Sunday 30 January, 2011
Stick a pot of coffee on and put your feet up. Here’s some gems you may have missed this week.
# gaa - Saturday 29 January, 2011
Opinion polls in two of tomorrow’s newspapers show Fine Gael with a healthy lead – but Micheál Martin’s the most popular leader.
The end of the Civil War? If Fine Gael pledge to enact the Four Year Plan, Fianna Fáil would return the Tallaght Strategy.
An army unit secured the Egyptian Museum in Central Cairo, but not before two mummies are ruined, reports say.
Trisha Eisel, from Tullamore, bought her lottery ticket after her flight home for Christmas was cancelled by snow.
The monk is the first person to be charged under Bhutan’s anti-smoking legislation.
Half of men would forgive a girlfriend for cheating with another woman – and are more than twice as forgiving as women.
The Finance Bill will finish its passage through the Seanad today, allowing dozens of on-hold TDs to take Saturday night off.
Muhammad Hosni Mubarak sacks his government and promises economic and political reforms, as protests continue.
A 29-year-old woman dies in a fire in her apartment on Grenville St, while a 93-year-old is injured after a Donnybrook blaze.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: Egypt’s under-fire president sacks his cabinet, woman dies in Dublin house fire, and why men are more likely to forgive cheating women…
# gaa - Friday 28 January, 2011
South African fears for Mandela’s health eased when news broke the 92-year-old had been released from hospital and was “well”.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny says he didn’t travel to Brussels to negotiate, but did not indicate if Barroso had suggested rengotiation was on the table.
Humanitarian aid agency says the already-volatile situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated further, as new reports of mass rape emerge.
Cabin crew’s trade union and airline management agree to Labour Relations Commission intervention in the ongoing dispute.
Demonstrators target police vehicles and state offices as they defy curfew and stay on the streets of Cairo.
The week that was, in pictures.
Irish student who was seriously assaulted in a late-night attack in Chicago last year has contracted a superbug after undergoing brain surgery.
Brazilian man stabbed his flatmate to death at their home in Co Offaly in 2009.
Meanwhile, he allegedly live in the house upstairs with another woman. Police found his wife naked and locked in filthy basement after anonymous tip-off.
Umbrella group for city centre traders does deal to cut cost of insurance for its 2,500 members after slow shopping year.
A major backlog of X-ray delays in the Northern Irish health system meant at least there two late diagnoses of cancer.
Office of the Revenue Commissioners says laptops are encrypted, but it will investigate what kind of information was stored on them and how secure it is.
Warren Coakley says you shouldn’t underestimate the power of Facebook, after someone who saw a status update about the theft located the stolen vehicle.
Micheal Martin dismisses Bertie’s “obsession” with National Stadium as Fianna Fail says Ahern interview is “irrelevant” to the future of the party in Election 2011.
The ‘Tourism Opportunity’ confederation launches a report promising jobs if we change how we market Ireland.
Website sells 115 Kindle ebooks for every 100 paperbacks.
The controversial Senator retires in the same way he lived: annoying pretty much everyone else in Seanad Éireann.
Bertie Ahern says he regrets not securing a National Stadium in his tenure. Do you think we should have built one?
…But he agrees to participate in five-leader debate on Sky news.
As Yemen becomes the next Arab nation to see protests on the streets, Egypt stops demonstrators from organising online.
As the Finance Bill is sent to the Seanad, Brian Cowen confirms he’ll wait until Tuesday before going to the Park.
Bodybuilder manages to walk to ambulance after what is being described as an assassination attempt.
Rochus Misch, 93, says he’s now simply too old to answer all the requests for autographs he gets from around the world.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: More health insurance hikes, more debates about debates, but no more fanmail for Hitler’s former bodyguard…
# gaa - Thursday 27 January, 2011
Opposition party meeting with European Commission president tomorrow night in Brussels, but ECB official says rate change not possible.