CONOR LENIHAN has confirmed he will NOT be seeking nomination to contest Fianna Fáil’s leadership election, telling RTÉ’s David Davin-Power that having contacted others within the party, too many fellow TDs had already offered their support to other candidates. Lenihan’s withdrawal means that the four currently declared candidates will likely be the only ones to contest Wednesday’s election.
# gaa - Monday 24 January, 2011
The Israeli raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza was legal, a commission finds, because Israel is in a state of war.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: Deadlines loom for would-be Fianna Fail leaders, for a final date for General Election 2011 – and for the person who wants to be the one to flick the ‘crush’ switch on Sean FitzPatrick’s BMW.
Guess what the world’s press makes of Ireland’s latest political woes? No prizes for guessing: they don’t think it’s good.
# gaa - Sunday 23 January, 2011
Éamon Ó Cuív and Pat Carey will take three briefs each for the final weeks of the current government.
Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae put the Finance Bill in further jeopardy – saying they may not vote for it.
Read the full statement made by Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore.
Labour says it will withdraw its motion of no confidence if the Finance Bill is enacted – and the Dáil dissolved – by next weekend.
The Greens withdraw from government – but will continue to support the Finance Bill from the Dáil’s opposition benches.
The full text of John Gormley’s statement, in which he announced that his Green Party was withdrawing from government.
The Finance Minister will meet with opposition finance spokespersons tomorrow to arrange a timetable for passing the bill.
The Mail on Sunday audio records men sounding like Richard Keys and Andy Gray, making sexist remarks about a female linesman.
Mary Hanafin says she wants to involve more women and young people – and hopes male TDs are ready for a female leader.
In his lunchtime press conference, Lenihan insists that the problems in Ireland’s economy did not begin on his watch.
Tunisia’s Prime Minister says he’ll quit politics as soon as elections are held to appoint a new government to succeed him.
Li Ka-Shing, who’s worth over €15bn, is considering investing in the ESB, Bord Gais, and Ireland’s ports.
A 40-foot motor cruiser runs aground in the early hours off the coast of Co Kerry, leaving eight requiring rescue.
Martin, Lenihan, Ó Cuív or Hanafin – if you were a Fianna Fáil TD, which would you be opting for?
Nine things you need to know by 9am: Four in the running in the FF leadership, Aer Lingus staff stay grounded, and how young Gardaí are sleeping on floors.
# gaa - Saturday 22 January, 2011
Micheal Martin, Brian Lenihan, Éamon Ó Cuív and Mary Hanafin will all be candidates in Fianna Fáil’s leadership election.
A Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election in Clare says the party’s next Dáil crop should have a role in picking a leader.
Both Fine Gael and Labour have said they will table varying motions of no confidence this week if there’s no immediate election.
THE GREEN PARTY has issued a brief statement in which it said its TDs and Senators had discussed Brian Cowen’s decision to resign as leader of Fianna Fail, but to remain as Taoiseach. The party will “meet tomorrow morning to consider the situation”, the statement said.
Paddy Power’s already got his market open – and there’s only one horse running.
TDs have until Monday afternoon to decide if they want to be FF leader, and will vote to elect one on Wednesday.
The Taoiseach’s full statement on how he’s staying Taoiseach, despite having a new party leader elected this week.
Will the change of leadership make a difference for Fianna Fáil’s fortunes in a general election in 48 days’ time?
Brian Cowen resigns the leadership of Fianna Fáil but will continue to lead government – saying it’s not to do with the reshuffle.
We’re only about 10 days away from running out of internet ‘postcodes’, says an internet provider encouraging an upgrade.
AN TAOISEACH, BRIAN COWEN, is to make a media statement at 2pm this afternoon at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The government press office hasn’t offered any indication about what the statement will relate to, but given the Taoiseach’s current precarious future, it may be a big announcement. We’ll do our best to tell you what we can.
Frank Feighan is pictured with a campaign poster on the front of today’s Times – forcing him to deny breaching litter laws.
The Congresswoman shot in the brain 14 days ago is discharged from hospital – and should retain ALL her mental abilities.
Two men, in their 60s and 30s, are killed in an overnight fire at Tubber, just beside the border with Galway.
Friday, January 14: Brian Cowen has Éamon Ó Cuív’s full support as Fianna Fáil leader. Friday, January 21: No comment.
You might have missed it, but people are talking – so here’s the full 14 minutes of Jim Corr’s spot on the Late Late Show.
Three men are killed after their car hit a truck on the N8 outside Cashel – but Gardaí cannot identify the deceased.
21 units of Dublin Fire Brigade were summoned to Stillorgan after a pub, dry cleaners, restaurant and apartments are damaged.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: The heave that keeps on heaving, three dead in Tipperary crash, and how the internet is almost full…
# gaa - Friday 21 January, 2011
The mining accident which trapped 33 men below ground for 72 days has been blamed on poor regulation and inadequate safety measures.
Man made off with undisclosed amount of money from post office in Ramsgrange this morning.