Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told the Dáil he will not give Irish Water his PPS number. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in the Dáil tonight that he will not be giving Irish Water his PPS number.“I (...)

 Willie O’Dea, FF spokesman on Social Protection, with Mary White, Averil Power and Timmy Dooley outside the Dáil yesterday to support the free travel pass scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton insisted in the Dáil last night that the Government had no plans to withdraw the free travel (...)

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea: ‘the group should have been much more visible in the past month.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Government has defended the decision of the National Emergency Coordination Group not to hold until yesterday its first plenary meeting in respons(...)

The party’s social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea said the Pensions (Amendment) Bill 2013 was too little too late. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 50,000 people who paid into defined benefit pension schemes that have since wound up will be left with nothing as a result of the exclusion of a (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name in the ongoing controversy over the appointment of a n(...)

Willie O’Dea: sought names of 23 companies which abused the Government’s JobBridge programme

The 23 organisations who abused the Government’s JobBridge programme should be named, Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea said.He sai(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on social protection Willie O'Dea. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Fianna Fáil proposes to allow people easier access to pension lump sum during their working life in an attempt to ease day-to-day financial pre(...)