Damien English

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Cabinet reshuffle

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)

Cards from well-wishers still adorn the office of Tom Hayes who was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture in June, but it was a bittersweet mome(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed the introduction of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some of America’s largest business organisations have urged the Taoiseach to rethink plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Such a m(...)

Tobacco smuggling is estimated to cost the State up to €250 million a year. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The public needs to be made aware that illegal tobacco smuggling is not a victimless crime, according to a prominent Government TD. Damien English, th(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: no free vote will be offered.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An attempt to allow Fine Gael TDs and Senators a free vote on the abortion Bill failed to get off the ground last night when it came before the parl(...)

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Damien English said the recent  improvement in employment rates could be attributed in part to emigration. Photograph: National Youth Council of Ireland

Proper resources and funding need to be put into the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme as long-term youth unemployment increases, accoring (...)

Helen McEntee: a candidate in the forthcoming Meath East byelection on the hustings in Kilmainhamwood, County Meath

What can be confirmed beyond doubt is that the barometer hanging in the hallway of the country house south of Duleek is accurate. The needle is(...)

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