Sean Fleming

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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has defended an amendment to the proposed Bill. Photograph: PA

An attempt by opposition TDs to postpone consideration of fee increases for freedom of information requests has been voted down by the Government. Ame(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “I think it’s reasonable that a reasonable charge is paid” for FoI requests

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has defended an amendment to the proposed Freedom of Information Bill which the National Union of Journalists has said will ma(...)

Seán Fleming, Fianna Fáil spokesman on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: “I ask deputies to think about their parents or grandparents who are in their 70s or 80s. When people of that generation get a bill . . . the first thing many of them do is to go to the post office and pay it.’’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

The budget provision relating to the one-parent family tax credit is to be amended, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said.He told the Dáil yest(...)

Local Property Tax forms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government is likely to discuss the controversy over early payment demands from the Revenue Commissioners for the property tax at its weekly Cabin(...)

 John Deasy: said internet companies paid no commercial rates yet bricks and mortar businesses had to pay

The Government has shown a disappointing lack of appreciation of what businesses are going through in its approach to commercial rates, a Fine Gael TD(...)

Noonan and then Howlin began by lambasting Fianna Fáil for the shambles they made of the economy and finished with choruses of self-congratulation. No surprise there.

If the devil is in the detail then his name is Bob and his bits are all over the place. Last Saturday the Government still had not reached agreement o(...)

A careful balancing act

The seventh austerity budget since 2008 – and this Government’s third – contained further pain for citizens and an erosion in public services and enti(...)

Michael McGrath: what have you against elderly married people?

MARIE O’HALLORAN and MICHAEL O’REGANFormer Fine Gael minister of state Lucinda Creighton abstained in a vote on the reduction in private health insura(...)

Robert Watt: Happy to hear suggestions for improved performance. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, Robert Watt, has been accused of being “over-sensitive” after he said it was unfair to (...)

 Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Seán Fleming: minister should “do the decent thing”.

A call has been made in the Dáil for Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin to “do the decent thing” and scrap freedom of informati(...)

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