Willie O Dea

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the abrupt conclusion and termination of the wage subsidy scheme could have a significant effect on job retention in the country. Photograph: Julien Behal/ PA Wire

A cut in the 13.5 per cent VAT rate is being examined as part of the new Government’s July stimulus package to boost the economy after the coronavirus(...)

The refusal of Jim O’Callaghan to accept a junior ministerial post after his failure to make the Cabinet has contributed to the uncertain mood in Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have attempted to rectify the regional imbalance in the Cabinet by appointing a number of junior ministers fr(...)

Proposals on the future of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be brought forward ‘over the next week or so’, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Proposals on the future of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be brought forward “over the next week or so”, Minister for Social Protection (...)

Willie O’Dea  said any workers are also unsure if they are essential workers, as their employers claim in order to encourage them to attend work during the severe restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus crisis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government should establish a confidential hotline for workers who are concerned their employers aren’t adhering to physical distancing guidelines(...)

Micheál Martin:  heard  several TDs voice criticism of  his  approach, with the disquiet spreading beyond those who are usually opposed to the Cork South Central TD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to face down pressure from within his party to open talks with Sinn Féin and will continue with efforts to form (...)

One Fianna Fáil deputy said Micheál Martin was ‘overestimating’ the tacit support given to him. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has faced calls from within his parliamentary party to enter talks with Sinn Féin over government formation. Howev(...)

Maurice Quinlivan topped poll in Limerick City. File photograph. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan and Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea traded sharp words after one of Mr O’Dea’s allies said there was more chance of the for(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick City Willie O’Dea:  the party’s  spokesman on social protection, he has been vocal on pension eligibility, with his party pushing plans to outlaw contracts that force workers to leave their jobs at 65. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Willie O’Dea has topped the poll in many of the recent general elections, meaning his re-election was almost guaranteed. Dubbed Limerick’s “Stormin’ (...)

Fine Gael’s Kieran O’Donnell has been elected in Limerick city on Count Eight at Limerick Racecourse, regaining a seat he lost in 2016. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Brian Leddin has been elected in Limerick City on count nine. The counting is completed now. Mr Leddin becomes the first ever Limerick Green Party TD(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

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