Willie Penrose

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Willie Penrose said wronged tracker mortgage customers deserved to be able to take a collective action. File photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Longford-Westmeath Labour TD Willie Penrose will introduce a Private Members’ Bill in the Dáil next week allowing wronged tracker mortgage customers t(...)

Willie Penrose: ‘I don’t bother with Twitter, Facebook or any of that nonsense.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Much has changed for our TDs when compared to their predecessors of years ago. Voters are now more demanding, cynical and are ruthless in consigning (...)

The North-South “voisinage” agreement on reciprocal fishing rights within the zero to six-mile limits dates back to the 1960s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed has said he was “reflecting” on legislation allowing reciprocal coastal fishing rights on both sides of the Bord(...)

 Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin: “The challenge now for Labour is not to fight the last election again. But to listen to the people, and to prepare for the election of tomorrow”

Perhaps the thinking within the Labour Party is that the public needs to first know what it is rather than what it wants to do. The keynote speech by(...)

Willie Penrose (Labour TD) Bet Of Meeting Yorkhill in the JLT is my banker. He comes to himself at this time of year with a bit of good ground. Lay(...)

As organisations get used to the new regime, perhaps they will learn how to provide meaningful levels of detail. Photograph: Getty Images

The year-long soft launch is over. From tomorrow, those who lobby the State but fail to register the activity, or register it late, face fines and pot(...)

Irish acts that receive the most plays include Walking on Cars, Hozier, Picture This, Gavin James, Kodaline and Brian  Deady. Photograph: Getty

One of the hardy annuals of the Irish parliamentary year is the regular debate about the amount, or lack of, Irish music played by Irish radio station(...)

 Musicians play alongside Irish traditional band Moxie outside Leinster House to give support to Labour TD Willie Penrose’s Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill in September 2016. File photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Labour TD Willie Penrose has urged RTÉ Radio to bring back its commercially sponsored programmes to promote Irish music and singers. The programmes (...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh who has held the role since 2001 was recently reappointed despite considerably outlasting the seven-year term recommended by the Government. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The chairman of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has apologised for the process by which it lengthened the term of its chief executive in defiance of Govern(...)

The precise date for the introduction of increased welfare payments has still not been agreed.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and the Government have still not agreed the precise date for the introduction of increased welfare payments. A dispute between the two s(...)

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