WHO I AM AND HOW YOU CAN CONTACT ME? Please take a few minutes to read over this notice.  Your privacy is important to me, Willie O’Dea TD.  This Privacy Notice sets out what may happen to any personal information you give me.  My constituency address is 2 Glenview Gardens, Farranshone, Limerick, and I have

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Healthy economy like ours can afford to hike welfare payouts

Protecting those people most in need should be a priority for politicians in a compassionate society, writes Willie O’Dea In an extraordinarily blase series of remarks after a pre-Budget forum with NGOs, the Minister for Social Protection dropped the strongest hints yet that she was not prepared to fight for increases in welfare in the

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Leo needs to think again about the leaky, old FG spin machine

Last week, a secret internal Fine Gael memo intended for limited circulation somehow managed to find its way into the public domain. It almost had echoes of Watergate. All that was missing was the darkened car park and a mysterious, shadowy source inside the administration determined to get the truth out there. Except, there was

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Public Meeting in Limerick on the Housing Crisis

Fianna Fáil is holding a public meeting on Housing on Monday, March 26th at 8pm in the Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd., Limerick. The meeting forms part of a series of regional events on the housing crisis we are currently engaged in.   Willie O’Dea TD said, “While the meetings are being held by Fianna Fáil,

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Curse of Brexit can’t be broken by wishful thinking

Theresa May and her ministers are about to learn that the old saying ‘May you get what you wish for’ is meant as a curse, not a blessing. No sooner had the current Brexit talks started in Brussels than we saw a succession of Tories demanding that negotiations proceed as speedily as possible to Phase

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We are all counting cost of the Cabinet’s three weakest links

In 2012, I commented in the Sunday Independent on how ministers in the Fine Gael/Labour government fell into one of three categories: high-flyers, passengers or weak links. I suggested that the weak links, specifically O’Reilly, Shatter, Burton and Hogan, each had the potential to cause huge problems for that government. I was later proven right.

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Brexit misadventure can end only on a discordant note

The British government’s handling of Brexit is like a comic opera but without the cheerful denouement There are moments when the British government’s handling of its Brexit misadventure seems to come straight out of the libretto of a Victorian comic operetta. Less than a week after sending her Article 50 letter, one of Theresa May’s

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