THE CRUCIAL VOTE on the Second Stage of the Finance Bill is due in the Dáil in the coming minutes… but it looks like the government has been handed a last-minute reprieve after Michael Lowry released a statement indicating that the government had offered concessions on tax-deductible student registration fees, and to rush through an amendment levying a 90 per cent tax on bankers’ bonuses.
# economy - Thursday 27 January, 2011
At least 215 members of Aer Lingus cabin crew have been taken off the payroll, as the dispute between the airline and trade union Impact shows no sign of cooling.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: Micheal Martin begins his tenure as FF leader; a surgeon who contracted HIV from a patient settles his case, and a hunt is launched for a soldier who left a proposal for his girlfriend on the wrong answering machine.
New leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin says the focus of the upcoming election campaign must be on “substantial debate”
Russian woman’s attempts to bring her dead sister back to life backfired.
# economy - Wednesday 26 January, 2011
Meterology expert says the city of Jeddah must be redeveloped if it is to cope with increasing rainfall.
Spanish superstar failed doping test during the 2010 race.
US stock analyst Richard Russell claims the dollar has lost all stability and is about to crash.
Sky says presenter has quit his post on Sky Sports following recent controversy over off-air remarks.
David Cameron’s private secretary apologises to the Sinn Féin president after the PM says Adams has taken a job under the Crown.
Labour leader says he has already replied to Martin’s call for two election debates between the main party leaders.
Confused by Rafa Nadal’s exit in Melbourne? Us too – but Stephen Kelly talks us through the state of play in Oz.
Cuisine de France has announced that it is cutting 124 positions at Gallagher’s Bakery.
Martin wants to debate Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore at the start and end of the election campaign, and says it will be the toughest campaign his party ever faced.
After a review of counter-terrorist measures, Theresa May has announced her recommendations for restoring “British freedoms” – but civil rights group is not convinced.
An 18-year-old man has appeared in court in Navan to face a manslaughter charge in connection with a death in the town last year.
The value of Irish exports in November 2010 was €4bn more than the amount we imported – for the second straight month.
Police in England are investigating what started a house fire in Derbyshire, in which four children died on Monday.
Most airlines expecting higher passenger volumes, but higher oil prices are taking their toll.
VIDEO: There’s no ‘i’ in team, but there is in ‘win’ and there are times when one individual can make all the difference.
The Cork TD beats opposition from Éamon Ó Cuív, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to become the eighth party leader.
Film buffs will be pleased to hear the line-up for the upcoming Dublin Film Festival – which include Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kevin Spacey and Richard Ayoade.
In his annual State of the Union address, Barack Obama warns of the global threat to the United States’ economic power.
Investigation into Monday’s suicide bomb attack on Domedovo airport continues to suspect North Causasus militants, as Putin says no apparent link with Chechen fighters.
Sky Sports presenter says he’s sorry for leaked sexist remarks while ‘devastated’ Andy Gray issues apology too.
The King’s Speech is heading back to the edit suite, as Harvey Weinstein plans to try and cut out the bad language. Er, wasn’t that the best part?
Former team-mates and managers line up to pay tribute to axed star.
A cow who went on the rampage and knocked over a garda faces a death sentence. Should she get a reprieve?
The government bags a crucial victory on the Finance Bill after independents offer support in exchange for big amendments.
Andy Murray now faces David Ferrer in Australian Open semi-final.
Ireland gives the Palestinian delegation the status of ‘mission’ – a move blasted by Israel as a symptom of its “bias”.
The plot thickens as another video emerged last night. Who’s next?
Passengers hoping to travel with Aer Lingus today have been warned of disruptions after the airline cancels 14 flights.
Property Envy Alert: the media tycoon’s property portfolio.
After the Bears’ quarterback had his character demolished on the social media site, John Riordan has sent a column that’s over 140 characters.
Pandorama set-back may not be as bad as initially feared.
Protests continue in Egypt following yesterday’s deaths, as demonstrators demand an end to repression and governmental corruption. Meanwhile in Tunisia, the interim government has said it will bow to the will of the people and reshuffle the cabinet today.
Children’s home also has to be cleared out after dissident republicans claim they left “unstable” device on Antrim Road.
Cillian Kelly clicks though the gears with Sean Kelly’s An Post team as the season edges closer.