Saturday 24 March 2018

Kenny backed Jerry

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer (pictured) says Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave him great support after he told him he was gay.

"He looked at me and he gave me a dig into the chest and he says: 'You're still the same guy, I'm still mad about you, let's go do this'.

"He's a man in his mid 60s from the west of Ireland who may be uncomfortable and who may have gone on a big journey himself, and he has, he showed me great empathy and support and affirmation," Mr Buttimer said on Today FM.


The Government has got a new way of appointing the Clerk of the Dail – the top civil servant in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The issue has been the source of contention between Government Buildings and Leinster House.

From now on, the Clerk will be appointed following a selection process headed up the Top Level Appointments Commission.


Ministers are to look at the costs associated with extending the right to vote in Seanad elections to all college graduates.

The Cabinet discussed plans to give all graduates the vote in electing the six university senators.

But problems around how to compile the register, administration and costs still have to be resolved.

Irish Independent

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