Are we really heading towards an early general election? When will the Taoiseach go to Áras an Uachtaráin? Most politicians, backroom staff and journalists in Leinster House are asking those questions and no one has the answers. Although the Government and Fianna Fáil remain entrenched in their positions, many are hoping that a compromise can still be salvaged and an election that neither party wants, can be avoided.
A look at the main issues facing the Government as the new Dáil term begins. There are just three weeks to go to Budget day and Government is planning a roughly 2:1 split between spending and taxation and to bring in a balanced budget next year. At this stage the coalition has around €300 million for spending increases and tax cuts but this will increase; it’s just not clear by how much.
As RTÉ’s Political Correspondent, my job is to observe, to report and to shed light on political issues. On the issue of gender pay equality I also want transparency. And, like many of my media colleagues, I cannot be an observer on this issue. The ongoing controversies over gender pay at the BBC - and also in the Irish media - raise important issues. The focus on salaries of well-known broadcasters may not seem like a rallying campaign for the masses. But, to my mind, it should be.
.@fiannafailparty will abstain in today's vote on the second stage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 which would automatically disqualify drivers who are found to be over the limit. They will do so to allow it go to committee stage @rtenews#dail
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".