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Politics - Today’s News

From Business ETC Higher tariffs on ‘fancy teas’ boil down to nothing Tax Bagged

Higher tariffs on ‘fancy teas’ boil down to nothing

Michael Noonan says there will be no VAT on teas like peppermint and camomile.

From Business ETC Are loose alcohol-sale laws turning Irish diners into a nation of ‘handbag drinkers’? Pinot In Yo' Prada

Are loose alcohol-sale laws turning Irish diners into a nation of ‘handbag drinkers’?

Restaurateurs want a shake up of liquor pricing… and immediate action to fix a chef-shortage “crisis”.

Protesters block Joan Burton’s car from leaving Dublin event

The Tánaiste was at a school in Raheny to launch a report on Breakfast Clubs

State of the Nation: To cut or not to cut?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

From Business ETC Dublin needs 35,000 new homes by 2018 — surveyors Brick By Brick

Dublin needs 35,000 new homes by 2018 — surveyors

The surveyors group is calling for swift action to address a housing shortfall, particularly in the central Dublin City Council area.

Government advisors warn Noonan: We need another tough Budget

The Finance Minister has said we can expect a largely neutral Budget. He’s being told it should be ‘prudent’ and ‘disciplined’.

Why has @EndaKennyTD not tweeted in over three years?

The Taoiseach has been silent on the Twitter machine since July 2011.

Charles Haughey family “deeply disappointed” over claims he was beaten with iron bar

It is claimed in a new biography of TK Whitaker that he missed a Budget speech because of this – Haughey’s family say the claims are untrue.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Will Enda be cutting the top rate of tax?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants a 1% cut in the top tax rate, it is being reported.

The majority of people want a referendum on the 8th Amendment

… but one quarter of people don’t know.

Gerry Adams is off to New York to see the Clintons tomorrow – but he’s flying economy class

Mary Lou McDonald caused controversy when it emerged she flew business class to Australia last month.

Remember when Alan Shatter appeared on the cover of Time?

If you lived in or around Dundrum in 2009 you may have received a copy…

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Councillors surprised and shocked to hear work will begin soon on Poolbeg incinerator

One councillor said it would have been “good manners and good practice” to contact them.

Surge in asylum applications? That’s ‘ridiculous’ says Ó Riordáin

The Minister of State talked about the working group that’s tasked with suggesting how to reform the current system.

Ireland’s EU ombudsman decribes the “art” of dealing with EU bureaucracy

This comes on the first anniversary of Emily O’Reilly’s time in the position.

Politics - Saturday 20 September, 2014

Minister: ‘GSOC should publish report, but members shouldn’t resign’

Frances Fitzgerald says she has confidence in the commissioners.

‘Better the devil you know’: Winners, losers – and one for you to decide – from the political week House Of Cards This post contains a poll

‘Better the devil you know’: Winners, losers – and one for you to decide – from the political week

Scotland said No, Gordon Brown re-emerged, as did Alan Shatter, and Micheál Martin tied himself in knots.

New laws will see asylum seekers spend less time in Direct Provision

The heads of the new legislation will be brought to Cabinet within a matter of weeks.

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How important was a ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum to Northern Irish unionists?

Cultural and historical ties to Scotland meant that yesterday’s ‘No’ vote came as good news for our neighbours to the north.

Here’s how much a pint costs in the Dáil bar these days

Still cheaper than most other bars…

Left-wing independent TDs meet today, but here’s why a new party isn’t happening soon

Left-wing independent TDs meet today, but here’s why a new party isn’t happening soon

The ‘is there going to be a new political party?’ story rumbles on…

Aaron McKenna: What are our coalition options after the next election?

Coalitions are the price of proportional systems such as ours: voters should have truthful information about potential alliances in order to make informed decisions.

Politics - Friday 19 September, 2014

Alex Salmond is resigning as Scotland’s First Minister

It follows defeat for the Yes side in the independence referendum overnight.

United Kingdom: Scotland votes No and rejects independence

David Cameron says the question is settled for ‘a generation or perhaps a lifetime’.

‘I will not send Irish troops into civil war in Syria’ – Coveney

Irish peacekeepers are about to re-deploy to the Golan Heights.

‘I accept the verdict of the people.”- Salmond concedes defeat but wants promises delivered

The Scottish First Minister says that the referendum was a “triumph” for democracy.

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Scotland’s older people saved the Union

Young people really wanted independence.

From Business ETC The Briefcase: Double Irish with a twist of Keynsian economics and… new iPhones OMG OMG! Inbox Me

Enda’s ‘Personal intervention’ led to Lucinda quitting Euro job

The former Europe Minister has resigned as EPP Vice President. It’s claimed the Taoiseach asked party bosses to remove her from the role earlier this summer.

From Business ETC The cows are going to be very busy in Cork. Up to 60% busier, in fact WHITE GOLD

The cows are going to be very busy in Cork. Up to 60% busier, in fact

Dairygold will add 115 jobs and boost production 60% after EU dairy quotas end.

Open thread: What are your thoughts on Scotland’s big decision?

Are you disappointed this morning or glad that there is still a United Kingdom across the water?

Gerry Adams’ tweet on the the Scottish independence vote was to the point

Adams said Ireland should never lose sight that we are a “divided people”.

Ireland should see ‘trade opportunities, not threats’ in a devolved Scotland

Scotland will be given more control over its own economic policies.

State of the Nation: How’s everyone feeling about Scotland saying ‘No’? Dáil Talk This post contains videos

State of the Nation: How’s everyone feeling about Scotland saying ‘No’?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

Boston mayor Marty Walsh lands in Ireland for historic homecoming

…and drops a few words as Gaeilge. Just because.

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