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Politics - Yesterday’s News

US to review North Korea terror status after Sony hack

President Barack Obama said the hacking incident was not an act of war.

What did the Dáil do on their first day?

Got to know the place and got shown how to work the phones?

Senators start campaign to have a referendum on the Water Services Bill

Here’s what would have to happen to get it underway.

Poll: How will you vote in the same-sex marriage referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How will you vote in the same-sex marriage referendum?

The campaigns on both sides will be kicking off shortly.

Support for Labour and Fine Gael drops in latest Red C poll

But there’s another poll too…

We asked Leo Varadkar if he finds it hard to keep his mouth shut… Loose Lips Leo This post contains videos

We asked Leo Varadkar if he finds it hard to keep his mouth shut…

The Health Minister has been telling TheJournal.ie about his reputation for being a straight talker.

Politics - Saturday 20 December, 2014

Gerry Adams wants Sean Barrett to meet with him over ongoing issues

The Sinn Féin leader said he has been writing to Barrett for “months”.

The Seanad debated the Water Services Bill well into the wee hours

Senators are now expected to return on Monday to continue the debate.

Politics - Friday 19 December, 2014

Joan Burton: Our abortion laws do not serve women well

The Tánaiste and Labour leader has reiterated her opposition to the 8th Amendment.

From Business ETC Is Ireland the ‘Best Small Country in the World in Which to do Business™?’ Not any more… Not The BSCITWIWTDB

George Redmond corruption findings withdrawn by Mahon Tribunal

The corruption findings were made in an interim report by the Tribunal in 2004.

File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor’s expenses

Former councillor Dessie Larkin claimed he was at two meetings at the one time.

Micheál Martin is okay with his own TDs criticising him, but how will he solve his woman problem? Haters Gonna Hate This post contains videos

Micheál Martin is okay with his own TDs criticising him, but how will he solve his woman problem?

The Fianna Fáil leader insisted it’s not ‘uno Duce, una voce’ under his regime.

Mandy Rice-Davies — a key figure in the 1963 Profumo affair — has died, aged 70

The controversy rocked the British political establishment at the height of the Cold War.

Enda’s Christmas message: Facetime is no substitute for face-to-face

The Taoiseach said the government is working day and night to strengthen the economy so people who have emigrated can return.

Bernard Brogan doesn’t rule out a life in politics… (after football)

The Dublin footballer is getting a taste of it as he tries to get government commitments on the betting tax.

Politics - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges

Independent MEP Marian Harkin said the Commission could tell the Government to increase the controversial charge.

He’s ruled out Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, so could Micheál Martin do a deal with anyone? The Next Government This post contains videos

He’s ruled out Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, so could Micheál Martin do a deal with anyone?

The Fianna Fáil leader has been speaking to TheJournal.ie today.

This senator was struggling to keep his eyes open as the Seanad debated water charges
From Business ETC ‘It saddens me to be part of a parliament that brings about this grief’ – Nama told Bad Bank

‘It saddens me to be part of a parliament that brings about this grief’ – Nama told

But the bad bank’s boss came out swinging against claims it was being a bully.

Enda Kenny wants more women…

… to serve in Cabinet if the government is re-elected.

Government could have saved €1 million on hotel to house homeless families

A €4 million bid is being considered for a Nama hotel in Tallaght. It could have been taken off the market for €3 million back in 2012.

Businesses want to make Dublin city safer – here’s how

Better policing, an outreach team and tackling repeat offenders, mostly.

Varadkar: Abortion issue is ‘never going to go away’

The Health Minister said he was aware of the life support case in Mullingar when he called legislation “too restrictive”.

13 Labour TDs missed the Dáil vote on abortion last night

A large number of Labour deputies missed the vote on a bill to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment.

Unregulated plastic surgery procedures offered to 15 year olds

The Oireachtas Health Committee has been told the industry is largely unregulated here.

Will the Seanad reject water charges?

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

‘The UK respects Ireland’s privacy, there is no question of any mass surveillance’

Documents previously showed that UK authorities had access to opitcal fibre cables that carry a range of data, from internet traffic to telephone calls.

Pro-life group: No one wants to see this baby’s life deliberately ended

The family of a 16-week pregnant woman who is brain dead want to switch off the life support.

Labour TD: That Tesco ad has haunted us

John Lyons has told TheJournal.ie that the perception of Labour could not be lower.

TD helped ‘dozens’ of women take abortion pills

In many cases the women “under no circumstances would have been able to pay to travel to Britain and to pay for accommodation”.

Politics - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Tight purse strings means the next Irish City of Culture has been cancelled

The next event was expected in 2018 but now won’t happen.

‘Brian Hayes has lost the run of himself since he moved to Brussels’

Sinn Féin has hit back at the Fine Gael MEP’s criticism of the party’s attitude towards the European Union.

Enda: Leo Varadkar spoke ‘in a personal capacity’ on abortion issue The 8th This post contains videos

Enda: Leo Varadkar spoke ‘in a personal capacity’ on abortion issue

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was responding to Varadkar’s comments last night that the 8th Amendment was too restrictive.

Sinead O’Connor has written a new version of the Irish national anthem Time For Change? This post contains videos

Sinead O’Connor has written a new version of the Irish national anthem

It’s to the tune of Amhrán Na Bhfiann but the lyrics have been changed.

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Enda: I’ll ask Mario Draghi to attend the banking inquiry

The Taoiseach was described as “a crawler” by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil today.

‘Not everyone partied but the bubble meant their lives were better’

Peter Nyberg said it’s “unlikely something really exciting and new will emerge” from the Oireachtas investigation.

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