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Politics - Today’s News

What can Fine Gael learn from previous heaves against long-serving party leaders?

Fine Gael’s succession looks all very amicable at the moment but there are lessons in the past from the likes of Bertie Ahern.

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Sinn Féin doing well in the polls, a car hitting people in Germany and a money appeal from Trump had everyone talking today.

Simon Harris defends use of prefabs on hospital sites

It is planned that prefabs would be used in order to deal with overcrowding.

FactCheck: Did Right2Water this week support charging for excessive water use?

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen made the claim this week, and the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy accused him of “mischief making”. FactCheck steps in.

New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest level in a year

New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest level in a year

Fianna Fáil’s support has dipped, albeit slightly.

US immigration reportedly 'bars' Syrian cinematographer from travelling to the Oscars

However, a tweet from the filmmaker said he had received a visa but wasn’t attending due to ‘intensity of work’

Michael Healy-Rae says Trump's view on deregulation 'shows intelligence of the man'

He added that he’d have problems with Trump’s views on other issues.

Republicans are getting shouted at by constituents (even kids) angry about Donald Trump Town Halls This post contains videos

Republicans are getting shouted at by constituents (even kids) angry about Donald Trump

Town hall meetings across the US are getting testy.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Sit back, relax and have a read of today’s stories.

BBC, New York Times and other media barred from White House press briefing

Much smaller conservative outlets like the One America News Network that have provided favorable coverage did attend.

'Dismay' and online anger as pro-choice TFMR Ireland excluded from Citizens' Assembly

17 groups were chosen from 120 submissions to present in front the Citizen’s Assembly

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Poll: Should elderly motorists be made to take their driving test again? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should elderly motorists be made to take their driving test again?

Transport Minister Shane Ross has said that retesting “is a really good idea”.

Bus Éireann workers told to 'prepare for protracted strike'

Siptu has put its members at the company on strike notice. HSE workers however, have cancelled impending industrial action.

Penalty points for mobile phone use could be increased, Ross says

The Transport Minister said he is also looking at the practicalities of additional tests for older drivers.

The Charleton Tribunal has an official (different) name, and its opening statement is due next Monday

We are far more likely to refer to it as the Charleton Tribunal to be honest.


"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name": Trump attacks media

Trump also said the building of a border wall between the US and Mexico was “way ahead of schedule”.

Sanders says Trump has 'opened the floodgates' for private prisons to profit

President Trump has promised a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration, meaning more prisons are needed quick.

Caitlyn Jenner's message to Donald Trump over LGBTQ rights: 'Call me' Transgender Bathrooms This post contains videos

Caitlyn Jenner's message to Donald Trump over LGBTQ rights: 'Call me'

Jenner says moves by the White House have been ‘a disaster’.

Corbyn defiant as Tories net historic by-election win over Labour

For the first time since 1982, the UK government gained a by-election seat from the opposition.

Politics - Thursday 23 February, 2017

'I want to enlighten him': Trump inauguration singer speaks out against transgender policy

She joined a raft of other voices calling for Trump’s move to be rolled back.

On Brussels trip, Kenny says Brexit deal should include provision for united Ireland

Kenny said he also believed the triggering of Article 50 would be delayed a little.

Asked about controversies, Commissioner says there are 'inaccuracies we cannot correct at the moment'

Nóirín O’Sullivan said she was concerned about the impact of recent issues on public confidence in policing.

'Neither confrontation nor submission': Trump's top diplomat in Mexico to calm tensions

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the visit was symbolic of the meaningful relationship the two countries have.


Poll: At what age should children get a smartphone? What Do You Think This post contains a poll

Poll: At what age should children get a smartphone?

The ISPCC said they had a case of a nine-year-old sending nude pictures of herself to her classmates.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Storm Doris is causing some disruption this morning – here’s your morning round-up.

Trump overturns Obama's school protections for transgender students

Schools will now decide whether students should use restrooms based on their gender identity.

Jetting off: Enda's 'last lap' mission of diplomacy and negotiation starts today

The Taoiseach has a busy schedule ahead of him.

Politics - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

'All calm on the western front': Fine Gael happy with Enda's message at crunch meeting

Kenny will deal with the leadership issue “effectively and conclusively” when he returns from the US.

FactCheck: How many new social housing units does the government plan to build?

Richard Bruton made the claim, and a FactCheck reader asked us to step in, so we did.

Tusla boss admits confidence in system 'may well have been undermined'

The organisation would develop and train specialist teams to determine the truth of allegations made to the organisation, he told TDs.

As it happened: Enda says he doesn't want to see commuters discommoded by bus strike

Stay with us as we take you through Leaders’ Questions.


The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday morning.

'Hate and fear' by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty

Amnesty has attacked “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narrative”.

'Our rights were breached': Here's how Apple will fight the EU's €13bn Irish tax ruling

The tech giant has been ordered to hand over the huge sum for illegal state aid.

Shane Ross to seek a free vote on new drink-driving law

A number of rural TDs, including some in the Independent Alliance, are unhappy with some aspects of the law.

The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, ranked from most to least likely

He who wields the knife rarely wears the crown…

Politics - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Taoiseach told 'several children have died' waiting for Orkambi drug decision

Orkambi is estimated to cost €159,000 per patient.

Mother releases harrowing video of daughter suffering seizures in bid to access medication

Vera Twomey is calling for her daughter to be given access to potentially life-changing medication.

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