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Politics - Yesterday’s News

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Politics - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

CIA chief secretly met Kim Jong-un

The US and North Korea are preparing for a meeting between Kim and Donald Trump.

Politics - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

Whatever is happening to that 'dog's dinner' of a Bill?

Ministers signed off on 50 proposed amendments to the Judicial Appointments Bill today.

Taoiseach to consider law to protect journalists' sources following alleged INM data breach

Micheál Martin said any violation of a journalist’s data should be a criminal offence.

Landlords who raise rents by more than the allowed limit will face criminal charges under planned new laws

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy today secured Cabinet approval to publish the general scheme of the new Residential Tenancies Bill.

'We called him the King': Tributes as country singer Big Tom McBride dies aged 81

His family have confirmed funeral details for this Friday morning.

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Poll: Is a 'moderate' increase in local property tax justified? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is a 'moderate' increase in local property tax justified?

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has moved to allay fears over the tax by insisting any increase will be ‘affordable’ and ‘justified’.

Stormy Daniels hearing descends into chaos as Trump's lawyer outs Sean Hannity as his mysterious third client

Hannity has been one of Trump’s most ardent defenders throughout the ups and downs of his first year as president.

Cabinet to discuss possibility of Ireland getting its own Independence Day

A proposed Bill seeks to designate 21 January Ireland’s Independence Day – but it wouldn’t be a bank holiday.

Facebook to admit 'they could have done better' responding to data concerns in Ireland

Up to 44,687 people in Ireland may have been affected by the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Politics - Monday 16 April, 2018

INM in attempt to block appointment of inspectors to investigate itself, while Denis O'Brien blames ODCE for leaks

The ODCE was due to make its application to have inspectors appointed to Independent News and Media at the High Court this afternoon. Things didn’t go entirely to plan however.

Top civil servant says he and Martin Callinan were 'concerned' by Maurice McCabe's whistleblowing

Brian Purcell was one of five witnesses that also included three politicians at the Tribunal today.

Green Party wants to bring Amsterdam-style cannabis coffee shops to Ireland

The party is proposing that criminal offences be removed for people possessing less than five grams of cannabis.

It's looking more likely that any changes to the property tax system will be 'moderate'

Minister Paschal Donohoe said any changes to the property tax regime should be ‘affordable’ for homeowners.

Poll: Should civil servants be entitled to time off in order to deal with a marriage breakup? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should civil servants be entitled to time off in order to deal with a marriage breakup?

Currently, civil servants and teachers are entitled to 1.5 days paid leave at the time of a marital breakdown to help deal with legal issues.

After 18 years, China has opened its markets to Irish beef

Chinese demand for meat has quadrupled in the last three decades.

Tánaiste would have 'much preferred' if the UN was taking action against alleged Syrian chemical attack

World leaders are dealing with the fallout of airstrikes ordered following an alleged chemical attack.

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in 'failing health'

A statement said she will not seek additional treatment and will instead focus on “comfort care”.

Trump treats women 'like meat', is 'morally unfit for office' - explosive James Comey interview

Former FBI director Comey’s much-anticipated interview pulled no punches in its description of Trump, a description that has not been received well by the president.

Politics - Sunday 15 April, 2018

There are supposed to be rent limits in Dublin, so why can student accommodation providers hike rents by 27% a year?

There have been calls to increase protections for students living in the sector.

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Here’s what made the news today.

Putin says further Syria strikes from Western powers would spark 'chaos'

Meanwhile, a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the US, British, and French missile strikes on Syria has failed at the UN Security Council.

'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised

It’s been five years since Ireland voted to keep the Seanad in a referendum, but not much has changed since.

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Comey reopened investigation into Clinton emails 10 days before US election because he 'knew' she would win

In an interview to be broadcast today, Comey said that a Clinton victory would have been ‘illegitimate’ had he not acted in the way he did.

'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform

Three years ago the government committed to overhauling Ireland’s mental health laws – we’re still waiting.

Ireland’s mooted Airbnb ‘licensing’ scheme would only be rolled out in Dublin

If the government goes down the route of a licensing scheme, it would not mean a roll out of blanket rules across the country.

Politics - Saturday 14 April, 2018

What the Eighth Amendment Committee heard and the recommendations it made

Over the course of three months, 22 TDs and senators questioned experts and people who had personal experiences related to the topic.

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Airstrikes by the US, UK and France on chemical weapon targets in Syria had the world talking.

'Lawless', 'legally questionable': Syria airstrikes by US, UK and France criticised

The Irish government has yet to make a statement on the three allies’ airstrikes.

Trump hails 'mission accomplished' after US, France and UK launch airstrikes against Syria Attack This post contains videos

Trump hails 'mission accomplished' after US, France and UK launch airstrikes against Syria

In address to the American nation, President Trump announced that the US and its allies had launched precision attacks against the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad.

Poll: Would you like Paul Ryan to be the ambassador to Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you like Paul Ryan to be the ambassador to Ireland?

Ryan claims Irish roots, having traced his ancestors back to Ireland during the Famine.

Only eight people (and one party) gave their view on whether we should have a fixed term Dáil

Only the Green Party made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.

Canadian NGO sending 'observation team' to monitor Eighth Amendment referendum

The organisation says it wants to observe whether or not both sides “play fair”.

Politics - Friday 13 April, 2018

Together for Yes crowdfunding appeal tops half a million euro

The group says that the money will “put posters across the country”.

Auditor General says Martin Callinan told him of sex assault allegations against McCabe

Seamus McCarthy described it as an attempt to shake his conviction in his report into penalty points.

Ireland is giving another €5 million in aid to the severe humanitarian crisis in DR Congo

The UN has described the crisis as the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world.

42 new primary and secondary schools to be built by 2022

17 of the new schools are to be built by September 2019. The vast majority of the new institutions will be located in the Dublin area.

Dublin Lord Mayor signs document saying he will not enter Israel again without government permission

Efforts were made to refuse Mícheál Mac Donncha entry to the country.

Former FBI chief Comey's new book says Trump ran White House 'like a Mob boss', obsessed over 'Russian pee tape'

James Comey’s new book, titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, will go on sale next Tuesday.

Trump speaks with Theresa May over the phone but holds off on a final decision on strikes against Syria

The Syrian regime is accused of using chemical weapons in an attack on Saturday.

Data Commissioner expected to investigate potential IBRC data breach after complaint made

The Department of Finance confirmed that a former IBRC bank official had IBRC documents, and attempted to use them in an ongoing court case.