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Politics - Yesterday’s News

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Politics - Saturday 8 September, 2018

A party is being launched today that's calling for Ireland to leave the EU

Former Irish ambassador Ray Bassett said that the benefits of Ireland’s EU membership are diminishing, especially after Brexit.

Taoiseach says Trump visit will cost 'several million euro'

The duration of the US president’s stay in Ireland is yet to be determined.

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Politics - Friday 7 September, 2018

The inquiry into the Cervical Check scandal has been completed

MInister for Health Simon Harris will meet with the author of the report Dr Scally next week.

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Higgins says UN members are fuelling current and future wars

He said institutions like the United Nations are “imperfect” but needed.

Trump likely to stop off in Ireland on his way home from Paris, says Coveney

Varadkar delivered a robust defence of the government’s record on housing this morning.

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Coveney says Brexit withdrawal deal is '85% agreed'

Simon Coveney says the October deadline can be pushed out, but not by much.

Northern Irish Secretary admits she didn't understand 'nationalists don't vote for unionist parties'

Karen Bradley has said there was a lot she didn’t understand about Northern Ireland before she was given the job.

Trump calls on New York Times to reveal 'coward' behind explosive op-ed

Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump accused the author of “sabotaging” the US.

New Airbnb regulations aim to get housing units back on the market quickly

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said Ireland’s new rules will be similar to those introduced in Toronto.

A tale of two letters: Election speculation rife this week as Leo says it's 'prudent' to be ready

Leo wants to talk but Micheál’s not ready. Are we in for a bad break up?

Politics - Thursday 6 September, 2018

Eoghan Murphy says there were 'crazier' ideas than Varadkar's to create pro-Fine Gael online accounts

A new biography of Varadkar’s rise to power says that he suggested creating anonymous accounts to comment on news stories.

Trump's Supreme Court pick grilled on abortion laws and emails about Mueller investigation

Democrats have been grilling the judge Trump has selected – but he’s likely to be approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Dolores O’Riordan’s inquest, an explosive op-ed about Trump’s White House, and Burt Reynolds’ death – here’s your news fix.

Minister warns councils he will use emergency powers if inaction on housing continues

The minister said some local authorities are ‘making excuses’ about their lack of progress.

Mike Pence and Pompeo deny writing explosive 'resistance' opinion piece

“The NYT should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed,” Pence’s spokesperson said.

Varadkar understands why people might be 'sceptical' that Fine Gael can solve the homeless crisis

The Taoiseach says his party does not lack compassion when it comes to solving the crisis.

'TREASON?': Trump slams 'gutless' article by White House employee

The New York Times article claims the US president’s employees see him as a danger to the nation.

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'

The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.

Acting classes ruled out at FG think-in, but party to talk gender pay gap and Budget

Last year, Varadkar was heavily criticised for comments he made to this website insisting that Ireland has “one of the lowest levels of homelessness” .

Finance Minister says it's up to PTSB if it wants to appear before the finance committee over loan sale

Last month, PTSB sold its controversial Project Glas loan portfolio to an affiliate of the so-called vulture fund Lone Star for around €1.3 billion.

Politics - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Trump's Supreme Court candidate quizzed on his loyalty to the US President

“I owe my loyalty to the Constitution,” Brett Kavanaugh told the committee. “No one is above the law in our constitutional system.”

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

A deal between Ryanair and its pilots, a delayed referendum, and one of the hottest summers on record. Here’s what made the news.

Labour and Green Party to hold rally for 'democracy and decency' to coincide with visit of Donald Trump

The US President will visit Europe to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Referendum on women’s place in the home delayed after committee vote

The Oireachtas Justice Committee has voted for pre-legislative scrutiny of the removal of the women in the home reference.

Regina Doherty calls for negotiations on new deal with FF, says election talk 'childish'

Budget talks start today – but the minister says Fine Gael wants parallel talks on confidence and supply.

'A con to the public': Trump decries damning book about 'Crazytown' White House

Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is released on 11 September.

Philippine mayor on president's 'narco list' shot dead in his office

Mariano Blanco, mayor of the town of Ronda, is the latest in a spate of local officials to be slain in recent months.

Trump to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iran

Washington has sought to build up international pressure on Iran after reimposing tough sanctions in August.

Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm

Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.

A love of Mars bars and his hesitations about coming out: What we learn from Leo's new biography Leo

A love of Mars bars and his hesitations about coming out: What we learn from Leo's new biography

Leo: Leo Varadkar – A Very Modern Taoiseach has been published today.

Politics - Tuesday 4 September, 2018

Extraordinary scenes mark beginning of 4-day hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick

Handmaid’s Tale protesters and accusations of withheld documents marred the opening statements of Senators today.

New scheme could allow up to 5,500 non-EEA nationals remain in Ireland to work

The scheme will be set up specifically for people who came to Ireland between 2005 and 2011 to study.

Mortgage-holders caught up in PTSB loan sale to be invited to tell of the turmoil it has caused

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said a full committee session should be dedicated to the loan book sale.

Micheál Martin: There are 'serious deficiencies' in implementation of deal with Fine Gael

Timmy Dooley says the Budget needs to be agreed before any confidence and supply talks.

Naughten says complete shutdown of postal services was 'undeniable' before retirement package plan

The CEO of An Post told an Oireachtas Committee today that it is vital now that more government services are offered at post offices to strengthen the network.

Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker Festival as famous people say they won't share the stage with him

Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker Festival as famous people say they won't share the stage with him

The reversal of the decision was announced last night.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Mary Lou said she is struck by the number of men that attempt to 'mansplain' her job

The Sinn Féin leader said she is in charge of the party, and no ‘shadowy figures’ are in control.

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