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Politics - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

DUP's Jim Wells criticised for comparing UK abortion rate to Holocaust

The DUP MLA made the comments on the BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan show today.

Poll: Do you support means testing the child benefit payment? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you support means testing the child benefit payment?

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said yesterday she supported the universality of the payment.

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Politics - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Could Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz be Donald Trump's rival in 2020?

Schultz has quit the coffee chain and has sparked rumours of a White House bid.

'How long must women in Northern Ireland wait for change?' - UK MPs debate abortion laws

An MP told the House of Commons that UK laws “put abortion in the same category as homicide, child stealing, or rape”.

There were a record 9,091 patients waiting on trolleys in Ireland's hospitals last month

The 9,091 figure represents a 12% jump from May 2017, and a massive 116% jump from the situation in 2006.

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.

Politics - Monday 4 June, 2018

Tense interview sees Bill Clinton say he doesn't owe Monica Lewinsky a personal apology

Clinton is back in the spotlight after co-authoring a new book.

US Supreme Court sides with baker who refused to make same-sex couple's wedding cake

The court ruled that an initial judgement against Jack Phillips had shown a ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ towards his ‘sincere religious beliefs’.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Here’s what’s making headlines this Bank Holiday Monday.

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil team up to force government into addressing rising student rents

The issue of spiralling rents in student accommodation has been at the forefront of the political debate in recent months.

Politics - Sunday 3 June, 2018

Poll: Would graphic photos on cans stop you from buying sugary drinks? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would graphic photos on cans stop you from buying sugary drinks?

The study found that people were less likely to buy the fizzy drinks when images were on the cans.

German far-right leader sparks outrage in describing Nazi rule as 'just a speck of bird s**t'

“We have a glorious history and one, my dear friends, that lasted a lot longer than those damned 12 years”, Alexander Gauland said.

Politics - Saturday 2 June, 2018

Observers from the UK, US and Canada monitored the Eighth referendum

They raised concerns about some ballot boxes allegedly not being sealed correctly and so-called ‘family voting’.

Magdalene reparations will finally be paid to those who lived in the forgotten institutions

Previously, women who had worked in laundries not covered by the Magdalene Restorative Justice scheme had been denied compensation.

Politics - Friday 1 June, 2018

Trump says meeting with North Korea is back on after Kim's 'very nice' letter

The announcement came after unprecedented Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.

Populist leader sworn in as Italian prime minister

The country has been in the throes of political uncertainty for almost three months.

Socialist Sanchez takes over in Spain as Rajoy ousted by parliament

Rajoy got up and shook hands with Sanchez before leaving the lower house without a word.

Trump's 'illegal', 'unacceptable' steel and aluminium tariffs will kick in today, and US allies are not happy

Stock prices slumped amid fears of a trade war between the nations.

Papal visit: State planning to spend almost €3 million on security staff and equipment

The Pope is to celebrate Mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park on 26 August.

Politics - Thursday 31 May, 2018

Women affected by CervicalCheck controversy 'borrowing money to get to healthcare appointments' Smear Tests This post contains videos

Women affected by CervicalCheck controversy 'borrowing money to get to healthcare appointments'

The women in question are afraid, angry and confused, Stephen Donnelly said.

Police in Belfast seize abortion pills and robots from campaigners

The demonstration saw an “abortion robot” deliver abortion pills to a number of women.

Dublin City Council top official says 252 people removed from April homeless figures are 'still homeless'

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin has accused the government of “massaging the figures”.

Poll: Should adopted people be allowed access their full birth information? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should adopted people be allowed access their full birth information?

The issue of adoption rights has been to the forefront in recent days.

Politics - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

'Dead' Russian journalist who's really alive and well vows to 'die at 96 and dance on Putin's grave'

Secret Service officials say they faked his death to catch those who were trying to kill him.

Taoiseach to talk to Micheál Martin about extending confidence and supply 'when the time is right'

Taoiseach to talk to Micheál Martin about extending confidence and supply 'when the time is right'

The confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil runs until the Budget next October.

Minister promises proper oversight of €4bn Ireland 2040 funds so money goes to the best bids

The Taoiseach launched new funds today to tackle rural development, urban regeneration, climate action and innovation.

Taoiseach says he's not ruling out a public inquiry into Shane O’Farrell death

On the evening of 2 August 2011, Shane O’Farrell was cycling home when he was struck by a car driven by a man who was on bail for offences in both Cavan and Monaghan.

'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'

Advocates today called for more action on so-called hidden homelessness.

Politics - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

'They have suffered long enough': Pressure mounts on Theresa May to legislate for change to Northern Ireland abortion law

May has responded to those calls by saying that the issue is for the North to decide.

'It's like an enormous weight being lifted': Applause for Clare Daly's heartfelt referendum speech The 8th This post contains videos

'It's like an enormous weight being lifted': Applause for Clare Daly's heartfelt referendum speech

The TD, who has campaigned on the issue for years, said she couldn’t believe change had taken so long.

Cannabis now the most-used substance in new cases of problem drug use

There has also been an increase in the number of people who are homeless seeking treatment.

Abortion legislation expected to be law by January 2019

The first Dáil sitting since the country voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment takes place this afternoon.

Kenneally abuse complaints: Alleged collusion between gardaí and church to be probed

The former Waterford sports coach is currently serving a 14 year prison sentence.

Peadar Tóibín: 'One child’s life is more important than my job, and every TD's job'

The Sinn Féin TD said he will oppose such proposals in the Dáil.

Italy in crisis: 'Mr Scissors' picks his caretaker cabinet as fresh elections loom

Carlo Cottarelli, a former IMF economist, has been asked to form a technocrat government.

GPs who refuse to refer on patients seeking an abortion will need to respect 'law of the land'

The Cabinet is discussing the planned passage of the legislation this morning.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Garda training, a warning to swimmers, and North Korea: here’s your morning news update.

Politics - Monday 28 May, 2018

Harris to bring abortion legislation to Dáil before summer recess

Simon Harris is ‘extremely eager’ to pass abortion legislation by the autumn

'Tone deaf': Ivanka Trump photo with son sparks backlash over border separations

Outrage continues to grow in the US over a federal government policy to separate the children of undocumented migrants from their parents.