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Politics - Yesterday’s News

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Politics - Sunday 1 April, 2018

One fifth of the population plan to attend Pope Francis mass in Phoenix Park

Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant at a mass on 26 August.

Since 2014, Irish trade with Russia has fallen - agrifoods have been 'hit hard'

In 2014, overall trade with Russia was worth €948 million.

Clerical officer forced to take €11,000 salary cut for same job because he's turning 65

“It’s not fair that somebody facing that kind of cut will be expected to continue to do the same job because of a birthday.”

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Politics - Saturday 31 March, 2018

All new cars in Ireland to be equipped to dial emergency services if you crash

eCall is a new life-saving technology which will be fitted to all new cars from today.

Politics - Friday 30 March, 2018

'You had the unionist guy saying to the Tory - 'you're not understanding what Sinn Féin is saying''

Years before the Good Friday Agreement, politicians came together at Glencree for unofficial, trust-building talks.

Travellers to the US to be asked for their social media history

Applicants will be required to identify which they use.

Hotel was paid up to €5m to accommodate homeless people last year

New figures show that another hotel received between €2 million and €3 million.

Belgian politicians have cut the allowance of the king's tearaway brother

Prince Laurent had in a statement issued by his lawyer sought to win the sympathy of lawmakers.

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‘No justification for this’ - An Irish diplomat is to be expelled from Russia

A spokesperson for Simon Coveney said it is a “regrettable” decision from the Russians.

Paddy Jackson intends to sue Senator over tweet sent after jury verdict

Lawyers for Paddy Jackson have issued a notice of intention to sue Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Micheál Martin says Budget 2019 must prioritise the homeless crisis

Martin said the government has failed to grapple with the issue, which continues to get worse.

Explainer: What is the Good Friday Agreement?

The 20th anniversary of the landmark deal is being marked – here’s what’s in it.

How to get ready to vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum

We have everything you need to know.

PAC 'not satisfied' Garda College still operating under multiple tax codes

In its latest report, the PAC state that last year the gardaí declared its intention to the committee to bring the organisation under one tax code by the end of March.

Politics - Thursday 29 March, 2018

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'Abortion is a licence to kill'- Save the 8th launches its referendum campaign

The campaign claimed today that it has already canvassed 300,000 homes.

Taoiseach says he uses his personal email for official business when his mobile phone goes dead

The Taoiseach was grilled about the unit’s controversial Ireland 2040 plan, the body’s expenditure, and the use of his personal email for official government business.

Micheál Martin announces Fianna Fáil front-bench reshuffle: Here's who got what job

TDs were informed about what new portfolios they would taking on this morning.

Taoiseach declares homeless and housing crisis a national emergency

Leo Varadkar said the latest homeless figures are “disturbing”.

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Theresa May to tour UK today to mark one-year countdown to Brexit

She is set to visit Northern Ireland for lunch before returning to London later this evening.

Trump ousts Veteran Affairs chief as he taps White House doctor to replace him

Dr Ronny Jackson has been named as David Shulkin’s successor.

Social workers have to develop skills to deal with allegations of historical abuse 'on the hoof'

The CEO of Tusla has said this area is “one of the most challenging” aspects of the agency’s work.

Politics - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign PAC

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign

The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.

'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed

It called on RTÉ to sign up to new service-level agreement to ensure there is transparency in how it spends the licence fee money.

Referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment to be held on Friday 25 May

Minister Eoghan Murphy made the announcement this afternoon.

Dr Rhona Mahony joins Together for Yes repeal campaign

The Master of the National Maternity Hospital outlined her support for a Yes vote today.

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Tánaiste denies doing a U-turn on abortion

Coveney also suggested that the abortion referendum could be held a week earlier than expected.

Belfast council votes to award Bill Clinton freedom of the city

The council voted to give the former US president and Senator George Mitchell the award for their part in the peace process.

Taoiseach says it would be appropriate for Pope to visit survivors of Catholic Church abuse in Ireland

The government will tell the Vatican that families ‘of all shapes and forms’ should be celebrated during Pope’s Irish visit

China and North Korea confirm that Kim Jong-un took a secret trip to Beijing

It was Kim’s first trip abroad since taking power in North Korea.

Politics - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Dept of Justice had 'shortcomings' but 'did not deliberately conceal' emails from Disclosures Tribunal

An independent report in how it handled materials given to the Tribunal was published this evening.

Government plans to reduce the cost of the morning-after pill or make it free for all women

The minister plans to expand access to barrier contraception.

Sinn Féin senator who retweeted post calling IRA victim a 'sadist' makes 'sincere apology' in Seanad

Máire Devine has been suspended from Sinn Féin over her tweets about the late Brian Stack.

Varadkar says Coveney's call for two-thirds majority lock in abortion law is unconstitutional

The Cabinet is discussing potential abortion legislation today.

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Taoiseach says expulsion of Russian diplomat from Ireland is an 'act of solidarity' with the UK

Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that when it comes to the use of chemical weapons Ireland is “not neutral one bit”.

Leo's controversial Strategic Communications Unit to be wound down within months

The Taoiseach told his Cabinet today the unit’s budget will be cut by 50% and the staff reduced.

It turns out you WON'T need a PSC to apply for your driving licence after all

At least not for in-person applications. Previously, the RSA had said the card would be a mandatory requirement for anyone looking to apply for a licence from 9 April.

Why has Ireland ousted a Russian diplomat, and how significant is it?

“Expelling diplomats is ‘cheap diplomacy’,” one expert said. “It’s a low-cost way of reacting, and it doesn’t cost anything financially.”

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Poll: Should Ireland expel Russian diplomats?

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is going to announce the Irish government’s position later today.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Russian spies and abortion legislation – here’s what’s happening today.

Russian Ambassador warns Ireland should use 'common sense' when considering diplomat expulsions

The government is expected to decide whether to expel Russian diplomats later today.