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Today’s News

Cork, Limerick, and Waterford mayors will get new powers, but they can also be impeached

The idea of directly-elected mayors for these regions will be voted on in a plebiscite on 24 May.

Monday 18 March, 2019

New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year

Varadkar says Ireland is as prepared as any other country for a terror attack.

Sunday 17 March, 2019

Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach

There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.

Saturday 16 March, 2019

An unexpected guest and a luminous river: Leo ends St Patrick's trip not being centre of attention

Varadkar finished off the final leg of his US trip walking in the Chicago parade and taking a boat trip down the river.

Taoiseach says he wasn't nervous ahead of Pence speech: 'I wanted to express Ireland's values'

Varadkar said he and Pence have very different views on social issues, but says it’s better to engage with people rather than boycott them.

Taoiseach: 'It is not going to be a case of everything being alright. Brexit is bad news'

The DUP is set to resume discussions with the British government on Monday ahead of an expected third Westminster vote.

Taoiseach marches alongside Conor McGregor in Chicago's St Patrick's Day parade

Government officials were left surprised at McGregor’s appearance at the parade.

'We all need to stand up to hate': Taoiseach condemns New Zealand terror attack

At least 49 people were killed yesterday at two mosques, when a man opened fire on people while videoing the massacre.

Taoiseach says climate change protests are 'welcome' and 'inspiring'

Earlier this month, the Taoiseach said he supported school students going on strike.

Friday 15 March, 2019

Taoiseach says Trump could visit Ireland as early as June

Yesterday in the Oval Office, Trump has said that he hopes to visit Ireland this year.

Leo's meeting with Pence makes global headlines as Taoiseach avoids gaffes in Washington

The Taoiseach’s visit to Pence’s house, alongside his long-term partner, dominated coverage yesterday.

New hope for Irish workers who could get access to thousands of US visas

It is now understood that US President Donald Trump has personally spoken to Senator Cotton about his opposition to the bill.

Thursday 14 March, 2019

Trump says he gave May advice on Brexit negotiations but she 'didn't listen' to it

Trump made his comments while speaking to reporters during his meeting with Varadkar in the Oval Office.

Trump says he hopes to visit Ireland this year during White House visit by Taoiseach

The Taoiseach will return to the White House later this evening for the traditional shamrock ceremony.

Varadkar speaks of being judged by 'political actions not sexual orientation' as he meets Pence

The US vice president has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT rights.

Leo Varadkar's partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice president Mike Pence

Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year.

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Varadkar says in uncertain time of Brexit, 'friends' in the United States are needed 'more than ever'

All eyes were on Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett, as they attended the Irish Funds dinner in Washington DC last night.

Wednesday 13 March, 2019

Leo Varadkar says those that wanted Brexit 'have been chasing unicorns for a long time'

Varadkar said there is a “rich irony” that the UK’s tariff proposals intend to treat Northern Ireland differently to Great Britain.

Leo Varadkar's partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice president Mike Pence

The US vice president has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT people.

Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Breakfast meeting between Taoiseach and US Vice President Mike Pence will be open to the media this year

US Vice President Mike Pence was criticised for excluding the media from the traditional breakfast meeting with the Taoiseach.

Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick's Day meeting with Donald Trump

Leo Varadkar will also travel to Chicago this year.

Friday 8 March, 2019

Taoiseach says there is an 'epidemic' of violence against women

The government today ratified the Istanbul Convention which obliges it to protect women from all forms of violence.

Thursday 7 March, 2019

Top civil servant says you can't compare how Dermot Bannon delivers projects to that of the children's hospital

The government is going to stop accepting ‘guesstimates’ for large-scale projects.

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend Children's Hospital This post contains videos

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.

'Ridiculous situation': Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a third time

Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme.

Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Shane Ross apologises for saying Sinn Féin TD was ‘like a donkey’

Imelda Munster accused the minister of resorting to name-calling, while Ross says the statement was an analogy.

Department asks Europe to set a date for when motorists travelling to Northern Ireland will not need green cards

The government is working on a bilateral arrangement between the EU and the UK, but that has yet to be agreed.

Mary Lou to attend White House St Patrick's Day event after getting snubbed last year

Last year there was some controversy after McDonald was not invited to the White House for the traditional St Patrick’s Day reception.

Tuesday 5 March, 2019

New armed Garda unit for border region, but Taoiseach says it would be rolled out even if Brexit wasn't happening

Varadkar confirmed today that a third unit is to be located in Cavan.

Monday 4 March, 2019

First-time-buyer loan scheme requires 'further tranche of funding' to continue

A first-time-buyer can apply for a home loan to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home under the scheme.

Fine Gael European election candidate says May vote can send 'green jersey' message to Brexiteers

The former SDLP leader says he knows voting for a Northern Ireland voice is a big ask for Dublin people.

'Losing the war of the rhododendrons': Healy-Rae says invasive weed in Killarney is getting worse

Last year Healy-Rae said the army should be sent to Killarney National Park. 12 months on, he says the situation is getting worse.

Sunday 3 March, 2019

Mica scandal: Families living in 'crumbling homes' as redress scheme awaits sign off

It is understood the roll out of the redress scheme is in its final stages.

Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness told the Taoiseach that people are crying out for help.

Friday 1 March, 2019

Over 28,600 people waiting on driving test date - but RSA says backlog is improving

The longest wait times in the country are in Churchtown, Mallow, Skibereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wicklow.

Thursday 28 February, 2019

Minister appoints counsellor board that will deal with 'rogue' psychotherapists and crisis pregnancy agencies

The board’s work will take a minimum of two years to complete.

Chief whip confirms national survey on sexual violence will take five years to complete

It’s been 17 years since the Savi – Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland – report, was published.

Taoiseach slams TD for 'mudslinging' as he confirms tribunal costs will overrun by millions

There were tetchy exchanges between TD Pearse Doherty and the Taoiseach today.

'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo

Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages.

Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without safe number of supervisors

Tusla says an ‘immediate review’ of the current standards around the supervision of children should be undertaken.

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