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Friday 5 March, 2021

Calls for 'urgent' one-off grants to help restaurants and bars develop outdoor summer seating
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

Calls for 'urgent' one-off grants to help restaurants and bars develop outdoor summer seating

Fri 5:06 PM 14,302 Views 27 Comments

The Tánaiste has said he will ask Fáilte Ireland why 18 counties have been excluded from one hospitality scheme.

Thursday 4 March, 2021

Health Minister asks task force to examine if Ireland can procure extra vaccines alongside EU supply deal
# Vaccine Side Deals
# Vaccine Side Deals

Health Minister asks task force to examine if Ireland can procure extra vaccines alongside EU supply deal

Thu 5:44 PM 24,814 Views 101 Comments

The Dáil heard that other EU countries are securing more supplies on their own.

Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'
# Al Fresco
# Al Fresco

Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'

Thu 12:05 AM 36,861 Views 60 Comments

Restaurants and cafes are calling for some leeway when it comes to applying for planning permission.

Wednesday 3 March, 2021

More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste
# Vaccine Target
# Vaccine Target

More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste

Wed 8:28 PM 30,186 Views 81 Comments

The Tánaiste says he hopes government can do better than the September target.

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Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up

Wed 3:20 PM 39,323 Views 95 Comments

Government says it’s on target to give first dose to 72,000 over-85s by the end of the first week of March.

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
# Illegal Adoption
# Illegal Adoption

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week

Wed 2:09 PM 7,445 Views 6 Comments

The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.

Tuesday 2 March, 2021

Family members of women affected by CervicalCheck controversy to get medical cards for 5 year period
# Cervicacheck
# Cervicacheck

Family members of women affected by CervicalCheck controversy to get medical cards for 5 year period

Tue 7:41 PM 18,057 Views 24 Comments

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet today to extend the access to the cards for a further three years.

Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson by telephone about joint bid to host 2030 World Cup
# World Cup 2030
# World Cup 2030

Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson by telephone about joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

Tue 7:09 PM 17,305 Views 52 Comments

Micheál Martin said the Irish government would be “very happy to co-operate” with the UK.

Thursday 25 February, 2021

Donnelly meeting with Glynn to discuss whether more countries should be added to mandatory hotel quarantine list
# International Travel
# International Travel

Donnelly meeting with Glynn to discuss whether more countries should be added to mandatory hotel quarantine list

Feb 25th 2021, 1:12 PM 17,959 Views 54 Comments

There are currently 20 countries on the ‘category 2′ list.

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Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Micheál and Leo face party anger over mixed-messaging, members tell leaders people are losing hope
# Party Show Down
# Party Show Down

Micheál and Leo face party anger over mixed-messaging, members tell leaders people are losing hope

Feb 24th 2021, 8:41 PM 65,592 Views 191 Comments

Varadkar told his party that criticism of Government communications was “reasonable, heard loud and clear and will be taken onboard”.

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister
# International Travel
# International Travel

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister

Feb 24th 2021, 5:04 PM 16,933 Views 96 Comments

The new legislation is being debated in the Dáil this afternoon.

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear
# Analysis
# Analysis

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear

Feb 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 56,138 Views 142 Comments

When there is no fuel left in the tank, communication is key.

Tuesday 23 February, 2021

'A time will come when they diverge': Government yet to consider plan of what to do when restrictions ease in Northern Ireland
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

'A time will come when they diverge': Government yet to consider plan of what to do when restrictions ease in Northern Ireland

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:47 PM 29,547 Views 15 Comments

Northern Ireland remains in lockdown until 1 April.

Ireland is getting a new Covid roadmap, but what’s happening in other countries right now?
# Lifting Lockdown
# Lifting Lockdown

Ireland is getting a new Covid roadmap, but what’s happening in other countries right now?

Feb 23rd 2021, 6:30 AM 50,829 Views 70 Comments

Let’s take a look.

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Monday 22 February, 2021

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
# Easing Lockdown
# Easing Lockdown

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:01 PM 225,256 Views 191 Comments

The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.

Saturday 20 February, 2021

A virtual shamrock ceremony? Taoiseach says details of Biden meeting still being ironed out
# 17 March
# 17 March

A virtual shamrock ceremony? Taoiseach says details of Biden meeting still being ironed out

Feb 20th 2021, 6:00 PM 15,652 Views 41 Comments

The tradition began back in 1956 and has become an annual fixture in more recent decades.

Taoiseach says government will 'engage' with Mary Robinson over case of Dubai princess
# Princess Latifa
# Princess Latifa

Taoiseach says government will 'engage' with Mary Robinson over case of Dubai princess

Feb 20th 2021, 2:32 PM 42,008 Views 27 Comments

Mary Robinson says she was ‘horribly tricked’ by Dubai princess’ family.

Thursday 18 February, 2021

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April
# Back To School
# Back To School

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 7:45 PM 87,833 Views 69 Comments

It’s understood it’s likely there will be little easing of restrictions until May.

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,013 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

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Wednesday 17 February, 2021

AGSI boss surprised to hear about Garda role in hotel quarantine - as Cabinet yet to sign off on Bill
# Enforcement
# Enforcement

AGSI boss surprised to hear about Garda role in hotel quarantine - as Cabinet yet to sign off on Bill

Feb 17th 2021, 2:07 PM 15,390 Views 13 Comments

The Cabinet is yet to sign off on mandatory hotel quarantine for some travellers arriving in Ireland.

Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Cabinet not expected to sign-off on mandatory hotel quarantine legislation until tomorrow
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet not expected to sign-off on mandatory hotel quarantine legislation until tomorrow

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 9:40 PM 19,736 Views 36 Comments

It is understood the Bill wasn’t “fully ready” for today’s Cabinet meeting this morning.

Review ordered into Special Criminal Court laws used in dissident republican and gangland criminal trials
# Offences Against The State Act
# Offences Against The State Act

Review ordered into Special Criminal Court laws used in dissident republican and gangland criminal trials

Feb 16th 2021, 6:46 PM 13,411 Views 14 Comments

Former Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan had previoulsy committed to the review of the laws.

Gardaí to be given powers to seize scramblers and quad bikes on the spot
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Gardaí to be given powers to seize scramblers and quad bikes on the spot

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 2:15 PM 48,378 Views 64 Comments

The HSE found that 62 people were injured last year in accidents involving off-road vehicles like scrambler bikes.

Half of cancer patients feel diagnosis negatively impacts career, new study shows
# Back To Work
# Back To Work

Half of cancer patients feel diagnosis negatively impacts career, new study shows

Feb 16th 2021, 6:00 AM 9,894 Views 12 Comments

There have been calls for a State backed back-to-work scheme for cancer patents.

Monday 15 February, 2021

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations
# RULES BREACH
# RULES BREACH

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations

Feb 15th 2021, 4:45 PM 32,256 Views 40 Comments

The US crew stayed in a Limerick hotel overnight, leaving to buy food at one point, before flying on to the US the following day.

Saturday 13 February, 2021

Poll: What Government coalition do you want next time around?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: What Government coalition do you want next time around?

Feb 13th 2021, 9:00 AM 65,849 Views 178 Comments

Fianna Fáil TDs appear to be softening their opinion of going in with Sinn Fein – is it a runner?

Friday 12 February, 2021

18 countries, including Austria and UAE, added to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

18 countries, including Austria and UAE, added to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list

Feb 12th 2021, 1:33 PM 71,104 Views 58 Comments

Primary legislation is required before people are mandated to quarantine in hotels.

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
# State Exams
# State Exams

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?

Feb 12th 2021, 12:48 PM 12,277 Views 40 Comments

It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.

Thursday 11 February, 2021

White House declines to say if there is a St Patrick's Day invite for the Taoiseach
# Shamrock Bowl
# Shamrock Bowl

White House declines to say if there is a St Patrick's Day invite for the Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 7:29 PM 48,968 Views 201 Comments

The Taoiseach has said he would go if an in-person meeting was planned.

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
# Exemptions
# Exemptions

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine

Feb 11th 2021, 5:09 PM 42,705 Views 47 Comments

Arrivals to Ireland from restricted countries list will have to stay in their room.

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 8:52 AM 155,729 Views 229 Comments

The priority remains the phased return of schools and construction, and not much else in the weeks to come.

Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Eamon Ryan u-turns over Limerick road project, says it will be delivered 'without delay'
# Green Light
# Green Light

Eamon Ryan u-turns over Limerick road project, says it will be delivered 'without delay'

Feb 10th 2021, 4:44 PM 23,806 Views 47 Comments

Minister Eamon Ryan was accused of acting “in clear breach” of the Programme for Government last week by FF Willie O’Dea.

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,348 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
# Travelling Abroad
# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 39,536 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'
# Abusive Graffiti
# Abusive Graffiti

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'

Feb 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 148,243 Views 99 Comments

The Tánaiste reacts to the abusive graffiti about him that was scrawled on a wall in Belfast earlier this month.

Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel
# International Travel
# International Travel

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 6:08 PM 50,744 Views 48 Comments

He said there seems to be an “openness” to talking about the two islands working together.

Bill to allow child murder victims to be named will be tabled next week
# Court Of Appeal
# Court Of Appeal

Bill to allow child murder victims to be named will be tabled next week

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 5:40 PM 16,670 Views 13 Comments

A Court of Appeal ruling has considerably changed certain long-standing practices with regards to reports of child murders.

Ryanair says it owes no money to travel agents, denies claims that airline is causing refund 'logjam'
# Travel
# Travel

Ryanair says it owes no money to travel agents, denies claims that airline is causing refund 'logjam'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 2:39 PM 19,729 Views 25 Comments

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said last week that there is no backlog and all refunds have been issued.

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million
# PAC
# PAC

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million

Feb 9th 2021, 2:21 PM 24,681 Views 59 Comments

Six of the claims are more than €40 million, the committee was told.

Monday 8 February, 2021

'Negotiations ongoing' on zero VAT rate for newer period products like menstrual cups
# Period Poverty
# Period Poverty

'Negotiations ongoing' on zero VAT rate for newer period products like menstrual cups

Feb 8th 2021, 3:19 PM 16,004 Views 15 Comments

A report launched today found that extensive research is required to examine the impact of period poverty in Ireland.

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