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MEPs, assemble: Could Ireland's MEPs do more to influence Europe?
How do we punch above our weight on the European stage? Get into groupings, get specialised and stick around, writes CJ McKinney.
FactCheck: Is 10% of Ireland's healthcare budget spent on diabetes?
The claim has been made by government ministers and the HSE itself.
FactFind: Less than 2% speak Irish daily. How does that compare with other EU minority languages?
Ireland is not the only country in Europe where the indigenous language has hit a ceiling.
FactFind: Labhraíonn níos lú ná 2% Gaeilge go laethúil - comparáid idir sin agus mion-teanga Eorpach eile
In áiteanna eile san Aontas Eorpach, tá an mothú céanna ag Málta agus Lucsamburg agus atá ag Éirinn.
Explainer: How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech
It doesn’t sound like the kind of thing to get pulses racing – but two new laws will change a lot about our digital lives.
What to do with Article 41.2? 'It hasn't actually contributed anything. It's never been a help'
It has no legal significance and the idea of changing it has been kicking around for almost 30 years – but it’s still unclear what’s going to happen to the Constitution’s most contentious article.
FactFind: Women are just over 50% of the population. Do they have 50% of jobs and economic power?
The short answer: No.
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'A lot of people feel they’re not being listened to': What do NI's unionists want after Brexit?
Not all unionists are opposed to the Protocol – so how will their politics change in the years ahead?
Factfind: Which countries produce the most CO2 emissions?
China tops the list based purely on the number of tonnes of CO2 produced. But there are other things to consider too.
First Irish citizen sworn in as Lord Mayor of City of London
Solicitor Vincent Keaveny, 56, becomes the 693rd holder of the ancient, largely ceremonial office.
Is it possible to do a Covid-like count of deaths due to climate change? 'It's very, very difficult'
There were a total of 71 Irish deaths from “extreme weather” between 1980 and 2019 — out of 85,000 across the EU.
A Covid-like count of deaths due to climate change is 'the holy grail' - but 'very, very difficult' to do
There were 71 deaths in Ireland from “extreme weather” between 1980 and 2019
Ireland is extremely unlikely to see deaths due to extreme heat, reports CJ McKinney
What has happened with migration between the UK and the EU since Brexit?
“We just don’t know at the moment,” says one expert on emigration.
How Gardaí and the State have lessons to learn about how migrants are treated in Ireland
Ireland has a relatively high non-enforcement rate of deportation orders but campaigners say there are plenty of lessons to learn in terms of how migrants are treated by the State.
Brazilian migration into Ireland: 'There's a mutual compatibility with the Irish'
What is it about Ireland that has attracted a big Brazilian population?
Ireland has at least 34 companies working in the space industry - so what is our role in the space race?
“When the first guy steps onto Mars, the whole planet is going to stop and watch – and you’re going to have an explosion of interest in space”
Experts say space exploration isn't a government priority - but that it could be as space travel intensifies
Ireland's current focus is more about Earth than exploring the universe, writes CJ McKinney
'People find change threatening': Could a congestion charge work in Ireland?
London has had congestion charges for almost 20 years to discourage people from driving into the city centre. Could it work here?
Man refused bail following extradition warrant relating to Adrian Donohoe case
James Patrick Gerard Flynn, 30, was arrested in the UK last month under an international warrant issued by the High Court in Ireland.
Ireland's planning system to go digital within 18 months
“It is hoped that planning authorities will have the ability to accept planning applications online by end 2022.”
Should Ireland's planning system take some of the blame for the housing crisis?
A European Commission report shows a 96% correlation between the number of planning permission grants and the number of homes completed two years later.
CJ McKinney examines whether the country's planning laws need reform.
A European Commission report shows a 96% correlation between the number of planning permission grants and the number of homes completed two years later.
But, there's a different outcome for so-called strategic housing developments.
People split on mortgage lending rules but strongly opposed to limits on inheritance from parents
What is an 'affordable home'? Most people put the price at between €200,000 and €299,000
FactCheck: Could the government actually bend EU spending rules to build more homes?
The Housing Minister suggested it could be a runner – but is Ireland actually allowed to do this?
'China makes more noise': What the EU can learn from Australia's relationship with China
It may be that the hype around Chinese trade and the Communist Party’s fearsome reputation can exaggerate fears about the consequences of offending its leadership, writes CJ McKinney.
Court awards over €300,000 to family of only woman shot and injured on Bloody Sunday in 1972
Margaret (Peggy) Deery died in 1988 after suffering throughout her life with the physical and mental impact of the shooting.
What do we know - and not know - about the costs of a united Ireland?
Experts are starting to give more attention to the question of what a united Ireland or shared island would look like in economic terms.
Column: 'Pontins only achieved such rapid notoriety because it targeted common Irish surnames'
Two decades on from a landmark case in Britain, discrimination is still an everyday experience for Travellers, writes legal affairs journalist CJ McKinney.
The EU's top court has considered its first ever case in the Irish language. It's about labels on dog medicine
It’s the first time a case at the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice has been conducted through Irish.
UK church asks family to translate Irish phrase on mum's grave amid concerns it could be 'seen as political'
Judge Stephen Eyre said non-Gaeilgeoirs might think the phrase was “some form of slogan”.
Abortion on request is legal in Northern Ireland from today but women will still have to wait
A medical professional can terminate a pregnancy when it has not exceeded 12 weeks with no extra legal conditions.
Draft laws published to guarantee right of Irish citizens to live and work in UK despite Brexit
It states “an Irish citizen does not require leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom”, with some limited exceptions.
Northern Ireland police breached man's human rights by keeping his DNA
The case could have implications for the DNA databse in the Republic of Ireland.
Leaked Biden plan shows threat of sanctions against Ireland and others over corporate tax
Ireland has come under pressure in recent years to address its corporate tax rates for multinationals, but insists it has taken major steps to improve the system.
Fast-track hearing for appeal of landmark citizenship case which created legal limbo for thousands
Citizenship ceremonies previously scheduled for September and December 2019 have been “postponed pending further notice”
Number of people stopped at the Northern Ireland land border and removed from the State is rising
Gardaí say that the passport checks at the border are to fight organised crime, but NGOs say they’re more like immigration controls.
Cross-border travellers face 'racial profiling', says human rights group
A group has lodged an equality complaint over cross-border immigration checks.
Shock ruling says citizenship cannot be granted if applicant has spent a day outside Ireland in past year
Experts called the ruling “absurd”, pointing out that the law on citizenship has never been interpreted so strictly before.
London Irish campaigners taking British government to court over Northern Ireland abortion laws
The group claims the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, is legally obliged to take action in the absence of the devolved Assembly.
'Technology alone isn't going to solve the problem': Ex-Brexit border chief rejects claims by Hunt and Johnson
Karen Wheeler was the Director General for Borders at the UK’s customs service.
FactFind: How do our personal tax bills compare to those living around the world?
There’s a lot of chat about what’s taken from our pay by Revenue at the moment – here are some facts.
FactFind: What is the state of social house building in Ireland?
We break down the argument over waiting list figures – and what the government says it will do to clear them (or not).
FactCheck: Has the government quadrupled social housing construction in two years?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted that “social house building has quadrupled since 2015″.
FactCheck: Did the State build more social housing in the 1980s than in 2015?
In short, yes – but many were sold off at a discount to their tenants and so passed from the public housing stock.