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# Frances Black

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# trade rules
Concerns over Israeli embassy closing down over Occupied Territories Bill 'an overreaction' say FF
Government is likely to lose vote over legislation that would prohibit the purchase of goods or services produced in all settlements deemed illegal.
# international relations
Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# trade restrictions
Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# Middle East
New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# Public Health Alcohol Bill
Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill
There were reports that warnings on alcohol products linking excessive consumption to fatal cancers were to be removed.
# Public Health Alcohol Bill
Decision to not include cancer warnings on alcohol products an 'insult to those who have suffered from cancer'
Senator Frances Black was reacting to the news that cancer warning labels are expected to be dropped from the Alcohol Bill.
# Cabinet split
Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill
A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.
# trouble ahead
'A major problem': Independent Alliance to decide on free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill in the autumn
The proposed legislation passed in the Seanad last week after opposition parties joined forces.
# Occupied Territories Bill 2018
Israeli embassy says Seanad support for trade ban with occupied lands is 'populist, dangerous and extremist'
The government opposed the Bill.
# the aras
'Nobody has approached me': Frances Black says she has no intention of running for president
Sinn Féin is due to hold meetings with a number of independents about the presidential election.
# occupied territories bill
Shatter slams proposed trade ban with lands occupied by Israel; Senator tells him to take the time to read the Bill
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter accused Fianna Fáil of ‘losing their moral compass’ by supporting the Bill.
# occupied territories bill
Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'
The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.
# Palestine
Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine'
The Taoiseach said Ireland plans to intensify and increase aid work in the Palestinian territories.
# proposed bill
Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill
The bill seeks to prohibit trade in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
# Alcoholism
'Have they no conscience?' Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1
Pubs have been launching Black Friday Specials, selling pints and shots for “.99c”.
# how bizarre
RTÉ's political coverage went all 3am-at-an-Irish-wedding this afternoon
Saturday with Claire Byrne signed off for the season with a massive Oireachtas sing-song. Some were a little better than others…
# Demon drink
"You feel invisible" - the Irish children suffering from their parents' abuse of alcohol
A new Oireachtas grouping is targeting the harm done to children by their parents’ alcohol abuse.
# sunday interview
'I was shocked when I was told I had an alcohol problem. I thought I was normal'
Singer and senator Frances Black talks about why she chose to get into politics and what she hopes to achieve.
# Sex addiction
Senator: Sex addiction is causing devastation in some Irish families
Senator Frances Black said the devastation it causes to families is just as palpable as if their family member were addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling,
# harmful
Alcohol Forum says alcohol is wreaking havoc on communities around Ireland
Alcohol’s harm to others will be discussed at Alcohol Awareness Week at the end of the month.