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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Irish government

Last year
Opinion: The poor state of public services in Ireland is not the fault of refugees
Fellipe Lopes is a filmmaker and activist who works with the Immigrant Council of Ireland – he says we must work together to help all refugees.
# Tory leadership
Macron (and the Irish govt) hit back at Liz Truss after she suggests France is no UK ally
Liz Truss said that the “jury’s out” on whether or not Macron was a friend of the UK.
All time
What climate plans did Ireland set out in 2021, and how do things look for next year?
Let’s take a look back at the climate policies and goals Ireland put forward over the last 12 months.
# Appointment
Government seeks applicants to help lead 2030 Fifa World Cup bid
Work on the bid, which will be launched in tandem with the UK, is ‘gathering pace’, says Jack Chambers.
# international travel
Mandatory quarantine unlikely and only to be considered if UK opted for similar system
Irish government favours asking people to restrict their movements.
# self-isolation
Overseas jockeys can now compete in Irish Group One races without quarantining
The Government has relaxed protocols ahead of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
# Education
1,000 extra secondary teachers to come from job-sharers and registered teachers not working in education
This is one of many measures included in the government’s roadmap to re-opening schools at the end of August.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet decision about Leaving Cert exams to be announced this afternoon, Taoiseach confirms
Leo Varadkar spoke to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning.
# Smuggling
'A no-man's land scenario': The ideas sent in from the public to avoid a hard Irish border
One person suggested that they should “erect poles at every road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the South”.
# United Ireland
Government risking Brexit-style crash by not actively preparing for Irish unity, senator says
Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar have said they don’t believe it is the right time for any border poll on reunification.
# Malaysia
Parents of Nora Quoirin meet with Irish Government officials over her death in Malaysia
The parents of the 15-year-old believe there was a ‘criminal element’ involved in their daughter’s disappearance.
# may 2020
Reports of February general election are 'speculation', says Varadkar
The Taoiseach spoke on RTÉ’s Marian Finucane show this morning.
# Spies
Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland
An update to the White Paper on Defence 2015 was published this week.
# two sections
Shane Ross says government will 'look at' proposal to split FAI
A plan has been created by FAI members to split the organisation into two sections, the Irish Independent has reported.
# Sold
The government has agreed to buy an airport in Connemara
Cabinet approved plans to buy the airport, which is 28 kilometres west of Galway City, this afternoon.
# climate action
The security and sustainability of Ireland's energy is set to be reviewed
Ireland will be aiming to generate 70% of its electricity through renewable methods, Minister Bruton said.
# Red lines
Government cuts during Labour's time in power were 'awful', says party leader
The Labour Party’s terms for entering government in the future will be discussed at today’s think-in.
# inclusion
Irish society improving in terms of tolerance and equality, but Traveller and Roma exclusion still an issue
A new report notes that tolerance is increasing in Ireland, but states that issues still persist around integration.
# Housing
UN says Ireland applies 'preferential tax laws' to vultures funds and it 'cannot continue'
The report states that “landlords have become faceless corporations wreaking havoc with tenants”.
# Venezuela
Govt supports self-declared Venezuelan president's call for 'free, fair, democratic' elections
Young Fine Gael has called on the government to recognise Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president.
# Tick tock
Varadkar says Brexit 'ball is in Westminster’s court' and there are no plans for checks along NI border
Varadkar says government “profoundly regrets” Westminster’s rejection of the Brexit deal.
# backstop
'I can't allow Ireland to be blamed here': Coveney says some UK politicians need reminder of Irish history
The Tánaiste said today it would be foolish to focus on any other solution to the border issue than the backstop.
# Deal or no deal
Poll: Do you think Ireland is ready for a no-deal Brexit?
The Irish government has published its plans – but it has no provisions for a hard border with Northern Ireland.
# better faster stronger
Renewing your passport online is now 'faster, easier' and €5 cheaper
The updated service means that citizens can renew their passports online from anywhere in the world.
# within sight
'Judgement day', 'moment of truth' and 'betrayal': UK front pages react to news of Brexit deal
A Brexit deal is finally in sight, but will May be able to win over the Brexiteers?
# oil and gas exploration
Minister criticised for committing to offshore oil drilling and saying it can deliver benefits to the Irish people
Junior Minister Sean Canney dismissed a Bill which aims to stop the issuing of any new licences for the exploration of fossil fuels.
# Terrorism
EU money could protect public spaces in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway from terror attacks
The new fund will help cities build barriers that could prevent terror attacks.
# Legal Action
Ibrahim Halawa's family wants the government to sue Egyptian authorities if trial is delayed again
Ibrahim’s sister Somaia Halawa said she welcomed the steps taken by Leo Varadkar’s government to secure his release.
# diplomatic differences
Irish and UK governments reassert their claims over Lough Foyle
Yesterday, the Northern Irish Secretary of State said “the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK”.
# biggest best relationship
"Sincere congratulations" - How on earth will the Irish Government deal with President Trump?
Enda Kenny has condemned Trump’s campaign rhetoric in the past.
# public purse
Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses
A new analysis of official figures by
# pressing the flesh
Two counties have had fewer visits from Government Ministers than one Dublin hotel in 2015
Not all parish pumps are created equal, according to a new analysis by
# Diaspora
New York club Shannon Gaels to get €250,000 funding from Irish Government
One of the city’s youngest GAA organisations wants to develop its current home in Queens.
# Kieran Conway
Former IRA officer: 'Gardaí colluded with us during the Troubles'
The IRA’s former head of intelligence has made the claims in a new book.
# Support
Dublin City Council votes for an arms and trade embargo on Israel
The DCC wants the Irish Government to follow suit.
# Civil War
Ireland sends €2 million to South Sudan as 4 million people face starvation
A second ceasefire in the country has collapsed and both rebels and government forces are blocking the paths of UN peacekeepers.
# not my problem
Trichet: I won't appear before banking inquiry - it's not my responsibility
The former head of the ECB also said the Irish government made a decision on the bank guarantee without any consultation with the bank or other countries.
# The Troubles
Peter Robinson threatens to leave Government over Hyde Park case
The Northern Ireland First Minister has said that there are “people going around with letters stuffed in their pockets” which mean they can’t be arrested.
# Good Friday Agreement
Irish government to be pressed on funding for Justice for the Forgotten
The Justice for the Forgotten Group will lose its funding in June of this year.
# Movin' On Up
Meet the new boss: Julie Sinnamon takes over as Enterprise Ireland CEO
She has an MBA in International Business from New York’s Fordham University, an executive qualification from Stanford and has held a number of senior roles at the organisation.