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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Yesterday’s News

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Phase Four postponed, face masks mandatory in shops from Monday and a devastating explosion in Beirut.

Phase Four postponed: Pubs to stay closed, five destinations taken off Green List, and masks mandatory in shops from 10 August

“I wish I was in a position to share better news today, but I am not,” Taoiseach Micheál Martin said after Cabinet met.

Leo Varadkar says a "very cautious" approach will be taken by Cabinet on the advice of NPHET

Time limits, opening hour restrictions and social distancing rules, are possibilities to be discussed by ministers today.

Politics - Monday 3 August, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

A day to remember one of Ireland’s greatest heroes: politician and peace activist John Hume.

Donald Trump calls his Covid coordinator 'pathetic' after she said virus was widespread across US

Pelosi and other Democrats have gone after Deborah Birx, accusing her of tailoring her messages for Trump.

Ireland's peacemaker, John Hume (1937-2020)

The former SDLP leader has died aged 83.

Former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies aged 83 RIP

Former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies aged 83

The Irish peace icon passed away after a long struggle with dementia.

Politics - Sunday 2 August, 2020

Health Minister says random testing at airports is to be introduced

Stephen Donnelly refused to be drawn on the impending decision on whether to allow pubs to reopen.

Willie O'Dea isn't happy with the 'light punishments' Green TDs got for voting against the government

O’Dea says punishments must be the same across all government parties.

Conservative MP arrested over rape and sexual assault allegations

The ex-minister, who has not been named, is alleged to have assaulted a woman and forced her to have sex, the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday reported.

Sinn Féin tops latest opinion poll with Fine Gael nipping at its heels

Both parties are up since the general election.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Politics - Saturday 1 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar admits 'rocky start' by government due to 'unforced errors'

The newly formed coalition has been beset by difficulties since it formed at the end of June.

Green Party Senator calls on IRFU to allow rugby-playing schools reach 'the promised land' Leinster Senior Cup This post contains videos

Green Party Senator calls on IRFU to allow rugby-playing schools reach 'the promised land'

Green Party Senator Vincent Martin wants the final of Leinster Schools Senior Cup to take place.

Bill extending security for hard-hit renters due to Covid pandemic signed into law by President Higgins

Green Party TD resigned as party whip and voted against the bill this week over concerns it did not go far enough to protect renters.

TikTok responds to Donald Trump's pledge to ban the app

The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order.

Covid 'trade off': Pubs in England may have to close again so schools can reopen On The Limit This post contains videos

Covid 'trade off': Pubs in England may have to close again so schools can reopen

More than 4,000 new cases were occurring daily last week in England.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Gaffes, faux pas, blunders: Is there a Final Destination curse on this government?

Micheál Martin will be happy to see the back of these last few weeks.

Opinion: The Supreme Court's ruling on the government's climate plan is a watershed moment

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the Supreme Court’s ruling has major implications for environmental policy and the court.

Politics - Friday 31 July, 2020

Taoiseach says it's up to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan as to how he disciplines his own TDs

Eamon Ryan briefed his coalition partners about the sanction last night

Passenger locator form information could be shared between Dublin and Belfast governments

Co-operation on international travel was discussed at the North South Ministerial Council today.

Homeless figures drop for fifth month in a row but charities warn government's actions may reverse this trend

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said that the number of people homeless is still “simply too high”.

'People are going blind': Bus of waitlisted cataract patients to journey up North for surgery

As of the end of June, there were 6,023 patients waiting for a cataract procedure.

Taoiseach doesn't agree with MacSharry's remarks about public servants using pandemic to watch box sets

MacSharry acknowledged his comments will not be popular, but he stood over his words yesterday.

'I'm embarrassed to be a member of this chamber': Dáil business suspended twice on marathon final day

The late-night sitting saw business stopped twice and a minister vote against the government.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

NPHET to attend North-South council meeting, as Taoiseach set to discuss travel restrictions

The council, one of the bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement, will meet in Dublin today for the first time since 2016.

Politics - Thursday 30 July, 2020

Residents in Caherciveen Direct Provision centre to be moved as hunger strike ends

The Justice Minister says she ‘deeply regrets’ the hunger strike by asylum seekers in Co Kerry.

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan resigns as party whip after voting against government rental Bill

It is not yet clear if Hourigan will vote against the government on other amendments to the Bill.

Funding for greenways across 20 counties announced, here's where they could be

The funding covers route options and feasibility studies.

Former US presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain dies after battle with Covid-19

The 74-year-old ran for the Republican nomination on a number of occasions.

Varadkar hopes pubs can open on 10 August, but 'can't guarantee it at this stage'

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to discuss the advice from NPHET.

'No mystery': Tánaiste says Foreign Affairs Minister always needs Garda transport when travelling to NI

Varadkar said it hasn’t been an issue because usually the Tánaiste also hold the position of Foreign Affairs Minister.

'It's not popular, but needs to be said': MacSharry defends saying some civil servants using lockdown to watch box sets

High-ranking civil servants have called for the comments to be withdrawn.

Around 80 human trafficking investigations underway in Ireland

Justice Minster Helen McEntee revealed the latest figure on World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Hong Kong democracy activists disqualified from running in legislative elections

Hong Kong says only those who pledge allegiance to both local government and China can run.

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