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Brendan Howlin: The rise of the far-right across Europe risks destroying the European Project
A report by
Jane Matthews
Labour’s foreign affairs spokesperson said the far-right and the far-left seem “content to use menace” to advocate for themselves.
7th December 2023
Trump returns to civil business fraud trial as spectator as testimony nears end
The former US president denies any wrongdoing.
Developer received demand of €500,000 for withdrawal of housing scheme objection, Dáil told
The housing minister said he had heard of similar cases before.
US Senate blocks international aid to Israel and Ukraine to push for stronger border control
President Joe Biden has called the move dangerous.
Three killed during mass shooting at a university in Las Vegas
The incident took place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
McEntee to tell Committee Dublin riots were exploitation of appalling incident to 'simply wreak havoc'
On Tuesday, the Justice Minister survived a confidence motion in the Dáil.
GRA President insists training standards must be maintained despite rush to police Dublin
A report by
Niall O'Connor
151 will next week leave the Garda College in Templemore at least two weeks ahead of the completion of their training.
6th December 2023
'Deepening horror' condemned as Israel carries out attacks in Gaza's second-largest city
Israeli forces have pushed civilian populations further south in the continued conflict.
The focus of the conflict has shifted into the besieged territory's south.
Israeli troops, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers have rolled into Khan Yunis in the south.
Dozens of people were killed and injured in heavy strikes on areas east of Khan Yunis yesterday, Hamas said.
UN warns Gaza to become 'even more hellish' as Israeli troops continue to push south
Documents retrieved from Hamas by Israel reveal 7 October attacks were planned years in advance
Ousted US House speaker Kevin McCarthy to resign from Congress at end of year
Two months ago, McCarthy become the first speaker to be ousted in the House of Representative’s 234-year history.
Sinn Féin TD apologises for 'hurried' comments on Ukraine which she says were 'misinterpreted'
Cronin apologised to Ukrainians if they thought she was suggesting they accept an unjust peace.
Four new special schools to be established in Limerick, Wexford, Meath and Kildare
The schools will be open for next September.
McDonald further criticised for claim Govt did not contact school after stabbing
Mary Lou McDonald was accused of misleading the Dáil during yesterday’s confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee.
Meta and TikTok explain response to Dublin riots and misinformation to Oireachtas Committee
Social media company X was criticised by Oireachtas committee members for not appearing before them today.
Boris Johnson admits ‘underestimating’ threat of Covid in early days of pandemic
Four people were removed from the Covid-19 inquiry as Boris Johnson began his evidence with an apology to victims of the pandemic.
Tánaiste files High Court proceedings against Google over ads using his name and image online
The court filing was made yesterday, 5 December.
Taoiseach: 'EU far too passive for far too long over Middle East conflict'
There were calls in the Dáil for Ireland to ramp up pressure on Israel overs its bombardment of Gaza.
Paschal Donohoe refuses to rule out interest in top IMF job
The IMF’s current director is Kristina Georgieva, but it is understood she has yet to decide whether or not she’s going to seek a second term or not.
5th December 2023
Two rail lines proposed in All-Island Rail Review could be in line for European funding boost
The two rail lines are Claremorris to Athenry and Waterford to Rosslare Europort.
Recruitment age for gardaí to rise from 35 to 50 from next month after Cabinet sign off
Government hopes to see a boost in recruitment numbers.
Tents to be offered to asylum seekers with no accommodation as Govt confirms €75 weekly payment
Yesterday, it was announced that the state had run out of accommodation for international protection applicants.
Government clashes with McDonald over claim it did not contact school after stabbing
The Sinn Féin leader told the Dáil that the Government did not contact the school at the centre of the knife attack on 23 November for “nearly two weeks”.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee survives confidence motion after heated debate
The Journal’s live blog will bring you the latest developments from Leinster House throughout the day and livestream the debate.
Varadkar reacts to RTÉ Investigates: 'People seeking money to withdraw planning objections is not acceptable'
Government is open to making ‘go away’ payments a stand alone offence in new Planning Bill.
Referendums on 'women in the home' reference and wider definition of family to be held in March
The vote will take place on International Women’s Day.
Operators of UK nuclear plant denies reports its IT networks have been attacked by cyber groups
The cyber groups are linked to Russia and China.
World could breach 1.5C warming threshold in the next seven years, study warns
The latest draft agreement from COP28 has the clause to do nothing to phase out fossil fuels.
Cabinet to hear of plans to seek approval to open extradition negotiations with the UAE
Cabinet will also approve the wording of the women in the home referendum.
Government confident it has numbers to win confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee
A report by
Christina Finn
Tánaiste Micheál Martin says the government has the backing from several independent TDs.
This week
3rd December 2023 - 8th December 2023
White House warns US aid for Ukraine will run out by year's end if Congress fails to agree more funding
National Security Advisory Jake Sullivan suggested that voting against aid for Ukraine was effectively voting to make it easier for Russia to succeed.
Former US ambassador charged with spying for Cuba for 40 years
The charges against Victor Manuel Rocha “exposes one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the United States government by a foreign agent”.
Ryan to remain at COP28 after SocDems TD offers to pair with him for McEntee confidence vote
He will not need to return to the Dáil and then fly back to Dubai, as initially suggested.
Migrant Nurses Ireland says CUH racism allegations were not investigated in 'timely manner'
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Migrant Nurses Ireland is calling on hospitals to implement mandatory training in the areas of equality, diversity, and inclusion
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Here's what happened today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Israeli forces move towards crowded southern Gaza after pulling negotiators out of truce talks
Israeli forces claimed they were hitting “terrorist targets” inside the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed Mossad negotiators to leave Qatar.
Over 200 people have been killed since fighting resumed yesterday.
A small amount of aid has passed through the Rafah crossing in the last day.
Israel resumes fighting in Gaza, with airstrikes and artillery fire reported as truce expires
Sinn Féin Justice spokesman says plans for more tasers a 'band-aid' solution to Gardaí woes
TD Pa Daly said that he does not think bulking up on heavy equipment is a “long term solution”.
Appeals court rules lawsuits against Donald Trump over US Capitol riot can move forward
The former US President has said he cannot be sued over the riot that left dozens of police officers injured.
Labour Party and Social Democrats 'have to be one again', former Labour leader says
A report by
Jane Matthews
Howlin is confident that the party can do “reasonably well” and “hold its own” in the next election.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee faces no confidence motion and committee grilling next week
Sinn Féin said it is tabling the no confidence motion as the minister refuses to acknowledge political failings.
Tánaiste calls on McDonald to apologise for sharing image online of man sitting on steps near school stabbing location
Mary Lou McDonald today defended her actions.