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Politics - Today’s News

The 5 at 5: Friday
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# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Friday

56 minutes ago 1,948 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Frost and Sefcovic seek solutions for Northern Ireland Brexit issues
# Brexit
# Brexit

Frost and Sefcovic seek solutions for Northern Ireland Brexit issues

10 hours ago 7,587 Views 8 Comments

Brexit minister David Frost and European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic have met in Brussels.

New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval
# Incitement To Hatred
# Incitement To Hatred

New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval

10 hours ago 14,741 Views 41 Comments

Minister McEntee said the constitutional rights of freedom of expression and of association will be respected in the new legislation.

UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes
# AMRI
# AMRI

UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes

11 hours ago 11,224 Views 0 Comments

The Association of Mixed Race Irish has asked the United Nations to visit Ireland and investigate institutional racism here.

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Politics - Yesterday’s News

Northern Ireland: Hairdressers to reopen from next Friday, indoor pubs & restaurants from 24 May
# Stormont
# Stormont

Northern Ireland: Hairdressers to reopen from next Friday, indoor pubs & restaurants from 24 May

Updated 21 hours ago 84,883 Views 66 Comments
  • The executive has signed off on a plan with three key relaxation dates - 23 April, 30 April and 24 May.
  • Northern Ireland marked reaching one million Covid-19 vaccines last weekend.
  • Yesterday, Health Minister Robin Swann said the “scales are tipping” in favour of accelerating the pace of the exit from lockdown.
US expels 10 Russian diplomats and imposes new round of sanctions
# White House
# White House

US expels 10 Russian diplomats and imposes new round of sanctions

Thu 5:34 PM 12,279 Views 33 Comments

The White House said the 10 diplomats being expelled include representatives of Russian intelligence services.

Younger with no underlying vulnerabilities may have second Pfizer dose delayed - Varadkar
# Spacing Doses
# Spacing Doses

Younger with no underlying vulnerabilities may have second Pfizer dose delayed - Varadkar

Thu 11:23 AM 30,163 Views 64 Comments

Varadkar said the issue of spacing out the Pfizer doses is under consideration, but no decision has been taken yet.

Arriving passengers from 16 more countries must enter hotel quarantine from this morning
# Starting Now
# Starting Now

Arriving passengers from 16 more countries must enter hotel quarantine from this morning

Thu 4:00 AM 20,326 Views 35 Comments

Today’s additions bring to 71 the total number of countries on the list.

Politics - Wednesday 14 April, 2021

'Lots to be positive about': Ireland ‘on track’ to ease restrictions on 4 May, says Varadkar
# May The Fourth
# May The Fourth

'Lots to be positive about': Ireland ‘on track’ to ease restrictions on 4 May, says Varadkar

Wed 8:48 PM 89,620 Views 92 Comments

Micheál Martin said that the vaccine programme is also “on track” in the wake of today’s Pfizer boost.

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Decision on spacing out Pfizer vaccine doses will be made 'within the week', says Donnelly
# Vaccine Plan
# Vaccine Plan

Decision on spacing out Pfizer vaccine doses will be made 'within the week', says Donnelly

Wed 6:33 PM 21,926 Views 38 Comments

Spacing out of Pfizer doses was discussed at Cabinet today, but the matter is still under review.

'Is she dead or alive?': Call for inquests into deaths at mother and baby homes
# Burials Bill
# Burials Bill

'Is she dead or alive?': Call for inquests into deaths at mother and baby homes

Updated Wed 6:00 PM 17,589 Views 27 Comments
  • Inquests must be carried out into all deaths at mother and baby homes, Oireachtas told
  • One Tuam survivor wants to know if his sister is buried at the site, or still alive
  • Ireland 'must meet its domestic and international human rights obligations'
Finance Minister contemplates long-term 'scarring effects' for economy from Covid
# Outlook
# Outlook

Finance Minister contemplates long-term 'scarring effects' for economy from Covid

Wed 5:33 PM 17,125 Views 26 Comments

The Stability Programme Update is forecasting GDP growth of 4.5% for this year.

Strong political support at Cabinet for exempting fully vaccinated people from hotel quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

Strong political support at Cabinet for exempting fully vaccinated people from hotel quarantine

Updated Wed 4:08 PM 14,940 Views 53 Comments

The health minister said room capacity will be ramped up to 1,300.

Frost to meet Sefcovic in Brussels for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit
# Brexit
# Brexit

Frost to meet Sefcovic in Brussels for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit

Wed 3:26 PM 5,422 Views 2 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is also in London today for talks.

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Victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA bombings publish own report on compensation bid
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# Gaddafi

Victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA bombings publish own report on compensation bid

Wed 7:05 AM 10,963 Views 22 Comments

The UK government refused to publish a Foreign Office ordered probe into efforts to secure payouts for the injured and bereaved.

Taoiseach to meet vaccine task force ahead of Cabinet as considerations given to extend gap between Pfizer jabs
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Taoiseach to meet vaccine task force ahead of Cabinet as considerations given to extend gap between Pfizer jabs

Wed 12:05 AM 26,784 Views 59 Comments

It’s understood the time between vaccines being administered will be looked at, as has been the approach adopted by the UK and Canada.

'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes
# Burials Bill
# Burials Bill

'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes

Wed 12:05 AM 10,490 Views 21 Comments
  • Legislation being debated today would allow excavations, exhumations and re-interment of remains at the sites of former mother and baby homes
  • Catherine Corless says as many sites as possible must be included
  • "The babies should have been taken out of there in 2017 when they were found," she says of Tuam

Politics - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity

Updated Tue 9:20 PM 60,622 Views 129 Comments

No bookings are available on the State’s mandatory hotel quarantine site until next Monday.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
# Evening Fix
# Evening Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Tue 9:01 PM 8,817 Views 0 Comments

From the J&J vaccine delay, to the mandatory hotel quarantine pause, it’s been a busy news day.

Northern Ireland secretary quizzed for 60 minutes on Boris Johnson's 'broken' Brexit trade promises
# Brexit
# Brexit

Northern Ireland secretary quizzed for 60 minutes on Boris Johnson's 'broken' Brexit trade promises

Tue 5:09 PM 35,043 Views 43 Comments

Boris Johnson was of sowing mistrust among the unionist community, and is not “a casual observer” to events in the North.

Meat plants continue to need workers from abroad as Irish supply 'not currently available'
# Meat Processing
# Meat Processing

Meat plants continue to need workers from abroad as Irish supply 'not currently available'

Tue 5:08 PM 21,662 Views 67 Comments

Representatives from Meat Industry Ireland and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland were before politicians today.

Increased concern among public about taking the AstraZeneca vaccine following NIAC decision, says Kelly
# AstraZeneca
# AstraZeneca

Increased concern among public about taking the AstraZeneca vaccine following NIAC decision, says Kelly

Tue 1:12 PM 15,810 Views 61 Comments

The Labour leader says clear advice and practical guidance by public health experts is needed now for the over 60s.

Tánaiste says we'll know in coming days whether June vaccine target can still be met
# Covid19
# Covid19

Tánaiste says we'll know in coming days whether June vaccine target can still be met

Tue 9:59 AM 33,541 Views 98 Comments

The HSE is now assessing the impact of NIAC’s advice that the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to those over 60.

Leo Varadkar urges employers not to pressure staff to return to offices
# Covid Restrictions
# Covid Restrictions

Leo Varadkar urges employers not to pressure staff to return to offices

Tue 6:00 AM 37,274 Views 23 Comments

The Tánaiste said that there was “clear evidence” that people are drifting back to their workplace.

Politics - Monday 12 April, 2021

Opinion: We need a greater connection between Brussels and Belfast
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: We need a greater connection between Brussels and Belfast

Mon 7:00 PM 11,270 Views 17 Comments

It has often been said that Unionism has few friends globally. If the same is true in Brussels, it is largely down to the fact that the DUP rarely missed a chance to repeat pro-Brexit slogans

'There will be more court cases': Legal and logistical issues posed by hotel quarantine 'have not gone away'
# Mandatory Quarantine
# Mandatory Quarantine

'There will be more court cases': Legal and logistical issues posed by hotel quarantine 'have not gone away'

Mon 6:11 PM 18,866 Views 28 Comments

Advice on exempting vaccinated passengers from hotel quarantine is expected from the HPSC.

Joe Biden's dog Major to get private training after two biting incidents
# Another Woof Week
# Another Woof Week

Joe Biden's dog Major to get private training after two biting incidents

Mon 3:48 PM 25,365 Views 34 Comments

Last month, the White House confirmed that Major had nipped someone during a walk.

Boris Johnson launches independent review amid David Cameron lobbying row
# Greensill Capital
# Greensill Capital

Boris Johnson launches independent review amid David Cameron lobbying row

Mon 2:16 PM 13,266 Views 5 Comments

The probe will examine how government contracts were secured by Greensill Capital.

Leinster Rugby submit plans to assess use of rapid antigen testing for safe return of fans to the RDS
# Proposal
From The42
# Proposal

Leinster Rugby submit plans to assess use of rapid antigen testing for safe return of fans to the RDS

Mon 12:36 PM 17,809 Views 18 Comments

The capacity for this proof of concept match will be capped at 2,000 supporters.

Politics - Saturday 10 April, 2021

'Add a greater degree of protection': Taoiseach explains decision to add 16 countries to hotel quarantine list
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

'Add a greater degree of protection': Taoiseach explains decision to add 16 countries to hotel quarantine list

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 4:00 PM 114,699 Views 255 Comments

Discussions between the officials have been taking place throughout the week.

Three 14-year-old boys arrested during latest disturbances in Belfast
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Three 14-year-old boys arrested during latest disturbances in Belfast

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 1:32 PM 26,218 Views 0 Comments

Leaders have continued to call for an end to tensions in the North.

Taoiseach warns against 'spiral back' to sectarian conflict on anniversary of Good Friday Agreement
# The Troubles
# The Troubles

Taoiseach warns against 'spiral back' to sectarian conflict on anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

Apr 10th 2021, 12:09 PM 15,864 Views 54 Comments

The agreement was signed 23 years ago today.

The 9 at 9: Saturday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Apr 10th 2021, 8:49 AM 10,993 Views 0 Comments

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

An expansion that will cost millions or a necessity? Quarantine clashes end with 16 additions to hotel quarantine list
# Analysis
# Analysis

An expansion that will cost millions or a necessity? Quarantine clashes end with 16 additions to hotel quarantine list

Apr 10th 2021, 7:30 AM 35,701 Views 87 Comments

A week of difficult government discussions concluded with an incorporeal Cabinet meeting last night.

Politics - Friday 9 April, 2021

NI police attacked with bottles and stones in Belfast
# Belfast
# Belfast

NI police attacked with bottles and stones in Belfast

Updated Apr 9th 2021, 10:39 PM 40,050 Views 107 Comments

This was one of a number of sporadic incidents of unrest in Northern Ireland this evening.

Panel discussion: What future do young people want for Northern Ireland?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Panel discussion: What future do young people want for Northern Ireland?

Apr 9th 2021, 12:45 PM 8,452 Views 3 Comments

THE GOOD FRIDAY generation were never supposed to know violence, but recent events show life in Northern Ireland is more complicated than that.

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
# DATA LEAK
# DATA LEAK

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database

Apr 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 71,213 Views 43 Comments

More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.

Politics - Thursday 8 April, 2021

Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board
# Construction
# Construction

Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board

Apr 8th 2021, 10:19 PM 35,477 Views 0 Comments

BAM is the primary contractor building the new children’s hospital in Dublin.

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President Higgins says 'exclusion' of Travellers is based on 'unrepublican populist sentiments'
# Travelling Community
# Travelling Community

President Higgins says 'exclusion' of Travellers is based on 'unrepublican populist sentiments'

Apr 8th 2021, 3:21 PM 30,623 Views 0 Comments

The President was speaking on International Traveller and Roma Day.

Arlene Foster speaks with PSNI chief constable as Stormont is recalled to debate violence
# Belfast
# Belfast

Arlene Foster speaks with PSNI chief constable as Stormont is recalled to debate violence

Apr 8th 2021, 12:46 PM 16,167 Views 20 Comments

Justice Minister Naomi Long said it was “a mercy” that nobody was killed.

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