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Politics - Today’s News

Men occupy most senior positions in civil service but are 'more likely to perceive gender bias in promotions'

Over a third of workers believe that using flexible work options negatively impacts their chances of promotion, according to a new study.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Four Stormont parties urge British government to reconsider Pat Finucane decision

The government said yesterday it would not order an immediate public inquiry into the 1989 murder.

House of Commons backs Johnson’s Covid tiers despite threat of rebellion from Tory MPs

MPs voted for the measures to replace the second national lockdown in England by a majority of 213.

Holly Cairns TD invites greyhound industry board member who called her 'an ignorant little girl' to a live debate

The tweet was sent by a board member of Greyhound Racing Ireland and liked by a Fine Gael TD.


Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?

As Sinn Féin defends itself this week over its stance on past events, Brian Hanley takes a look at the history of the party.

Image-based abuse: Being in a relationship with victim 'will be aggravating factor in sentencing'

People could face up to seven years in prison if they publish intimate images without consent.

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today

Some cases progressed more slowly due to their complexity and due to inadequate or inaccurate information provided.

McDonald says she won't ask SF TD to step down as chair of PAC following tweet about IRA attacks

Brian Stanley has apologised for the tweet about IRA attacks on the British Army.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.


Children with disabilities waiting years for assessment a violation of their rights, committee to be told

Over 6,000 children are currently overdue an assessment of their needs.

Politics - Monday 30 November, 2020

British government's decision on Pat Finucane public inquiry 'further blow' to his family, Taoiseach says

The British government said it will not order an immediate inquiry into the 1989 murder.

British government will not order public inquiry into 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane

Finucane was shot by loyalist paramilitaries in front of his family in Belfast in 1989.

'No further action under consideration' by SF over TD's tweet about IRA attacks

  • Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley sent a tweet on Saturday about two historical IRA attacks on the British Army.
  • Stanley has since apologised for the "inappropriate and insensitive" tweet.
  • DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she will write to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil regarding the tweet.

Joe Biden suffers hairline fractures in foot while playing with dog

“It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” his doctor said.

Politics - Sunday 29 November, 2020

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Sinn Féin close gap on Fine Gael with highest-ever result in opinion poll

Support for the party at its highest ever level in the Business Post poll.

UK and France sign agreement to curb number of migrants crossing English Channel in boats

The deal will see more police deployed in the route.

Health Minister criticised by union for not adhering to official recommendation on law to close meat plants

The National Outbreak Control Team urged the Minister for Health to enact the law in July.


Politics - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Brexit, Covid-19 and Pat Finucane inquiry raised in call between Taoiseach and Boris Johnson last night

The two leaders reaffirmed the need to prioritise the Good Friday Agreement.

Poll: Do you agree with the Government's decision to reduce Covid-19 restrictions to Level 3? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the Government's decision to reduce Covid-19 restrictions to Level 3?

Ireland will move to Level 3 with variations on Tuesday.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

'January lockdown' not ruled out but non-essential retail outlets will not cIose

The phased reopening of the country ahead of Christmas was announced last night.

Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet

Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.


Politics - Friday 27 November, 2020

Micheál and Leo's December plans? A haircut, the gym, a meal with friends, and lazy days at home for Christmas

The three party leaders have yet to enjoy a pint together since they all entered government.

NPHET warned R number would be impacted if hospitality and home visits were allowed

It said that “the disease trajectory could once again turn quite quickly” in Ireland.

Vardakar: 'We're asking people to put off their trip, but if they have to come home please follow the rules'

The government says it is up to individual families to decide if someone coming home is essential.

Confirmed: Shops, restaurants and some pubs reopen next week, green light for household visits at Christmas

  • From next Tuesday retailers, hairdressers, gyms, museums and cinemas will reopen and religious services can resume.
  • From 4 December restaurants and bars that have a kitchen on-site can serve customers indoors.
  • From 18 December inter-county travel will be allowed and three households will be able to mix indoors.

Talks on 'almost impossible' trade deal spill into weekend as focus shifts to fisheries

Although the focus has mostly been on State aid and the level-playing field, that is shifting to fisheries in the past few weeks.


Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas

  • Retailers, gyms and hairdressers are expected to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Cabinet is to decide on when household restrictions will be relaxed this afternoon.
  • A nationwide address by the Taoiseach on the new rules is expected this evening.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Boris Johnson 'facing Tory revolt' over plans to impose tough restrictions on 99% of English population

More than 55 million people will be placed into Tier 2 and Tier 3 from next week.

'There is a real risk of delays': Survey shows over half of Irish firms have not made Brexit customs plans

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has appealed to businesses to step up their planning.

Donald Trump says he will leave the White House if Electoral College confirms Joe Biden win

Trump has so far refused to concede this month’s election.


Politics - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Varadkar says he spoke with other leaders before telling McEntee ‘Woulfe would make a good judge’

Helen McEntee took questions today on the ongoing controversy around Seamus Woulfe’s appointment.

Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December

The bonus will be paid in the week beginning 7 December.

'I was astounded': Foster says Varadkar comments on cross-border travel 'regrettable'

Northern Ireland enters a two-week circuit-breaker tomorrow.

Tough Covid-19 restrictions for 99% of people in England as Johnson says ‘hard winter’ ahead

The new restrictions will take effect after 2 December.

Analysis: Unrelenting pressure from a unified opposition kept the Woulfe affair firmly in the spotlight

The opposition has been like a dog with a bone on the issue.


The Explainer: Why is the 27th Amendment back in the news?

We speak to an expert about what the amendment was, and why Labour is proposing a Bill related to it.

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