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Politics - Today’s News

Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed as new DUP leader without contest
# Arise Sir Jeffrey
# Arise Sir Jeffrey

Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed as new DUP leader without contest

Updated 1 hour ago 30,181 Views 44 Comments

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he looks forward to “working constructively” with the new DUP leader.

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
# On Track
# On Track

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant

Updated 2 hours ago 13,934 Views 27 Comments

Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.

Large numbers will need vaccine booster shots later this year and into next year, Cabinet hears
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Large numbers will need vaccine booster shots later this year and into next year, Cabinet hears

2 hours ago 22,436 Views 19 Comments

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly got government approval to purchase millions of vaccine doses for use in 2022.

Outgoing DUP leader Poots says he ‘has been promised significant victory’ over NI Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

Outgoing DUP leader Poots says he ‘has been promised significant victory’ over NI Protocol

5 hours ago 13,525 Views 35 Comments

The UK government and the EU are locked in a dispute over the implementation of the protocol.

'No longer appropriate': Cabinet signs off on fur farming  ban and compensation scheme for farmers
# Mink Farming
# Mink Farming

'No longer appropriate': Cabinet signs off on fur farming ban and compensation scheme for farmers

Updated 5 hours ago 18,081 Views 43 Comments

The prohibition is not expected to begin until next year, allowing farmers to see out the 2021 season.

Judge dismisses most claims over clearing of protesters from in front of White House
# Washington DC
# Washington DC

Judge dismisses most claims over clearing of protesters from in front of White House

13 hours ago 19,397 Views 18 Comments

Claims against two law enforcement agencies, however, have been allowed to proceed.

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad
# Free To Go
# Free To Go

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad

14 hours ago 58,817 Views 37 Comments

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar clarified yesterday that young people who are not fully vaccinated can travel abroad this summer, despite the chief medical officer Tony Holohan giving advice to the contrary last week.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister
# Heather Humphreys
# Heather Humphreys

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister

Updated Mon 8:10 PM 28,495 Views 67 Comments

Questions have been raised about the legality of selling alcohol to customers in on-street seating.

Explainer: How an ownership row is still holding back Ireland's new National Maternity Hospital
# Heart Of D4
# Heart Of D4

Explainer: How an ownership row is still holding back Ireland's new National Maternity Hospital

Mon 4:50 PM 10,374 Views 16 Comments

The Tánaiste has even raised the prospect of building the hospital elsewhere.

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic
# School Dinners
# School Dinners

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic

Mon 2:24 PM 11,424 Views 17 Comments

The funding is normally not available during the summer.

Politics - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Government 'hasn't ruled out' CPO of National Maternity Hospital site
# Governance
# Governance

Government 'hasn't ruled out' CPO of National Maternity Hospital site

Sun 4:26 PM 18,297 Views 24 Comments

The Tánaiste said it is not clear whether the owners of the land are willing to discuss the sale.

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed
# Housing
# Housing

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed

Sun 1:59 PM 22,510 Views 113 Comments

Yesterday the Tánaiste told the Fine Gael Ard Fhéis that he was setting a target of 70% home-ownership.

‘No Sinn Féin shopping list’ to facilitate appointment of next First Minister
# Chris Hazzard
# Chris Hazzard

‘No Sinn Féin shopping list’ to facilitate appointment of next First Minister

Sun 12:22 PM 25,551 Views 40 Comments

MP Chris Hazzard has said Sinn Féin will have ‘no demands’ other than a commitment to agreements already made.

Politics - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade
# Ard Fheis
# Ard Fheis

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade

Sat 6:08 PM 27,981 Views 100 Comments

This would require 40,000 new homes built each year.

Paul Givan told he will have to resign as First Minister when new DUP leader is appointed
# Shake Up
# Shake Up

Paul Givan told he will have to resign as First Minister when new DUP leader is appointed

Sat 4:25 PM 30,022 Views 34 Comments

Givan was only formally installed as the new First Minister on Thursday.

Politics - Friday 18 June, 2021

An extract from our Brexit newsletter: A sausage war and a Poots putsch
# Food Fight
# Food Fight

An extract from our Brexit newsletter: A sausage war and a Poots putsch

Fri 8:00 PM 8,043 Views 4 Comments

Here is an extract from our Brexit newsletter this evening, revived to cover the grace-period row, and strained relations.

'Nothing signed off' yet on new National Maternity Hospital, says Taoiseach
# Elm Park
# Elm Park

'Nothing signed off' yet on new National Maternity Hospital, says Taoiseach

Updated Fri 7:36 PM 11,029 Views 14 Comments

The Taoiseach says it has always been his view that any new hospital should be owned by the public.

Arise, Sir Jeffrey? What happens next after the DUP meltdown?
# Poots To Fill
# Poots To Fill

Arise, Sir Jeffrey? What happens next after the DUP meltdown?

Fri 5:39 PM 34,316 Views 29 Comments

Is it a one-horse race and what does that mean for power-sharing?

Taoiseach seeks 'calm heads' as Michelle O'Neill calls on DUP to 'get their act together'
# Poots Gets The Boot
# Poots Gets The Boot

Taoiseach seeks 'calm heads' as Michelle O'Neill calls on DUP to 'get their act together'

Updated Fri 4:43 PM 47,038 Views 74 Comments

Edwin Poots announced last night he is to quit as as DUP leader after only three weeks.

Wagatha Christie case: Mediation fails between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy
# High Court
# High Court

Wagatha Christie case: Mediation fails between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

Fri 2:25 PM 22,924 Views 0 Comments

The High Court in London today heard claims about Vardy’s relationship with The Sun newspaper.

Government currently 'not contemplating' advising against travel to Northern Ireland, says Taoiseach
# Travel
# Travel

Government currently 'not contemplating' advising against travel to Northern Ireland, says Taoiseach

Fri 2:13 PM 12,300 Views 8 Comments

Chief Medical Officer Dr Toy Holohan is today meeting with his Northern Ireland counterpart.

Iranians vote in presidential election tipped in favour of hard-liner
# Iran
# Iran

Iranians vote in presidential election tipped in favour of hard-liner

Fri 11:21 AM 5,710 Views 6 Comments

Ebrahim Raisi is the front-runner in a field of just four candidates.

Biden signs bill to mark the end of slavery in US with a public holiday
# Juneteenth
# Juneteenth

Biden signs bill to mark the end of slavery in US with a public holiday

Fri 9:15 AM 20,031 Views 47 Comments

It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr Day was created in 1983.

From the ousting of Arlene, to Poots getting the boot - here's the timeline of events
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

From the ousting of Arlene, to Poots getting the boot - here's the timeline of events

Updated Fri 7:27 AM 31,038 Views 41 Comments

It’s been a hell of a few weeks in Northern Ireland politics. Here’s a quick catch-up.

'It sends a clear message': Government minister to visit Waterford after Pride flags burned in city
# Pride
# Pride

'It sends a clear message': Government minister to visit Waterford after Pride flags burned in city

Fri 6:30 AM 16,653 Views 0 Comments

There has been a recent string of anti-LGBTQ+ incidents in the city.

Politics - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Edwin Poots is resigning as leader of the DUP, after three weeks in the role
# Life After Arlene
# Life After Arlene

Edwin Poots is resigning as leader of the DUP, after three weeks in the role

Updated Thu 10:05 PM 122,616 Views 193 Comments
  • Poots did not speak to waiting reporters as he left the crunch meeting with party officers
  • The new DUP leader came under heavy fire after he nominated a First Minister despite a majority of his party objecting
  • Recently ousted leader Arlene Foster earlier tweeted that she "hoped everyone is having a great day"
Sausage war: EU to 'assess' UK request for chilled meats to be traded with the North until October
# Brexit Trade
# Brexit Trade

Sausage war: EU to 'assess' UK request for chilled meats to be traded with the North until October

Updated Thu 8:15 PM 12,881 Views 28 Comments

It comes after a very public diplomatic war over whether a ban on chilled meats being sent from GB to NI should commence, in line with the Protocol.

DUP's Paul Givan installed as new First Minister despite opposition by party members at 'shambles' meeting
# Dup Strife
# Dup Strife

DUP's Paul Givan installed as new First Minister despite opposition by party members at 'shambles' meeting

Updated Thu 2:39 PM 40,908 Views 37 Comments
  • Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill to continue in the role of Deputy First Minister
  • The Assembly is to continue after last night's UK government deal on the Irish language
  • DUP MPs and MLAs sought to pressure party leader Edwin Poots to hold off on a nomination
  • However, Poots nominated Givan and said it was without "a precondition from Sinn Féin"
Crisis averted in Northern Ireland after late night deal on Irish language
# Stormont
# Stormont

Crisis averted in Northern Ireland after late night deal on Irish language

Thu 8:42 AM 30,331 Views 54 Comments

The Tánaiste has said he welcomes the “agreement on an Irish Language Act going ahead”.

Politics - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

Von der Leyen 'very concerned' over Hungary law banning LGBT 'promotion' to minors
# Hungary
# Hungary

Von der Leyen 'very concerned' over Hungary law banning LGBT 'promotion' to minors

Wed 10:36 PM 18,595 Views 47 Comments

She said the European Commission is “assessing if it breaches relevant EU legislation”.

Sinn Féin establishes clear lead as Ireland’s most popular party – poll
# Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI
# Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI

Sinn Féin establishes clear lead as Ireland’s most popular party – poll

Wed 9:45 PM 37,904 Views 136 Comments

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll has put Sinn Fein on 31%, followed by Fine Gael on 27% and Fianna Fail on 20%.

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

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Wed 8:55 PM 12,201 Views 0 Comments

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines.

Sinn Féin holds talks with NI Secretary of State in bid to avert Stormont crisis
# The North
# The North

Sinn Féin holds talks with NI Secretary of State in bid to avert Stormont crisis

Wed 8:32 PM 9,249 Views 30 Comments

Brandon Lewis flew into Belfast for talks, saying he is exploring ‘all options’ in his efforts to keep powersharing on track.

Taoiseach: 'There's no reason why partners cannot attend maternity scans - it should not be happening'
# Maternity Restrictions
# Maternity Restrictions

Taoiseach: 'There's no reason why partners cannot attend maternity scans - it should not be happening'

Jun 16th 2021, 7:36 PM 17,297 Views 17 Comments

Activists have said there’s been no changes since new HSE advice to maternity hospitals was issued.

'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists

Updated Jun 16th 2021, 7:25 PM 38,905 Views 61 Comments

UUP leader Doug Beattie said the Tánaiste’s comments should not have been made in the midst of a crisis.

Matt Hancock says he doesn't think he's 'hopeless', in response to Cummings WhatsApp screenshot
# Health Minister
# Health Minister

Matt Hancock says he doesn't think he's 'hopeless', in response to Cummings WhatsApp screenshot

Jun 16th 2021, 6:33 PM 15,983 Views 7 Comments

The former Downing Street aide is claiming that Boris Johnson called his health minister ‘totally f*cking hopeless’ last March.

Here are the Dublin Bay South by-election candidates battling it out to replace Eoghan Murphy
# To The Polls
# To The Polls

Here are the Dublin Bay South by-election candidates battling it out to replace Eoghan Murphy

Jun 16th 2021, 3:28 PM 17,375 Views 45 Comments

The housing crisis is top of the agenda for most of the candidates ahead of next month’s by-election.

No joint press conference and no breaking of bread: Biden and Putin meet at Geneva summit
# Red Lines
# Red Lines

No joint press conference and no breaking of bread: Biden and Putin meet at Geneva summit

Updated Jun 16th 2021, 2:00 PM 16,516 Views 32 Comments

Up to five hours of talks are planned, starting at around midday Irish time, with no break for meals.

It's official: Dublin Bay South by-election date set for 8 July
# Dbs
# Dbs

It's official: Dublin Bay South by-election date set for 8 July

Jun 16th 2021, 1:19 PM 20,629 Views 21 Comments

The by-election will fill the seat vacated by former minister Eoghan Murphy.

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