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Politics - Today’s News

Donald Trump tells Europe to take back captured IS fighters or the US will be 'forced' to release them

The White House is expected to begin the withdrawal of American troops from Syria in coming days.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped change America - but her fight for gender equality hasn't been won

A new biopic about the Supreme Court Justice looks at her early years as a Harvard student and fledgling lawyer.

Working group to investigate how to roll out free contraception for Irish women

People with outside expertise will sit on the new group, with a chairperson to be appointed shortly.

Nicolas Maduro claims US has 'war plans against Venezuela' as Guaido mobilises aid volunteers

US aid has already arrived on the Colombian border as the country deals with a political crisis.

Call for wet wipes to have 'mandatory warnings' because of their damage to environment

Call for wet wipes to have 'mandatory warnings' because of their damage to environment

The wipes contain plastic and can clog up sewers and cluster on beaches.

Former Fox News host Heather Nauert pulls out of bid to become next US ambassador to UN

Heather Nauert announced her withdrawal amid criticism that she lacked the gravitas for the top diplomatic post.

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Politics - Yesterday’s News

'The future of humanity hangs in the balance': Why the world could not handle a nuclear attack Global Ban This post contains videos

'The future of humanity hangs in the balance': Why the world could not handle a nuclear attack

An expert explains how we could be “headed for a nuclear arms race”.

Why Trump declaring a border wall emergency may prove more of an obstacle for himself

The US president’s wall is far from a sure thing even now.

Larry Donnelly: Too many observers have been unable or unwilling to come to grips with Trump’s appeal

I still find it difficult to believe that he is President Trump. I wish it weren’t so. But it is.

Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US

It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.

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Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort faces 24 years in prison for lying to Russia investigation

A judge ruled this month that Manafort “intentionally” lied about contacts with a suspected Russian operative.

Politics - Friday 15 February, 2019

Taoiseach doesn't think no-deal Brexit is 'inevitable' but wants end to 'political purgatory'

Political leaders were out in force for the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit today at Dublin Castle.

BAM offers to pull out of National Children's Hospital contract if the board wants

The company also said it did not benefit inappropriately from the tender process.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s the news as you start your day.

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff

The prison service paid two private security companies over a two-year period.

Politics - Thursday 14 February, 2019

Felicity Jones says women have been 'put off' Hollywood by sexism

She was speaking ahead of the release of the film On The Basis of Sex, about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board office raided by gardaí Exclusive

The Comptroller and Auditor General published an audit into the board’s financial statements yesterday.

Shane Ross says new law was needed as gardaí seize 377 cars driven by unaccompanied learner drivers

Criticism has been levelled at the transport minister over the long wait times for the driving test.

Sod turned on the new runway at Dublin Airport, but some residents are not happy

Residents who live next to the airport have accused the government of ignoring their concerns over noise levels.

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Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan is going into politics and admits he's 'no expert'

Holohan will be a Sinn Féin local election candidate in Tallaght South.

Australian police probe parliament brawl involving 70 year-old senator who left blood on rival's door

Senator Brian Burston admitted to smearing blood on Senator Pauline Hanson’s door following a brawl with one of her aides.

The Dutch government is using a giant blue mascot to warn of Brexit risks

Around 40 companies last year moved their operations from the UK to the Netherlands because of Brexit.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s the news as you start your day.

Former head of Trump presidential campaign 'intentionally' misled Russia investigation, judge rules

Paul Manafort faces years in prison in two criminal cases following yesterday’s ruling.

Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed

House acquisitions by local authorities has also risen.

Politics - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

Do you think an all-Ireland Citizens' Assembly should be established to discuss Irish unity? Your Say This post contains a poll

Do you think an all-Ireland Citizens' Assembly should be established to discuss Irish unity?

Sinn Féin has argued that the possibility of a united Ireland must be prepared for.

Harris asks HSE to introduce HPV testing 'as soon as possible' as roll out is pushed out due to smear test backlog

Health Minister Simon Harris promised it would be introduced in September last year. This was then pushed out to January 2019.

'There are always consequences': Minister responds to claim teachers may seek pay rise following recommendation on nurses TUI

'There are always consequences': Minister responds to claim teachers may seek pay rise following recommendation on nurses

The ongoing nurses’ strike was suspended on Monday following a Labour Court recommendation on pay and conditions.

Gardaí to change how they manage repossessions after Take Back the City incident

Drew Harris said gardaí will be “more assertive” from now on in the way they approach repossessions.

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Nigel Farage declares himself a Brexit Party MEP

The party can contest elections in the UK – and potentially in the European Parliament.

'It would be foolhardy to say there is no risk': HSE reveals 78,000 slides left in CervicalCheck backlog

The HSE will tell the Health Committee about the backlog latest today.

'I wondered had I turned into Rip Van Winkle,' Bertie Ahern tells UK Brexit committee

The former Taoiseach insisted repeatedly that “Northern Ireland is not the same as the rest of the UK”.

Mary Lou accuses the UK of playing a 'game of chicken' with Irish interests, in British media blitz

The Sinn Féin leader also accused the British Prime Minister Theresa May of acting “in bad faith”.

No flights to or from Belgium due to strike; some Dublin flights cancelled

At least eight flights between Dublin and Belgium have been cancelled today as a result of the strike action.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s the news as you start your day.

Opinion: Small farmers need to wake up and realise that the big farming lobby doesn't represent their interests

The small farmer in Ireland has a very high-quality product. To differentiate themselves from the mass producers, they need to focus on quality and sustainability, writes Saoirse McHugh.

New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017

The new children’s hospital is currently estimated to cost €1.7 billion.

Politics - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

'One or two' contractors Varadkar would not like to see get a public State contract again

Work is underway to ensure the public procurement process is more robust, particularly for large-scale projects.

No hospital project will be delayed due to children's hospital cost overrun, but 'repairs' will be pushed out

An audit of departmental spending has been undertaken with savings to come from eight departments.

Nursing pay deal set to cost €10-€15 million this year and €30-€35 million in 2020

Finance Minister Donohoe has said that the Labour Court recommendations are “consistent with the public sector stability agreement”.

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