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Politics - Today’s News

'I don't regret what I did': Dominic Cummings remains under fire over lockdown breach allegations

Opposition leaders will hold talks this morning to discuss public health messaging amid the row.

Zero reported deaths yesterday, and cases in hospitals fall to below 300: Today's Covid-19 main points

Dominic Cummings’ account of why he drove 260 miles to Durham, and to Barnard Castle, made a splash yesterday.

'The dismay will live forever with us': Nursing homes CEO to tell TDs sector was left isolated at start of crisis

The Special Covid-19 Committee will meet today to discuss nursing homes and Direct Provision.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

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'Arguably this was a mistake': Cummings says he did not speak to Johnson before travelling to Durham with family

Last night, Boris Johnson defended his senior adviser over the 260-mile trip to Durham.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Politics - Sunday 24 May, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Dominic Cummings and his 260-mile lockdown trip dominated the headlines today.

Investigation launched into UK Civil Service tweet about Johnson's 'offensive' defence of Cummings

The UK Prime Minister is being criticised for defending his senior adviser’s actions in driving 260 miles during lockdown.

Coronavirus: 4 deaths and 57 new confirmed cases in Ireland

The Department of Health released the figures this evening.

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Fresh calls for Dominic Cummings to resign after new allegations of lockdown travel emerge

Downing Street has said it would “not waste time” replying to the fresh allegations.

Politics - Saturday 23 May, 2020

Boris Johnson offers top aide his ‘full support’ after 260-mile lockdown trip

Downing Street has issued a statement this morning defending Cummings.

Politics - Friday 22 May, 2020

'I had one on before': Trump avoids wearing mask during tour of Ford factory despite company policy

Company chairman Bill Ford said that he had encouraged Trump to wear a mask when he arrived at the factory.

'Extremely worrying': ASTI to discuss legal protection over Leaving Cert grading with government

The ASTI has said that teachers need to be fully protected if there is a legal challenge to calculated grades.

Politics - Thursday 21 May, 2020

Teachers union urges members not to engage with Leaving Cert grading system

The guidance was published by the Department of Education this evening.

The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?

Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45

The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

'There is no such thing as free money': Taoiseach issues economic warning over Covid-19

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Leo Varadkar said Ireland would have to re-pay money borrowed to fight the pandemic.

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'We must now prepare for the mental health damage that Covid-19 will do'

Lisa Molloy, head of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, says the Government must not drop the ball on mental health.

Trump threatens to hold up funds for two states over postal voting

Trump has since rolled back on his threat but still claimed that widespread postal voting promotes “a lot of illegality”.

Over 50,000 people with deteriorating eye conditions waiting for hospital appointments

A large cohort of patients on these waiting lists are older people who report a low quality of life as a result of the lengthy wait for treatment.

Politics - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Catherine Martin will give 'serious consideration' to contesting the Green Party leadership

While the party talks about entering government, it has another battle on its hands.

The UK's Protocol plan: 'Unfettered access' from NI to GB, and 'light-touch' checks from GB to NI

Unfettered access to GB from NI, and declaration on goods from GB to Northern Ireland.

Paschal Donohoe is 'examining' maternity leave exclusion from Covid-19 wage subsidy

The Finance Minister had said previously that it wasn’t possible to change the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme to suit each individual.

Charlie Flanagan apologises to Cahersiveen locals and residents in Direct Provision centre

There have been a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the centre since April.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Catch up with all the main news stories in today’s headline round up.

'Deeply alarming': NI leaders condemn dissident threats against Belfast journalists

The letter was published in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter newspapers yesterday.

Politics - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

‘Stay away from blame’: Health officials say no single reason for nursing home outbreaks

The issue of elderly patients being discharged from acute hospital settings was raised by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly today.

Cost of building Children's Hospital could rise by 40%, special Covid-19 committee hears CIF

Cost of building Children's Hospital could rise by 40%, special Covid-19 committee hears

Labour TD Duncan Smith said such an increase would be “astronomical”.

Decision due soon on extending Covid-19 unemployment payment, says minister

As people return back to work, the minister said he will look at the data on the number of claims.

Ireland's crisis could last years and new confirmed cases drops to 51: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main points to know about Covid-19 in Ireland and around the world today.

As it happened: Top health officials questioned by Covid-19 committee about pandemic response

The committee is set to ask questions about the response in Ireland’s nursing homes.

Medical journal refutes Trump claim it published reports about earlier spread of Covid-19 in China

The Lancet described the allegations made by Trump in a letter to the WHO as “serious and damaging”.

Dr Tony Holohan: 'We have effectively extinguished the virus from the community'

Community transmission is ‘very, very low’ says the chief medical officer.

'It delivers on our promise to the British people': UK bill to end free movement of people passes first hurdle

Priti Patel said that the points system was “firmer, fairer and simpler system” that will “play a vital role” in the country’s recovery from coronavirus.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Catch up with all the main news stories in today’s headline round up.

'A financial diuretic': Leo Varadkar and ECB voice support for €500bn Franco-German recovery plan

President Emmanuel Macron said that the funds “were not loans.”

Donald Trump threatens to permanently stop funding World Health Organisation over Covid-19 response

The move comes after weeks of finger-pointing between the US and China over the pandemic.

Politics - Monday 18 May, 2020

After weekend row, Varadkar, Martin and Ryan sat down for talks on government formation today

Fine Gael accused some Fianna Fáil TDs of “damaging” the talks process at the weekend.

'Please do your exercise and then go home': Government advises against picnics as restrictions ease

Today is the first day Phase One, with the scenarios where people can leave their homes loosened slightly.

'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says

Small weddings are due to be permitted by 20 July, according to the government roadmap out of lockdown.

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