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Politics - Monday 14 June, 2021

Cabinet to consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland
# Travel
# Travel

Cabinet to consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland

Mon 1:05 PM 26,546 Views 50 Comments

The tougher restrictions will only apply to those that have not had two doses of a vaccine.

England's 21 June lockdown lifting to be delayed until 19 July as scientists seek to 'buy time'
# Setback
# Setback

England's 21 June lockdown lifting to be delayed until 19 July as scientists seek to 'buy time'

Mon 9:05 AM 25,737 Views 64 Comments

UK PM Boris Johnson will make the announcement at 6pm this evening.

Biden gives ‘candid’ message to Johnson on Northern Ireland Brexit row
# Protocol
# Protocol

Biden gives ‘candid’ message to Johnson on Northern Ireland Brexit row

Updated Mon 8:41 AM 38,166 Views 24 Comments
  • The US President told the UK Prime Minister he must protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a further grace period for the Northern Ireland Protocol would be “very problematic”
  • The DUP's new leader Edwin Poots sent a copy of the Good Friday Agreement to French President Emmanuel Macron
Profile: The hard-right tech millionaire who's just taken over as Israeli prime minister
# Israel
# Israel

Profile: The hard-right tech millionaire who's just taken over as Israeli prime minister

Mon 7:39 AM 26,576 Views 15 Comments

Naftali Bennett, a 49-year-old former Israeli Special Forces soldier and hardliner was declared the new prime minister last night.

Politics - Sunday 13 June, 2021

Taoiseach warns UK extension of protocol grace period would be ‘problematic’
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

Taoiseach warns UK extension of protocol grace period would be ‘problematic’

Jun 13th 2021, 9:04 AM 21,738 Views 45 Comments

Martin also insisted a breakthrough between the EU and UK was still possible ‘if there’s a will there on both sides’.

'Rape' and 'incest' listed as 'current relationship status' options on Commission form
# GDPR
# GDPR

'Rape' and 'incest' listed as 'current relationship status' options on Commission form

Jun 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 103,853 Views 0 Comments
  • A survivor's daughter says the approach is "incomprehensible" and raises "serious questions"
  • The woman's form is "littered with inaccuracies" and "in no way" captures her suffering
  • "In what world is rape or incest a relationship status?"

Politics - Saturday 12 June, 2021

EU urged to be ‘pragmatic, not bloody-minded’ over Brexit dispute
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

EU urged to be ‘pragmatic, not bloody-minded’ over Brexit dispute

Updated Jun 12th 2021, 2:05 PM 24,255 Views 99 Comments

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made the call as Boris Johnson met leaders from the bloc in Cornwall.

'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas
# Commission
# Commission

'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas

Jun 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 18,886 Views 0 Comments
  • Mother and Baby Home survivors say recent developments have silenced them all over again, Órla Ryan reports
  • One of the women taking legal action against the Commission's findings says she will continue to fight for justice
  • The commissioners have refused the latest invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Children's Committee

Politics - Friday 11 June, 2021

G7 leaders to agree new declaration to tackle future pandemics
# Cornwall
# Cornwall

G7 leaders to agree new declaration to tackle future pandemics

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 10:37 PM 34,756 Views 37 Comments

The leaders gathered in Cornwall will agree the ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’ tomorrow.

US Justice Department seeks internal investigation on seizure of Democrats’ data
# Data
# Data

US Justice Department seeks internal investigation on seizure of Democrats’ data

Jun 11th 2021, 10:12 PM 20,933 Views 14 Comments

Trump’s administration seized phone records of at least 12 people connected to the House Intelligence Committee.

Ian Paisley insists he does not believe NI Health Minister Robin Swann is dangerous
# The North
# The North

Ian Paisley insists he does not believe NI Health Minister Robin Swann is dangerous

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 9:01 PM 56,143 Views 52 Comments

Paisley made a statement after he was criticised for joining Van Morrison as he made a verbal attack on Swann.

Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'
# Questions And No Answers
# Questions And No Answers

Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 8:02 PM 39,754 Views 67 Comments
  • A first invitation was sent in February and a second in June
  • Both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste have urged the commissioners to answer questions
  • Oireachtas committee members unaware of the invite refusal until after the letter was reported
Taoiseach expresses confidence that NI powersharing will be preserved
# Fermanagh
# Fermanagh

Taoiseach expresses confidence that NI powersharing will be preserved

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 6:34 PM 18,321 Views 19 Comments

Martin was among political leaders attending a meeting of the British Irish Council in Co Fermanagh today.

'As far as we know' Labour members did not engage in fake polling, says Ó Ríordain
# Door To Door
# Door To Door

'As far as we know' Labour members did not engage in fake polling, says Ó Ríordain

Jun 11th 2021, 2:23 PM 5,388 Views 21 Comments

The TD says no such polling was ever “sanctioned” by the party leadership.

G7 countries move closer to 15% corporation tax plan as Finance Minister defends Ireland's 12.5% rate
# Corporation Tax
# Corporation Tax

G7 countries move closer to 15% corporation tax plan as Finance Minister defends Ireland's 12.5% rate

Jun 11th 2021, 9:18 AM 14,901 Views 42 Comments

Paschal Donohoe said he wanted to keep Ireland’s rate to “maintain and grow” employment.

Amnesty terms Chinese Uyghur abuses 'crimes against humanity'
# China
# China

Amnesty terms Chinese Uyghur abuses 'crimes against humanity'

Jun 11th 2021, 9:07 AM 7,310 Views 19 Comments

The 160-page report by Amnesty International uses the testimony of former detainees to document the abuses.

Politician expelled for letting far-right protesters into Oregon state Capitol
# US
# US

Politician expelled for letting far-right protesters into Oregon state Capitol

Jun 11th 2021, 8:04 AM 16,444 Views 35 Comments

Representative Mike Nearman is the first member of Oregon’s state House to be expelled in its 160-year history.

'Proud to be British' and launching this weekend, GB News will be available in Ireland
# Across The Water
# Across The Water

'Proud to be British' and launching this weekend, GB News will be available in Ireland

Jun 11th 2021, 6:54 AM 35,766 Views 91 Comments

The new 24-hour news channel has been described as the UK answer to US news networks.

The G7 summit kicks off today - here's everything you need to know
# Cornwall
# Cornwall

The G7 summit kicks off today - here's everything you need to know

Jun 11th 2021, 12:08 AM 6,659 Views 3 Comments

This will be the first time the leaders have met in almost two years due to Covid-19.

Politics - Thursday 10 June, 2021

Johnson insists there's 'absolutely common ground' over NI after first meeting with Biden
# Cornwall
# Cornwall

Johnson insists there's 'absolutely common ground' over NI after first meeting with Biden

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 10:12 PM 30,809 Views 31 Comments
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met US President Joe Biden on the eve of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
  • Johnson has insisted there was “absolutely common ground” over Northern Ireland.
  • Following the talks, Johnson said he was “optimistic” the peace process would be kept going.
Outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster speaks of regrets during time as North's leader
# DUP
# DUP

Outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster speaks of regrets during time as North's leader

Jun 10th 2021, 9:27 PM 33,417 Views 14 Comments

Foster said the coronavirus pandemic changed the administration’s course.

Dáil staying in Convention Centre due to risk posed to members
# Across The Quays
# Across The Quays

Dáil staying in Convention Centre due to risk posed to members

Jun 10th 2021, 6:52 PM 16,643 Views 36 Comments

Dáil sittings may return to Leinster House in autumn if 70 to 80% of the population is vaccinated.

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 3:10 PM 12,261 Views 48 Comments
  • It was reported yesterday that Sinn Féin party members had pretended to be pollsters carrying fake marketing research company IDs.
  • SF TD Eoin Ó Broin described the practice as "widespread and common".
  • Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have also engaged in similar polling in the past.
Biden challenge to Johnson over Northern Ireland Brexit dispute welcomed by Taoiseach
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Biden challenge to Johnson over Northern Ireland Brexit dispute welcomed by Taoiseach

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 12:50 PM 27,924 Views 48 Comments
  • Biden's aides say he will stress the need to "stand behind" the Northern Ireland Protocol.
  • Micheál Martin said this morning that Biden's and US involvement is significant and makes sense from an American perspective.
  • European Council President Charles Michel said it's "paramount" that the terms of the Brexit deal are respected.
FG's James Geoghegan surveyed voters door-to-door for Renua but 'nobody asked' who he was with
# Dublin Bay South
# Dublin Bay South

FG's James Geoghegan surveyed voters door-to-door for Renua but 'nobody asked' who he was with

Jun 10th 2021, 11:54 AM 16,833 Views 24 Comments

Geoghegan said that he knocked to “maybe 50 people” ahead of the 2016 general election.

Taoiseach said he does not know if law broken by Fianna Fáil members posing as canvassers
# Door To Door Polling
# Door To Door Polling

Taoiseach said he does not know if law broken by Fianna Fáil members posing as canvassers

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 9:15 AM 18,503 Views 63 Comments

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have all said that party members posed as pollsters.

Politics - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

€6.5 million support package announced for taxi, hackney and limousine operators
# Covid Support
# Covid Support

€6.5 million support package announced for taxi, hackney and limousine operators

Jun 9th 2021, 9:05 PM 22,013 Views 44 Comments

The package will provide €3 million for the continued waiver of vehicle licence fees in 2022.

Leo Varadkar says FG paid students to pretend to be pollsters, DPC to ask SF about its practices
# Door To Door Polling
# Door To Door Polling

Leo Varadkar says FG paid students to pretend to be pollsters, DPC to ask SF about its practices

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 7:02 PM 55,892 Views 150 Comments

Varadkar says the practice was “discontinued” in the past seven years.

Alan Kelly says Ivana Bacik will 'cycle through two extremes' to take by-election seat
# Dublin Bay South
# Dublin Bay South

Alan Kelly says Ivana Bacik will 'cycle through two extremes' to take by-election seat

Jun 9th 2021, 5:30 PM 20,202 Views 44 Comments

Kelly said that Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are trying to present the race as “a dichotomy”.

Workers to get at least 10 days paid sick leave phased in between now and 2025
# Workers Rights
# Workers Rights

Workers to get at least 10 days paid sick leave phased in between now and 2025

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 3:02 PM 49,700 Views 100 Comments

Statutory sick pay will be phased in to help employers to plan ahead and manage the additional costs.

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters
# Cabinet Plans
# Cabinet Plans

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 1:43 PM 61,002 Views 101 Comments
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet today that will restrict upfront payment demands made by landlords, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
  • The new rules, which will be in place before the next academic year, will ensure that students only have to pay one months' rent at a time.
  • Cabinet has also extended the current Covid-19 protections for renters until January 2022.
Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year
# PUP
# PUP

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year

Jun 9th 2021, 12:09 PM 7,962 Views 5 Comments

This is the lowest number of people in receipt of the PUP since December.

Politics - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'
# Roderic O'Gorman
# Roderic O'Gorman

Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 9:50 PM 19,209 Views 5 Comments
  • Roderic O'Gorman has told survivors that the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes was not prohibited from using their testimony
  • "For my own part, I want to be clear - you are believed," the minister said
  • Survivors and relatives have said the latest revelations are "insulting" and "dehumanising", Órla Ryan writes
UK press hypes 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats
# Do Your Bratwurst
# Do Your Bratwurst

UK press hypes 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats

Jun 8th 2021, 12:25 PM 19,373 Views 26 Comments

The EU has warned it will “react swiftly” if the UK acts unilaterally again in relation to the NI Protocol.

Politics - Monday 7 June, 2021

Explainer: Five months in, what has Ireland been up to on the UN Security Council?
# Ireland On The World Stage
# Ireland On The World Stage

Explainer: Five months in, what has Ireland been up to on the UN Security Council?

Jun 7th 2021, 8:00 AM 12,367 Views 6 Comments

Minister Coveney said that there has been a “fundamental misunderstanding” of what Ireland is doing on the Council.

Politics - Saturday 5 June, 2021

Larry Donnelly: The 2024 race for the White House has begun - but who could run for the Republicans?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: The 2024 race for the White House has begun - but who could run for the Republicans?

Jun 5th 2021, 8:00 PM 38,530 Views 49 Comments

Our columnist sounds out the potential GOP field.

Politics - Friday 4 June, 2021

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

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Jun 4th 2021, 8:55 PM 10,969 Views 0 Comments

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

G7 leaders say a deal on minimum corporate tax rate of 15% 'in sight'
# G7
# G7

G7 leaders say a deal on minimum corporate tax rate of 15% 'in sight'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 6:55 PM 38,345 Views 60 Comments

Paschal Donohoe attended the G7 summit as Irish tax practices were put in the spotlight over a $315bn Microsoft profit.

Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing
# Homes
# Homes

Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing

Jun 4th 2021, 3:48 PM 15,898 Views 58 Comments

It would amend Article 43 of the Constitution, which covers private property rights.