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Politics - Monday 30 November, 2020

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.

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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.

Ireland remains 'orange' on EU traffic light travel map

New travel rules kick in this weekend.

Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers

The Tánaiste said if people borrow money, they have a responsibility to pay it back.

Tánaiste says homeless deaths 'fill us all with sorrow' and that 'beds were available'

The bodies of two men were found in different areas of Dublin city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning.


SIPO 'very concerned' about failure of Aontú and Renua to submit statements of their annual accounts

Political parties registered in Ireland are required to disclose their annual accounts to SIPO.

'Just Leo thinking out loud again': Mary Lou McDonald dismisses Tánaiste's border travel comments

Varadkar suggested the government is looking at advising against cross-border travel but he has said a travel ban is not being considered.

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Poll: Should the Government end funding for greyhound racing?

The Social Democrats have launched a bill aiming to end funding for the sector.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Politics - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Government considering advising people against travel to Northern Ireland, says Tánaiste

  • NPHET is expected to make recommendations to government after its meeting today.
  • The Taoiseach is set to make an address to the nation on Friday.

Homeless charities express 'concern and upset' after bodies of two men found in Dublin

Gardaí are investigating the deaths, and they are not being treated as suspicious.

Nearly 800 contract tracers now on the books, but concerns raised about redeployment of specialist health workers

There are thousands of children waiting for services such as speech and language therapy, the Dáil heard.

Eir CEO says it was a 'mistake' to locate customer care centre in Sligo

Carolan Lennon has since clarified her remarks and said Eir is “committed to Sligo”.

Car with 'stop the globalisation policies' written on it hits gate outside Merkel’s offices

The car had the slogan ‘You damned murderers of children and old people’ painted on the other side.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Joe Biden says Northern Ireland border must remain open after Brexit

Biden told reporters yesterday that he did not want to see “a guarded border”.