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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Phase 3 measures, Secret Service agents in quarantine, and UK panic as Brits flock to the beach… it’s The Fix.

Coronavirus: Taoiseach gives the green light for Phase Three of re-opening to go ahead from Monday

The announcement was made at Dublin Castle this evening.

Social distancing to be reduced to one metre in Northern Ireland

First Minister Arlene Foster also announced reopening dates for places of worship,visitor attractions and beauty salons.

Summer provision programme ‘categorised by confusion’ due to changing messages, says charity

A lack of transport is also a major barrier in children attending summer programmes, the committee heard.


TD asks who is getting infected: 'Is it young people drinking cans on the canal or young people in Direct Provision?'

Richard Boyd Barrett raised the issue of concern being expressed about the number of Covid-19 cases among younger people.

Freezing of cryptocurrency used by criminals results in jump in CAB proceeds

The jump in frozen assets is due in the main to the granting of a freezing order over cryptocurrency to the value of €53 million.

Politics - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five stories, five minutes, five o’clock…

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister

Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.

'A peacemaker and a rock of sense': TDs pay Dáil tribute and hold minute's silence for Garda Colm Horkan

“He never let us down, the people he had sworn to serve,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil today.


Mandate of Special Criminal Court renewed in Dáil vote as Sinn Féin abstains rather than rejects it for first time

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has announced a review of the Offences Against the State Act.

'A cop out': Calls for government to take a stand as over 100 Irish politicians sign letter opposing West Bank annexation

The Occupied Territories Bill was dropped from the programme for government at the behest of Fine Gael.

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate Law

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate

Eleven seats in the Seanad are vacant as a new Taoiseach has not yet been elected.

Eamon Ryan: No one has 'discussed or agreed' alternative approach if PfG rejected

The Green Party leader said he hopes the programme for government is approved on Friday.

Trump uses derogatory 'kung flu' term, and still refuses to wear mask, at latest rally

In Phoenix, Trump hailed “patriotic young Americans who stand up tall for America and refuse to kneel to the radical left”.


If government deal falls, FF would look to Independents and smaller parties, as the Sinn Féin question is asked again

Postal votes on the programme for government will be counted on Friday.

Government accused of 'dividing' Ireland's west coast islands over whether or not to reopen as part of Covid-19 road map

The Cabinet is expected to decide this week whether the islands are to re-open on 29 June.

Politics - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Summer air travel, Bolsonaro, and the infection rate among healthcare workers… It’s The Fix.

State should give €200 voucher to every adult in the country to boost domestic tourism, says Sinn Féin

The scheme would also see every child receiving a voucher worth €100.


Protesters attempt to pull down statue of former US president near White House

Police used pepper spray to move protesters out of Lafayette Square, where the Andrew Jackson statue is located.

If PfG is rejected, Micheál Martin says 'there is no Plan B' while Mary Lou McDonald says 'there will have to be talks'

Members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party are currently voting on a proposed programme for government.

Trump launches new attack on postal voting, saying it could be the 'scandal of our times'

The US President has made unsubstantiated assertions that foreign countries will print millions of bogus ballots to rig the election.

Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'

The Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will hear about concerns in the sector today.

Politics - Monday 22 June, 2020

Mark Ruffalo says fossil fuel companies want to 'junk Ireland up' with fracked gas

The Greens have brought in some Hollywood big guns to get the PfG over the line


Coveney says 'we can't rule out' another general election

Members of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are currently voting on whether or not to back the programme for government.

Kim Jong Un 'gets huge laugh' over Trump's perception of relationship, ex-aide John Bolton claims

Bolton spoke to ABC News for his first interview ahead of tomorrow’s release of his tell-all book.

Boris Johnson to discuss easing lockdown and two-metre rule with scientists

Johnson will tomorrow outline the plans to parliament for pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers to reopen in England.

Politics - Sunday 21 June, 2020

Eamon Ryan rejects call from NI counterpart to renegotiate draft programme for government

Clare Bailey had originally abstained when the Greens’ parliamentary team voted on the blueprint agreed with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

Politics - Saturday 20 June, 2020

Two more deaths in Ireland, Brazil hits one million cases: Today's Covid-19 main points

The Department of Health last night confirmed two more people have died from Covid-19.


Trump’s former national security adviser can publish tell-all book, judge rules

John Bolton’s memoir is due out on Tuesday.

China planning to establish national security bureau in Hong Kong

The bureau would be used to investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national security.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what you need to know as you start you day.

From tigers in the tank to no 'Christmas-tree' EU report: A wild week in Brexit talks

Agreement on momentum, but it doesn’t take too deep a look to see the tensions.

The top jobs: Who is likely to take a seat at the Cabinet table?

Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will be carving up the Cabinet positions. Here’s who we predict.


A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Ireland had won a two-year stint on the UN Security Council.

Politics - Friday 19 June, 2020

Leo Varadkar quoted Mean Girls in his latest Government Buildings speech

We’ve previously had Seámus Heaney, Dermot Kennedy, Lord of The Rings and even The Terminator.

Sports, weddings and haircuts: Here’s what will now be allowed on 29 June

Further changes to the government’s roadmap were announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening.

Hairdressers and barbers permitted to reopen from 29 June

The Cabinet today agreed to move the date forward after a recommendation from NPHET.

'That's the Green way': Catherine Martin says party will accept if members vote against government deal

Catherine Martin is calling on Green Party members to back the deal to go into government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.


Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter

Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.