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Politics - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

EU tightens Covid vaccine export rules, union and UK pledge to seek 'win-win' in jab dispute
# Vaccine Row
# Vaccine Row

EU tightens Covid vaccine export rules, union and UK pledge to seek 'win-win' in jab dispute

Mar 24th 2021, 8:22 PM 16,272 Views 45 Comments

The European Commission said it would weigh how needy countries are, in terms of infection rates and how many vaccines they have.

Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste

Mar 24th 2021, 7:56 PM 48,073 Views 96 Comments

Easing of some low-risk outdoor activities is also expected to be announced next week.

Green senators table no confidence motion in Hazel Chu following decision to run in Seanad by-election
# Green Shade
# Green Shade

Green senators table no confidence motion in Hazel Chu following decision to run in Seanad by-election

Mar 24th 2021, 6:09 PM 50,004 Views 64 Comments

The Lord Mayor announced her nomination on Monday.

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant

Mar 24th 2021, 3:50 PM 31,693 Views 87 Comments

The EU has announced new vaccine export powers amid a contract row with AstraZeneca.

Merkel apologises as Germany reverses plans for Easter Covid lockdown
# U-turn
# U-turn

Merkel apologises as Germany reverses plans for Easter Covid lockdown

Mar 24th 2021, 2:04 PM 38,576 Views 28 Comments

‘The whole process has caused additional uncertainty, for which I ask all citizens to forgive me,’ Merkel said.

Taoiseach says situation is 'fragile', but progress being achieved with falling hospital and ICU numbers

Taoiseach says situation is 'fragile', but progress being achieved with falling hospital and ICU numbers

Updated Mar 24th 2021, 2:00 PM 31,138 Views 51 Comments
  • The number of people with Covid-19 in intensive care units currently stands at 76.
  • Health officials last night confirmed a further 371 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • The booking portal for mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland went live yesterday morning.
  • A total of 10,613 passengers arrived into Dublin Airport last week.
Priti Patel defends overhaul of UK asylum seeker rules amid allegations plan is 'inhumane'
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Priti Patel defends overhaul of UK asylum seeker rules amid allegations plan is 'inhumane'

Mar 24th 2021, 9:51 AM 28,907 Views 68 Comments

The British Home Secretary’s new plan for immigration will be set out later today.

UN asked to request that Irish govt sets up independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

UN asked to request that Irish govt sets up independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

Mar 24th 2021, 8:29 AM 10,088 Views 19 Comments

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties has written a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur.

Johnson says pandemic will stay with him 'as long as I live' as he faces scrutiny
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Johnson says pandemic will stay with him 'as long as I live' as he faces scrutiny

Mar 24th 2021, 7:17 AM 27,440 Views 21 Comments

He conceded there were ‘many things that we wish we’d done differently’ at the outset of the pandemic.

Netanyahu claims victory in Israeli election but majority still uncertain
# Israel
# Israel

Netanyahu claims victory in Israeli election but majority still uncertain

Mar 24th 2021, 7:06 AM 7,233 Views 6 Comments

Netanyahu described yesterday’s projected results as a “huge win for the right” and his Likud party.

'We should be ready': United, shared or otherwise, conversations about Ireland's future are happening
# Keeping It Civil
# Keeping It Civil

'We should be ready': United, shared or otherwise, conversations about Ireland's future are happening

Mar 24th 2021, 6:30 AM 13,195 Views 14 Comments

Even away from government help, civil initiatives are looking towards the kind of country we may be in the future.

Politics - Tuesday 23 March, 2021

Government sources indicate 'cautious approach' will be adopted in review of Level 5 restrictions
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Government sources indicate 'cautious approach' will be adopted in review of Level 5 restrictions

Mar 23rd 2021, 10:47 PM 55,298 Views 72 Comments

Concerns were raised at Cabinet this afternoon over rising case numbers.

Explainer: 26 bookings made so far today for mandatory hotel quarantine. Here's what you need to know
# Mandatory Quarantine
# Mandatory Quarantine

Explainer: 26 bookings made so far today for mandatory hotel quarantine. Here's what you need to know

Mar 23rd 2021, 7:41 PM 41,283 Views 52 Comments

As of 7 March, 4,172 people have flown in from Category 2 high risk countries.

SDLP writes to RTÉ over 'frustration and dismay' at exclusion from united Ireland discussion
# Cblive
# Cblive

SDLP writes to RTÉ over 'frustration and dismay' at exclusion from united Ireland discussion

Mar 23rd 2021, 7:24 PM 27,766 Views 30 Comments

Matthew O’Toole MLA said ‘speaker after speaker’ cited the party’s founders.

Taoiseach fails to give clarity to publicans on whether €9 meal rule will be scrapped for Summer 2021
# Reopening Plans
# Reopening Plans

Taoiseach fails to give clarity to publicans on whether €9 meal rule will be scrapped for Summer 2021

Updated Mar 23rd 2021, 5:57 PM 60,591 Views 95 Comments

The LVA also wants an end to the distinction between ‘wet’ pubs and venues serving food.

NI secretary urges Stormont to roll out abortion services before he orders executive to do so
# Brandon Lewis
# Brandon Lewis

NI secretary urges Stormont to roll out abortion services before he orders executive to do so

Mar 23rd 2021, 5:21 PM 8,181 Views 7 Comments

Brandon Lewis could have the power to rollout services from London next month.

Carbon neutral by 2050: Ireland's green targets to be legally binding for the first time
# CLIMATE ACTION BILL
# CLIMATE ACTION BILL

Carbon neutral by 2050: Ireland's green targets to be legally binding for the first time

Mar 23rd 2021, 4:28 PM 39,544 Views 111 Comments

The Climate Action Bill has been launched by the government.

Group of TDs and senators call for churches to be allowed to open for limited attendance during Easter week
# Easter Mass
# Easter Mass

Group of TDs and senators call for churches to be allowed to open for limited attendance during Easter week

Mar 23rd 2021, 1:34 PM 36,987 Views 121 Comments

The ongoing restrictions are an infringement on a person’s right to religious liberty, they said.

Australia's government rocked by 'disgraceful' sex act allegations
# Australia
# Australia

Australia's government rocked by 'disgraceful' sex act allegations

Mar 23rd 2021, 10:54 AM 52,086 Views 35 Comments

Videos of staff from Australia’s conservative government performing sex acts in parliament have been leaked.

Financial Services Union calling on Bank of Ireland to reconsider branch closures
# Banking
# Banking

Financial Services Union calling on Bank of Ireland to reconsider branch closures

Mar 23rd 2021, 9:34 AM 9,752 Views 10 Comments

Bank of Ireland is to appear before an Oireachtas Finance Committee this afternoon.

Online booking portal for Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine is now live
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

Online booking portal for Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine is now live

Updated Mar 23rd 2021, 8:52 AM 74,883 Views 140 Comments
  • The mandatory hotel quarantine will come into effect at 4am on Friday.
  • The Tifco Hotel Group has been appointed as the service provider for the quarantine hotels.
  • All passengers travelling to Ireland from designated States must enter mandatory hotel quarantine.
British government to intervene in bid to end Northern Ireland abortion stand-off
# Abortion
# Abortion

British government to intervene in bid to end Northern Ireland abortion stand-off

Mar 23rd 2021, 8:47 AM 10,352 Views 12 Comments

Abortion laws in the region were liberalised by MPs at Westminster in 2019.

Politics - Monday 22 March, 2021

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

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Mar 22nd 2021, 9:09 PM 9,806 Views 0 Comments

It’s your nightly news catch-up.

UCD professor Dolores Cahill resigns as chair of the Irish Freedom Party
# Dolores Cahill
# Dolores Cahill

UCD professor Dolores Cahill resigns as chair of the Irish Freedom Party

Mar 22nd 2021, 7:20 PM 58,628 Views 0 Comments

There has been renewed focus on the academic’s stance on the pandemic in recent days.

Nicola Sturgeon did not breach ministerial code, investigation finds
# Scotland
# Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon did not breach ministerial code, investigation finds

Updated Mar 22nd 2021, 4:46 PM 17,457 Views 0 Comments

The probe was carried out by Ireland’s former director of public prosecutions.

'These are not prisons': Taoiseach says mandatory hotel quarantine is key but can't be used for all countries
# Hospitals
# Hospitals

'These are not prisons': Taoiseach says mandatory hotel quarantine is key but can't be used for all countries

Updated Mar 22nd 2021, 4:34 PM 56,934 Views 141 Comments
  • 81 patients with Covid-19 are currently in intensive care units around the country.
  • Health officials last night confirmed a further 769 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • Mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers arriving into Ireland from certain countries is to come into effect by next weekend.
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DUP not considering collapsing Stormont in protest over NI Protocol, Minister says
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

DUP not considering collapsing Stormont in protest over NI Protocol, Minister says

Mar 22nd 2021, 10:58 AM 10,565 Views 10 Comments

One of the party’s Stormont ministers said such a move would be ‘counter-productive’.

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense
# At Arm's Length
# At Arm's Length

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense

Mar 22nd 2021, 9:59 AM 37,076 Views 103 Comments

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has raised the option of an export ban.

German MP dies in Limerick after flight makes emergency stop at Shannon
# Karin Strenz
# Karin Strenz

German MP dies in Limerick after flight makes emergency stop at Shannon

Mar 22nd 2021, 7:58 AM 147,677 Views 35 Comments

German media has named the woman as Karin Strenz, a member of the German federal parliament.

Column: Irish reunification is an opportunity to reset the economy and confront the climate crisis
# GoodInformation
# GoodInformation

Column: Irish reunification is an opportunity to reset the economy and confront the climate crisis

Mar 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 12,630 Views 30 Comments

A new all-Ireland constitution can enshrine into law the inviolable rights of nature and create a space to ensure a safe climate future.

Politics - Saturday 20 March, 2021

'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'
# Commission
# Commission

'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'

Mar 20th 2021, 8:00 AM 94,537 Views 0 Comments

A number of survivors of mother and baby homes have raised concerns about how their requests for personal files are being dealt with by the Department of Children.

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Politics - Friday 19 March, 2021

Gardaí launch investigation into St Patrick's Day party at castle owned by UCD professor
# Dolores Cahill
# Dolores Cahill

Gardaí launch investigation into St Patrick's Day party at castle owned by UCD professor

Mar 19th 2021, 7:09 PM 192,522 Views 0 Comments

Security sources say upwards of 75 people may have attended the party at the Co Kildare castle.

'I would indeed': Taoiseach says he would take AstraZeneca jab as NPHET update due on vaccine
# Covid19
# Covid19

'I would indeed': Taoiseach says he would take AstraZeneca jab as NPHET update due on vaccine

Updated Mar 19th 2021, 4:30 PM 27,185 Views 51 Comments

NPHET is expected to make recommendations to the Minister for Health later today.

Taoiseach says government knows people are 'fed up' as speculation over easing of 5km rule downplayed
# 5 April
# 5 April

Taoiseach says government knows people are 'fed up' as speculation over easing of 5km rule downplayed

Mar 19th 2021, 2:25 PM 145,736 Views 168 Comments
  • Some senior sources have raised questions over whether the 5km rule will be lifted while others have downplayed any such suggestion
  • Amid criticism of calls for people to ‘do more’, the Taoiseach says he believes improvement can be made in ‘flat-lining’ Covid-19 numbers
UCD student union calls for college probe into professor's speech at Patrick's Day anti-lockdown event
# Dolores Cahill
# Dolores Cahill

UCD student union calls for college probe into professor's speech at Patrick's Day anti-lockdown event

Mar 19th 2021, 8:05 AM 95,232 Views 0 Comments

Cahill organised and spoke at the event in Dublin’s Herbert Park.

Politics - Thursday 18 March, 2021

AstraZeneca is 'safe and effective' vaccine, says EMA, paving way for Ireland to begin using it again
# Decision
# Decision

AstraZeneca is 'safe and effective' vaccine, says EMA, paving way for Ireland to begin using it again

Mar 18th 2021, 4:16 PM 60,101 Views 119 Comments
  • Head of the EMA Emer Cooke said that the vaccine is safe and the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
  • World Health Organization experts have also recommended countries continue to use the AstraZeneca jab.
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HSE will 'immediately endeavour' to begin using AstraZeneca jab again if EMA gives all clear
# Decision Day
# Decision Day

HSE will 'immediately endeavour' to begin using AstraZeneca jab again if EMA gives all clear

Updated Mar 18th 2021, 10:24 AM 28,621 Views 50 Comments

The agency is holding an extraordinary meeting to finalise its conclusions on the blood clot issue. A number of countries across Europe, including Ireland, paused use of the vaccine in recent days.

Politics - Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?
# TGIP
# TGIP

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?

Mar 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,237 Views 18 Comments

Cross-border transport, Ulster University’s Magee campus, and an all-island research hub are some of the concrete proposals the Unit are looking at.

Boris Johnson is to get his vaccine and 'it will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca'
# Best Of British
# Best Of British

Boris Johnson is to get his vaccine and 'it will certainly be Oxford/AstraZeneca'

Mar 17th 2021, 2:33 PM 18,895 Views 31 Comments

56-year-old Johnson is in Cohort 8 of the UK’s roll-out order.

Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme
# OAK Consulting
# OAK Consulting

Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme

Mar 17th 2021, 9:30 AM 16,429 Views 10 Comments

The government has hired OAK Consulting to oversee the consultation process at a cost of €20,000.