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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Monday 16 November, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

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

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Taoiseach says 'takeaway pints phenomenon' to be reviewed and could be stopped

Micheál Martin said the government will ‘look very seriously’ at stopping the practice.

Obama warns of ‘dangerous path’ amid Trump’s refusal to accept election result

The former president said he is troubled that Republican officials are humouring Donald Trump.


Manuel Merino resigns as Peru president after just five days in power

Thousands have taken to the streets in days of protests against Merino.

New Irish consulate covering north of England to open in Manchester

Ireland already has an embassy in London and consulates general in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Varadkar launches public consultation on plans for laws to give employees legal right to sick pay

The Tánaiste said statutory sick pay must be fair for workers and employers.

Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation just as he tries to relaunch premiership

The situation comes as the Prime Minister wants to move forward on Covid, education, and environmental issues.

Politics - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Coveney: No Brexit deal if UK allowed to break international law

Simon Coveney has called for a ‘dialling down’ of rhetoric during Brexit talks.


'It's a huge source of stress': Women going abroad for IVF hit out at mixed messages over travel restrictions

Hundreds of people travel abroad for fertility treatment every year because they cannot afford it in Ireland, but Covid-19 has further complicated the situation.

Politics - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Trump supporters set to descend on Washington DC for 'Million MAGA March'

Various disparate groups of Trump supporters are planning to attend.

Confused by the current travel advice? You're not alone. Here's everything you need to know right now

‘Baby please come home,’ Bono once sang… But will Tony Holohan endorse that message this year?

Politics - Friday 13 November, 2020

Joe Biden wins total of 306 electoral votes, with 232 for Donald Trump - US media

Biden’s win in Arizona represents a ‘flip’ of the state to Democrat for the first time since 1996.

No consensus among party leaders after meeting on Seamus Woulfe controversy

Politicians have been warned about publicly commenting on the controversy.


'We must see this through': Taoiseach urges people to keep adhering to Level 5 restrictions

The Taoiseach issued a statement today marking the mid-way point of Level 5 restrictions currently in place.

US election officials say there is 'no evidence' of compromised votes

Their messages came hours after President Donald Trump once again cried foul.

Politics - Thursday 12 November, 2020

'This is the only way forward': Deadlock broken as ministers agree to extend circuit break in Northern Ireland

A fourth executive meeting in as many days reached a breakthrough in Stormont today.

CMO says travel home to spend time with family for Christmas is considered 'non-essential'

Earlier the Tánasite told the Dáil that it is “too soon” for people to book flights home to spend Christmas in Ireland.

DFA helped over 8,000 Irish citizens come home from 126 countries during pandemic

Simon Coveney said the pandemic “left no corner of the globe untouched”.

Taoiseach says no Brexit deal would be 'ruinous' for UK as Downing Street says 'time is in short supply'

The EU wants a deal by mid-November ahead of the end of the transition period.

Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition

Geraldine Feeney is listed as having lobbied on behalf of the now defunct doctor’s union.

Louth TD suggests putting army on the border and says number of northern reg cars is 'unreal'

Peter Fitzpatrick told the Dáil that cross-border travel is “being abused”.

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?

The Vote Leave staffer is leaving Downing Street at the end of the year.

Hong Kong legislature opens ahead of planned mass resignation of pro-democracy bloc

One pro-democracy lawmaker said the removal of their colleagues could sound the “death knell” for Hong Kong’s democracy.

Politics - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Boris Johnson's communications chief resigns in Downing Street power struggle

Lee Cain has announced his resignation despite being offered the position as the prime minister’s chief of staff.

Battle for US Senate to continue until Georgia run-offs in January

Republicans won a seat in Alaska today, meaning neither party can assume a majority until the Georgia run-offs.

NI Executive adjourns for the night with no agreement on new coronavirus restrictions

Northern Ireland’s lockdown is due to end at midnight tomorrow.

'Broken' TV licence system costing €50 million per year, RTÉ tells Oireachtas committee

The committee also heard of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the media industry.

Level 3 is December target but government could 'moderate' restrictions for certain sectors, says Taoiseach

Micheal Martin said he would give advanced notice to businesses ahead of December.

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland

People who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 will be the immediate priority of government.

Pre-Brexit stockpiling creating surge in Irish Sea shipping demand

Stena Line has chartered an extra ship in response to the increased movement of goods.

Covid-19 test centres fully operational in Cork and Shannon Airports from tomorrow

Travellers arriving into Ireland from ‘red’ regions in the EU will be allowed to move freely once they pass a PCR Covid-19 test five days following their arrival.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators resign en masse

The move follows a resolution passed in Beijing partly aimed to combat supporters of Hong Kong independence.

Australian parliament to probe media ownership on back of anti-Murdoch petition

The Australian arm of the New York-headquartered company is the country’s largest media organisation.

Three Trump loyalists appointed to top Pentagon jobs as Defence Secretary fired

Military personnel changes have fuelled concerns of a push against figures seen as not loyal enough to Trump.

Private hospitals will play a role in the event of a surge in Covid-19 hospitalisations, says HSE boss

Reid will tell the committee today that waiting lists have stabilised.

Politics - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Passengers from ‘red’ regions will be allowed to move freely once they pass a Covid-19 test five days after arrival

The rule change will give hope to many wishing to return home this Christmas.

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Here’s what made the headlines today…

Northern Ireland ministers meet again to try break deadlock over next phase of Covid restrictions

Ministers are meeting again tonight after discussions yesterday failed to secure a breakthrough.

Government wins confidence motion in Tánaiste Leo Varadkar following testy Dáil debate

The debate on the confidence vote concluded this evening.