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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Facebook removes Trump campaign ad for use of upside down red triangle used by Nazis

The symbol was used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.

US Supreme Court rejects Trump's bid to end 'Dreamer' immigrant programme

The justices rejected administration arguments that the eight-year-old DACA programme is illegal.

Green Party division on entering government laid bare as party concludes online convention

About 2,600 members of the Green Party registered to watch the online convention.

Hairdressers and barbers should be allowed reopen at end of month, NPHET recommends

This recommendation will be subject to Cabinet approval tomorrow.


Almost 1 in 5 nursing home residents diagnosed with Covid-19, Oireachtas committee hears

The Department of Health’s secretary general was speaking before an Oireachtas committee on Covid-19 earlier today.

Taoiseach says Detective Garda Colm Horkan 'gave his life protecting the community'

The on-duty garda died following an incident in Castlerea which happened shortly before midnight.

HSE chief to tell TDs of 'very significant changes' needed to treatment of vulnerable older people

Paul Reid will appear before the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 this morning.

'We will take down the government' - Green Party members promised drastic action if promises are broken

All three parties are balloting their members on the programme for government and are expected to announce the result on Friday week.

Politics - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Micheál Martin says he'll remain as FF leader after he steps down as taoiseach Long Haul This post contains videos

Micheál Martin says he'll remain as FF leader after he steps down as taoiseach

Martin is set to become taoiseach should the membership of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party ratify their agreed programme for government.


Ireland has won a seat on the UN Security Council for 2021-22

A sustained campaign has seen Ireland win out in the first round of voting at the UN in New York this evening.

Boris Johnson's car involved in collision after protester runs onto road Westminster This post contains videos

Boris Johnson's car involved in collision after protester runs onto road

The demonstrator ran into the road outside the gates to Parliament at around 2.30pm.

Abortion guidelines for Northern Ireland approved by MPs in House of Commons

Abortion is now legal in all circumstances in Northern Ireland in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

'It's good news': Health Minister says virus reproductive rate is staying below 1

The reproductive rate gives an indication of the number of other people who are infected by a positive case.

Disinfection tunnels installed to protect Vladimir Putin from pandemic

One was installed at his residence and two more at the Kremlin, according to his spokesman.


Green TD who helped negotiate programme for government says she can't fully endorse it Neasa Hourigan This post contains videos

Green TD who helped negotiate programme for government says she can't fully endorse it

Neasa Hourigan said reducing carbon emissions will likely be back-loaded, and the deal doesn’t do enough in terms of housing.

Ireland's bid for a UN Security Council seat is set to be decided today

Ireland faces competition from Norway and Canada for two non-permanent seats on the council.

Building barriers: How plans for the largest flood scheme in Irish history became so divisive Exclusive

Cork controversy throws up major questions about how Ireland approaches flooding relief in the face of growing climate change threat.

Politics - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Trump signs executive order on police reform following weeks of protests

The order would establish a database that tracks officers with excessive use of force complaints in their records.

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears

Department of Social Protection staff processed more than 1.2 million claims in a few weeks.

Calls for Irish government to follow UK u-turn over meals for schoolchildren over the summer

Earlier today, Downing Street announced a £120 million fund to benefit some 1.3 million children in England

The Explainer: Here's what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Greens plan to do if they form a government

We take a good look at the draft programme for government.

Leo Varadkar seeks to woo Independents in order to bolster government support

The coalition between FG-FF and the Greens brings government support to 84. But Leo Varadkar says he wants to go further.

Michael Gove congratulates 'taoiseach-elect Micheál Martin' in House of Commons Jumping The Gun This post contains videos

Michael Gove congratulates 'taoiseach-elect Micheál Martin' in House of Commons

Martin could be taoiseach in the next fortnight but Gove has gotten his congrats in early.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 5,000 people could take place from September, says Taoiseach

Cinemas could reopen in August, said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.

Universal basic income: Next government commits to a pilot programme to trial it Ubi

Universal basic income: Next government commits to a pilot programme to trial it

The Green Party had called for a trial similar to those carried out in other countries in its election manifesto.

Éamon Ó Cuív and Saoirse McHugh say they won't back programme for government

Ó Cuív said he “seriously” fears for the future of Fianna Fáil.

TDs to be told that 'higher taxes' are necessary to offset the economic fallout from Covid-19

A number of organisations and government departments will update TDs on the fallout from Covid-19 today.

Politics - Monday 15 June, 2020

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party parliamentary members endorse programme for government

The Green Party have voted in favour of the proposed programme for government but there have been four abstentions.

McDonald accuses FG and FF of 'clinging to each other' to stay in power

It comes as Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin and Eamon Ryan signed an agreement to form a coalition.

Criticism over lack of reference to Occupied Territories Bill in draft programme for government

Fine Gael and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have repeatedly outlined their opposition to the Bill.

What happens next?: A new Taoiseach, postal votes and a Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre

Micheál Martin is set to take over as Taoiseach at the end of the month, while Leo Varadkar will become Tánaiste.

Draft government agreement commits to spending €360m a year on cycling and pedestrian projects

The programme still needs to be voted on by party members.

US Supreme Court rules law protects LGBT workers from discrimination

The court voted that Title VII, that bars job discrimination because of sex, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.

'This is not what people voted for': Fianna Fáilers launch campaign to defeat party's deal with Fine Gael

The group describes itself as “a grassroots campaign of proud Fianna Fáil members”.

Carbon, cycling and housing: The main points in the draft programme for government

Here are the main things to know from the document published today.

Leo Varadkar says he's happy enough Micheál Martin will get first go as Taoiseach in new government

Varadkar will take on the role of either Minister for Enterprise, Finance or Foreign Affairs.

UK calls for trade deal with European Union to be agreed by ‘end of summer’

European Council chief Charles Michel said the EU would not be pressured into buying a “pig in a poke”.

Agreed timeline for rotating Taoiseach will see Martin take reins until end of 2022

Micheál Martin will be Taoiseach for the first two years of the next government, before Leo Varadkar takes the top job again.

Leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party agree on draft programme for government

The programme will now have to be voted on by the parties’ members.

Politics - Sunday 14 June, 2020

No deal reached on government formation with party leader talks to resume

It is expected a deal will be signed off.