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Politics - Yesterday’s News

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Politics - Friday 11 October, 2019

New team established to process major increase in citizenship requests from foreign-born citizens

The number of foreign-born citizens seeking an Irish citizenship has more than trebled in three years.

Politics - Thursday 10 October, 2019

NTA says 'three years best case scenario' for roll out of additional train carriages

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said ‘stagger your journeys’ message isn’t practical for working people.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson say they can 'see a pathway to a possible deal'

Their discussions concentrated on ‘the challenges of customs and consent’.

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Explainer: As Turkey attacks and Trump watches on, who are the Kurds and why are they in the middle?

The US made the surprise decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, leaving Turkey to enter.

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'I wasn't aware of it': Tánaiste denies knowing protection money was being paid to criminals on construction sites

The High Court heard that criminals extorted money from companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council.

Gaeltacht grant to be restored for trainee teachers but not all students will be eligible

Minister Joe McHugh announced the measure in his department’s Budget 2020 briefing.

Politics - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

A meeting between the Taoiseach and Boris Johnson, payments by a council to a known criminal, and a Turkish invasion of northern Syria had people talking today.

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'Deeply troubled': Tánaiste urges Turkey to refrain from assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

The US has been accused of abandoning Kurdish troops as Russia warns that the ‘whole region could be ignited’.

'Rent controls are working': Housing minister believes rate of rising rents will moderate

The minister said RPZ rules will never bring 4% rate rise across the board.

PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out fully in 2020

To date, PrEP has only been available to buy in Ireland on prescription at a price of over €400 a month.

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Dublin City Council denies paying money to convicted criminal and launches its own investigation CAB

Dublin City Council denies paying money to convicted criminal and launches its own investigation

One of the companies that hired the two men was building houses for Dublin City Council.

Leo Varadkar to meet Boris Johnson tomorrow to discuss securing a Brexit deal

Michel Barnier said today that the EU and UK are “not really in a position to be able to find an agreement at this time”.

Taoiseach says workplace vaping ban will be considered if doctors advise it

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin questioned Varadkar on vaping in the Dail today.

What will the newly-announced 'Just Transition Commissioner’ for Bord na Móna do?

Brexit and Climate Action were to the two overriding focuses in this year’s Budget.

'We are not nodding dogs': Tory ministers 'ready to resign' over no-deal Brexit

A “very large number” of MPs are also reportedly poised to resign if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

Politics - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Budget 2020: Winners and losers

Every Budget brings good news and bad news.

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson spoke by phone this evening and hope to meet this week

Tusk made his comments on Twitter.

Open Thread: Carbon tax has increased, but will it make you change your behaviour?

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe announced an increase of €6 per tonne in the carbon tax.

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Here's how the government plans to tackle homelessness, housing issues and high rents

Fianna Fáil said the government’s response to the housing crisis has been “completely ineffective”.

Here's what the government has planned for its €1.2 billion no-deal Brexit package

There was a focus on protecting agriculture, tourism, small-to-medium businesses, and those along the border in today’s Budget.

Budget 2020: Here are the main points you need to know

How will today’s announcements affect you?

Cameron says Johnson must 'compromise more' if he wants to avoid no-deal Brexit

“Boris is compromising and I suspect may have to move a bit more. And the EU should compromise too.”

Fine Gael TDs fearful of the heat over carbon tax hikes - and call for increase to fuel allowance

There is expected to be a package of supports for Bord na Mona workers announced.

Budget 2020 will be revealed today - here's a look at how things will unfold

The Government has flagged this year’s budget as a no-deal Brexit budget.

Politics - Monday 7 October, 2019

Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed

The new National Childcare Scheme could see lone parents losing out on subsidies.

Independent Alliance want rise in income threshold for medical cards for the over 70s

They said they are at a ‘very delicate stage’ of negotiations with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Scottish judge dismisses Brexit extension legal action

Judge Lord Pentland said he was satisfied with assurances from the Prime Minister that he would comply with legislation.

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Government launches competition to promote Irish students' individuality

The Children and Youth Affairs Minister launched the social media campaign and competition today.

Paid maternity and paternity leave to be extended by two weeks

New legislation will provide for extra paid leave for each parent of a child who is born, or adopted, from 1 November 2019.

Irish businesses 'will need €1.5bn' to prevent job losses if there is a no-deal Brexit

Many firms face collapse if supports are not urgently put in place, Ibec has warned.

Minister sets up period poverty committee: 'Menstruation is not a choice'

The health minister said women are facing significant costs paying for sanitary products.

Politics - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Second whistleblower claims to have first-hand knowledge of Trump's phone call to Ukraine

Reports from the USA say that the legal team representing the first whistleblower is also representing this second person.

'I support building houses': Fine Gael TD stands over concerns about 366 new homes in his constituency

Bernard Durkan was among 61 people to make an observation about the new scheme.

Boris Johnson: 'We're walking out of the EU on 31 October'

The British PM has written a column for The Sun on Sunday underlining how his recent proposals are key.

Fresh protests begin as Hong Kong court rejects a challenge to the 'face mask ban'

Thousands of protesters have been staging unsanctioned flashmob rallies across the city.

Paris climate activists barricade themselves into shopping centre ahead of Extinction Rebellion protests

Meanwhile in London, police raiding a storage warehouse used by protesters.