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Politics - Wednesday 11 May, 2022

National Maternity Hospital: Health Committee asks Donnelly for further delay of Cabinet decision
# Elm Park
# Elm Park

National Maternity Hospital: Health Committee asks Donnelly for further delay of Cabinet decision

Updated May 11th 2022, 9:30 PM 37,855 Views 64 Comments

The Minister for Health suggested during today’s meeting that a further pause was not likely.

Taoiseach ‘more than willing’ to offer State apology for illegal birth registrations
# State Apology
# State Apology

Taoiseach ‘more than willing’ to offer State apology for illegal birth registrations

May 11th 2022, 6:33 PM 7,435 Views 18 Comments

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman yesterday issued an apology in the Seanad on behalf of the Government.

Terms of reference being finalised for An Bord Pleanála decisions review, says Taoiseach
# An Bord Pleanála
# An Bord Pleanála

Terms of reference being finalised for An Bord Pleanála decisions review, says Taoiseach

May 11th 2022, 2:17 PM 4,814 Views 0 Comments

Paul Hyde has temporarily stepped back from his role as two separate probes into his decisions continue.

Vaccine patent waiver will allow poorer countries access Covid-19 vaccines, IP law expert to tell TDs
# Intellectual Property
# Intellectual Property

Vaccine patent waiver will allow poorer countries access Covid-19 vaccines, IP law expert to tell TDs

May 11th 2022, 6:00 AM 5,970 Views 8 Comments

The proposed waiver would allow poorer countries to access key Covid-19 vaccine technology.

Politics - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

Jeffrey Donaldson says he won't sit in Stormont Assembly 'until this Protocol issue is resolved'
# Stormont
# Stormont

Jeffrey Donaldson says he won't sit in Stormont Assembly 'until this Protocol issue is resolved'

Updated May 10th 2022, 6:38 PM 27,414 Views 62 Comments

Donaldson, who is an MP and can’t sit in both houses, says he’s staying in the House of Commons for now at least.

Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'

May 10th 2022, 5:21 PM 16,123 Views 29 Comments

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says work is continuing across a number of departments.

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
# Rising Costs
# Rising Costs

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects

May 10th 2022, 1:45 PM 10,957 Views 15 Comments

The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.

Housing minister tells local authorities to allow social housing tenants to take in Ukrainian refugees
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Housing minister tells local authorities to allow social housing tenants to take in Ukrainian refugees

May 10th 2022, 6:00 AM 27,463 Views 10 Comments

Darragh O’Brien has written to local authorities about the measure.

Politics - Monday 9 May, 2022

O'Neill promises to be 'first minister for all' and accuses DUP of 'holding society to ransom'
# Stormont Election
# Stormont Election

O'Neill promises to be 'first minister for all' and accuses DUP of 'holding society to ransom'

Updated May 9th 2022, 5:00 PM 46,071 Views 79 Comments

Party leaders are meeting today with Secretary of State Brandon Lewis across the day.

Doug Beattie says the lack of checks on Ukrainian refugees shows Protocol checks are also not needed
# UUP
# UUP

Doug Beattie says the lack of checks on Ukrainian refugees shows Protocol checks are also not needed

May 9th 2022, 12:30 PM 23,499 Views 24 Comments

The UUP leader said it was “quite right” that refugees are not subject to checks

Politics - Saturday 7 May, 2022

Q&A: What are the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital moving to St Vincent's?
# Questions And Answers
# Questions And Answers

Q&A: What are the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital moving to St Vincent's?

Updated May 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 17,612 Views 20 Comments

A range of questions are hanging over the relocation plan.

Politics - Friday 6 May, 2022

No one wants to see Ukrainian families moved from hotels at short notice, says minister
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

No one wants to see Ukrainian families moved from hotels at short notice, says minister

May 6th 2022, 7:29 PM 28,529 Views 27 Comments

A number of Ukrainian refugees were given just 15 hours notice that they had to move.

Boris Johnson faces backlash from Tories as Conservatives lose key council seats
# Local Elections
# Local Elections

Boris Johnson faces backlash from Tories as Conservatives lose key council seats

Updated May 6th 2022, 7:00 PM 33,329 Views 6 Comments

Labour’s Keir Starmer has hailed a ‘turning point’ as the party takes key London authorities from the Conservatives.

As it happened: Sinn Féin gains votes, on course to be largest party, Alliance and TUV also up
Live May 6th 2022, 6:55 PM

As it happened: Sinn Féin gains votes, on course to be largest party, Alliance and TUV also up

What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation
# Stormont
# Stormont

What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation

May 6th 2022, 4:21 PM 13,831 Views 8 Comments

Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said it would be “absolutely unfathomable” that a new Executive would not be formed after today.

Five things to look out for in today's Stormont elections
# The North Votes
# The North Votes

Five things to look out for in today's Stormont elections

May 6th 2022, 2:52 PM 6,981 Views 0 Comments

A new first minister, a surge in cross-community voting and where evangelical votes will go are among the things to keep an eye on.

SDLP facing 'tough election' as Eastwood suggests nationalists looked to Sinn Féin first minister
# Stormont
# Stormont

SDLP facing 'tough election' as Eastwood suggests nationalists looked to Sinn Féin first minister

May 6th 2022, 2:42 PM 15,932 Views 29 Comments

The SDLP leader said voters wanted to “send a message to the DUP”.

Poll: Should voting be mandatory in Ireland?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Should voting be mandatory in Ireland?

May 6th 2022, 8:50 AM 31,897 Views 87 Comments

It’s mandatory in Australia – but could it work here?

Politics - Thursday 5 May, 2022

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

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

May 5th 2022, 9:01 PM 13,336 Views 0 Comments

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

Tax measures may need review to keep landlords from exiting the rental market, says minister
# Housing
# Housing

Tax measures may need review to keep landlords from exiting the rental market, says minister

May 5th 2022, 5:15 PM 29,191 Views 57 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien indicated that tax breaks may be needed to keep ‘mom-and-pop landlords’ from selling up.

Only 700 Ukrainian refugees so far placed in pledged accommodation as minister seeks 'patience'
# Refugee Response
# Refugee Response

Only 700 Ukrainian refugees so far placed in pledged accommodation as minister seeks 'patience'

May 5th 2022, 3:32 PM 16,433 Views 15 Comments

Over 24,000 offers of accommodation have been made with about 6,000 being withdrawn.

‘No guarantee’ that maternity hospital CPO would be successful – Donnelly
# National Maternity Hospital
# National Maternity Hospital

‘No guarantee’ that maternity hospital CPO would be successful – Donnelly

May 5th 2022, 1:36 PM 10,728 Views 34 Comments

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said further delay would not be the right choice.

European Parliament votes to extend Digital Covid Certs for 12 months
# Travel
# Travel

European Parliament votes to extend Digital Covid Certs for 12 months

May 5th 2022, 12:09 PM 23,227 Views 22 Comments

The non-binding vote means member states can discuss extending the system past the end date of 30 June.

Politics - Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Govt won't oppose fresh Dáil motion challenging turf sale restrictions
# Turf Wars
# Turf Wars

Govt won't oppose fresh Dáil motion challenging turf sale restrictions

Updated May 4th 2022, 9:42 PM 27,231 Views 28 Comments

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice’s motion calls on the Dáil to recognise that turf is a fuel many people are dependent on.

'A tenner a year lease': Martin says maternity hospital will effectively be in public ownership
# Health
# Health

'A tenner a year lease': Martin says maternity hospital will effectively be in public ownership

Updated May 4th 2022, 8:10 PM 33,614 Views 75 Comments
  • The Oireachtas Health Committee is set to interrogate the plans before the matter goes back to Cabinet in two weeks' time.
  • Minister Catherine Martin has described this as "a valuable process".
  • Minister Simon Harris says there was agreement across the three government parties, and all genders, to delay a decision.
Contactless and smartphone payments on Dublin Bus may be possible 'late next year'
# Tap Tap Tap
# Tap Tap Tap

Contactless and smartphone payments on Dublin Bus may be possible 'late next year'

May 4th 2022, 6:23 PM 17,608 Views 38 Comments

Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne also said that any decision to go fully cashless would be taken by government.

Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint
# Fine Gael
# Fine Gael

Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint

May 4th 2022, 5:34 PM 18,648 Views 32 Comments

‘It cannot be tolerated, will not be tolerated,’ said Minister Simon Harris.

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined

May 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 41,200 Views 22 Comments
  • The Data Protection Commission is looking at use of free travel pass data, writes Maria Delaney
  • Noteworthy investigation reveals the Department had a database of free travel journeys until 2020
  • We also find Leap card system usage records, including journey data, are being retained for over a year

Politics - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

More than 100 civilians brought to safety out of Mariupol as Russia strikes factory in Donetsk
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

More than 100 civilians brought to safety out of Mariupol as Russia strikes factory in Donetsk

Updated May 3rd 2022, 10:49 PM 59,187 Views 62 Comments

The UK and EU are moving to give more support to Ukraine and further sanction Russia respectively.

Donaldson takes flak, and the rise of Alliance: The takeaways from tonight's NI Leaders' Debate
# Stormont
# Stormont

Donaldson takes flak, and the rise of Alliance: The takeaways from tonight's NI Leaders' Debate

May 3rd 2022, 10:46 PM 36,148 Views 37 Comments

Voters in Northern Ireland will elect 90 MLAs on Thursday.

'All lawfully permitted procedures', including abortion, to be allowed in new NMH, minister says
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

'All lawfully permitted procedures', including abortion, to be allowed in new NMH, minister says

Updated May 3rd 2022, 9:47 PM 33,834 Views 41 Comments

The health minister and several medical professionals held a press conference this evening about the legal framework governing the new hospital.

Robert Watt to tell TDs he 'regrets' that Tony Holohan won't be taking up Trinity job
# Abandoned Secondment
# Abandoned Secondment

Robert Watt to tell TDs he 'regrets' that Tony Holohan won't be taking up Trinity job

May 3rd 2022, 7:02 PM 17,592 Views 16 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Health will attend the Oireachtas Health Committee with Holohan tomorrow.

‘Draft opinion’ on US abortion rights authentic document but not a final decision - chief justice
# Roe V Wade
# Roe V Wade

‘Draft opinion’ on US abortion rights authentic document but not a final decision - chief justice

Updated May 3rd 2022, 5:57 PM 22,438 Views 112 Comments

The draft opinion would allow individual states to more heavily regulate or outright ban abortion.

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?

May 3rd 2022, 3:57 PM 18,777 Views 21 Comments

The long-running controversy is back in the headlines this week.

Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
# SUSI
# SUSI

Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system

Updated May 3rd 2022, 1:00 PM 21,716 Views 25 Comments

The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.

Ceann Comhairle to visit Kyiv and address Ukrainian Parliament
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Ceann Comhairle to visit Kyiv and address Ukrainian Parliament

May 3rd 2022, 10:26 AM 13,433 Views 44 Comments

The trip is due to take place next week.

Europe must 'turn off tap of money' going to Russia for oil and gas, Eamon Ryan says
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Europe must 'turn off tap of money' going to Russia for oil and gas, Eamon Ryan says

Updated May 3rd 2022, 9:40 AM 27,496 Views 57 Comments

The European Commission is proposing a new package of sanctions to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights
# Explainer
# Explainer

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights

May 3rd 2022, 8:39 AM 12,778 Views 64 Comments

Jane Roe – a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey – sued the Dallas Attorney General, Henry Wade.

Politics - Monday 2 May, 2022

Six counties, 90 seats and 18 constituencies: Questions to be answered as Northern Ireland votes
# Stormont
# Stormont

Six counties, 90 seats and 18 constituencies: Questions to be answered as Northern Ireland votes

May 2nd 2022, 10:00 PM 18,158 Views 17 Comments

Here are some of the main issues and themes that have dominated the election campaign.