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Politics - Monday 2 May, 2022

Recession brought on by energy crisis would 'hit Ireland early and hardest', MEP warns
# Oil Embargo
# Oil Embargo

Recession brought on by energy crisis would 'hit Ireland early and hardest', MEP warns

May 2nd 2022, 6:50 PM 37,744 Views 21 Comments

EU ministers today discussed plans for a possible oil embargo to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine.

Charities say Rwanda plan not deterring ‘desperate’ migrants crossing Channel to UK
# Refugees
# Refugees

Charities say Rwanda plan not deterring ‘desperate’ migrants crossing Channel to UK

May 2nd 2022, 5:25 PM 9,431 Views 2 Comments

Small boat journeys from France to the UK began again on Sunday after a break of more than a week.

Donald Trump floated idea of shooting protesters in legs, ex-defence secretary says
# Black Lives Matter
# Black Lives Matter

Donald Trump floated idea of shooting protesters in legs, ex-defence secretary says

May 2nd 2022, 4:13 PM 42,151 Views 8 Comments

“Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” Trump is quoted as saying.

Israel hits out at Russia over Lavrov’s 'unforgivable and scandalous' Nazism remarks
# Israel
# Israel

Israel hits out at Russia over Lavrov’s 'unforgivable and scandalous' Nazism remarks

May 2nd 2022, 11:18 AM 43,803 Views 21 Comments

Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder in the Holocaust.

Northern Ireland party leaders clash over border poll and Protocol in TV election debate
# Stormont Elections
# Stormont Elections

Northern Ireland party leaders clash over border poll and Protocol in TV election debate

May 2nd 2022, 7:15 AM 29,346 Views 32 Comments

The leaders of the five largest parties in Northern Ireland participated in the UTV Election Debate show.

The FF-SDLP partnership: 'The last thing we want is for it to be a Fianna Fáil canvas'
# Stormont Election
# Stormont Election

The FF-SDLP partnership: 'The last thing we want is for it to be a Fianna Fáil canvas'

May 2nd 2022, 7:00 AM 16,727 Views 20 Comments

It’s about “support from the background”, a bit of logistics, TD Paul McAuliffe told The Journal.

Politics - Saturday 30 April, 2022

Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?

Apr 30th 2022, 8:00 PM 38,842 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s history of emigration has made most of us resistant to anti-immigration rhetoric, our columnist writes.

PSNI investigates SDLP billboard damage in 'incredibly nasty election campaign’
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

PSNI investigates SDLP billboard damage in 'incredibly nasty election campaign’

Apr 30th 2022, 5:29 PM 14,624 Views 9 Comments

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood claims “loyalist paramilitaries are manipulating young people to attack SDLP posters and billboards”.

Supreme Court rules President immune from EU regulations around public disclosure of information
# Michael D Higgins
# Michael D Higgins

Supreme Court rules President immune from EU regulations around public disclosure of information

Apr 30th 2022, 1:34 PM 25,386 Views 11 Comments

The Right To Know Group brought proceedings after it failed to get certain information following two separate requests to the Office of Secretary General to the President.

Remote working, Garda body-cams, vape laws: Some of the Govt priorities for the coming months
# Govt To Do List
# Govt To Do List

Remote working, Garda body-cams, vape laws: Some of the Govt priorities for the coming months

Apr 30th 2022, 8:00 AM 32,449 Views 40 Comments

Hate crime law, remote working and mental health reforms – just some of the priorities for the summer.

Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan
# Fees
# Fees

Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan

Apr 30th 2022, 7:30 AM 27,276 Views 30 Comments

Fees for graduate entry medicine (GEM) students are now set at €16,290 per year for Irish students.

Former Finnish Prime Minister: Neutrality is a thing of the past - now is the time to take sides
# Alexander Stubb
# Alexander Stubb

Former Finnish Prime Minister: Neutrality is a thing of the past - now is the time to take sides

Apr 30th 2022, 7:00 AM 19,948 Views 48 Comments

Alexander Stubb is a former Prime Minister of Finland and has dedicated his political career to campaign for Finnish NATO membership.

Politics - Friday 29 April, 2022

Housing Minister says rising homeless figure a 'serious concern'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Housing Minister says rising homeless figure a 'serious concern'

Apr 29th 2022, 4:43 PM 19,549 Views 58 Comments

Figures released by the Department of Housing show that in March 9,825 people were homeless.

Stephen Donnelly confirms opening of two additional specialist menopause clinics
# Women's Health
# Women's Health

Stephen Donnelly confirms opening of two additional specialist menopause clinics

Apr 29th 2022, 6:30 AM 16,270 Views 6 Comments

A total of six menopause clinics will be rolled out nationwide this year.

Celtic Tiger apartments: Householders frustrated over lack of access to loans for defect repairs
# Fire Safety
# Fire Safety

Celtic Tiger apartments: Householders frustrated over lack of access to loans for defect repairs

Apr 29th 2022, 12:05 AM 37,626 Views 41 Comments
  • Owners are being asked to pay bills of between €15,000 and €20,000, Michelle Hennessy writes.
  • Tens of thousands of apartment units built during the Celtic Tiger era are estimated to be affected by construction defects.
  • Owners are calling on the government to ensure easier access to loans so they can cover the lump sum.

Politics - Thursday 28 April, 2022

Sisters of Charity transfer share of hospital group to charity, lifting obstacle to NMH plans
# Vincents Hospital Group
# Vincents Hospital Group

Sisters of Charity transfer share of hospital group to charity, lifting obstacle to NMH plans

Apr 28th 2022, 5:57 PM 16,421 Views 40 Comments

The development is part of years of debate about the ownership of the site of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Minister confirms Aramark given refugee catering contract as process had to be 'short circuited'
# Ukraine Refugees
# Ukraine Refugees

Minister confirms Aramark given refugee catering contract as process had to be 'short circuited'

Updated Apr 28th 2022, 5:19 PM 40,501 Views 83 Comments

Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman says Government hasn’t used the traditional procurement processes.

'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban
# Turf Wars Burn On
# Turf Wars Burn On

'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban

Apr 28th 2022, 1:34 PM 28,726 Views 102 Comments

Leaders Questions saw the third day of intense political debate over the turf issue.

Irish Gay Dads group 'implore' Govt to ensure Irish surrogacy families are not 'left behind'
# Surrogacy Committee
# Surrogacy Committee

Irish Gay Dads group 'implore' Govt to ensure Irish surrogacy families are not 'left behind'

Apr 28th 2022, 12:13 PM 17,614 Views 22 Comments

Senator Sharon Koeghan said ‘as long as children are loved and cared for and feel secure in life, that’s all that matters’.

Politics - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Foreign affairs minister to meet senior US officials on Washington trip
# Heading West
# Heading West

Foreign affairs minister to meet senior US officials on Washington trip

Apr 27th 2022, 9:29 PM 7,614 Views 6 Comments

Coveney is expected to raise the Northern Ireland Protocol as well the war in Ukraine.

Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week
# Cmo
# Cmo

Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 7:11 PM 17,588 Views 12 Comments

Secretary General Martin Fraser was quizzed by politicians at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.

Senator Sharon Keogan quits Oireachtas Committee citing 'unsafe working environment'
# I'm Out
# I'm Out

Senator Sharon Keogan quits Oireachtas Committee citing 'unsafe working environment'

Apr 27th 2022, 6:57 PM 36,888 Views 49 Comments

Keogan has hit the headlines in the past week after she was asked to leave a separate committee’s meeting.

Russian ambassador denies lying to Irish public over Ukraine in combative Drivetime interview
# War In Ukraine
# War In Ukraine

Russian ambassador denies lying to Irish public over Ukraine in combative Drivetime interview

Apr 27th 2022, 6:27 PM 41,798 Views 32 Comments

Days before the war began, Yury Filatov branded the suggestion that Russia would invade Ukraine ‘insane’.

Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister
# Pension Age
# Pension Age

Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister

Apr 27th 2022, 5:26 PM 25,987 Views 20 Comments

The Pension Commission has recommended that the State pension age should rise to 67 by 2031.

Payment to households hosting Ukrainian refugees ‘to be made in coming weeks’
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Payment to households hosting Ukrainian refugees ‘to be made in coming weeks’

Apr 27th 2022, 4:45 PM 16,541 Views 17 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said there are almost 27,000 Ukrainians who have been issued with PPS numbers.

Govt told to 'go back to the bog' as Taoiseach pledges 'no ban on use of turf this year'
# Turf Wars
# Turf Wars

Govt told to 'go back to the bog' as Taoiseach pledges 'no ban on use of turf this year'

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 3:41 PM 32,717 Views 58 Comments

A Sinn Féin motion is due to be put before a vote in the Dáil this evening.

Rising rents for new tenancies 'not satisfactory', says Taoiseach
# Housing
# Housing

Rising rents for new tenancies 'not satisfactory', says Taoiseach

Apr 27th 2022, 1:14 PM 12,468 Views 37 Comments

New rents nationally increased by 9% in the last quarter of 2021.

Mail on Sunday editor refuses to meet Commons Speaker over Rayner article
# Angela Rayner
# Angela Rayner

Mail on Sunday editor refuses to meet Commons Speaker over Rayner article

Apr 27th 2022, 7:33 AM 27,948 Views 15 Comments

“I would just ask that we are all a little kinder,” Lindsay Hoyle said of his request for a meeting.

Homeowners affected by Celtic Tiger defects face 'frightening' legal threats over repair bills
# Defects
# Defects

Homeowners affected by Celtic Tiger defects face 'frightening' legal threats over repair bills

Apr 27th 2022, 12:05 AM 38,513 Views 27 Comments
  • Owners have been 'aggressively' pursued for costs for repairs, Michelle Hennessy writes.
  • Experts say more than 100,000 people could be affected and that it could take years before the final number to come to light.

Politics - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees
# Housing
# Housing

Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees

Apr 26th 2022, 7:45 PM 34,883 Views 61 Comments

A total of 25,383 refugees have arrived in the country as of last night.

Backbenchers tell Eamon Ryan that turf sale restrictions is putting Govt stability in jeopardy
# Fossil Fuels
# Fossil Fuels

Backbenchers tell Eamon Ryan that turf sale restrictions is putting Govt stability in jeopardy

Updated Apr 26th 2022, 6:53 PM 22,707 Views 53 Comments

Environment Minister Eamon Ryan will meet with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs today.

Publicly-funded IVF to begin in 2023 with 'regional fertility hubs' before that
# Reproduction
# Reproduction

Publicly-funded IVF to begin in 2023 with 'regional fertility hubs' before that

Apr 26th 2022, 5:43 PM 13,049 Views 12 Comments

The Department of Health had previously been reluctant to provide a timeline for services.

'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach
# CMO Trinity Job
# CMO Trinity Job

'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach

Apr 26th 2022, 4:10 PM 20,470 Views 21 Comments

TD John McGuinness has written to Robert Watt to convey disappointment at the lack of response to an invitation.

Dáil turf wars: Eamon Ryan seeks to unite coalition against Sinn Féin motion
# Fossil Fuels
# Fossil Fuels

Dáil turf wars: Eamon Ryan seeks to unite coalition against Sinn Féin motion

Apr 26th 2022, 9:46 AM 45,013 Views 81 Comments
  • The government insists there is no outright ban and that there are exemptions to the regulations.
  • Several coalition TDs have expressed concern about what the rules would mean for rural areas.
  • Sinn Fein calls the new rules "unfair and unworkable".
Adi Roche: I dread to think that the 'next Chernobyl' could be Chernobyl itself
# Opinion
# Opinion

Adi Roche: I dread to think that the 'next Chernobyl' could be Chernobyl itself

Apr 26th 2022, 7:00 AM 18,006 Views 14 Comments

Founder and CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche shares her fears as the world marks the 36th anniversary of the tragedy.

Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s

Apr 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 8,395 Views 17 Comments

The Government plans to abolish charges for overnight stays as well as fees for day cases.

Politics - Monday 25 April, 2022

Unionists welcome move to refer Northern Ireland Protocol legal challenge to UK Supreme Court
# UK Supreme Court
# UK Supreme Court

Unionists welcome move to refer Northern Ireland Protocol legal challenge to UK Supreme Court

Apr 25th 2022, 7:48 PM 13,149 Views 0 Comments

Chief Justice Dame Siobhan Keegan has granted leave to appeal a ruling that the post-Brexit trading arrangement is lawful.

Boris Johnson writes to Angela Rayner to insist ‘Basic Instinct’ claim was not in his name
# Deputy Labour Leader
# Deputy Labour Leader

Boris Johnson writes to Angela Rayner to insist ‘Basic Instinct’ claim was not in his name

Updated Apr 25th 2022, 12:40 PM 57,591 Views 34 Comments

The claims, which were reportedly made by an unnamed Tory MP to the Mail on Sunday, have been widely condemned as sexist.

Vacant social homes set to be refurbished as Taoiseach reiterates 'no cap' on Ukrainian refugees
# Housing
# Housing

Vacant social homes set to be refurbished as Taoiseach reiterates 'no cap' on Ukrainian refugees

Apr 25th 2022, 9:50 AM 37,848 Views 87 Comments

This plan and others will be discussed at Cabinet tomorrow.

Poll: Would you be in favour of a general election this year?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you be in favour of a general election this year?

Apr 25th 2022, 9:44 AM 63,948 Views 91 Comments

Pearse Doherty said there should be a general election instead of the Taoiseach rotation due to take place later this year.