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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Dept of Education officials say it was 'impossible' to get staff to check Leaving Cert algorithm

Dalton Tattan, assistant secretary at the Department of Education said the pressure they were under was ‘extreme’.

Taoiseach speaks to US President Elect Joe Biden and invites him 'to come back to Ireland'

Micheál Martin says he is keen to make the trip to the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

Taoiseach says he wants to meet party leaders 'without prejudice' to discuss Seamus Woulfe controversy

The government says there are “serious constitutional issues” at play.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…


Michael Healy-Rae apologises for supporting John Delaney during 2019 Oireachtas appearance

The Kerry TD said in April 2019 that he was “quite confident” that Delaney could only be accused of being “passionately committed to his job”.

Irish airports to receive €80 million support package to help them survive pandemic

The cash injection announced today represents an additional €48 million on that which was announced in the Budget last month.

Dáil meets in Leinster House but moves across the Liffey for confidence vote in Tánaiste Leo Varadkar

The Dáil met at 2pm and voted to relocate to the Convention Centre Dublin.

Johnson tweet congratulating Joe Biden appears to have hidden reference to Trump

A ‘technical error’ is said to be responsible for the situation.

US Election: Four states yet to be called by some media outlets as counts continue

The states still to be called by some outlets are: Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska.


After firing his defence secretary, Trump reportedly wants FBI and CIA chiefs gone too

Democrats are “deeply troubled” by Trump’s sacking of Mark Esper and fear more instability is on the way.

Coveney pays tribute to top Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat who has died aged 65

Erekat had been a prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for three decades.

UK government vows to press on with Brexit bill despite Lords defeat

Minister Simon Coveney told BBC2’s Newsnight the UK government’s stance had “undermined trust”.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to end fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region

The peace deal comes with the deployment of Russian peacekeepers.

It's transition time, but how does it work and when will Biden pick his team?

It’s 71 days until Biden’s inauguration, so there’s much to be done.


Politics - Monday 9 November, 2020

UK government suffers heavy defeat over controversial ‘law-breaking’ Brexit powers

Conservative former leader Lord Howard of Lympne led the calls for the Prime Minister to ‘think again’.

Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19

The minister said he was ‘humbled’ by his work during the pandemic.

US Senate leader says Trump ‘100% within his rights’ to fight presidential election results

The president’s allies have been reluctant to congratulate Joe Biden on his projected win.

Following criticism, former UUP deputy leader deletes 'appalling' tweet about Kamala Harris

John Taylor referred to Kamala Harris without using her name, and solely as “the Indian”. He later deleted the tweet.

US Election: What happens between now and inauguration day?

Here are a few likely, and unlikely, things to happen between now and 20 January.

Nigel Farage's plans to rebrand the Brexit Party have hit a snag

The Reform think tank says the proposed name is already gone.

Politics - Sunday 8 November, 2020

Quiz: Test your knowledge of US politicians elected this week

STOP THE COUNT! Ah no, don’t.

LIVE: America looks to the future as Biden prepares to take the reins

World leaders have congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

US Election: Here are the main points to know this afternoon

Joe Biden has won the US election. Here’s what you need to know.

Government criticised on lack of clarity over Christmas Covid restrictions

NPHET has warned that an easing of measures at Christmas risks a surge of the coronavirus in spring.

Raab ‘confident’ Northern Ireland hurdles can be overcome to ensure Brexit trade deal

He said he believed a deal with the EU could still be done if the latter shows ‘flexibility’ and ‘good will’.

'Warmest congratulations': Leaders from Ireland and around the world welcome Biden election

Taoiseach Micheál Martin offered his congratulations to Biden following his win.

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Poll: Are you happy Joe Biden has won the US election?

The Democratic candidate past the 270 electoral college votes needed to secure the presidency.

'This is the time to heal in America': Joe Biden vows to unite the US in his election victory speech

The 77-year-old has pledged to heal divisions in the country.

As it happened: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris give victory speeches after winning the US election

Michael D Higgins, Boris Johnson and others have congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Politics - Saturday 7 November, 2020

US Election: Here are the main points to know today

A winner has been declared at last.

People in Joe Biden's ancestral home of Ballina celebrate his victory in the US election

“He’s a really nice fella. He’s good to talk to.”

How Biden and Trump reacted to news of the presidential result

President Trump issued his statement while golfing at his club in Virginia.

The key moments from an epic US presidential election count over the past four days

It’s hard to choose singular moments from a blockbuster election count. Here are the main events.

Filling up: Here's the state-by-state guide of who's taken where

270, that’s the magic number.

Joe Biden wins election to become 46th President of United States

Kamala Harris is set to be vice president.

Kamala Harris set to make history as first female US Vice President

Harris will also be the first black person to be elected to the position.

EU chief and Boris Johnson agree to ‘redouble efforts’ to reach a deal in trade talks

The briefing is seen as a key moment in the discussions after negotiations derailed in October.

As it happened on Saturday morning: Biden says 'clear majority of nation' behind him as tense wait for final result continues

It’s not official but the former vice president looks set to return to the White House.

Iran urges next US administration to learn from sanctions

Trump has applied a “maximum pressure” policy against Iran since 2018.

New travel traffic light system kicks in on Sunday - here's what you need to know

It’s hoped the plan will help jump start the aviation sector in a safe way.