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Politics - Yesterday’s News


Politics - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Government formation, one death from Covid-19, and Rent Supplement criteria changed for domestic abuse victims…

Poll: Should school meals be provided to children over the summer? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should school meals be provided to children over the summer?

Some European countries continue providing school meals throughout the summer.

More than twice as many people want Varadkar to stay as Taoiseach than for Martin to take over

That’s according to a new opinion poll for the Sunday Times.

After support from Bono and Mary Robinson, Ireland's bid for UN Security Council seat to be decided

Ireland is facing a “very competitive” field as it vies with Canada and Norway for a seat on the UN Security Council this Wednesday.


Politics - Saturday 13 June, 2020

Talks down to the wire as teams push to agree programme for government this weekend

Negotiators from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party are set to continue their talks into the weekend.

Trump says police chokeholds sound 'so innocent and perfect' but should 'generally be ended’

Chokeholds have come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history

People across Ireland – including key decision-makers – tell the story of Thursday 12 March 2020.

Politics - Friday 12 June, 2020

Making face coverings a condition of using public transport 'is under consideration'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he would not like to see fines for those not wearing one.

Beaumont researchers change opt-out deadline for genomics study following calls by Health Minister

Concerns were raised in the Dáil because “public awareness of this significant proposal is very limited”.

Ireland's 'air bridges': Real risks virus could be re-imported from Britain, warns Taoiseach

15 June is too soon to open Ireland’s border, says Leo Varadkar.

Leo Varadkar says organisations should ignore Fury-Joshua boxing match involving Daniel Kinahan

BT Sport says it is ‘not currently involved in the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua negotiations’.

Winston Churchill statue boarded up for protection as Boris Johnson hits out at statue toppling movement Black Lives Matter This post contains videos

Winston Churchill statue boarded up for protection as Boris Johnson hits out at statue toppling movement

The British Prime Minister said on Twitter: ‘We cannot now try to edit or censor our past.’

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'

McHugh said if the rule remains in place, students will engage in blended learning from home on the other days.

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children

The Children’s Ombudsman has written a letter to the three party leaders involved in government formation talks.

Sean Gallen says it's 'disappointing' Eamon Ryan used the n-word, but he had 'good intentions'

The Green Party leader was quoting from an article Gallen wrote about his experience of racism in Ireland.

McEntee says NI protocol is 'vague and lacking in detail on customs' as deadline looms

The Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December.

Still some 'heavy lifting' to be done in government formation talks, as teams work towards weekend deal

It is understood some progress was made in relation to agriculture and emissions, with parties signing off on the 7% target.

Politics - Thursday 11 June, 2020

'I repeated a racial slur. I was completely wrong to do so': Eamon Ryan apologises for using the n-word during Dáil debate on racism

Eamon Ryan said the word while quoting a newspaper article about a young man’s experience of growing up black in Ireland.

Taoiseach favours setting targets to make the health service, schools and the civil service more diverse

The Taoiseach says the civil service is currently ‘very white’.

Daniel Kinahan 'rebranding himself in the Middle East as a boxing promoter', Dáil hears

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there has been diplomatic contact between Ireland and the UAE on the issue.

'Two or three glasses is not against the law': It's not illegal to drink in public places, Taoiseach tells Dáil

However, bye-laws prohibit the activity in many parts of the country.


Ireland on course to fully re-open by mid-July, says Taoiseach

‘We do not need to return to a national lockdown again,’ Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.

'Surprising' if Ireland needs to enter second Covid-19 lockdown, says WHO special envoy

David Nabarro was speaking to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?

A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.

George Floyd's brother challenges US Congress to ‘stop the pain’ Black Lives Matter This post contains videos

George Floyd's brother challenges US Congress to ‘stop the pain’

“The people marching in the streets are telling you enough is enough. Be the leaders that this country, this world, needs. Do the right thing,” Philonise Floyd said.

Politics - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Independents more stable than the Greens in government, says minister as weekend deadline set for deal

The deadlines for getting a deal done have been successfully pushed back in recent days.


State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister

A €75 million funding package has been announced.

'And that hurts': Varadkar says people of colour who grew up in Ireland can be made to feel they're not 'fully Irish'

The Taoiseach said he is considering an anti-racism public awareness campaign.

Politics - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Zero notices issued to employers following 800 back-to-work Covid-19 checks

Labour TD Ged Nash expressed concern about the figures this afternoon.

Phil Hogan confirms he's looking to run for the top job in the WTO

A departure by Hogan from the European Commission to the WTO would mean Ireland would have to nominate another commissioner.

Ibec urges government to change social distancing requirement to one metre

Business group representatives have met the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee today.


Committee hears further outbreaks of Covid-19 'probable', but strategy is 'right one for Ireland at this time'

Any future increases in numbers would likely be managed in a targeted way, Professor Philip Nolan said today.

Politics - Monday 8 June, 2020

Boris Johnson 'does not agree' that the UK is a racist country

The Prime Minister also condemned what he described as “thuggery” during Black Lives Matters protests at the weekend.

Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic

The number of households on the payment has risen by 5,136 since mid-March.

As shops reopen in the Republic, most are remaining closed in Northern Ireland

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts has urged ministers to set a date for the remaining retail shops to reopen.

Irish Hairdressers Federation publishes guidelines it says will allow salons to open later this month

The Taoiseach said on Friday that hairdressers wouldn’t be able to open until 20 July at the earliest.


Politics - Sunday 7 June, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

One confirmed Covid-19 death today, and an English slave-trader statue thrown in the sea.

'Progress made' but no breakthrough yet in Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition talks

Good progress was made yesterday but there is still disagreement on some issues according to Fine Gael’s Martin Heydon.