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Politics - Friday 12 March, 2021

Michelle O'Neill declines to meet with Boris Johnson during NI visit
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Michelle O'Neill declines to meet with Boris Johnson during NI visit

Mar 12th 2021, 4:10 PM 43,410 Views 85 Comments

The NI deputy First Minister refused to welcome the British Prime Minister to Belfast today in her Stormont role.

British exports to EU plunged by 41% in January, while non-EU exports increased by 1.7%
# Brexit
# Brexit

British exports to EU plunged by 41% in January, while non-EU exports increased by 1.7%

Mar 12th 2021, 1:01 PM 19,249 Views 46 Comments

The UK officially left the Single Market and Customs Union on 31 December, leading to new trading rules from New Year’s Day.

Simon Coveney welcomes Council of Europe decision to reopen case of Pat Finucane's murder
# State Collusion
# State Collusion

Simon Coveney welcomes Council of Europe decision to reopen case of Pat Finucane's murder

Mar 12th 2021, 12:38 PM 8,308 Views 6 Comments

There was shock in November when the UK said it would not hold a public inquiry into the Belfast lawyer’s 1989 murder.

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history

Mar 12th 2021, 9:00 AM 109,504 Views 49 Comments

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

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Politics - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Illegal adoption investigator strongly objected to redaction of institution names in report
# Redacted
# Redacted

Illegal adoption investigator strongly objected to redaction of institution names in report

Mar 11th 2021, 8:25 PM 14,706 Views 15 Comments

The report was published with the names of the institutions redacted.

Conversations needed on cross-border vaccine sharing, says Arlene Foster
# Sharing
# Sharing

Conversations needed on cross-border vaccine sharing, says Arlene Foster

Mar 11th 2021, 7:43 PM 21,867 Views 43 Comments

Michelle O’Neill said working together across the island was the only way out of lockdown.

HSE chief says confidence levels in AstraZeneca 'rocked' by supply issues
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

HSE chief says confidence levels in AstraZeneca 'rocked' by supply issues

Updated Mar 11th 2021, 4:30 PM 55,635 Views 75 Comments

Earlier the health minister said that over a seven-day period last week, the company revised down deliveries “at the very last minute, three times”.

Justice Minister to take six months paid maternity leave from 30 April
# Maternity Leave
# Maternity Leave

Justice Minister to take six months paid maternity leave from 30 April

Mar 11th 2021, 1:16 PM 54,493 Views 90 Comments

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, the Taoiseach announced that the government would facilitate the minister’s maternity leave.

Brexit issues raised with influential group of US Congress members
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Brexit issues raised with influential group of US Congress members

Mar 11th 2021, 11:48 AM 10,852 Views 11 Comments

Simon Coveney and EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic spoke to the Friends of Ireland caucus.

Politics - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

TDs call for vaccine side deals to be struck as health minister says 'there is no vaccine mountain'
# PP MEETINGS
# PP MEETINGS

TDs call for vaccine side deals to be struck as health minister says 'there is no vaccine mountain'

Mar 10th 2021, 9:09 PM 21,131 Views 65 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar anticipates the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be approved by the European Medicines Agency tomorrow.

Bridge or tunnel between NI and Scotland is a ‘smokescreen for Brexit fallout', says Michelle O’Neill
# Transport Link
# Transport Link

Bridge or tunnel between NI and Scotland is a ‘smokescreen for Brexit fallout', says Michelle O’Neill

Mar 10th 2021, 7:02 PM 24,765 Views 50 Comments

O’Neill has dismissed the possibility of a link between NI and Scotland as a “pipe dream”.

'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs

Mar 10th 2021, 5:44 PM 62,244 Views 128 Comments

Violet-Anne Wynne, a Clare TD, said she is a Protestant and “proud to be a representative for Sinn Féin”.

O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation
# Birth Certs
# Birth Certs

O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation

Updated Mar 10th 2021, 5:10 PM 18,183 Views 15 Comments

The minister has also launched a consultation process for a redress scheme for survivors of Mother And Baby Homes.

Vaccine delays won't prevent 'modest' easing of restrictions on 5 April, says Tánaiste
# 5km Limit
# 5km Limit

Vaccine delays won't prevent 'modest' easing of restrictions on 5 April, says Tánaiste

Mar 10th 2021, 2:48 PM 80,681 Views 84 Comments

Varadkar said the reopening of non-essential retail stores would be “further down the line”.

Davy controversy harks back to lack of accountability in tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
# Davy
# Davy

Davy controversy harks back to lack of accountability in tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald

Mar 10th 2021, 2:06 PM 14,825 Views 16 Comments

The Taoiseach says what happened in Davy is ‘unacceptable’.

Government 'hearing reports' of St. Patrick's Day house parties and street parties being arranged
# Wearing The Green
# Wearing The Green

Government 'hearing reports' of St. Patrick's Day house parties and street parties being arranged

Mar 10th 2021, 12:14 PM 29,325 Views 89 Comments

The Department of an Taoiseach warned that organising such parties is an offence.

Politics - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Students who canvas teachers for improved Leaving Cert grades may have results withheld

Mar 9th 2021, 8:27 PM 12,333 Views 13 Comments

The heads of a Bill approved today will put this year’s exams and accredited grades system on a legal footing.

No Cabinet discussion on vaccine delays, but Ireland reaching out to other EU countries for additional supplies
# Spare Doses
# Spare Doses

No Cabinet discussion on vaccine delays, but Ireland reaching out to other EU countries for additional supplies

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 61,239 Views 95 Comments

Micheál Martin said Boris Johnson has “made this point” to him.

Protection for renters in financial difficulty due to Covid-19 extended to 12 July
# Arrears
# Arrears

Protection for renters in financial difficulty due to Covid-19 extended to 12 July

Mar 9th 2021, 7:31 PM 15,813 Views 24 Comments

The protections in place were due to expire on 12 April.

Government of the view ex-Guardian editor should remain on at the Future of Media Commission
# Maria Cahill
# Maria Cahill

Government of the view ex-Guardian editor should remain on at the Future of Media Commission

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 6:57 PM 16,315 Views 0 Comments

The members of the Commission have said they “unanimously support the continued membership of Alan Rusbridger on the Commission”.

Cabinet approves implementation of new guidelines aimed at reducing personal injury awards
# Injury Claims
# Injury Claims

Cabinet approves implementation of new guidelines aimed at reducing personal injury awards

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 6:10 PM 32,208 Views 34 Comments

Justice Minister Helen McEntee intends for the guidelines to take effect next month.

Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list

Mar 9th 2021, 5:35 PM 12,744 Views 25 Comments

Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.

Defamation laws 'seen as an inducement to self-censorship' for media in Ireland, EU commissioner says
# Libel Laws
# Libel Laws

Defamation laws 'seen as an inducement to self-censorship' for media in Ireland, EU commissioner says

Mar 9th 2021, 5:00 PM 10,625 Views 8 Comments

The European Commissioner for Justice addressed Oireachtas members at a committee this afternoon.

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
# Birth Registration
# Birth Registration

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry

Mar 9th 2021, 4:26 PM 9,754 Views 12 Comments

Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.

Corruption charges against Brazil's ex-leader Lula overturned, leaving him free to run in 2022 election
# Brazil
# Brazil

Corruption charges against Brazil's ex-leader Lula overturned, leaving him free to run in 2022 election

Mar 9th 2021, 7:45 AM 6,014 Views 10 Comments

Reacting to the ruling outside the presidential palace, Bolsonaro accused the judge of bias.

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity
# Ceann Comhairle
# Ceann Comhairle

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity

Mar 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 81,954 Views 31 Comments

The watch was gifted to Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl when he was visiting the United Arab Emirates in late 2018.

Parent's leave, illegal adoptions and Davy's scandal up for discussion at today's Cabinet meeting
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Parent's leave, illegal adoptions and Davy's scandal up for discussion at today's Cabinet meeting

Mar 9th 2021, 6:15 AM 8,846 Views 4 Comments

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman will seek approval for the Family Leave Bill at today’s Cabinet meeting.

Paul Reid says Ireland is 'coming out of very challenging period' but is 'not out of the woods yet'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Paul Reid says Ireland is 'coming out of very challenging period' but is 'not out of the woods yet'

Mar 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,382 Views 54 Comments

The HSE CEO is due to tell the Oireachtas Health Committee that all major indicators of Covid-19 are now trending downwards.

Politics - Monday 8 March, 2021

Gardaí investigate bomb scare at home of Justice Minister Helen McEntee
# Bomb Threat
# Bomb Threat

Gardaí investigate bomb scare at home of Justice Minister Helen McEntee

Mar 8th 2021, 4:29 PM 72,652 Views 44 Comments

McEntee is pregnant with her first child and is due in May

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply

Updated Mar 8th 2021, 3:56 PM 31,505 Views 106 Comments

Separately, there were were 420 patients in hospital with Covid-19 last night.

Taoiseach says government is committed to facilitating McEntee's maternity leave and not have her resign
# Maternity Issue
# Maternity Issue

Taoiseach says government is committed to facilitating McEntee's maternity leave and not have her resign

Updated Mar 8th 2021, 3:42 PM 43,735 Views 91 Comments

A Green Party councillor said today the lack of maternity leave is a “serious obstacle” for female politicians.

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers

Mar 8th 2021, 11:51 AM 13,416 Views 10 Comments

At present the CAO doesn’t include applications for apprenticeships, or some further education traineeships.

Politics - Sunday 7 March, 2021

Coveney holds 'intensive and productive' talks with President Hassan Rouhani in Iran
# Iran
# Iran

Coveney holds 'intensive and productive' talks with President Hassan Rouhani in Iran

Updated Mar 7th 2021, 6:25 PM 45,873 Views 51 Comments

Ireland-Iran bilateral relations were also discussed in advance of the re-opening of an Irish diplomatic presence in Tehran.

Swiss voters narrowly back ban on full facial coverings in public places
# Switzerland
# Switzerland

Swiss voters narrowly back ban on full facial coverings in public places

Updated Mar 7th 2021, 5:01 PM 35,081 Views 0 Comments

Polls had indicated a slim majority supported the move, in a vote that comes after years of debate.

Iran’s treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe condemned as 'cruel' as 5-year-sentence ends
# Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
# Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iran’s treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe condemned as 'cruel' as 5-year-sentence ends

Mar 7th 2021, 3:10 PM 20,283 Views 15 Comments

The 42-year-old has completed a near five-year sentence but must appear before a court in a week.

Arlene Foster calls for 'disastrous' Northern Ireland Protocol to be dismantled
# Brexit
# Brexit

Arlene Foster calls for 'disastrous' Northern Ireland Protocol to be dismantled

Mar 7th 2021, 2:30 PM 30,695 Views 91 Comments

Foster has warned of an avalanche of checks on goods coming in to the region after grace periods end.

Public won't be thankful if new minister appointed to replace McEntee during maternity leave, Nora Owen says
# Maternity Leave
# Maternity Leave

Public won't be thankful if new minister appointed to replace McEntee during maternity leave, Nora Owen says

Mar 7th 2021, 1:22 PM 41,716 Views 59 Comments

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will become the first Cabinet minister to give birth while in office.

British chief Brexit negotiator calls on EU to ‘shake off remaining ill will'
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

British chief Brexit negotiator calls on EU to ‘shake off remaining ill will'

Mar 7th 2021, 7:51 AM 24,802 Views 68 Comments

Whitehall has extended a series of ‘grace periods’ designed to ease trade between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Politics - Saturday 6 March, 2021

Biden and Democrats prevail as US senate approves Covid relief bill
# Senate
# Senate

Biden and Democrats prevail as US senate approves Covid relief bill

Updated Mar 6th 2021, 6:30 PM 28,965 Views 43 Comments

The 1.9 trillion dollar package was approved by a 50-49 vote along party lines.

Judges vote to adopt new guidelines to reduce personal injury awards
# Judicial Council
# Judicial Council

Judges vote to adopt new guidelines to reduce personal injury awards

Mar 6th 2021, 4:22 PM 25,011 Views 29 Comments

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will bring proposals to Cabinet on Tuesday on how to implement the guidelines.