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Politics - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

Voters set to see what parties are arguing over as draft Stormont deal to be published

Publishing a draft text prior to securing a deal represent a new approach.

Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months

The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.


Politics - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Broadcaster Marian Finucane is laid to rest, the Government cancels the contentious RIC event, and Weinstein is up in court – It’s The Fix.

Governments set to make public draft deal to restore powersharing at Stormont

The five main parties in Northern Ireland will be urged to sign up to the document tabled by the UK and Irish governments.

The government has cancelled this month's contentious RIC commemoration event

The government had come in for sustained criticism over the scheduling of the event.

Ahead of Leo meeting, Micheál says FF won't vote with government in final months of Dáil

The two party leaders are due to meet on Thursday to discuss the next general election and when it might be.

New measures to see increases in some social welfare payments from this week

Pensioners and people with disabilities who are living alone are the main cohort of social welfare recipients to benefit.

Diarmaid Ferriter: Expert Advisory Group 'did not recommend State commemoration of the RIC' Exclusive

Ferriter, a member of the EAG, told today that the group had envisioned an academic event such as a conference or seminar.

'An error of judgement': Martin criticises RIC commemoration but says those attending should be respected RIC

'An error of judgement': Martin criticises RIC commemoration but says those attending should be respected

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the event “should be cancelled”.

No bail out deal for FAI signed off on, but meeting with Uefa to be held next week

A number of new directors to the FAI are to be in place by the end of the week.

Johnson's Brexit Bill expected to sail through House of Commons as MPs return post-Christmas

Boris Johnson does not want the Brexit transition period extended beyond December 2020, but Ireland and Europe have said this may not be realistic.

Is this Cork constituency the most unpredictable in the general election?

Three of the four TDs elected in Cork North Central in 2016 will not be on the ballot.

Politics - Monday 6 January, 2020

HSE apologises to those affected by overcrowded emergency departments as some hospitals ban visitors

Hospitals in Cork, Waterford, and South Tipperary have all imposed strict visiting restrictions.

Varadkar says it's 'regrettable' that some politicians will boycott RIC commemoration service

The government recently said it will commemorate those who served in the force prior to Irish independence.

Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'

Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.

UNESCO warns Trump against targeting Iranian cultural sites

Donald Trump had threatened to target cultural sites in Iran.

Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy

There are 44 open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.

Sinn Féin's Jonathan O'Brien won't be contesting the next general election

The Cork North Central TD said he feels the “time is right to pursue new personal challenges and opportunities”.

Draft law that aims to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2030 published today

Minister Richard Bruton says today is a ‘hugely important step’ in underpinning measures of the Climate Action Plan.

Politics - Sunday 5 January, 2020

Boris Johnson says killed Iranian general was 'a threat to all our interests'

This was Johnson’s first statement since the US’s fatal drone strike last Friday.

'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group

Six and seven-year-olds would receive free care from this year under proposed legislation.

Iraqi parliament passes motion to expel US military from country following Qasem Soleimani killing

Pro-Iran factions have ramped up pressure on US forces in Iraq since Friday’s drone strike.

Raab: Boris Johnson 'in charge' of Iran crisis despite silence during Caribbean holiday

Johnson is facing mounting calls to make a statement on Friday’s fatal drone strike.


'Revisionism gone too far': Clare mayor to boycott Royal Irish Constabulary commemoration service

The government recently said it will commemorate those who served in the force prior to Irish independence.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

More than 18,000 bikes were stolen over three years - but just 11% were retrieved

There are calls for the gardaí to do more to tackle bike theft.

Politics - Saturday 4 January, 2020

Keir Starmer launches bid for UK Labour leadership with video emphasising trade union roots

The video also features words of support from Stephen Lawrence’s mother, saying he was “instrumental” in getting justice.

Ireland calls for 'maximum restraint' following US assassination of Iranian general

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said any Irish person in Iraq should ‘leave immediately’.

Dept of Justice says video of cramped Direct Provision room 'appears to have been staged'

The Depart of Justice said this afternoon that no more than six people are in a room at the East End Hotel centre.

Transitioning to 4-day working week in public service could cost at least €3.9 billion, Donohoe says

The government doesn’t appear keen on the prospect of a four-day week in the public service.

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Poll: Should the US Senate vote to remove Donald Trump from office?

Donald Trump is the third US President to face impeachment charges, along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what’s in the news this morning.

People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them

“This is unacceptable. I don’t want to be a British citizen,” one person who wrote to the Taoiseach argued.

Some links to government websites aren't directing to the right places. Here's why

The issues with website links redirecting back to the home page “will eventually cease to occur”, Varadkar said.

Menthol cigarettes will be banned in Ireland from May

Minister Harris says there is evidence that menthol flavoured cigarettes may be more addictive.

Mark Ruffalo wrote to Varadkar to ask him to 'protect the American people' and block imported US fracked gas

In an email sent to the Taoiseach, the actor said Varadkar had ‘moral’ reasons to not support the import of fracked gas from the US.

Politics - Friday 3 January, 2020

Ireland's corporation tax take expected to rise again this year, but Donohoe admits it can't be relied upon in future

Donohoe said this morning that the Exchequer ran a €1.5 billion surplus last year.

Day two of Stormont talks rumble on - but Sinn Féin is confident it will secure Irish language support

UUP leader Steven Aiken said he was unsure of how close the parties were to a deal.

Any change to pub opening hours would need to be considered 'very, very carefully', says minister

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said nightclub and pub opening hours need to be reformed and brought more in line with other cities in Europe.