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Politics - Today’s News

Plan to open Direct Provision centre in Leitrim scrapped

The Department of Justice said the decision is not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.

Varadkar warns against 'rolling cliff edge' as leaders meet for crunch summit

Varadkar repeated his assertion that the EU needs to cut the UK some slack on an extension.

Fianna Fáil member wins right to take case over Ireland's gender quota laws

Brian Mohan was granted leave today by the Supreme Court to pursue a challenge against the laws.

May asks EU for more time to deliver Brexit as MPs label her 'blame game' speech 'disgraceful' 8 Days To Go This post contains videos

May asks EU for more time to deliver Brexit as MPs label her 'blame game' speech 'disgraceful'

EU leaders are due to consider her request at a summit in Brussels today.

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Politics - Yesterday’s News

'It is now time for MPs to decide': May says Brexit delay is 'matter of great personal regret'

Theresa May earlier asked for a short extension of Article 50 until 30 June.

Gambling regulator could take 18 months to set up, says Taoiseach

Measures first mooted in the Gambling Control Bill (2013) are finally set to be enacted by government.

Cork, Limerick, and Waterford mayors will get new powers, but they can also be impeached

The idea of directly-elected mayors for these regions will be voted on in a plebiscite on 24 May.

Brexit: What just happened and how could all of this finally end?

Or how a series of unfortunate events ruined Theresa May’s week.

EU fines Google €1.49bn for blocking ads by rivals

The fine brings Google’s total tab with the European Union to €8.2 billion in less than two years.

Australia furious as Turkey's president refers to Gallipoli after Christchurch mosque attack

Scott Morrison warned he would consider “all options” in reviewing ties between the two countries.

May formally asks Brexit be pushed back to 30 June - but EU warns of 'serious risks' and 'legal uncertainty'

The Prime Minister has written to European Council president Donald Tusk seeking a 30 June departure date.

Theresa May faces battle to get EU to delay Brexit as Juncker says 'we've reached the end of the road'

As the crisis rumbles on, a number of opponents are said to be eyeing up May’s job – including Boris Johnson.

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Jacinda Ardern calls for global fight against racism and right-wing extremism

The main suspect in last week’s terror attack made a white power gesture as he appeared in court.

Donald Trump Jr writes in British paper that Theresa May 'ignored advice from my father' on Brexit

Donald Trump Jr said the prime minister should now “honour that promise” to the British people and deliver Brexit.

Politics - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Social Democrats councillor Gary Gannon to run for MEP seat in Dublin

Gannon (32) was selected at a convention in Dublin city this evening by party members.

'A lot of concern' among EU states over prospect of Article 50 long extension, Coveney warns

EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier earlier said that EU member states should prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

'Yellow vest' protesters have stormed the British Attorney General's office

No arrests have been made, the Met Police said, who are at the scene.

More to Ireland den dis? Alan Partridge 'Men Behind the Wire' clip prompts amusement, bemusement

Viewers’ jaws may have dropped a little when the songs were aired – but a joke’s a joke right? Hopefully.

Theresa May's spokesman says the Brexit crisis she predicted 'has come to pass'

Another planned meaningful vote on her deal may not take place after intervention from the Speaker of the House.

'The Brexit destroyer': British papers round on Speaker Bercow after step to block May's vote

The House of Commons speaker said the house couldn’t vote again and again on the same proposals.

'An issue of national importance': Public consultation opens on new national cyber security strategy

Interested parties have 30 working days to make their submissions.

Politics - Monday 18 March, 2019

Paris police chief fired following yellow vest riots on Champs-Elysées

About 5,000 police were deployed in the capital on Saturday to deal with the protests.

Theresa May cannot have another vote on Brexit deal without changes

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said the parliament’s rules dictate that MPs can’t be asked to vote repeatedly on the same motion.

New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year

Varadkar says Ireland is as prepared as any other country for a terror attack.

Clare TD Michael Harty: 'I took a different view from my rural colleagues on the drink driving laws'

“The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable,” Dr Michael Harty, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, told TheJournal.ie.

Politics - Sunday 17 March, 2019

Here's What Happened Today: St Patrick's Day

Here’s what made the headlines today.

'We must stand together as patriots': Theresa May tells MPs that voting against her deal again could stop Brexit

An extension of Article 50 is expected to be voted upon by EU members this week.

Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change

Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences., writes Emily Duffy.

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'Offensive and embarrassing': Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade

In response, Sinn Féin said the partition of Ireland is “divisive and offensive”.

'If you're the only GP providing abortion services in an area, you are open to protests'

Clare TD Dr Michael Harty, who is also the chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, spoke to TheJournal.ie about the challenges for GPs in implementing abortion services.

Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach

There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.

Politics - Saturday 16 March, 2019

An unexpected guest and a luminous river: Leo ends St Patrick's trip not being centre of attention

Varadkar finished off the final leg of his US trip walking in the Chicago parade and taking a boat trip down the river.

'We've seen people die, people beaten up horrifically': This primary school doesn't want an injecting centre 300m from its front door

A plan to open a medically supervised injecting facility has been met with fierce local opposition.

Taoiseach says he wasn't nervous ahead of Pence speech: 'I wanted to express Ireland's values'

Varadkar said he and Pence have very different views on social issues, but says it’s better to engage with people rather than boycott them.

Councils no longer operating loan scheme to help struggling homeowners with repairs

There is a disparity across the country with some local authorities operating the schemes while others stopped years ago.

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Taoiseach: 'It is not going to be a case of everything being alright. Brexit is bad news'

The DUP is set to resume discussions with the British government on Monday ahead of an expected third Westminster vote.

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