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Politics

Yesterday
31st January 2023
# accommodation crisis
Ministers sign off on new €10m International Protection Fund to support community needs
The minister emphasised the need for urgent access to large-scale temporary facilities.
# nursing home charges
Varadkar defends controversial 'legal strategy' for limiting nursing home payouts
Opposition parties have called on the Government to release documents relating to the strategy.
The government has confirmed the legal strategy existed to block refunds to nursing home residents and that the plan was "pursued by successive governments".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar agreed with the policy, calling it a "sound policy approach" and "legitimate legal strategy".
Wexford TD Verona Murphy told The Journal that some families who have contacted her feel "aggrieved" at the legal strategy, as they made sacrifices in order to pay for the nursing home care.
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
Varadkar says he'll reveal plans for eviction ban and cost-of-living supports in mid-February
The Taoiseach said it is ‘fair to say that the rising cost-of-living is biting hard’.
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# rawlton house
Gardaí to probe links between blaze at Dublin building and claims it would house asylum seekers
A Government spokesperson said that Rawlton House was not to be used as a direct provision centre.
# Ashtown
'Only a matter of time before someone is killed': Hundreds attend anti-racism event in Ashtown
Ruth Coppinger helped organise an anti-racist demonstration in Ashtown in Dublin yesterday evening.
# humanitarian release
Tánaiste holds hour-long phone call with Iranian counterpart seeking release of Irishman
Phelan’s health is understood to have deteriorated since his detention.
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin confirms he will not stand in next General Election
Griffin confirmed he would not contest the next General Election to Radio Kerry this morning.
# Justice Committee
NTA: Bus timetables will have to change because of later pub and club hours
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
# planning reform
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
# gfa 25
Events to mark Good Friday Agreement anniversary planned amid speculation over Biden visit
There has been much speculation about whether the US President will visit Northern Ireland for the anniversary.
This week
29th January 2023 - 1st February 2023
# Ukraine
Ukraine government bans senior public servants and lawmakers from travelling abroad
The announcement comes as France, Australia and Norway agree to send weapons to Ukraine.
# Nursing Home
Release of documents on illegal nursing home charges to be discussed by government
A Dáil debate on the nursing home refunds controversy has been delayed by week.
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# Defence Forces
Women of Honour group have received no updates and await independent report
Micheál Martin said last week that he plans to fulfill the recommendations within the report.
# missile threats
Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike during phonecall before Ukraine invasion
The Kremlin has disputed the claim, saying there was “no threats with missiles” during the conversation.
# Nursing Homes
Calls for Government to publish records on 'secret strategy' for illegal nursing home charges
It follows a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Election
Retired NATO general beats billionaire to become next Czech president
Petr Pavel won 56.76% if the vote.
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# Camp Shamrock
Civil unrest over political vacuum makes for tense Lebanon visit for Tánaiste
Security for the Tánaiste’s trip to Lebanon was heightened due to protests in the region.
# timeline
Explained: What you need to know about failed election declarations from Paschal Donohoe and SF
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have consistently sniped one another over their failure to properly declare donations and expenses.
# Palestine
Explainer: Why has violence erupted in the West Bank?
A deep sense of frustration among Palestinians and Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to power are among the reasons.
# Troubles
Former British soldier convicted of killing Aidan McAnespie to be sentenced next week
He will serve a maximum of two years in jail regardless of the sentence, under a clause in the Good Friday Agreement.
# Expenses
Ó Broin insists his party doesn't 'owe Donohoe apology' in wake of SF expenses revelations
Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ó Broin said there is a “world of a difference” between Sinn Féin’s situation and Donohoe’s.
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# Lebanon
Govt doing all it can to accommodate refugees but numbers are unprecedented, says Martin
Tánaiste says the conflict in Ukraine is different to what is happening elsewhere in the world.
# Ukraine
Russian missiles kill 11 in Ukraine as Moscow says tank deliveries 'direct involvement' in war
Ukraine’s Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
Ukraine earlier said it shot down more than a dozen Russian missiles launched towards Kyiv.
Ukraine's Western allies, including Germany and the US, yesterday promised to provide Kyiv with modern tanks.
The Kremlin said today that the decision by Western countries to supply Ukraine with modern tanks meant that they were party to the conflict.
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
# Lebanon
Tánaiste promises to ensure Women Of Honour report recommendations 'are fulfilled'
The Women of Honour report is due go to the minister within the next week to ten days.
# Mental Health
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
# Social Housing
Initial social housing targets not met as Housing Department revises new builds to approx 7,500
The Department of Housing has cast doubt on figures issued in an official briefing note to Minister Paschal Donohoe.
# private Sean rooney
Tánaiste urges Irish troops to reach out for support following the death of Seán Rooney
The Tánaiste said no stone will be left unturned to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
# Defence Forces
'He was a gentleman': Seán Rooney's friends remember him as Tánaiste visits troops in Lebanon
Micheál Martin has travelled to Lebanon to place a wreath in memory of Private Rooney and others who have died while on duty.
# planning reform
Government wants to make judicial reviews 'a waste of time' as part of planning law changes
The Planning and Development Bill will introduce changes to the way judicial reviews are brought.
# Car Theft
Security advice for owners of recently-imported Asian market cars after increase in thefts
Sources have said that the targeted cars which lack an immobiliser are imported from Japan and the wider Asian market.
# Ukraine War
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Norway has also promised tanks.
President Biden confirmed the news this evening.
Germany said it will also provide a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from the Bundeswehr stocks
Norway confirmed it is also sending tanks
The powerful tanks are seen as key to punching through enemy lines
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Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
# Gabriel Makhlouf
Central Bank governor says cost of living increases have resulted in 'erosion of living standards'
Gabriel Makhlouf was speaking before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform this afternoon.
# tax controversy
Sunak defends handling of Zahawi row as pressure on Tory chairman mounts
Sunak said that due process will be followed, with his ethics advisor carrying out an investigation into Zahawi.
# housing for all
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
# Homelessness
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
The news comes amid reports of people being forced into sleeping on the streets upon entering Ireland.
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# Micheál Martin
Tánaiste to convey his sympathies to Irish troops on the loss Seán Rooney during Lebanon visit
The Tánaiste will visit Irish troops on Thursday.
# Recovery Files
Cash for reforms: €700 billion EU recovery fund sparks concern and criticism
Analysis by Noteworthy and European journalists finds that Ireland is among several member states who repackaged old promises in reform plans.
# Paschal Donohoe
Donohoe confirms breach of 2020 election rules, says he was unaware of details last week
Taoiseach says Donohoe told him businessman Michael Stone would be making a statement in advance of his Dáil statement.