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Politics - Today’s News

No election in 2019 as confidence and supply agreement to continue for a year

Leader Micheal Martin confirmed in a speech in the Dail this afternoon that the party will continue to support Fine Gael.

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees

Daniels in her dismissed suit had accused Trump of defamation for characterising as a “total con job” her claims of a presidential affair.

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'I will fight this with everything I've got': Theresa May to face confidence vote in her leadership tonight

A ballot will be held between 6pm and 8pm this evening.

Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections

Bureaucratic and administrative delays could be eliminated if councils were given funding to build homes directly, writes Labour councillor Dermot Lacey.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Trump accused of 'temper tantrum' after White House meeting with Democrats descends into row Getting Testy This post contains videos

Trump accused of 'temper tantrum' after White House meeting with Democrats descends into row

Trump threatened to shut down the government if the border wall is not paid for.

'He's gone and he needn't have been gone': Mick Wallace gives impassioned speech about suicide

Wexford, where the TD is from, has the highest suicide rate in the country.

Taoiseach vows to close loophole that allows €1.3bn mortgage 'vehicle' not to pay tax

Last week, PTSB bank bosses confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ which more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax.

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back

He added that a no-deal Brexit is “still very unlikely … despite all the political chaos”.

Details revealed of how drivers face higher fines and penalty points the more they break the speed limit

A graduated penalty system for speeding will be introduced where the speed limit is exceeded by 30kph.

Theresa May to meet Leo Varadkar in Dublin tomorrow

Brexit will, of course, be at the top of the agenda.

Zappone confirms over 200 alleged abusers now identified in Scouting Ireland probe

Minister Katherine Zappone said it’s likely the numbers could increase again.

Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive'

The Sinn Féin leader said a “crash” no-deal Brexit moves the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.

'Mayday Mayday': How the British media reacted to the cancelled Brexit vote

The prime minister deferred the House of Commons’ crucial vote on the Brexit deal.

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Article 50 should be revoked with immediate effect, John Major tells Dublin event

Leaver or remainer, no-one can welcome chaos, the former Conservative prime minister said.

We're in Brexit limbo - so what could possibly happen next?

Theresa May has turned to European leaders today to try to find something that will make the Brexit deal more palatable.

Simon Coveney: 'Renegotiating a deal that took two years to agree on doesn't seem realistic'

Jean-Claude Juncker said there’s “no room whatsoever for the renegotiation” of the Brexit deal.

'When the border was finally ripped down - hope rose and healing began. We must not go back'

‘Growing up on the Irish border during the 1970s & 1980s was akin to some Bermuda Triangle existence, where people mysteriously disappeared and to this day, were never seen again,’ writes Grace Vaughan from Monaghan.

Justice minister to seek fast-tracking of blasphemy Bill

Almost 65% voted in favour of the 37th amendment to the Constitution in the blasphemy referendum.

Landlords to be sanctioned up to €30,000 if they breach rent caps under new laws

The new rules will mean notice periods given to tenants by landlords will be extended.

Politics - Monday 10 December, 2018

'Put it back!': Labour MP ejected from House of Commons after taking ceremonial mace Symbolic Protest This post contains videos

'Put it back!': Labour MP ejected from House of Commons after taking ceremonial mace

The protest came after a crucial Brexit vote was postponed.

Emmanuel Macron addresses nation and pledges wage increase in response to gilets jaunes Republic In Crisis This post contains videos

Emmanuel Macron addresses nation and pledges wage increase in response to gilets jaunes

Macron also rolled back on an unpopular increase in taxes on pensioners.

Varadkar and Tusk both say Brexit deal CAN'T be renegotiated

Theresa May has a fight on her hands.

South Dublin County Council approves plan for apartment block beside park

The plans had prompted objections from some community workers.

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Donald Trump, Jamal Khashoggi and Meghan Markle nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

Every year the publication recognises the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world — for better or for worse.

Theresa May defers 'crucial vote' on Brexit deal

The Brexit plans are thrown into chaos again.

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

EU's top court rules that UK could reverse Brexit process

Theresa May insists she has no plans to reverse Brexit.

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Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit

Irish negotiators had to agree that Ireland would remain within the British empire while May’s deal could keep the UK trapped in the EU indefinitely, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Politics - Sunday 9 December, 2018

'It's about our children now, not our grandchildren': Is Ireland ready to introduce a carbon tax?

It’s been claimed that the tide is turning in how society views the problem of climate change.

Lynn Ruane: We must pioritise people's lives over pharmaceutical companies' profits

Pharmaceutical companies make obscene profits from life-saving drugs – we need to change the system to prioritise human life over profiteering, writes Lynn Ruane.

100 years ago this week, Sinn Féin swept to power in the historic 1918 General Election

The election was a monumental moment in Irish history.

Theresa May warns that parliament rejection of Brexit deal could leave Britain in EU

This Tuesday, 11 December, MPs will vote on whether they approve May’s Brexit deal.

Politics - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Over 700 arrested in early morning clashes at Paris 'yellow vest' protests

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 481 people had been detained in Paris.

Dr Rhona Mahony says it's a 'big ask and challenge' to have full abortion services by New Year's Day

Mahony said that some terminations would start on the 1 January, but the service in its entirety wouldn’t be rolled out.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here are the stories in the news this morning.

Everything you need to know about Theresa May's historic Brexit vote this Tuesday

The Labour Party’s Chris Bryant said the future relations declaration was “no more deliverable than a letter to Santa Claus”.

Politics - Friday 7 December, 2018

'Is the HSE fit for purpose?' Not as the organisation is now, says Varadkar

Varadkar also told Tubridy that he finds children living in emergency accommodation “offensive”.

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