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Politics - Today’s News

UK government resisting investigation into ‘blackmailing’ of Tory critics of Boris Johnson
# Downing Street
# Downing Street

UK government resisting investigation into ‘blackmailing’ of Tory critics of Boris Johnson

Updated 2 hours ago 31,730 Views 28 Comments

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said the allegations should be investigated.

Top US and Russian diplomats hold talks on Ukraine amid ‘critical moment’
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Top US and Russian diplomats hold talks on Ukraine amid ‘critical moment’

2 hours ago 15,908 Views 29 Comments

US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva.

Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger
# Adoption
# Adoption

Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger

9 hours ago 5,433 Views 5 Comments

Adoption rights campaigner Claire McGettrick responds to the new Birth Information and Tracing Bill.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Russia would 'pay a heavy price' if it invades Ukraine, Joe Biden says
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Russia would 'pay a heavy price' if it invades Ukraine, Joe Biden says

Updated 18 hours ago 49,306 Views 88 Comments

“Let there be no doubt at all, if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price,” the US president said.

'Shocking' testimony on violence against women by female TDs shows all parties united on issue
# Violence Against Women
# Violence Against Women

'Shocking' testimony on violence against women by female TDs shows all parties united on issue

20 hours ago 12,702 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar said the government must lead on the issue.

Stormont ministers agree to relax many Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland
# The North
# The North

Stormont ministers agree to relax many Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland

Updated 23 hours ago 14,539 Views 8 Comments

They include ending the legal requirement for Covid certification to enter some hospitality venues and the reopening of nightclubs.

Land agency planning to build 5,000 affordable homes within four years, says new chairperson
# Land Development Agency
# Land Development Agency

Land agency planning to build 5,000 affordable homes within four years, says new chairperson

Thu 3:55 PM 11,652 Views 12 Comments

These 5,000 homes will be delivered through ‘Project Tosaigh’ and will be on private land that is yet to be developed.

Tory opponents of Boris Johnson are facing 'blackmail', MP claims
# William Wragg
# William Wragg

Tory opponents of Boris Johnson are facing 'blackmail', MP claims

Updated Thu 2:05 PM 22,092 Views 15 Comments

William Wragg has urged MPs to report intimidation to the police.

Healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus in February or March
# Bonus Payment
# Bonus Payment

Healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus in February or March

Thu 1:42 PM 20,066 Views 60 Comments

The bonus will appear in the regular payroll payments in those months.

Taoiseach expects to give 'clear, comprehensive' statement on easing of restrictions tomorrow
# Crunch Talks
# Crunch Talks

Taoiseach expects to give 'clear, comprehensive' statement on easing of restrictions tomorrow

Updated Thu 1:00 PM 61,441 Views 89 Comments

NPHET is to meet this afternoon to discuss possible easing of Covid restrictions.

Public apology over historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland to be made on 11 March
# Public Apology
# Public Apology

Public apology over historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland to be made on 11 March

Thu 12:36 PM 3,481 Views 0 Comments

Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill announced how a recommendation of a public inquiry would be delivered.

'I'll protest until I die': Call for 'forgotten' boarded out children to be given redress
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

'I'll protest until I die': Call for 'forgotten' boarded out children to be given redress

Thu 12:21 PM 13,171 Views 0 Comments

Survivors say they will keep protesting until the scheme is changed.

Boris Johnson clings on despite demand to ‘in the name of God, go’
# Partygate
# Partygate

Boris Johnson clings on despite demand to ‘in the name of God, go’

Thu 7:10 AM 10,966 Views 9 Comments

David Davis warned Tories the party faces “dying a death of 1,000 cuts” if MPs do not swiftly oust the prime minister.

US Supreme Court allows release of presidential documents in Capitol investigation
# 6 January
# 6 January

US Supreme Court allows release of presidential documents in Capitol investigation

Thu 7:06 AM 18,177 Views 18 Comments

Donald Trump had asked that the diaries, logs and handwritten notes be withheld.

Politics - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Cabinet approves new law which will ban restaurants and pubs withholding tips from staff
# Tips
# Tips

Cabinet approves new law which will ban restaurants and pubs withholding tips from staff

Wed 7:09 PM 34,899 Views 44 Comments

New law to help those laid off due to Covid restrictions receive a special payment of up to €1,860 was also approved today.

'In the name of God, go': Defiant Boris Johnson faces Tory defections and plot to oust him
# Downing Street
# Downing Street

'In the name of God, go': Defiant Boris Johnson faces Tory defections and plot to oust him

Updated Wed 5:55 PM 63,817 Views 43 Comments

Downing Street said Johnson would have further meetings with MPs today as he attempted to shore up support on his backbenches.

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women
# Gender-based Violence
# Gender-based Violence

'We need to stand up and be counted': TDs agree on all-party approach to violence against women

Updated Wed 5:17 PM 15,586 Views 0 Comments

Tributes were also paid to Ashling Murphy, who was laid to rest in Offaly yesterday

Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus
# Pandemic
# Pandemic

Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus

Updated Wed 4:15 PM 234,259 Views 240 Comments

In addition, from 2023 there will be a new annual public holiday at the start of February.

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?

Wed 3:01 PM 15,336 Views 43 Comments
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ukraine today ahead of talks with Russia on Friday.
  • Moscow has been accused of massing tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine in preparation for an invasion.
  • The conflict in eastern Ukraine has so far left more than 13,000 dead.
Publicans will 'make every effort' to provide later opening this weekend if given go-ahead
# Measures
# Measures

Publicans will 'make every effort' to provide later opening this weekend if given go-ahead

Updated Wed 12:37 PM 46,646 Views 54 Comments

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to issue its latest guidance to government tomorrow.

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by US Capitol riot panel
# 6 January
# 6 January

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by US Capitol riot panel

Wed 9:51 AM 13,532 Views 26 Comments

It is seeking records and deposition testimony from him in connection to his promotion of election fraud claims.

US Secretary of State calls on Putin to choose 'peaceful path' as he lands in Ukraine for crisis talks
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

US Secretary of State calls on Putin to choose 'peaceful path' as he lands in Ukraine for crisis talks

Wed 9:31 AM 7,765 Views 25 Comments

The White House warned yesterday that Russia was ready to attack Ukraine at “any point”.

Politics - Tuesday 18 January, 2022

Varadkar wants to set 31 March as a deadline to end almost all legal Covid restrictions
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

Varadkar wants to set 31 March as a deadline to end almost all legal Covid restrictions

Updated Tue 5:55 PM 72,262 Views 98 Comments

The EU Digital Covid Cert would be still needed for international travel in Europe.

Coveney to be asked to appear before committee over department lockdown gathering
# Department Officials
# Department Officials

Coveney to be asked to appear before committee over department lockdown gathering

Tue 4:20 PM 14,715 Views 37 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.

Boris Johnson denies lying to parliament about No 10 parties after Cummings’ claim
# UK
# UK

Boris Johnson denies lying to parliament about No 10 parties after Cummings’ claim

Tue 2:20 PM 35,488 Views 29 Comments

It comes after Dominic Raab said this morning that Johnson would “normally” be expected to resign if he lied to parliament.

Centre-right Maltese MEP becomes EU's youngest parliament president
# Roberta Metsola
# Roberta Metsola

Centre-right Maltese MEP becomes EU's youngest parliament president

Tue 1:09 PM 26,047 Views 8 Comments

The vote comes a week after the sudden death of outgoing centre-left president David Sassoli.

Friday Cabinet meeting 'not out of the question' as Govt optimistic about easing restrictions
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

Friday Cabinet meeting 'not out of the question' as Govt optimistic about easing restrictions

Tue 12:05 AM 34,936 Views 57 Comments
  • Senior sources said it’s very possible there will be a Cabinet meeting on Friday amid calls for clarity to be given to businesses before next week.
  • NPHET will meet on Thursday and will consider easing restrictions on hospitality and working from home.
  • The mood music is positive among those in government circles, Political Correspondent Christina Finn reports.

Politics - Monday 17 January, 2022

Military in the Channel and scrapping the licence fee: Johnson plots policies to save his job
# Operation Red Meat
# Operation Red Meat

Military in the Channel and scrapping the licence fee: Johnson plots policies to save his job

Mon 2:47 PM 30,018 Views 30 Comments

The UK Prime Minister is on the brink.

'Frightening' language and no abortion information: Warning issued over rogue pregnancy services
# Crisis Pregnancy
# Crisis Pregnancy

'Frightening' language and no abortion information: Warning issued over rogue pregnancy services

Mon 12:05 AM 55,417 Views 0 Comments
  • A number of unregulated crisis pregnancy services present themselves as unbiased but have an anti-abortion stance
  • The HSE said such services may try to frighten women and refuse to give them information about abortion services
  • Women who have inadvertently engaged with these groups have found the experience "extremely distressing", Órla Ryan reports

Politics - Sunday 16 January, 2022

Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today

Sun 7:45 AM 14,105 Views 14 Comments

On 16 January 1922 at 1.45pm, the Viceroy of Ireland formally handed over power.

Boris Johnson faces further calls to resign as reports suggest No 10 team to be culled
# UK
# UK

Boris Johnson faces further calls to resign as reports suggest No 10 team to be culled

Sun 7:34 AM 28,726 Views 21 Comments

Johnson is preparing to announce a series of policies as he looks to survive pressure over the partygate revelations.

Politics - Saturday 15 January, 2022

Boris Johnson may find out the hard way that Tories are nothing if not ruthless
# Et Tu Boris
# Et Tu Boris

Boris Johnson may find out the hard way that Tories are nothing if not ruthless

Sat 8:00 PM 31,406 Views 10 Comments

Johnson wouldn’t be the first if he’s forced to resign by his own party.

Boris Johnson told to ‘lead or step aside’ as more partygate claims surface
# Wine Time Fridays
# Wine Time Fridays

Boris Johnson told to ‘lead or step aside’ as more partygate claims surface

Jan 15th 2022, 12:15 PM 51,650 Views 25 Comments

Labour leader Keir Starmer said it was in the national interest for the Conservatives to ‘get rid’ of the Prime Minister.

Jane Monckton Smith: This week's tragedy in Tullamore should be Ireland's watershed moment
# Opinion
# Opinion

Jane Monckton Smith: This week's tragedy in Tullamore should be Ireland's watershed moment

Jan 15th 2022, 9:07 AM 22,129 Views 0 Comments

Ireland must address gender-based violence once and for all, Professor Jane Monckton Smith writes.

Timeline: A look at the alleged rule-breaking gatherings of Boris Johnson's government
# Party Party Party
# Party Party Party

Timeline: A look at the alleged rule-breaking gatherings of Boris Johnson's government

Jan 15th 2022, 9:00 AM 13,790 Views 8 Comments

It’s been a rollercoaster.

Politics - Friday 14 January, 2022

Russia prepping pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, White House says
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Russia prepping pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, White House says

Jan 14th 2022, 7:23 PM 25,001 Views 45 Comments

White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke at a briefing at the White House in Washington today.

Coveney says he was told about lockdown-breaking champagne bash 'on night it happened'
# Lockdown Party
# Lockdown Party

Coveney says he was told about lockdown-breaking champagne bash 'on night it happened'

Jan 14th 2022, 6:14 PM 35,805 Views 0 Comments

He has denied attending the bash at the Iveagh House in June 2020, while lockdown measures were in place.

Nursing group invited to meet with Minister following its removal from national drug committee
# Addiction
# Addiction

Nursing group invited to meet with Minister following its removal from national drug committee

Jan 14th 2022, 5:48 PM 18,095 Views 8 Comments

Drugs minister Frank Feighan has invited the IntNSA to meet with him

Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February
# The North
# The North

Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February

Jan 14th 2022, 4:48 PM 8,074 Views 17 Comments

He said he doesn’t want the NI Assembly election in May become dominated by the ‘polarising’ issue.

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