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Politics - Today’s News

Here's how various post-Brexit scenarios could impact the Irish economy

A new ESRI and Department of Finance report has examined what could happen in various scenarios.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

'Take back control': MPs vote to hold series of Brexit votes on Wednesday

A minister resigned in order to vote to hold indicative votes on Wednesday, a proposal which Theresa May opposes.

To impeach or not to impeach? What the Mueller report means for Democrats

The report hasn’t recommended any more indictments, but that’s not the end of it.

Standing alongside Netanyahu, Trump backs Israeli claims of sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights Middle East This post contains videos

Standing alongside Netanyahu, Trump backs Israeli claims of sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

The move breaks with decades of international consensus against Israel’s claims.

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

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As It Happened: Theresa May plans to bring her Brexit deal back for a Commons vote this week

We could be in for another dramatic evening in the Commons – stay with us.

Coveney says Ireland 'will try to find a way' to bring Lisa Smith home

The Dundalk woman told CNN she didn’t know whether or not she’d be imprisoned upon her return to Ireland.

Europe says no-deal Brexit looks 'increasingly likely' and could lead to delays at airports

Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to get her Brexit deal over the line.

Poll: Will Ireland generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will Ireland generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030?

The country has missed other climate change targets in the past.

Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope

The Syrian crisis may be entering its ninth year but a return home still feels a long way off for half a million children stranded in Lebanon, writes Aine Costigan

Bruton commits to having 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030

Bruton was speaking to reporters at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford over the weekend.

Politics - Sunday 24 March, 2019

Varadkar says Ireland rejoining Commonwealth is 'not something that's on the agenda'

His comments come after the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson said Ireland should join the Commonwealth.

The year the Archbishop refused to bless the NYC parade due to growing 'IRA influence'

Retired journalist Éanna Brophy recalls a tense wait at the Cathedral doors as the choice of grand marshall prompted controversy.

Any tax loopholes used by vulture funds won't be closed down until the autumn, says Taoiseach

Last year, the Taoiseach vowed to close a loophole which allowed a €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ from paying tax.

Opinion: How you see the Irish economy depends on if you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person

In many ways, the Irish economy looks to be in ‘Goldilocks’ territory: not too cold, but still not too hot, writes Victor Duggan.

Loan scheme for first-time buyers needs another €600m - but government yet to decide on stumping up cash

The uncertainty over the future of the scheme means prospective buyers face an “anxious wait”, according to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath.

Politics - Saturday 23 March, 2019

FactCheck: Did Donald Trump predict Brexit at his Scottish golf course the day before the vote?

He repeated the claim in his Oval Office meeting with the Taoiseach. Is it true?

Taoiseach promises income tax cuts and rules out entering government with Sinn Féin

The Taoiseach also used his speech to take a pop at Fianna Fáil.

Sebastian Barry: Fragment of a coffin ship journal, author unknown

The truth is my father was ashamed of our emergency, he was a proud man that had worked his quarter acre like a Trojan. Now he was nothing.

French yellow vest marches enter 19th weekend, as protestors banned from Champs-Elysées

More than 100 businesses were damaged last week weekend in Paris during yellow vest riots.

If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney

The man tipped to be the next EC president says the UK is ‘infecting’ Europe’s decision-making process..

Plans to avoid a hard border in a no-deal scenario are 'very rough', says Varadkar

Thousands of protesters are due to march on London today demanding a second Brexit referendum.

Donaldson says Ireland should join the Commonwealth, Coveney says it's not on the table

It had been thought that the DUP were softening their stance towards the draft Brexit deal – until yesterday’s statement.

Murphy says it was 'irresponsible' to promise to end homelessness

The minister said there will always be people who present as homeless.

'Put it to the people': Thousands march in London calling for second Brexit referendum

Meanwhile, more than four million people have signed an online petition calling Article 50 to be revoked.

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Taoiseach says he doesn't want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor

This time last week, Varadkar was somewhat overshadowed at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade.

High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds

Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken.

Israeli ambassador praises RTÉ's 'strong position' on Eurovision boycott calls

His comments come in the wake of renewed calls for RTÉ to sit out this year’s contest.

Politics - Friday 22 March, 2019

Petition to reverse Brexit swells to 3.7m signatures, as Commons states that 96% of supporters are British

The Commons petitions committee said that “approximately 96% of signatures on the petition were from the UK”.

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

EU Commission, Ireland and the UK 'have thought about' border issue, but no formal discussions

Coveney says whether there is a deal or no-deal, the way to resolve the border issue will be some form of regulatory alignment.

The DUP is not happy with Theresa May's 'humiliating' Brexit delay

It had been thought that the DUP were softening their stance towards the draft Brexit deal – until this statement today.

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Billy Kelleher will run as an MEP candidate for Fianna Fáil

Galway TD Anne Rabbitte has also been selected as an MEP candidate for the party.

'Deeply flawed' policy on open disclosure in the HSE still in place, Scally review finds

Dr Gabriel Scally is satisfied the HSE has put adequate resources into acting on his recommendations following CervicalCheck.

May faces uphill battle to get support for Brexit deal, as Ireland insists there won't be a hard border Third Time Lucky This post contains videos

May faces uphill battle to get support for Brexit deal, as Ireland insists there won't be a hard border

Article 50 will be extended until 22 May – if the House of Commons votes in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Poll: Is the €130,000 salary proposed for directly-elected city mayors fair? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the €130,000 salary proposed for directly-elected city mayors fair?

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has defended the €130,000 salary, insisting that amount of money is required to attract the right candidates.

Waiting for clarity: Trust crumbles and tension builds in final Brexit days

The absurdity of the Brexit process continues, as patience from all sides is put under strain.

Politics - Thursday 21 March, 2019

Over 2 million people sign petition on Parliament website to revoke Article 50

The petition says a “second Brexit referendum may not happen – so vote now”.

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.

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