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Politics - Today’s News

Russian banker helps Tories collect €6.6m in UK election funding

The Tories received 87% of donations over £7,500 in the week after 6 November,

Gardaí confirm they have launched 'comprehensive' probe into ghost insurance brokers

Customers are urged to check that their broker is registered before taking out insurance.

Larry Donnelly: Sondland's impeachment testimony was explosive, but don't expect it to change the outcome for Trump

Is this week’s explosive impeachment testimony simply water that will drip smoothly off Trump’s back?

Ireland has spent €121m on carbon credits due to failure to reach emissions targets

The government will have to pay out additional funds next year.

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Republicans asked to stop promoting 'politically driven falsehoods' at Trump impeachment hearing

It was the final day of a week of explosive testimony at the impeachment inquiry.

Here's how Labour plans to spend £75bn in Britain's biggest ever post-war home construction push UK VOTE 19 This post contains videos

Here's how Labour plans to spend £75bn in Britain's biggest ever post-war home construction push

Jeremy Corbyn described the plans as ‘radical and ambitious’.

'I won't lower myself': Angry clashes at committee as Doherty defends government stance on PSC

There were testy exchanges between the minister and committee members in the Oireachtas this morning.

Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December

The cost of the Christmas bonus this year will be €279.4 million.

Impeachment: Here's why Donald Trump might have had a bad day yesterday

It was the most dramatic day of the impeachment hearings into the US President’s involvement with Ukraine.

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Alex Salmond pleads not guilty to attempted rape and 11 sexual assault charges Scotland This post contains videos

Alex Salmond pleads not guilty to attempted rape and 11 sexual assault charges

One of the charges relates to the attempted rape of a woman in the official residence of the first minister of Scotland.

Google to limit targeted political ads in bid to 'improve voters’ confidence'

The tech giant said the changes aim to improve voter confidence in digital political advertising and electoral processes.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Lucan murder victim named, Democrats debate each other, and Prince Andrew in the UK papers.

10 candidates in Fingal by-election sign up to anti-racism pledge

Those who’ve signed up include Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee, who’s recently been embroiled in controversy over old tweets.

Australian PM denies his climate policies caused bushfires as 'code red' issued

Drought, unseasonably hot, dry and windy conditions have fuelled the unprecedented blazes.

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'What're you gonna do?' Democrats united on Trump, but divided by race, healthcare and drugs

The 10 Democratic candidates debated each other as impeachment hearings into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine rumbled on.

'Loyalty is no longer rewarded': Consumer watchdog to look at impact of 'loyalty penalties' imposed by insurance companies

Customers are experiencing successive price increases, according to the CCPC.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

Taoiseach refutes claim by Maria Bailey that no review of election ticket occurred before her deselection

Fine Gael members see the letter as a clear signal Bailey intends to fight the decision to deselect her.

Top hat belonging to Adolf Hitler sells for €50,000 at auction amid international protests

Several items of Nazi memorabilia fetched hundreds of thousands of Euro at the auction.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

A HSE apology, a hunger strike and explosive testimony in the Trump impeachment probe had people talking today.

US ambassador to EU worked with Ukraine at 'express direction' of Donald Trump

Gordon Sondland said he worked with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on the case.

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The numbers are looking good for Boris Johnson - but can we trust the opinion polls? Numbers Game This post contains videos

The numbers are looking good for Boris Johnson - but can we trust the opinion polls?

Love them or hate them it’s impossible to escape them.

'A pedestrian just hit me': Cyclists express concerns about verbal and physical abuse on Irish roads

Bike activists appeared before an Oireachtas committee today.

Debate about what ESB and Bord na Móna workers will do next should have started 'years ago', says union boss

How Bord na Mona and ESB workers are treated is a major test for policymakers, says Ictu.

Any form of Brexit will be damaging for Ireland, new Central Bank chief warns

Economic resilience is needed for the country to meet the economic challenges ahead, Gabriel Makhlouf said.

'Good, instant rebuttal': Tories defend re-brand of Twitter account to bogus factcheck page

A Conservative Party Twitter account was renamed “factcheckUK” during yesterday’s debate.

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Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines

Millions has been spent on services procured on almost 350 occasions over a three-year period.

Politics - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Johnson v Corbyn: 6 key moments from the first televised UK election debate

Johnson rotated his arguments around Brexit, while Corbyn focused on wealth inequality and the future of the NHS.

Leader ratings: How did you rate Johnson and Corbyn in tonight's ITV debate?

The hour-long face off was the first of many ahead of election day in three weeks.

Conservative Party criticised over 'misleading' re-brand of Twitter account to bogus factcheck page

The fake account ‘proved’ and ‘debunked’ several claims during the debate.

Gerry Adams’ prison escape convictions are unsafe, UK Supreme Court hears

The former Sinn Féin leader claims two convictions he received in the 70s were unlawful.

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Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

The National Broadband Plan, Verona Murphy and a report about teenage anxiety had people talking today.

Pressure on Taoiseach to remove support for Verona Murphy after migrant comments

Party members have condemned her comments but say it is too late in the game to remove party support.

First Citizens' Assembly weekend on gender equality to be held in February

It will discuss the reasons women are still paid less, find it harder to reach top positions, and carry an unequal share of the burden of care.

Government signs off on contract for controversial €3 billion National Broadband Plan

The cabinet met this morning to facilitate signing off on the multi-billion euro plan.

Arlene Foster challenges Sinn Féin to condemn IRA shooting of her father DUP

Arlene Foster challenges Sinn Féin to condemn IRA shooting of her father

The DUP leader also called on the republican party to condemn a murder attempt on DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds.

Taoiseach 'has spoken to' under-fire FG candidate Verona Murphy about her comments on migrants By-election This post contains videos

Taoiseach 'has spoken to' under-fire FG candidate Verona Murphy about her comments on migrants

Murphy has made a number of controversial comments about refugees in the past number of days.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

Trump's doctor dismisses rumours of chest pains following medical checkup

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an editorial casting doubt on the official reason for the examination.

Coveney condemns 'illegal' Israeli settlements in wake of US policy u-turn

This comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington no longer considers them to be illegal.

Politics - Monday 18 November, 2019

US will no longer consider Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories illegal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the change in position today.

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