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Politics - Today’s News

‘Significant’ amount of extra staff needed to reopen schools, Covid-19 committee told

Seán Ó Foghlú said students coming out of teaching college this year will be “a main source” of extra staffing.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen returned to prison after photos emerge of him at NYC restaurant

His lawyer, Jeffrey Levine, said Cohen had been taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

'Ludicrous': Local representatives critical of Dublin City Council's €15m 'pet project' swimming pool

Concerns have been raised around the proposal to have the facility built and operated by a private entity.

'It's like Jesus, they're back': Alan Kelly on FF's return, Coveney's garda car 'shame', and advice for the Greens

Labour’s Alan Kelly now finds himself in opposition – and he seems to rather like it.

Politics - Yesterday’s News

US Supreme Court orders Trump financial records be released to New York prosecutors

Trump’s lawyers had claimed the president was immune from criminal investigation – a claim rejected by the court.

Donohoe wins in bid to become president of the group of Euro finance ministers, says EU recovery fund is first priority

Donohoe faced opposition from finance ministers in Spain and Luxembourg for the Eurogroup presidency.

Joe Biden proposes 'Buy American' campaign to bolster US firms

The former vice-president has called for $700 million to be spent on supporting manufacturing and technology firms.

Explainer: Why Irish banks are being accused of 'profiteering from the pandemic'

Developments in recent days have undermined the banks’ positions.


Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty raised the issue of the banks charging interest on mortgages that have availed of pandemic payment breaks.

Politics - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Micheál Martin attempts to smooth over discontent within the party over ministerial snubs

Micheál Martin said he understood why some members were upset.

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty accuses banks of ‘profiteering from pandemic’

Since March, nearly 80,000 mortgage-holders impacted by the pandemic have taken payment breaks.

'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told

The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.

Housing minister to consult on whether rent freeze should be extended beyond 20 July

Tenants cannot be evicted and rent increases are prohibited for the duration of the crisis.


Wage subsidy extension, cheaper loans and rates waiver to be discussed at July stimulus meeting

The July Jobs Stimulus Plan will be unveiled in the next two weeks.

Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly'

Some 1,500 Debenhams workers in Ireland have lost their jobs.

Over 35,000 drivers currently driving on their fourth or subsequent learner permit

It emerged in recent days that Minister Barry Cowen drove on a learner’s permit when he was caught drink driving in 2016.

Women 'dismissed' by doctors over mesh and epilepsy drug fears 'deserve apology'

Irish patient groups call for a State apology and similar inquiries here following the publication of a UK report.

Politics - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Trump administration formally begins withdrawal from World Health Organization WHO

Trump administration formally begins withdrawal from World Health Organization

The withdrawal is effective in one year – 6 July 2021.


'A source of deep regret': Barry Cowen apologises to Dáil over drink driving ban

The Agriculture Minister served a three-month driving ban in 2016 after being caught drink-driving.

Green Party contest kicks off as Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin make their pitches to be leader

Ryan and Martin said they would bring down the government if Green policies are not delivered.

Micheál Martin to consider calls to extend maternity leave due to Covid-19 pandemic

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald called for a 12-week extension to maternity leave and pay.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters.

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death

Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.


This is the Labour Party's new front bench

Labour leader Alan Kelly remains in the role of spokesperson on health.

What to expect in the first 100 days of the new FF-FG-Green government

There are big challenges ahead. Here’s what to look out for.

Politics - Monday 6 July, 2020

The HSE's Covid-19 tracing app went live this evening - here's what it looks like

The information stored on the app will not be transferred to a centralised server.

Sinn Féin suspends party activity in Dublin South-West following nomination of Holohan for mayor

Paddy Holohan was suspended from the party for five months for comments described as “offensive” on his podcast.

Barry Cowen to give statement in the Dáil tomorrow about drink-driving ban

Cowen has apologised for his actions and said he regrets what happened.

Children's minister rejects 'homophobic' online claims linking him to comments about paedophilia

Roderic O’Gorman criticised the claims made on social media in recent days.


HSE Chief Clinical Officer calls for mandatory quarantine for arrivals from high virus rate countries

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the mandatory detention of those arriving into Ireland is ‘not workable’.

Taoiseach says full reopening of pubs on 20 July 'could be delayed' if the rules are flouted

Meanwhile the LVA said that the images of drinkers in Dublin over the weekend were a major concern.

Our family law courts are not fit for purpose and we owe it to children to address this now

CEO of One Family Karen Kiernan says we desperately need a new modern, fit-for-purpose family law system.

No honeymoon period for new government as Dáil set to sit throughout July

There could be four or five day Dáil weeks on the cards for some politicians.

Politics - Sunday 5 July, 2020

Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher apologises for not self-isolating when returning for election of Taoiseach

Kelleher said it was “an error of judgement” to attend the Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre.

Plan for reopening non-Covid healthcare services could take 'several weeks'

TDs have called for the plan’s publication to be accelerated.

Politics - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments

Claimants would not be able to claim for the duration of their holiday and two weeks afterwards.

Will Brexit be a blessing or a curse for Ireland? Some lessons from history...

Leopold Kerney was an Irish diplomat in the first half of the last century and we can learn much from his handling of Britain, writes historian Barry Whelan.

'Radio Boyne' and an Ulster Fry: How the Orange Order is celebrating a socially distanced 12 July

The Orange Order has cancelled parades this year because of Covid-19.

Politics - Friday 3 July, 2020

Foster claims 'creditability of the Executive' has been undermined following O'Neill funeral controversy

O’Neill, party president Mary Lou McDonald and other prominent SF members attended the funeral on Tuesday.

French court orders investigation into ministers' handling of Covid-19 crisis

President Macron himself cannot be targeted by lawsuits while in office because sitting presidents have immunity from prosecution.

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