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Politics - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
# Evening Fix
# Evening Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Feb 24th 2021, 8:52 PM 8,038 Views 2 Comments

Family carers ‘devastated’ over vaccine list, Mother and Baby Home Commission won’t be extended, and J&J vaccine effective against variants.

Micheál and Leo face party anger over mixed-messaging, members tell leaders people are losing hope
# Party Show Down
# Party Show Down

Micheál and Leo face party anger over mixed-messaging, members tell leaders people are losing hope

Feb 24th 2021, 8:41 PM 65,573 Views 191 Comments

Varadkar told his party that criticism of Government communications was “reasonable, heard loud and clear and will be taken onboard”.

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister
# International Travel
# International Travel

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister

Feb 24th 2021, 5:04 PM 16,911 Views 96 Comments

The new legislation is being debated in the Dáil this afternoon.

Donnelly: Ireland could have enough doses to vaccinate 10.3 million people
# Roll-out
# Roll-out

Donnelly: Ireland could have enough doses to vaccinate 10.3 million people

Feb 24th 2021, 4:55 PM 35,968 Views 96 Comments

The minister said this will be dependent on supply but this is based on what Ireland has secured.

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TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission

Updated Feb 24th 2021, 4:37 PM 33,189 Views 32 Comments

A Social Democrats’ motion to extend the commission’s term by one year had broad support but is non-binding and is not being acted on by government.

Revised Living with Covid plan offers 'nothing new' and is a ‘wing and a prayer’ strategy, Dáil told
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Revised Living with Covid plan offers 'nothing new' and is a ‘wing and a prayer’ strategy, Dáil told

Updated Feb 24th 2021, 2:06 PM 33,651 Views 109 Comments

Labour’s Alan Kelly attacked the plan during Leaders’ Questions today.

Poll: Has government communication on Covid-19 restrictions been clear in recent weeks?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Has government communication on Covid-19 restrictions been clear in recent weeks?

Feb 24th 2021, 11:12 AM 41,536 Views 106 Comments

Varadkar said that if there have been any failures “we have to accept responsibility for that”.

Government confirms further extension to expiry dates of driving licences
# Drivers
# Drivers

Government confirms further extension to expiry dates of driving licences

Feb 24th 2021, 7:45 AM 54,176 Views 27 Comments

A letter will be sent to every customer who is entitled to an extension.

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear
# Analysis
# Analysis

Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear

Feb 24th 2021, 7:00 AM 56,100 Views 142 Comments

When there is no fuel left in the tank, communication is key.

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TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony
# Deleted Audio
# Deleted Audio

TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony

Feb 24th 2021, 6:05 AM 14,712 Views 8 Comments

The commission is due to dissolve on 28 February but a number of TDs want its term extended amid concerns over deleted audio recordings.

Politics - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Two more Biden cabinet nominees confirmed, but another pick faces mounting opposition
# Biden's Team
# Biden's Team

Two more Biden cabinet nominees confirmed, but another pick faces mounting opposition

Feb 23rd 2021, 10:41 PM 26,758 Views 13 Comments

While Biden’s key nominees like secretary of state and and defence have been confirmed, his cabinet remains less than half full.

'A time will come when they diverge': Government yet to consider plan of what to do when restrictions ease in Northern Ireland
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

'A time will come when they diverge': Government yet to consider plan of what to do when restrictions ease in Northern Ireland

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:47 PM 29,538 Views 15 Comments

Northern Ireland remains in lockdown until 1 April.

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:19 PM 145,746 Views 330 Comments
  • Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 5 April
  • Schools will begin a phased reopening from 1 March
  • The childcare sector will begin to reopen from 8 March
  • The government will consider some easing of restrictions after 5 April
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony can be retrieved, Dept confirms
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony can be retrieved, Dept confirms

Feb 23rd 2021, 7:58 PM 10,644 Views 18 Comments

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has agreed to deposit the recordings with the Department.

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Michael McGrath: 'There's no going back, there can be no fourth lock down'
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Michael McGrath: 'There's no going back, there can be no fourth lock down'

Updated Feb 23rd 2021, 2:16 PM 107,889 Views 119 Comments

The government is set to publish its new Living with Covid plan after a Cabinet meeting today.

Unions agree deal to give 1% pay rise to public servants this year and another in 2022
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Unions agree deal to give 1% pay rise to public servants this year and another in 2022

Feb 23rd 2021, 1:27 PM 50,418 Views 67 Comments

The package was ratified at a meeting this morning.

Politics - Monday 22 February, 2021

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
# Easing Lockdown
# Easing Lockdown

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:01 PM 225,111 Views 191 Comments

The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.

EU agrees to impose sanctions on Russia for jailing Alexei Navalny
# Kremlin Critic
# Kremlin Critic

EU agrees to impose sanctions on Russia for jailing Alexei Navalny

Feb 22nd 2021, 10:15 PM 16,792 Views 28 Comments

The EU also agreed on sanctions for Myanmar over the military’s seizure of power.

Here's What Happened Today: Monday
# Evening Fix
# Evening Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:43 PM 16,782 Views 4 Comments

Special education classes resumed in mainstream schools, as England unveiled its detailed reopening plan.

The 5 at 5: Monday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Monday

Feb 22nd 2021, 4:56 PM 8,884 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

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This is the four-stage plan that could see England free of all Covid-19 restrictions on 21 June
# Midsummer Night's Dream
# Midsummer Night's Dream

This is the four-stage plan that could see England free of all Covid-19 restrictions on 21 June

Feb 22nd 2021, 4:52 PM 38,169 Views 85 Comments

Moving to each stage is to be determined by a series of data-based “tests”.

US Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax records to prosecutors
# Trump Taxes
# Trump Taxes

US Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax records to prosecutors

Feb 22nd 2021, 3:53 PM 42,966 Views 48 Comments

The nation’s highest court denied the request filed by lawyers for the former president without comment.

Call for TDs to get free vote on extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission
# Deleted Audio
# Deleted Audio

Call for TDs to get free vote on extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission

Feb 22nd 2021, 2:53 PM 6,478 Views 7 Comments

Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore said the issue “goes beyond party politics”.

Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it
# These Islands
# These Islands

Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:29 PM 19,345 Views 21 Comments
  • Martin welcomed efforts by the UK and EU to find a solution
  • The legal action claims the protocol breaches the Act of Union and the Good Friday Agreement
  • Virtual debate at Westminster on the protocol later today
100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April
# Ramp Up
# Ramp Up

100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:32 AM 44,876 Views 86 Comments

The health minister has said capacity is being built up to vaccinate 250,000 people a week.

Politics - Sunday 21 February, 2021

Longer opening hours for nightclubs and changes to alcohol licensing under plan by Justice Minister
# Nightlife
# Nightlife

Longer opening hours for nightclubs and changes to alcohol licensing under plan by Justice Minister

Feb 21st 2021, 2:45 PM 71,841 Views 143 Comments

Minister Helen McEntee is set to unveil the plans later this week.

Deaths in Direct Provision to be recorded and released by Department for first time
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

Deaths in Direct Provision to be recorded and released by Department for first time

Feb 21st 2021, 6:30 AM 19,486 Views 26 Comments

It comes after a number of TDs and Senators called for greater transparency.

Politics - Saturday 20 February, 2021

A virtual shamrock ceremony? Taoiseach says details of Biden meeting still being ironed out
# 17 March
# 17 March

A virtual shamrock ceremony? Taoiseach says details of Biden meeting still being ironed out

Feb 20th 2021, 6:00 PM 15,642 Views 41 Comments

The tradition began back in 1956 and has become an annual fixture in more recent decades.

Taoiseach says government will 'engage' with Mary Robinson over case of Dubai princess
# Princess Latifa
# Princess Latifa

Taoiseach says government will 'engage' with Mary Robinson over case of Dubai princess

Feb 20th 2021, 2:32 PM 41,974 Views 27 Comments

Mary Robinson says she was ‘horribly tricked’ by Dubai princess’ family.

Politics - Friday 19 February, 2021

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland says no one wants to see Richard O'Halloran's case 'spiral'
# He Xiangdong
# He Xiangdong

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland says no one wants to see Richard O'Halloran's case 'spiral'

Feb 19th 2021, 9:05 PM 56,927 Views 0 Comments

Ambassador He Xiangdong wouldn’t commit to a meeting with Mrs O’Halloran when asked by TheJournal.ie.

‘Nothing set in stone’: Amid backlash over messaging, Martin says easing of measures will be constantly reviewed
# Interview
# Interview

‘Nothing set in stone’: Amid backlash over messaging, Martin says easing of measures will be constantly reviewed

Feb 19th 2021, 4:54 PM 93,591 Views 145 Comments

In an interview with TheJournal.ie today, Martin said the rollout of the vaccination programme may give the government “better choices”.

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O'Gorman says Mother and Baby Homes Commission *may* be able to retrieve recordings
# Testimony
# Testimony

O'Gorman says Mother and Baby Homes Commission *may* be able to retrieve recordings

Updated Feb 19th 2021, 3:10 PM 20,995 Views 56 Comments

“We all know how difficult it is to permanently destroy electronic information,” the minister said today.

'No need to panic': How will the Ulster Bank wind down affect customers?
# Banking
# Banking

'No need to panic': How will the Ulster Bank wind down affect customers?

Feb 19th 2021, 10:49 AM 20,464 Views 15 Comments

The bank will be wound down gradually over the next few years.

'Step up to the plate and do the right thing': Bill on student nurses' pay due before Seanad
# Annie Hoey
# Annie Hoey

'Step up to the plate and do the right thing': Bill on student nurses' pay due before Seanad

Feb 19th 2021, 6:30 AM 11,807 Views 29 Comments

The government is expected to pass the bill in order to send it “into the ether”.

Politics - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April
# Back To School
# Back To School

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 7:45 PM 87,816 Views 71 Comments

It’s understood it’s likely there will be little easing of restrictions until May.

Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'
# National Airline
# National Airline

Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'

Feb 18th 2021, 6:46 PM 41,250 Views 83 Comments

The Tánaiste said that discussions are ongoing for further financial support if required.

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,013 Views 22 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

Ireland's EU commissioner on Article 16: 'If I had been consulted on this, it wouldn't have happened'
# Mairead McGuinness
# Mairead McGuinness

Ireland's EU commissioner on Article 16: 'If I had been consulted on this, it wouldn't have happened'

Feb 18th 2021, 12:02 PM 18,567 Views 33 Comments

Mairead McGuinness said mechanisms are in place to ensure such a situation doesn’t arise again.

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'If it has to be widened or extended, we'll do it': Cabinet signs off on quarantine for arrivals from 20 countries
# Mandatory Quarantine
# Mandatory Quarantine

'If it has to be widened or extended, we'll do it': Cabinet signs off on quarantine for arrivals from 20 countries

Feb 18th 2021, 9:38 AM 35,233 Views 60 Comments

Cabinet signed off on the measures last night.

Government moves to introduce nationwide ban on smoky coal
# Environment
# Environment

Government moves to introduce nationwide ban on smoky coal

Feb 18th 2021, 7:11 AM 27,567 Views 77 Comments

The sale of other solid fuels like unseasoned wood or wet wood could also be banned.