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Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
One year on, Liz Truss defends her mini-budget that sparked an economic crisis
Truss was forced out of office last October following the effects of the Budget.
Ireland deeply concerned about rise in violence towards LGBTI people 'at home and abroad', says Varadkar
The Taoiseach says he is proud of how far Ireland has come.
'I was very angry at the time': Leo Varadkar responds to claims in Tony Holohan's book
Dr Holohan references remarks made by the Taoiseach which he says upset his wife at the time.
Taoiseach tells UN ‘we are not where we would wish to be’ on Sustainable Development Goals
Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan are all attending the UN General Assembly this week.
Minister pushes for expansion of rent tax credit and tweak of eligibility criteria for students
The Minister for Higher Education has highlighted a discrepancy in accessing the rent tax credit for students.
Ireland battles 'Ukraine fatigue' at UN and will confirm €23m in non-lethal funding for Kyiv
Micheál Martin is expected to announce additional funding for Ukraine this week.
Keir Starmer says he will renegotiate Brexit deal if elected
The UK Labour leader said he would be seeking a closer trading relationship with the EU.
Tánaiste to raise UK Troubles Legacy Bill with Irish American political leaders while in US
Martin said that he has sought legal advice on the situation regarding the bill.
As Dáil returns, all three Coalition leaders head to New York for UN High-Level Week
Leo Varadkar will also travel to Miami on Wednesday for the official opening of Consulate General of Ireland.
This month
September 2023
Ireland, Israel and Palestine: how politics and history have created a complicated relationship
Ireland is attempting to re-kindle support for a solution to the conflict.
Is Fine Gael in the midst of an exodus or are recent departees par for the course?
The Journal spoke to three TDs who have decided to not seek re-election.
Crisis talks to take place to solve GRA impasse before conference flashpoint at end of month
The GRA will hold a special delegate conference at the end of the month in which sources said nothing is off the table.
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Poland extends its embargo on Ukrainian grain after EU lifts sanctions in five member states
The ban, placed on the grain in May, restricted imports in five member states seeking to protect their farmers.
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Taoiseach to seek meeting with EU Commission on nitrates derogation after meeting farmers
The IFA said the Taoiseach will seek to meet with the commissioner after a “positive” discussion with farmers today.
Eamon Ryan claims Green Party is the 'most effective' junior coalition partner in Irish history
Ryan told his colleagues at the party’s think-in that the Greens have “learnt from the past” and are determined to play a “decisive role”.
Government plans to extend child benefit to over-18s still in school as part of Budget
The Government also announced plans to broaden access to SUSI grants to single parents who want to study on a part-time basis.
Auto-enrollment pension plan to be up and running in 2024, says minister
Minister Heather Humphreys will bring legislation underpinning the scheme in this Dáil session.
Taoiseach indicates hold on excise increase and targeted mortgage interest relief in budget
The Taoiseach said Govt didn’t want to increase excise only to have to reduce it again.
Mary Lou McDonald says best government would be one 'without either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael'
Sinn Féin is holding its think-in in Dublin today to strategise ahead of the new Dáil term as elections loom.
Varadkar welcomes SocDems position on working with Fine Gael after next election
The Taoiseach seemed to reject the Social Democrat leader’s assertion that he is “out of touch”.
Mary Lou and Leo kick off their think-ins this morning with housing high on agenda
This week ends how it started in the political world: with a lot of politicians thinking.
'Loose ... not too polished': What we know about Patrick Kielty's revamped Late Late Show
The comedian makes his debut tonight – here’s what he told reporters ahead of the new season.
Talk of cutting taxes are an attempt to 'buy votes', says Holly Cairns
Cairns said the Social Democrats are not in favour of cutting USC “at this time”.
Bacik: 'I have received threats from the far-right'
Ivana Bacik says the Labour Party is ready for the next general election.
Criticism as buyers in new housing estate asked for extra €60k to finish homes
The buyers were asked for an extra €60,000 so that the developer could finish the homes.
Montrose site: Taoiseach says RTÉ relocating would carry costs
Some politicians have called for RTÉ to consider selling the site amid ongoing financial woes at the State broadcaster.
Call for crackdown on drug driving alongside speed limit review
The Tánaiste said there is emerging evidence of increased drug taking among Irish road users.
Mary Lou McDonald opens up about having a hysterectomy over the summer
The Sinn Fein leader said she underwent surgery in June.
Romney not seeking Senate re-election, calls for Biden and Trump to 'step aside'
Romney ran against Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012.
Massive overhaul of Irish speed limits will see 30 km/h maximum on many roads
A report by
Jane Matthews and Christine Bohan
Increased driver penalties have been recommended to Government to enforce proposed speed limit changes.
Ryan Tubridy and RTÉ in ‘dispute’ over contract, director general says
Director General Kevin Bakhurst and other officials are appearing before the Oireachtas Media Committee this afternoon.
DG Kevin Bakhurst, who assumed the role eight weeks ago, also said he is "stopping all discretionary spend to preserve cash"
Bakhurst insisted RTÉ is not on the verge of bankruptcy, but acknowledged the organisation is facing an "extremely challenging financial situation"
The national broadcaster is seeking an additional €34.5 million from government to plug a hole in its finances
RTÉ should consider selling Donnybrook site if it is strapped for cash, says minister
RTÉ chief tells media he 'doesn't want to talk about Ryan anymore' after meeting with Catherine Martin
Darragh O'Brien tells Cabinet that the Government will hit or exceed its target for new homes this year
First-time buyer mortgage approvals are up almost 23% this year compared to 2022.
EU Chief vows 'agriculture and protection of the natural world can go hand in hand'
Farmers in Ireland this week protested over changes to the nitrate derogation limit which they say will impact their livelihoods.
Rank-and-file gardaí vote 98.7% against Commissioner Drew Harris's leadership
Gardaí are in a major industrial relations row with Harris over his decision to push through a controversial work roster.
Heard of BeReal? Here's the lowdown on some of your teens favourite apps and games
And how you can have an open conversation about them.
Fianna Fáil needs to ask itself an uncomfortable question: can it do business with Sinn Féin?
If Micheál Martin sticks around, the party needs to prepare for all eventualities from the general election.
Bill to give effect to constituency boundary redraw to go to Cabinet
The Electoral Commission recommended a number of changes to constuencies around the country.
The USC is back on the Budget agenda, it has a controversial history
There is debate over whether the tax was to be temporary, but one thing that’s for sure is that it’s not going anywhere.
Irish and British ministers still at odds over Varadkar comments about united Ireland and Stormont
NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris termed comments by Varadkar around Irish unity and Stormont as ‘unhelpful’.