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Politics - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March
# School Reopening
# School Reopening

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March

Feb 17th 2021, 9:55 PM 74,160 Views 55 Comments

The Taoiseach made the remarks at a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

Junior Certificate examinations will not go ahead this year, Department confirms
# Junior Cert
# Junior Cert

Junior Certificate examinations will not go ahead this year, Department confirms

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 7:25 PM 32,176 Views 48 Comments

Minister for Education Norma Foley briefed teaching unions on the plans this afternoon.

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Recordings
# Recordings

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony

Feb 17th 2021, 7:23 PM 24,420 Views 0 Comments

Mary Teresa Collins said she feels “very hurt and let down” by authorities in Ireland.

Destruction of Mother and Baby Home tapes represents 'an imbalance of power', Dáil hears
# Criticism
# Criticism

Destruction of Mother and Baby Home tapes represents 'an imbalance of power', Dáil hears

Feb 17th 2021, 7:17 PM 15,749 Views 28 Comments

Some survivors have expressed anger at the destruction of the audio testimony recordings.

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As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister
# State Exams
# State Exams

As it happened: Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 6:47 PM 74,421 Views 98 Comments
  • Leaving Cert students are to be given the option not to sit exams and instead apply for calculated grades
  • Oral and practical elements of the Leaving Certificate will also go ahead
  • The Junior Certificate has been cancelled
The 5 at 5: Wednesday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Feb 17th 2021, 4:55 PM 8,754 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Russia says 'no legal grounds' to release Navalny in response to European Court of Human Rights request
# Alexei Navalny
# Alexei Navalny

Russia says 'no legal grounds' to release Navalny in response to European Court of Human Rights request

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 4:43 PM 10,330 Views 24 Comments

Alexei Navalny was arrested and jailed upon returning to Russia last month.

Taoiseach says particular conditions 'should be prioritised' for vaccine as govt awaits NIAC advice
# Key Workers
# Key Workers

Taoiseach says particular conditions 'should be prioritised' for vaccine as govt awaits NIAC advice

Updated Feb 17th 2021, 4:30 PM 29,367 Views 25 Comments

The Minister for Health has sought advice on the sequencing list.

Government accused of 'playing games' over plan to send bill on student nurse pay 'into the ether'
# Opposition Bill
# Opposition Bill

Government accused of 'playing games' over plan to send bill on student nurse pay 'into the ether'

Feb 17th 2021, 2:48 PM 10,691 Views 19 Comments

Cabinet is of the view that student nurses are being educated and not working while on placement.

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AGSI boss surprised to hear about Garda role in hotel quarantine - as Cabinet yet to sign off on Bill
# Enforcement
# Enforcement

AGSI boss surprised to hear about Garda role in hotel quarantine - as Cabinet yet to sign off on Bill

Feb 17th 2021, 2:07 PM 15,381 Views 13 Comments

The Cabinet is yet to sign off on mandatory hotel quarantine for some travellers arriving in Ireland.

Green Party plan for Moore St area wants O'Connell St 'rescued from neglect and takeaways'
# Dublin
# Dublin

Green Party plan for Moore St area wants O'Connell St 'rescued from neglect and takeaways'

Feb 17th 2021, 12:48 PM 20,725 Views 47 Comments

The party is launching its ‘Vision for Moore Street’ this afternoon.

Taoiseach launches new behavioural study to gauge our attitudes to Covid-19 restrictions
# Behaviour
# Behaviour

Taoiseach launches new behavioural study to gauge our attitudes to Covid-19 restrictions

Feb 17th 2021, 11:14 AM 19,839 Views 52 Comments

The research – in conjunction with the ESRI – will survey people on their recent activities.

Politics - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Cabinet not expected to sign-off on mandatory hotel quarantine legislation until tomorrow
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet not expected to sign-off on mandatory hotel quarantine legislation until tomorrow

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 9:40 PM 19,698 Views 36 Comments

It is understood the Bill wasn’t “fully ready” for today’s Cabinet meeting this morning.

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

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Feb 16th 2021, 8:51 PM 12,502 Views 0 Comments

Vaccine centre confusion, Paschal Donohoe looks to keep pandemic savings in Ireland, and Mary Robinson ‘horribly tricked’.

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Biden won't host foreign leaders at White House for 'a couple of months', spokesperson says
# No Visits
# No Visits

Biden won't host foreign leaders at White House for 'a couple of months', spokesperson says

Feb 16th 2021, 7:40 PM 21,703 Views 24 Comments

It was confirmed last week that the Taoiseach won’t be travelling to the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

US congressman sues Donald Trump under Ku Klux Klan Act over role in deadly riot at US Capitol
# Capitol Riot
# Capitol Riot

US congressman sues Donald Trump under Ku Klux Klan Act over role in deadly riot at US Capitol

Feb 16th 2021, 6:51 PM 31,560 Views 17 Comments

It is the first case in an expected wave of litigation over the 6 January riot.

Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms
# Commission
# Commission

Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 6:44 PM 33,138 Views 53 Comments

The minister said the Commission informed him of the latest development today.

Finance Minister 'looking at ways' to keep money saved by people during pandemic in this country
# Rainy Day
# Rainy Day

Finance Minister 'looking at ways' to keep money saved by people during pandemic in this country

Feb 16th 2021, 6:01 PM 45,308 Views 62 Comments

Paschal Donohoe also stressed the vaccine roll-out as ‘biggest driver’ of Ireland’s economy this year and next.

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'
# Article 16
# Article 16

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 4:47 PM 46,900 Views 27 Comments

European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič addressed TDs and Senators today.

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Gardaí to be given powers to seize scramblers and quad bikes on the spot
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Gardaí to be given powers to seize scramblers and quad bikes on the spot

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 2:15 PM 48,342 Views 64 Comments

The HSE found that 62 people were injured last year in accidents involving off-road vehicles like scrambler bikes.

When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question
# Good Friday Agreement
# Good Friday Agreement

When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question

Feb 16th 2021, 1:32 PM 27,978 Views 114 Comments

The decision to hold a referendum is ultimately one to be taken by the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue
# Education
# Education

Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue

Feb 16th 2021, 12:39 PM 31,071 Views 88 Comments

Talks have been ongoing for weeks between the government and unions.

County home survivor told to contact police in England, not gardaí, over destruction of testimony
# Commission
# Commission

County home survivor told to contact police in England, not gardaí, over destruction of testimony

Feb 16th 2021, 12:00 PM 45,750 Views 30 Comments

A number of witnesses have contacted the gardaí and Data Protection Commissioner to date.

'We'll let the DPP decide': Former Minister Dara Calleary not expecting personal charges from Golfgate
# Clifden Dinner
# Clifden Dinner

'We'll let the DPP decide': Former Minister Dara Calleary not expecting personal charges from Golfgate

Feb 16th 2021, 10:08 AM 16,846 Views 29 Comments

Calleary said he absolutely regrets and apologises for having attended the controversial dinner.

Politics - Monday 15 February, 2021

Pelosi says Congress will set up independent commission to examine Capitol riot
# Congress
# Congress

Pelosi says Congress will set up independent commission to examine Capitol riot

Feb 15th 2021, 10:41 PM 14,801 Views 69 Comments

The House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol.

Maroš Šefčovič says the EU's vaccine rollout mistake was trusting vaccine suppliers 'too much'
# EU Vice President
# EU Vice President

Maroš Šefčovič says the EU's vaccine rollout mistake was trusting vaccine suppliers 'too much'

Feb 15th 2021, 10:15 PM 25,906 Views 31 Comments

The EC vice-president said that “we are sorry” in relation to the proposal to trigger Article 16 ahead of an Oireachtas committee appearance.

Massive blow as Irish international stretchered off in Sheffield United's loss to West Ham
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From The42
# Irish Eye

Massive blow as Irish international stretchered off in Sheffield United's loss to West Ham

Updated Feb 15th 2021, 8:59 PM 54,311 Views 33 Comments

John Egan emerged as a serious injury concern for Stephen Kenny as the Hammers won 3-0.

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations
# 2021
# 2021

Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations

Updated Feb 15th 2021, 7:02 PM 26,674 Views 33 Comments

The ASTI has said the minister has agreed to work on the union’s concerns.

'Boris's Burrow': Underwater Irish Sea tunnel prompts derision despite report of 'green light'
# Under The Sea
# Under The Sea

'Boris's Burrow': Underwater Irish Sea tunnel prompts derision despite report of 'green light'

Feb 15th 2021, 5:31 PM 55,976 Views 72 Comments

First it was a bridge, now it’s a tunnel, apparently.

The 5 at 5: Monday
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# 5 At 5

The 5 at 5: Monday

Feb 15th 2021, 4:48 PM 8,626 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations
# RULES BREACH
# RULES BREACH

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations

Feb 15th 2021, 4:45 PM 32,249 Views 40 Comments

The US crew stayed in a Limerick hotel overnight, leaving to buy food at one point, before flying on to the US the following day.

The fate of this year's Leaving Cert is uncertain - but it's clear that our Sixth Years deserve better
# Education
# Education

The fate of this year's Leaving Cert is uncertain - but it's clear that our Sixth Years deserve better

Feb 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 20,140 Views 24 Comments

Teacher Yvonne Brennan asks that the powers-that-be think of the wellbeing of the Class of 2021.

Support grows for Capitol riot inquiry after Trump acquittal
# Insurrection
# Insurrection

Support grows for Capitol riot inquiry after Trump acquittal

Feb 15th 2021, 6:58 AM 48,368 Views 41 Comments

Legislators are pushing for an independent commission to prevent any repeat of the insurrection.

Politics - Saturday 13 February, 2021

Verdict: Trump acquitted as just seven Republicans side with Democrats in Senate vote
# Acquitted
# Acquitted

Verdict: Trump acquitted as just seven Republicans side with Democrats in Senate vote

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 10:01 PM 140,024 Views 250 Comments

The former US president was accused of inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol last month.

Citizens' Assembly meets to discuss constitution clause on ‘women in the home’
# Women's Rights
# Women's Rights

Citizens' Assembly meets to discuss constitution clause on ‘women in the home’

Feb 13th 2021, 4:25 PM 21,580 Views 50 Comments

The Assembly heard that Article 41.2 of the Constitution came from “a very different time, for a very different Ireland.”

Poll: What Government coalition do you want next time around?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: What Government coalition do you want next time around?

Feb 13th 2021, 9:00 AM 65,810 Views 178 Comments

Fianna Fáil TDs appear to be softening their opinion of going in with Sinn Fein – is it a runner?

Politics - Friday 12 February, 2021

Trump lawyers wrap up case after three hours, call impeachment unconstitutional 'vengeance'
# Impeachment
# Impeachment

Trump lawyers wrap up case after three hours, call impeachment unconstitutional 'vengeance'

Updated Feb 12th 2021, 9:25 PM 37,445 Views 64 Comments
  • Senators are posing questions to both legal teams
  • Democratic impeachment managers rested their case yesterday after two days
  • Biden "anxious" to see how Republicans will vote tomorrow
DUP call to trigger Article 16 to be debated at Westminster
# Article 16
# Article 16

DUP call to trigger Article 16 to be debated at Westminster

Feb 12th 2021, 6:33 PM 27,384 Views 62 Comments

Arlene Foster said unionist anger and concern over the Northern Ireland Protocol must be heard.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will not be heading to Washington for St Patrick's Day
# BEGORRAH
# BEGORRAH

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will not be heading to Washington for St Patrick's Day

Feb 12th 2021, 5:46 PM 110,220 Views 231 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that this year’s meeting will not take place.

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years
# Schools
# Schools

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years

Feb 12th 2021, 4:11 PM 10,900 Views 18 Comments

A report has found that the longest arrangement for temporary schools accommodation dates back over 20 years to 2000.