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Politics - Friday 12 February, 2021

18 countries, including Austria and UAE, added to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

18 countries, including Austria and UAE, added to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list

Feb 12th 2021, 1:33 PM 70,236 Views 58 Comments

Primary legislation is required before people are mandated to quarantine in hotels.

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
# State Exams
# State Exams

Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?

Feb 12th 2021, 12:48 PM 12,269 Views 40 Comments

It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.

Michael D Higgins: There is a reluctance to criticise empire and imperialism
# The British Empire
# The British Empire

Michael D Higgins: There is a reluctance to criticise empire and imperialism

Feb 12th 2021, 11:13 AM 33,398 Views 92 Comments

Uachtarán na hÉireann wrote in the Guardian that a “feigned amnesia” of Anglo-Irish history would not help create a better future.

The 9 at 9: Friday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Updated Feb 12th 2021, 8:55 AM 13,155 Views 0 Comments

Congratulations. We’ve made it to Friday.

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'Frank discussions' in London but UK and EU give full backing to Northern Ireland Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

'Frank discussions' in London but UK and EU give full backing to Northern Ireland Protocol

Feb 12th 2021, 8:18 AM 13,428 Views 11 Comments

Both sides have agreed to “spare no effort” in implementing solutions.

Politics - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Minister Foley 'taken aback' after ASTI pulls out of Leaving Cert planning talks
# Education
# Education

Minister Foley 'taken aback' after ASTI pulls out of Leaving Cert planning talks

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 9:02 PM 54,673 Views 181 Comments

The union has said that the plans from the department would not provide a “meaningful Leaving Certificate” for students.

White House declines to say if there is a St Patrick's Day invite for the Taoiseach
# Shamrock Bowl
# Shamrock Bowl

White House declines to say if there is a St Patrick's Day invite for the Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 7:29 PM 48,956 Views 201 Comments

The Taoiseach has said he would go if an in-person meeting was planned.

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
# Exemptions
# Exemptions

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine

Feb 11th 2021, 5:09 PM 42,653 Views 47 Comments

Arrivals to Ireland from restricted countries list will have to stay in their room.

'He needed help, not bullets': George Nkencho's family call for public inquiry ahead of GSOC meeting
# Campaign
# Campaign

'He needed help, not bullets': George Nkencho's family call for public inquiry ahead of GSOC meeting

Feb 11th 2021, 4:12 PM 20,038 Views 0 Comments

George Nkencho was shot dead by gardaí on 30 December.

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'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

Feb 11th 2021, 1:35 PM 79,790 Views 89 Comments

Tensions were running high during Leaders’ Questions.

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

'We all need to cool it': Taoiseach urges calm as EU and UK to discuss NI Protocol in London today

Feb 11th 2021, 12:22 PM 10,956 Views 8 Comments

“We need to dial down the rhetoric on both sides,” Micheál Martin said in relation to the NI Protocol.

Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times
# Slam Duncan
# Slam Duncan

Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times

Feb 11th 2021, 10:34 AM 91,817 Views 107 Comments

Footage of the Dáil debate went viral on social media yesterday.

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Prolonged lockdown restrictions on the cards 'until the Easter period', says Taoiseach

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 8:52 AM 155,575 Views 229 Comments

The priority remains the phased return of schools and construction, and not much else in the weeks to come.

20 countries to be on Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list
# International Travel
# International Travel

20 countries to be on Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list

Feb 11th 2021, 8:32 AM 85,377 Views 41 Comments

Primary legislation is required before people are mandated to quarantine in hotels.

Poll: Should members of the Cabinet be vaccinated as soon as possible?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should members of the Cabinet be vaccinated as soon as possible?

Feb 11th 2021, 8:30 AM 39,234 Views 101 Comments

Dr Cillian de Gascun said yesterday it was his view that members of the government should be vaccinated.

Politics - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says

Feb 10th 2021, 9:40 PM 10,025 Views 10 Comments

Maros Sefcovic made the remarks in a letter to UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove

Green Party Dáil split vote on CETA avoided (for now at least)
# Trade Deal
# Trade Deal

Green Party Dáil split vote on CETA avoided (for now at least)

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 6:55 PM 20,677 Views 15 Comments

The controversial EU-Canada trade deal is to be examined by the EU Affairs Committee.

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,345 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
# Travelling Abroad
# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 39,388 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

'We need a change in approach': Dáil hears debate on zero-Covid strategy
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'We need a change in approach': Dáil hears debate on zero-Covid strategy

Feb 10th 2021, 12:18 PM 22,928 Views 53 Comments

The Labour tabled a motion calling for a “national aggressive Covid-19 suppression strategy”.

Post-Brexit checks to resume at Northern Ireland’s ports
# Belfast
# Belfast

Post-Brexit checks to resume at Northern Ireland’s ports

Feb 10th 2021, 10:51 AM 8,106 Views 15 Comments

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said checks will resume on a phased basis.

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 9:28 AM 37,250 Views 48 Comments

The move was quickly reversed after much criticism from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on trial over IS tweets
# National Rally
# National Rally

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on trial over IS tweets

Feb 10th 2021, 7:17 AM 18,426 Views 0 Comments

She is charged with breaking hate speech laws by tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities in 2015.

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'
# Abusive Graffiti
# Abusive Graffiti

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'

Feb 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 148,211 Views 98 Comments

The Tánaiste reacts to the abusive graffiti about him that was scrawled on a wall in Belfast earlier this month.

Politics - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

Terminally ill persons with two-year prognosis will be eligible for a medical card
# End Of Life Care
# End Of Life Care

Terminally ill persons with two-year prognosis will be eligible for a medical card

Feb 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 22,191 Views 37 Comments

The scheme was approved by Cabinet today .

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel
# International Travel
# International Travel

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 6:08 PM 50,713 Views 48 Comments

He said there seems to be an “openness” to talking about the two islands working together.

Bill to allow child murder victims to be named will be tabled next week
# Court Of Appeal
# Court Of Appeal

Bill to allow child murder victims to be named will be tabled next week

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 5:40 PM 16,660 Views 13 Comments

A Court of Appeal ruling has considerably changed certain long-standing practices with regards to reports of child murders.

Mick Wallace says vaccine rollout delay is 'huge concern' and could cost lives
# AstraZeneca
# AstraZeneca

Mick Wallace says vaccine rollout delay is 'huge concern' and could cost lives

Feb 9th 2021, 3:07 PM 28,908 Views 13 Comments

The independent MEP said “the most glaring problem in the last three or four weeks has been the delay in the rollout”.

Trump's second impeachment trial to begin today
# Insurrection
# Insurrection

Trump's second impeachment trial to begin today

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 2:51 PM 15,481 Views 19 Comments

The trial is set to begin at 6pm Irish time.

Ryanair says it owes no money to travel agents, denies claims that airline is causing refund 'logjam'
# Travel
# Travel

Ryanair says it owes no money to travel agents, denies claims that airline is causing refund 'logjam'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 2:39 PM 19,718 Views 25 Comments

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said last week that there is no backlog and all refunds have been issued.

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million
# PAC
# PAC

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million

Feb 9th 2021, 2:21 PM 24,664 Views 59 Comments

Six of the claims are more than €40 million, the committee was told.

WHO mission says theory that Covid-19 leaked from a lab is 'extremely unlikely'
# Wuhan
# Wuhan

WHO mission says theory that Covid-19 leaked from a lab is 'extremely unlikely'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 10:45 AM 40,988 Views 108 Comments

Experts believe the disease — which has gone on to kill more than 2.3 million people worldwide — originated in bats.

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Institutional Abuse
# Institutional Abuse

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,094 Views 0 Comments

People who spent time in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes say they have been “re-traumatised” by recent developments.

Politics - Monday 8 February, 2021

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing
# Sean Graham Bookmakers
# Sean Graham Bookmakers

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing

Feb 8th 2021, 4:45 PM 16,670 Views 15 Comments

Chief Constable Simon Byrne has apologised for the force’s conduct at the memorial.

Foster says DUP ‘absolutely committed to racial equality’ after Campbell comments
# Gregory Campbell
# Gregory Campbell

Foster says DUP ‘absolutely committed to racial equality’ after Campbell comments

Feb 8th 2021, 4:24 PM 34,680 Views 45 Comments

The party’s East Londonderry MP has been accused of ‘race-baiting’ and anti-racism campaigners called on Gregory Campbell to apologise.

'Negotiations ongoing' on zero VAT rate for newer period products like menstrual cups
# Period Poverty
# Period Poverty

'Negotiations ongoing' on zero VAT rate for newer period products like menstrual cups

Feb 8th 2021, 3:19 PM 15,976 Views 15 Comments

A report launched today found that extensive research is required to examine the impact of period poverty in Ireland.

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial
# Starting Tomorrow
# Starting Tomorrow

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial

Feb 8th 2021, 2:43 PM 10,969 Views 16 Comments

The proceedings are scheduled to begin tomorrow, just over a month since the deadly riot at the US Capitol.

South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations amid concern over efficacy
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations amid concern over efficacy

Feb 8th 2021, 2:40 PM 52,869 Views 41 Comments

Researchers are working to update the vaccine to deal with the South African variant.

'No-one will be left behind' in vaccine rollout plan, Dr Colm Henry says
# AstraZeneca
# AstraZeneca

'No-one will be left behind' in vaccine rollout plan, Dr Colm Henry says

Feb 8th 2021, 9:15 AM 30,291 Views 51 Comments

People aged 70 and over are set to be vaccinated in GP practices and vaccine centres.

'We have been bashed, frankly': North's police chief dismisses criticism after Troubles memorial arrest
# Simon Byrne
# Simon Byrne

'We have been bashed, frankly': North's police chief dismisses criticism after Troubles memorial arrest

Feb 8th 2021, 9:14 AM 23,881 Views 32 Comments

On Friday, a man was arrested by PSNI officers while commemorating the victims of a 1992 massacre.