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Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week Money Money Money

Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week

The Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach has warned the committee it could be in breach of the Constitution.

Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie Opposition parties call for rent freeze, but Leo says it would be too expensive Tax Relief

Opposition parties call for rent freeze, but Leo says it would be too expensive

Parties are calling for a rent freeze of up to three years.

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Urgent buy up of empty houses needed, but vacant property tax not recommended Housing Crisis

Urgent buy up of empty houses needed, but vacant property tax not recommended

A report presented to government said a tax would not be an effective response to deal with the housing shortages.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty No Snaps

Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty

Leo Varadkar said he wanted to give assurances today that such a measure is not being considered by government.

From TheJournal.ie McDonald says Sinn Féin did not cover up alleged Máiría Cahill abuse Apology

McDonald says Sinn Féin did not cover up alleged Máiría Cahill abuse

Mary Lou McDonald repeated her apology to Maria Cahill today.

Sunday 16 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin to announce its presidential candidate today - but this campaign is more of 'test run' Analysis

Sinn Féin to announce its presidential candidate today - but this campaign is more of 'test run'

MEP Liadh N Riada has been widely tipped to be the party’s candidate.

Saturday 15 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie One year on: Advice given to FF on their abortion referendum position was ignored - but will they learn from it? Fianna Fail Think-in

One year on: Advice given to FF on their abortion referendum position was ignored - but will they learn from it?

The professor who warned the party that its stance in the referendum could put it on the wrong side of history addressed think-in this week.

Friday 14 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Holidaymakers left out-of-pocket as travel company closes Liquidation

Holidaymakers left out-of-pocket as travel company closes

Many people have found their holidays and accomodation have been cancelled.

From TheJournal.ie The Green Party want more 'kiss and ride' zones around the country (but it's not what you think) Commuter Charter

The Green Party want more 'kiss and ride' zones around the country (but it's not what you think)

‘Kiss and ride’ zones are designed to allow drivers to stop and drop off or pick up people for a maximum of a few minutes.

From TheJournal.ie Here's What Happened Today: Friday News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Four people in the presidential race, Storm Florence and housing activists in Dublin – it’s the evening fix.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns over future of construction firm involved in building social housing Affordable Housing

Concerns over future of construction firm involved in building social housing

Questions hang over the completion of social and affordable housing projects.

From TheJournal.ie Suspected cannabis grow house discovered at Malahide restaurant Silks

Suspected cannabis grow house discovered at Malahide restaurant

Gardaí attended the premises due to a fire.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Friday 5 At 5

The 5 at 5: Friday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Thursday 13 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Minister raises age verification issues with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Online Safety

Minister raises age verification issues with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg

A recent study found that over half of nine year olds are on social media despite age restrictions.

From TheJournal.ie Dundrum, Skerries, Cork docklands and Mullingar: New Land Development Agency plans to build thousands of houses Public Land Use

Dundrum, Skerries, Cork docklands and Mullingar: New Land Development Agency plans to build thousands of houses

Under the new plan, 10% of the public land identified for housing must be used for social housing and 30% for affordable housing.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach 'embarrassed for his own profession' reading CervicalCheck testimonies Cervicalcheck Scandal

Taoiseach 'embarrassed for his own profession' reading CervicalCheck testimonies

The report highlighted how the family of one woman was told “nuns don’t get cervical cancer”.

From TheJournal.ie Mental health patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law Detention

Mental health patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law

A total of 124 patients who have been involuntarily detained will have to be ex-examined by their consultant psychiatrists.

Wednesday 12 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie FF affordable housing plan aims to give €50k subsidy to help first-time buyers purchase a home Housing Crisis

FF affordable housing plan aims to give €50k subsidy to help first-time buyers purchase a home

The plan is core to the party’s demands in this year’s Budget negotiations.

Tuesday 11 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Micheál Martin: 'President Trump is welcome to visit Ireland' Fianna Fail Think-in

Micheál Martin: 'President Trump is welcome to visit Ireland'

Micheál Martin says party members are allowed to articulate their views on the visit.

Monday 10 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Substitutes for female politicians on maternity leave should be considered, says Taoiseach Women In Politics

Substitutes for female politicians on maternity leave should be considered, says Taoiseach

To do so in Ireland would require modification of our electoral system, said Leo Varadkar.

From TheJournal.ie 32% of Irish children are talking to strangers online every week Cyber Safety

32% of Irish children are talking to strangers online every week

Over half of nine year olds are on social media despite age restrictions, a new survey has found.

From TheJournal.ie Number of councils to vote on who they endorse for the presidential election Endorsements

Number of councils to vote on who they endorse for the presidential election

Presidential hopefuls must secure the support of four local authorities, or 20 TDs and senators to stand in the election.

Sunday 9 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Will Frances Fitzgerald be made a minister again? She was up front and centre at this year's think-in Back In The Fold

Will Frances Fitzgerald be made a minister again? She was up front and centre at this year's think-in

Ever since the former Tánaiste left office, there have been rumours of her return.

Saturday 8 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says Trump visit will cost 'several million euro' Flying Visit

Taoiseach says Trump visit will cost 'several million euro'

The duration of the US president’s stay in Ireland is yet to be determined.

Friday 7 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says Brexit withdrawal deal is '85% agreed' Deal Or No Deal

Coveney says Brexit withdrawal deal is '85% agreed'

Simon Coveney says the October deadline can be pushed out, but not by much.

From TheJournal.ie New Airbnb regulations aim to get housing units back on the market quickly Short-term Lets

New Airbnb regulations aim to get housing units back on the market quickly

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said Ireland’s new rules will be similar to those introduced in Toronto.

From TheJournal.ie A tale of two letters: Election speculation rife this week as Leo says it's 'prudent' to be ready Fine Gael Think-In

A tale of two letters: Election speculation rife this week as Leo says it's 'prudent' to be ready

Leo wants to talk but Micheál’s not ready. Are we in for a bad break up?

Thursday 6 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Minister warns councils he will use emergency powers if inaction on housing continues Fine Gael Think-In

Minister warns councils he will use emergency powers if inaction on housing continues

The minister said some local authorities are ‘making excuses’ about their lack of progress.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar understands why people might be 'sceptical' that Fine Gael can solve the homeless crisis Fine Gael Think-In

Varadkar understands why people might be 'sceptical' that Fine Gael can solve the homeless crisis

The Taoiseach says his party does not lack compassion when it comes to solving the crisis.

From TheJournal.ie Acting classes ruled out at FG think-in, but party to talk gender pay gap and Budget Fine Gael Think-In

Acting classes ruled out at FG think-in, but party to talk gender pay gap and Budget

Last year, Varadkar was heavily criticised for comments he made to this website insisting that Ireland has “one of the lowest levels of homelessness” .

From TheJournal.ie Finance Minister says it's up to PTSB if it wants to appear before the finance committee over loan sale Vulture Funds

Finance Minister says it's up to PTSB if it wants to appear before the finance committee over loan sale

Last month, PTSB sold its controversial Project Glas loan portfolio to an affiliate of the so-called vulture fund Lone Star for around €1.3 billion.

Wednesday 5 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Referendum on women’s place in the home delayed after committee vote Derailed

Referendum on women’s place in the home delayed after committee vote

The Oireachtas Justice Committee has voted for pre-legislative scrutiny of the removal of the women in the home reference.

Tuesday 4 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Mortgage-holders caught up in PTSB loan sale to be invited to tell of the turmoil it has caused Vulture Funds

Mortgage-holders caught up in PTSB loan sale to be invited to tell of the turmoil it has caused

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said a full committee session should be dedicated to the loan book sale.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou said she is struck by the number of men that attempt to 'mansplain' her job Sinn Féin Think-in

Mary Lou said she is struck by the number of men that attempt to 'mansplain' her job

The Sinn Féin leader said she is in charge of the party, and no ‘shadowy figures’ are in control.

From TheJournal.ie The Union Jack over Leinster House? SF says it must be open to new ideas around symbolism United Ireland

The Union Jack over Leinster House? SF says it must be open to new ideas around symbolism

Pearse Doherty said he couldn’t see the day when the union flag would fly overhead, but said all views must be accomodated.

Monday 3 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Government accused of trying to 'press gang' committee to delete Constitutional women in the home reference Referendum Delay

Government accused of trying to 'press gang' committee to delete Constitutional women in the home reference

It had been suggested that the clause should be amended rather than deleted.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou McDonald says she would meet Trump while he visits Ireland Sinn Féin Think-in

Mary Lou McDonald says she would meet Trump while he visits Ireland

McDonald said the party will join the protests against the visit of the US President this November.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in housing minister, but Fianna Fáil won't support it Decision Time

Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in housing minister, but Fianna Fáil won't support it

At the party think-in in Cavan, the Sinn Fein leader said the party will put down a motion of no confidence in the coming weeks.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou's first Sinn Féin think-in as leader to focus on Irish unity, Brexit and post offices Party Get Together

Mary Lou's first Sinn Féin think-in as leader to focus on Irish unity, Brexit and post offices

This is the first year McDonald is leading the event as party leader.

Sunday 2 September, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Are post offices even viable? An increase in financial services could have been the game changer Shut Down

Are post offices even viable? An increase in financial services could have been the game changer

The Bobby Kerry report stated that the expansion of financial services in post offices was essential to their survival.

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