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From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach vows to close loophole that allows €1.3bn mortgage 'vehicle' not to pay tax Mortgage Sell-off

Taoiseach vows to close loophole that allows €1.3bn mortgage 'vehicle' not to pay tax

Last week, PTSB bank bosses confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ which more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back COME WHAT MAY

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back

He added that a no-deal Brexit is “still very unlikely … despite all the political chaos”.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May to meet Leo Varadkar in Dublin tomorrow Brexit

Theresa May to meet Leo Varadkar in Dublin tomorrow

Brexit will, of course, be at the top of the agenda.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive' Brexit Shambles

Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive'

The Sinn Féin leader said a “crash” no-deal Brexit moves the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney: 'Renegotiating a deal that took two years to agree on doesn't seem realistic' Backstop

Simon Coveney: 'Renegotiating a deal that took two years to agree on doesn't seem realistic'

Jean-Claude Juncker said there’s “no room whatsoever for the renegotiation” of the Brexit deal.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar and Tusk both say Brexit deal CAN'T be renegotiated COME WHAT MAY

Varadkar and Tusk both say Brexit deal CAN'T be renegotiated

Theresa May has a fight on her hands.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January Abortion Services

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May in final bid to win support ahead of tomorrow's vote Brexit

Theresa May in final bid to win support ahead of tomorrow's vote

European Court of Justice ruled today that Britain can reverse the Brexit process.

From TheJournal.ie 'Is the HSE fit for purpose?' Not as the organisation is now, says Varadkar The Late Late Show

'Is the HSE fit for purpose?' Not as the organisation is now, says Varadkar

Varadkar also told Tubridy that he finds children living in emergency accommodation “offensive”.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate' Follow The Money

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints Drink Driving Laws This post contains videos

'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints

The Taoiseach said he would not apologise for an increase in Garda checkpoints around the country.

From TheJournal.ie World AIDS Day marked by 'Know Your Status' campaign World Aids Day

World AIDS Day marked by 'Know Your Status' campaign

In Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took a HIV test to raise awareness of the virus.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach tells new gardaí: 'Your loyalty is not to the person in the uniform. It is to the uniform and all that it stands for' Garda Reform

Taoiseach tells new gardaí: 'Your loyalty is not to the person in the uniform. It is to the uniform and all that it stands for'

A change in the culture of gardaí in which ‘no-one ever hesitates in speaking truth to power’ is needed, according to Leo Varadkar.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for a Cold Weather Payment for severe weather to be introduced Cold Snap

Calls for a Cold Weather Payment for severe weather to be introduced

In Northern Ireland, the Cold Weather Payment scheme kicks in when the temperature falls below zero degrees for seven days.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless figures to show fall in children in emergency accommodation, but rise in individuals presenting Homelessness

Homeless figures to show fall in children in emergency accommodation, but rise in individuals presenting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil the figures will show a reduction in the number of families presenting as homeless in Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie 'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules) Showdown

'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)

Leo Varadkar broke Dáil rules today by holding up a poster in the chamber.

From TheJournal.ie Contingency plans for a no-deal 'hard Brexit' scenario approved by ministers Down To The Wire

Contingency plans for a no-deal 'hard Brexit' scenario approved by ministers

3,000 job applications for 600 customs positions have been received.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach meets with Orange Order reps to discuss needs of Protestant communities at the border Brexit

Taoiseach meets with Orange Order reps to discuss needs of Protestant communities at the border

The Taoiseach met with the grand secretary of the Orange Lodge Reverend Mervyn Gibson.

From TheJournal.ie Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach Deal Or No Deal

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach

Following yesterday’s summit, the focus now shifts to the UK Prime Minister who is beginning an intensive campaign to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

From TheJournal.ie Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years' Leo Varadkar

Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years'

The group, who all lived in the Protestant mother and baby home, hope the letter will lead to some progress in their case.

From TheJournal.ie Surf's up! Government announces plans to open Ireland's first surfing centre of excellence Hang Ten

Surf's up! Government announces plans to open Ireland's first surfing centre of excellence

Fáilte Ireland have provided €1m in funding to open the centre on Strandhill promenade.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil backs Brexit deal without need for vote Symbolic This post contains videos

Dáil backs Brexit deal without need for vote

Leo Varadkar said Ireland ‘deeply regrets but respects’ Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: 'Householders will have to pay more to fill their cars, for electricity and gas under carbon tax hikes' On The Up

Taoiseach: 'Householders will have to pay more to fill their cars, for electricity and gas under carbon tax hikes'

Varadkar said the increase in carbon taxes will be needed over the next number of years.

From TheJournal.ie Brexit waltz moves on as May heads to Brussels for tea and Varadkar hopes Dáil sings from same hymn sheet Lock Step

Brexit waltz moves on as May heads to Brussels for tea and Varadkar hopes Dáil sings from same hymn sheet

Leo Varadkar is hoping for more parliamentary support than his British counterpart.

From TheJournal.ie 'Elaborate system for workers to vouch for modest expenses': Mary Lou and Leo clash over Revenue changes Taxes
From TheJournal.ie How we could be on course for a referendum on water supply Irish Water

How we could be on course for a referendum on water supply

The aim would be to retain public ownership of any company charged with responsibility for the supply of water services

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach denies early election plan and accuses Fianna Fáil of dragging out agreement talks Confidence And Supply

Taoiseach denies early election plan and accuses Fianna Fáil of dragging out agreement talks

The war of words between the two main parties continues, but Varadkar said he still wants a 2020 general election.

From TheJournal.ie Martin tells Fine Gael: 'Don't give us any lectures about responsible politics' On The Attack

Martin tells Fine Gael: 'Don't give us any lectures about responsible politics'

Martin was responding after Fine Gael aimed barbs at Fianna Fáil at its Ard Fheis earlier today.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach promises to raise top rate of tax to €50k over next five years Ge 18

Taoiseach promises to raise top rate of tax to €50k over next five years

In what many are dubbing an election speech, the Taoiseach promised transformational tax reform.

From TheJournal.ie FG warns FF: 'We are election ready. The printing machines are oiled, the photos are taken' Election Ready

FG warns FF: 'We are election ready. The printing machines are oiled, the photos are taken'

Last night the party members were told to get the constituency candidates ready as an election could happen at any time.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Is Leo Varadkar doing a good job as Taoiseach? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is Leo Varadkar doing a good job as Taoiseach?

The Fine Gael leader will make his Ard Fheis speech later today.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families' Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families'

Varadkar said Fine Gael is a “compassionate party” that has a role in offering a helping hand to those that need it.

From TheJournal.ie Final say on FG entering coalition government with another party may have to go to a vote Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Final say on FG entering coalition government with another party may have to go to a vote

Fine Gael will consider a rule change to allow a special party conference to be convened.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael Ard Fheis to vote on the introduction of a new middle band for income tax Income Tax

Fine Gael Ard Fheis to vote on the introduction of a new middle band for income tax

The Ard Fheis will also deal with a number of other motions on Brexit, social welfare, rents, and future referendums.

From TheJournal.ie 'One of the better days': Taoiseach says Ireland has achieved 'satisfactory outcome' with Brexit deal Irish Reaction

'One of the better days': Taoiseach says Ireland has achieved 'satisfactory outcome' with Brexit deal

While Ireland didn’t want Brexit, it had set out what it wanted to in negotiations, Varadkar said.

From TheJournal.ie 'Judgement day', 'moment of truth' and 'betrayal': UK front pages react to news of Brexit deal Within Sight

'Judgement day', 'moment of truth' and 'betrayal': UK front pages react to news of Brexit deal

A Brexit deal is finally in sight, but will May be able to win over the Brexiteers?

From TheJournal.ie Government seeks advice on pursuing Callinan and Taylor for legal damages Maurice McCabe

Government seeks advice on pursuing Callinan and Taylor for legal damages

The Taoiseach said he would like to see this case taken by Maurice McCabe settled.

From TheJournal.ie Commissioner 'reviewing' decision to fund Callinan's legal defence in McCabe case Maurice McCabe

Commissioner 'reviewing' decision to fund Callinan's legal defence in McCabe case

Meanwhile Leo Varadkar has said Callinan is not being given a blanket indemnity.

From TheJournal.ie 45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance Action Plan This post contains videos

45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance

Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the positions will be for world-class academics and are not ‘easy jobs’.

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson says Cabinet should stage a mutiny over Brexit May Day

Boris Johnson says Cabinet should stage a mutiny over Brexit

The former Foreign Secretary said the British government is “on the verge of total surrender” to Brussels.

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