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Politics - Today’s News

Poll: Should Ireland's water services be publicly owned? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland's water services be publicly owned?

The Government has agreed to a referendum on whether or not Ireland’s water utility should be publicly owned.

'Ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times': Iran strongly criticises Trump

Trump took aim at countries who have been on his radar since he took up the presidency in January.

A referendum on the Eighth will be shaped by these 22 politicians. Here are their views on abortion

An Oireachtas committee meets for the first time in public today.

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Politics - Yesterday’s News

Boris Johnson denies he's planning to quit over Brexit row

Johnson has played down rumours of infighting in the Tory party, after a colleague accused him of “backseat driving”.

People letting homes on Airbnb may need licence under new proposals

Concerns have been raised about the effect home-sharing is having on the rental market.

Over 2.5 million Leap cards sold in under six years Public Transport This post contains a poll

Over 2.5 million Leap cards sold in under six years

The Leap card was first rolled out in 2011.

Government considering sending its private jet to bring Ibrahim Halawa home

Ibrahim Halawa was acquitted by a court in Egypt yesterday.

Government pledges to take on landlords who are trying to 'get around' rent control rules

Nationally, the average rent across all properties in Q2 stood at €1,017 – which is €63 higher than the same period last year.

Sinn Féin expels three Wicklow councillors from party

One of the councillors, Gerry O’Neill, first heard the news from an RTÉ journalist.

President Higgins is not 'ruling anything out' when it comes to running for a second term

Higgins officially opened the National Ploughing Championships this afternoon.

Trump says democracy must be restored in Venezuela as 'their country is collapsing'

Trump made his comments ahead of the annual world leaders debate at the UN today.

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

Politics - Monday 18 September, 2017

Four in 10 people think Suu Kyi's Freedom of Dublin award should be taken back

She was awarded the Freedom of Dublin in 2000, but only received it in 2012 as she was under house arrest at the time.

Hillary Clinton isn't ruling out challenging the 2016 election result

The Democratic candidate isn’t sure how this would happen though.

Teachers warned they won't receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

Minister Paschal Donohoe says only public sector workers inside a new agreement will benefit from it.

Fianna Fáil says investigating 1.4m fake breath tests would be inconclusive and expensive

Jim O’Callaghan said investigating such a large number of cases would “cost a huge amount of money”.

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Fine Gael are on a collision course with Fianna Fáil over the USC

Fianna Fáil’s Micheal Martin said the confidence and supply agreement is clear that there must be reductions in the USC.

Donald Trump shares 'juvenile' mock video of golf ball striking Hillary Clinton

The US President went on a Twitter tirade last week in response to the release of Hillary Clinton’s memoirs, What Happened.

Poll: Should senior public servants who underperform be asked to leave? Leo's Plan This post contains a poll

Poll: Should senior public servants who underperform be asked to leave?

A job as a public servant is considered a job for life – should that change?

Sean Spicer appears at Emmys to claim it had 'the largest crowd ever. Period.'

Spicer, who resigned in July in one of the many shake-ups of Trump’s White House, was the highlight of Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Here’s what’s making the headlines this morning.

This is why I'm against... homework

We are all busier these days. Quality time is at a premium. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time, writes Eric Nolan.

Politics - Sunday 17 September, 2017

This stretch of border shows why Brexit will be an enormous headache to manage - we went to talk to locals

This road crosses the border multiple times in just a few miles (or kilometres). What will happen after Brexit?

Fine Gael is riding high in the latest opinion poll

It’s good news all round for Leo Varadkar this morning.

Recycling expert says those who carry their own cup should get 20c off their coffee

Dr Tara Shine said lessons were learned from the plastic bag levy and people should be rewarded for recycling.

'Behind the masks': New digital archive documents Northern Ireland's history

A library in Belfast has collected tens of thousands of items related to the Troubles and subsequent peace process.

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Those on frontline of homeless crisis say the Housing Minister won't meet them

The criticism comes a week after the minister announced a number of new measures to address the crisis.

A new poll about his performance should make happy reading for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Varadkar has been in office for just over three months.

Politics - Saturday 16 September, 2017

Taoiseach says workers in their 20s and 30s should be given the chance to buy a home

Varadkar said young people who are renting or living with their parents can’t get on the property ladder.

Politics - Friday 15 September, 2017

UK terror threat level raised to 'critical' following London tube explosion Parsons Green This post contains videos

UK terror threat level raised to 'critical' following London tube explosion

This evening, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ireland to accept 330 extra refugees next year

The country has now pledged to take in 600 refugees in 2018.

Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens' Assembly's stance on abortion

The Assembly said terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

Varadkar says he wants a sugar tax introduced next year

The Taoiseach said he is a long-term supporter of the tax.

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Brazil's president charged with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal group

Michel Temer was accused along with six of his heavyweight political allies of taking almost $190 million (€159 million) in kickbacks.

Iceland's government collapses after PM's father vouches for paedophile

The convicted sex offender was applying for “restored honour”, or a legal clean slate.

Leo Varadkar not satisfied that enough gardaí have embraced reform

The Taoiseach said that although he supported An Garda Síochána, management reform was needed.

Divorce referendum expected to be held November 2018

Currently, couples must have lived apart for four years out of the preceding five before they can initiate divorce proceedings.

Politics - Thursday 14 September, 2017

Bruton says he can't restore young teachers' pay as it would mean cutting children's resources

A ballot of members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) rejected the government’s new public pay deal this evening.

Nama could be given more powers to become a housing developer for the State

Leo Varadkar said Nama could ‘step in where the private sector has failed’.

Donegal flood humanitarian scheme to be rolled out for all natural disasters

The financial assistance payment has been paid out to 138 people in Donegal to date.

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