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Politics - Yesterday’s News

News Quiz: How well do you remember the week that was?

Test your memory why don’t you.

Woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault to testify on Thursday

Kavanaugh is Donald Trump’s nominee the US Supreme Court – but he has to be voted in by the Senate.

Response: 'I have concerns about Take Back the City, but Labour will stand among those who support it'

I fully support peaceful protest and direct action as a legitimate form of democratic participation, writes Brendan Howlin.

Howlin backs second referendum, says there's 'no such thing as a good Brexit for Ireland'

Jeremy Corbyn has said he’s open to the idea of a second vote.

Poll: Should citizens in the North be allowed vote in Irish presidential elections? Aras 2018 This post contains a poll

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Here are the fascinating stories doing the rounds this Sunday.

Minister says 200 new social housing units stalled due to construction firm examinership will be delivered

A number of subcontractors have complained that they have not been paid for their work on the State-funded projects.

Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

If Ireland’s bid is successful, it would be the fourth time the country has been elected to the council.

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Politics - Saturday 22 September, 2018

Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees

Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.

Donald Tusk's cherry photo 'insulted the British people'

A tongue-in-cheek Instagram post is the latest spanner in the works for Brexit negotiations.

House in Crumlin occupied as housing activists shut down part of O'Connell Street Take Back The City This post contains videos

House in Crumlin occupied as housing activists shut down part of O'Connell Street

“I don’t think it’s acceptable for people to break into properties and occupy them,” Minister of State Damien English said.

Poll: Do you think a final Brexit deal will be struck? What Do You Think This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think a final Brexit deal will be struck?

Politicians in the EU and Ireland are at pains to say there will be a final deal – but what do you think?

Security at Áras under review after woman 'walks unchallenged into President's office'

Gardaí are conducting two reviews following the incident.

Micheál Martin said Leo Varadkar is 'obsessed with media presentation'

He described an incident where a conversation they had ended up on a front page the next day as “a bit immature”.

Simon Coveney on the DUP: 'We can't let any one party in Northern Ireland to veto proposals'

Simon Coveney has said that the backstop has become an “orange versus green” issue.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what’s in the headlines this Saturday morning.

'May's finest hour': Here's what the UK papers are making of May's speech

The UK premier gave a televised speech where she said Brexit talks were at an impasse, and it’s up to the EU to offer a solution.

Analysis: If it rules out a vacant property tax the government risks looking idle

A report delivered this week advised against the idea.

Politics - Friday 21 September, 2018

Top US justice official denies discussing removing Trump from office

According to the New York Times, Rosenstein was unhappy about being “used” by Trump in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Theresa May fires back at EU: 'I will not overturn the referendum result, or break up my country'

EU Council President Donald Tusk has said he remains “convinced that a compromise, good for all, is still possible”.

Irish Cancer Society urges minister not to drop proposed cancer warning labels on alcohol products

Political parties are under pressure to weaken some aspects of the legislation.

Trump challenges Supreme Court nominee accuser over account of sex attack

Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her when they were teenagers.

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Public to vote in blasphemy referendum on Presidential polling day

Anyone not registered has until 9 October to register to vote in the upcoming referendum and presidential election.

Presidential hopeful Sarah Louise Mulligan escorted from Dublin council meeting

South Dublin County Council voted not to nominate anyone for the presidency.

'Only credible proposal', 'It will not work': What is Theresa May's Chequers plan?

The UK’s proposal was attacked by EU leaders yesterday – so what exactly is being criticised?

Transport Minister Shane Ross criticised for stating that BusConnects 'isn't under his remit'

The minister said he was attempting to explain that he isn’t in charge of details of the plan.

Vietnamese president dies after contracting 'rare virus'

The 61-year-old’s death is not likely to dramatically alter politics in the country.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s your morning news update.

Politics - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month

Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.

Free sanitary products to be provided in DCC community centres and libraries

Despite being essential, sanitary products are often priced as if they are luxury goods.

Broadcasters warned about use of social media in presidential election coverage

‘Tweetgate’ somewhat overshadowed the presidential election in 2011.

Marine Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for posting Islamic State atrocity photos on Twitter

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in 2015. Today, she tweeted copies of a court order telling her to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

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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.

Poll: Did 'storm fatigue' affect people's preparedness for Storm Ali? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Did 'storm fatigue' affect people's preparedness for Storm Ali?

Tánaiste Simon Coveney suggested this may have been the case.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Ploughing back in action, Ian Paisley Jr retains his seat, and Brexit talk in Austria – here’s your news line-up.

Trump pushes Kavanaugh's accuser to testify; her lawyer says she needs more time

Ford has until tomorrow to submit a statement if she intends to testify on Monday.

Politics - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Denuclearisation: US ready to begin negotiating with North Korea 'immediately'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has invited his North Korean counterpart to meet in New York next week.

HPV test won't be rolled out until next year

The test was previously expected to be introduced this autumn.

Trump says it's 'hard to imagine' Supreme Court nominee assaulted woman

Republicans have set a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Monday that is supposed to feature Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser.

Independent TDs and senators fail to agree on presidential candidate

The group had a “robust debate” this evening.

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