Independents Special Report: From the sidelines to main stage

Independents Special Report: From the sidelines to main stage

A wave of Independents were swept into power in the last general election. The country was in recovery mode.

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Taoiseach: Disorderly Brexit could see island of Ireland treated as one economic zone

Taoiseach: Disorderly Brexit could see island of Ireland treated as one economic zone

A no-deal Brexit could see the entire island of Ireland treated as one economic zone for food and agriculture trade, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled.

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No-deal Brexit will raise chances of a border poll, says UK's former Attorney General

Former British attorney general, Dominic Grieve, said the chances of an Irish border poll will "go up" putting the status of the North in "jeopardy" if Britain crashes ...

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6,300 patients on home help waiting list putting 'severe pressures' on services

More than 6,000 patients are waiting for home-help hours and support causing delays to hospital discharges and take up beds in acute facilities.

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Tánaiste warns disorderly Brexit could cause 'security concerns'

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned that a disorderly Brexit risks undermining stability in the North and triggering "security concerns".

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Tributes paid to 'incredible strategist and dynamo' Noel Whelan

Tributes paid to 'incredible strategist and dynamo' Noel Whelan

He was a respected commentator, a man of sharp intellect, an inspirational strategist and a driving force in modern politics.

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Incoming EU leader stands by backstop

Incoming EU leader stands by backstop

The incoming European Commission president has pledged to defend the Brexit backstop and the peace process amid calls for communities to be informed about possible ...

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How will trade work between North and South post-Brexit?

And so the softening up process has begun - there will be checks on goods crossing the border, the only matter to clarify is where exactly, writes Juno McEnroe

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Coveney and officials warn of checkpoints

The Government and officials have for the first time warned about the prospect of checks on goods crossing the Northern Irish border and the end of frictionless ...

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No-deal Brexit a ‘disruptor’ to Irish economy

The Government have warned that a no-deal Brexit will be a “fundamental disruptor” to the all-island economy.

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European PMs will be 'reluctant' to grant another Brexit extension, Varadkar says

Nonetheless, Mr Varadkar said the Government here has not ruled out the possibility of the October 31 deadline being pushed back and will do everything to help Britain. ...

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Artists can claim dole for one year without casual work

Artists can claim dole for one year without casual work

Artists and musicians out of paid work will be able to claim the dole for up to a year without having to supplement their income with casual work.

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People in different parts of country could get different welfare payments

People in different parts of country could get different welfare payments

People living in different parts of the country could get different amounts of welfare and State pensions -as the Government looks at a shake-up of the current system. ...

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FF: €10 million package does not go far enough to stem exodus of soldiers

FF: €10 million package does not go far enough to stem exodus of soldiers

A €10 million package to increase allowances for members of the Defence Forces does not go far enough to stem the exodus of soldiers leaving the army, according ...

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€10m increase for Defence Forces members not enough, according to FF TDs

€10m increase for Defence Forces members not enough, according to FF TDs

A €10m package to increase allowances and top-ups for members of the Defence Forces does not go far enough to stem the exodus of soldiers leaving the army, ...

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Government pledges to overhaul injury claims system

Government pledges to overhaul injury claims system

Judges and the legal profession are to be asked to explain the high costs of compensation claims as TDs attempt to uncover reasons behind costly insurance premiums ...

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Robinson denies any friendship with leaders of United Arab Emirates

Robinson denies any friendship with leaders of United Arab Emirates

Former president Mary Robinson has denied that she has any friendship with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates as controversy surrounds the ruling family of ...

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Scares around standard of imported foods under Mercosur deal could see products banned from EU

Scares around standard of imported foods under Mercosur deal could see products banned from EU

"Scares" around the quality of South American food will trigger a “red button” that results in a ban on products imported from that firm or region under ...

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Creed says climate change protections in Mercosur agreement a 'deal breaker'

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has said climate change protections built into the Mercosur trade agreement were a “deal breaker” which could be used ...

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Trade union leader criticises govt over 'failed' housing plans

Trade union leader Patricia King delivered a withering criticism of the government's housing plans telling Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that his policy had “failed”. ...

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Sanctioning rent rise rates is ‘Celtic Tiger economics’

Sanctioning rent rise rates is ‘Celtic Tiger economics’

The Government has been accused of engaging in “Celtic Tiger economics” by sanctioning rent increases that are more than twice that of wage hikes and ...

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New figures reveal majority of vulnerable citizens' benefits have been upheld

New figures reveal majority of vulnerable citizens' benefits have been upheld

Thousands of vulnerable citizens are being denied supports and then forced to try to overturn funding decisions by the Department of Social Protection.

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Govt accused of engaging in 'Celtic Tiger economics' by approving rent increases

Govt accused of engaging in 'Celtic Tiger economics' by approving rent increases

The government has been accused of engaging in “Celtic Tiger economics” by sanctioning rent increases that are more than twice that of wage hikes and ...

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Calls in the Dáil for stricter regulation and better mental health facilities for children

Mental health minister Jim Daly has pledged that best practices guidelines for mental health facilities will be circulated among providers after calls in the Dáil ...

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US ambassador pledges to build bonds with Ireland

US ambassador pledges to build bonds with Ireland

Newly appointed US ambassador to Ireland Edward Crawford has pledged to strengthen the bonds between Ireland and America.

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Business Minister Heather Humphreys: Mercosur deal ‘isn’t all bad’

Business Minister Heather Humphreys has said the Mercosur deal “isn’t all bad” for Ireland and that there will be significant benefits for some ...

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Mercosur agreement threatens Phil Hogan's ambitions for second term as Agriculture Commissioner

Mercosur agreement threatens Phil Hogan's ambitions for second term as Agriculture Commissioner

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan's ambitions for a second term have been damaged by the new trade deal that threatens Irish farming.

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Over 2,000 providers sign up to national childcare scheme

Over 2,000 providers sign up to national childcare scheme

More than 2,000 care providers have signed up to the Government's new national childcare scheme which will ease access for parents to subsidised services.

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Varadkar preparing for November election if Brexit deal agreed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is preparing to fight an early winter snap general election to win a third term for Fine Gael if a Brexit deal is hammered out by Halloween.

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Government bid to end anti-vaccination myths

Government bid to end anti-vaccination myths

The Government will not introduce mandatory vaccination but instead seek to stamp out myths and set up an alliance to boost the uptake of immunisations.

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Only 13 of 6,700 State vehicles are electric

The Government’s climate action transport targets have been labelled a “joke” after it emerged the State’s fleet includes just 13 electric ...

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No-deal Brexit will not impact on health sector pay plans, Taoiseach confirms

No-deal Brexit will not impact on health sector pay plans, Taoiseach confirms

Pay rises and increased funds for nurses, consultants and others amounting to an estimated €300 million will still be delivered if the Irish economy is impacted ...

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Varadkar 'flattered' by links to top EU job but has 'no plans for a career change'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is “flattered” to be linked to the role of the new president of the European Commission but that he plans to stay ...

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Pride flag to fly over Dáil for first time

Pride flag to fly over Dáil for first time

The Pride flag is set to fly over Leinster House for the first time after TDs, party members and staff today meet as part of a new LGBT+ support group.

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Ignoring health service workers pay demands 'dangerous', says Labour

Ignoring health service workers pay demands 'dangerous', says Labour

Ignoring health service workers who are set to strike and their pay demands is "dangerous", Labour warns.

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Half of Cabinet fail to show up for Dáil questions

Almost half the Cabinet has failed to turn up in the Dáil for topical questions this year — despite a pledge by the Government that debates would be ...

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St Patrick’s Day plan to dye River Liffey green

St Patrick’s Day plan to dye River Liffey green

Tourism chiefs and politicians have plans to dye the River Liffey green for St Patrick’s Day next year, to mirror the attraction of Chicago’s waterways, ...

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Climate ‘town hall’ meeting in Cork by Government shrouded in secrecy

A Government ‘town hall’ meeting in Cork to promote its climate action plan was invitation-only and was not publicised in advance.

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River Liffey to be dyed green for Paddy's Day, tourism chiefs say

River Liffey to be dyed green for Paddy's Day, tourism chiefs say

Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons, confirmed to the Irish Examiner that efforts are underway to turn Dublin's dividing river green, with help from city plumbing ...

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Government rules out introduction of emergency rent freezes

Government rules out introduction of emergency rent freezes

Tanaiste Simon Coveney claimed investors and landlords here would leave the market and the solution to spiralling rents was increasing the supply of properties.

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Tánaiste admits delay in new digital safety laws amid call to ban children from viewing porn online

Tánaiste admits delay in new digital safety laws amid call to ban children from viewing porn online

Children under 18 years of age should be banned from viewing pornography online, says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as the Government admits that new digital safety laws ...

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Danny Healy-Rae: Climate plan ‘will hurt rural Ireland’

The Government has been warned its Climate Action Plan will hurt rural Ireland and stop families buying tractors and burning turf.

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Donnelly: Maternity services 'on their knees'

Donnelly: Maternity services 'on their knees'

Safer maternity care, better supports and increased staffing levels are needed to tackle a “very serious gender discrimination” in health services.

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TDs query why housing agency remains without legal powers a year on

TDs query why housing agency remains without legal powers a year on

Almost a year after it was launched by the Government, a new agency designed to use empty landbanks across the State for housing needs remains in a legal limbo without ...

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#Elections2019: Row was brewing over ‘cold storage’ Brexit seat

#Elections2019: Row was brewing over ‘cold storage’ Brexit seat

Just as counting was slowly edging to the finish line in the European Parliament Dublin constituency election on Monday night, whispers of a row started to filter ...

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#Elections2019: Clare Daly pledges to “rattle the cages of those in authority”

#Elections2019: Clare Daly pledges to “rattle the cages of those in authority”

Independent Clare Daly has pledged to “rattle the cages of those in authority” after being elected to the European Parliament in the constituency of ...

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#Elections2019 explainer: The dispute over Dublin's 'cold storage' Brexit seat

#Elections2019 explainer: The dispute over Dublin's 'cold storage' Brexit seat

Just as counting was slowly edging to the finish line in the European Parliament Dublin constituency election on Monday night, whispers of a row started to filter ...

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#Elections2019: Clare Daly says fight for Dublin seat could go to the courts

#Elections2019: Clare Daly says fight for Dublin seat could go to the courts

Independent Clare Daly has insisted she will fight for a seat in Dublin amid suggestions a row over transfers in the European elections could go to the courts.

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#Elections2019: Dublin count halted over transfer dispute

#Elections2019: Dublin count halted over transfer dispute

A row over the transfer of votes and the so-called 'cold storage' Brexit seat has brought a halt to counting in the European elections in Dublin.

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Elections point to green light for Budget increases in carbon taxes

Elections point to green light for Budget increases in carbon taxes

Households face hikes in fuel and heating costs as the government ramps up planned carbon taxes in the wake of a 'green surge' in the European and local elections.

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