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# Hitting back
Liverpool dismayed by 'disgraceful' claims from French Interior Minister
UEFA have launched their own independent review, led by Portugal’s Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues.
Minister hopeful of bigger crowds returning for sporting events
Stephen Donnelly was speaking ahead of NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.
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# Ministers
Irish government seeks meeting with IRFU after letter from women's players
Ministers Martin and Chambers are considering the letter with “the upmost seriousness.”
# Czech Mate
Fourth Czech health minister resigns since the start of the pandemic
The current office holder was only sworn in last month, but has been under fire due to alleged irregularities in his tax returns.
# Cross border
Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding
Coveney said that he was told by Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis that “finance from London shouldn’t be a problem”.
# palliative care week
Half of Irish people think Covid-19 has increased the importance of discussing palliative care
The survey found that a third of people think palliative care is a last resort, when in fact it can be used for a number of years.
# Brexit
Simon Coveney says UK suggestion that EU would 'blockade' food to Northern Ireland is 'spin and not true'
“Britain is behaving in an extraordinary way and the British people need to know that,” Coveney said on the BBC.
# drink driving row
Taoiseach says he has seen Cowen's Garda drink driving file, says the document is 'not quite as portrayed'
Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan have also said that further questions need to be answered.
# Funding
Government criticised over schemes aimed at helping artists impacted by coronavirus
Minister Josepha Madigan made the announcement about a number of new initiatives today.
# out to launch
Quiz: What on earth are these politicians up to?
Novelty glasses, pumpkins and a giant film reel – ministers can be pictured doing some pretty ridiculous things.
# signing off
FG junior minister Jim Daly announces he will not run in the next election
Daly has served as junior minister for mental health and older people for the past two years.
# navy ships
Taoiseach has ‘absolute confidence’ in Kehoe after navy ship claims
Kehoe became embroiled in confusion over the weekend when he said two vessels were docked for maintenance reasons and not for staff shortages.
# Brexit
UK junior agriculture minister resigns over May decision to allow vote delaying Brexit
Agriculture minister George Eustice sent a letter to May today tendering his resignation.
# National Broadband Plan
Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group
Richard Bruton is to take over the role of Communications Minister temporarily.
# keeping it local
Fine Gael minister allocates one eighth of a national money pot to his own constituency
Michael Ring’s home county of Mayo received €216,000 in the recent allocation of the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme.
# comment is free
Eoghan Murphy says there were 'crazier' ideas than Varadkar's to create pro-Fine Gael online accounts
A new biography of Varadkar’s rise to power says that he suggested creating anonymous accounts to comment on news stories.
# winners
€1.5 million announced for Irish teams preparing for Olympics and world championships
Minister Shane Ross made the announcement today.
# Alan Shatter
Shane Ross: 'I sometimes think he's got a picture of me and he's throwing darts'
The MInister for Transport and former justice minister have been arguing over Stepaside Garda Station.
Former Education and Economic Planning Minister Martin O'Donoghue dies aged 85
O’Donoghue was elected to the Dáil in 1977 as a TD for Dun Laoghaire.
# Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney says UK's Brexit bill amendments 'not helpful' for negotiations
He also said that Sinn Féin should explain its policy of abstentionism as it could have influenced the vote on Monday.
# Attack
'Terrorised on their commutes': Clongriffin locals working with gardaí to trace graffiti gangs
A local TD said he has been receiving “numerous emails and calls from concerned constituents who are living in fear” over the past few years.
# rowdy scenes
'You're letting down the people of Kerry': TDs get in shouting match over new rural bus service
Danny Healy-Rae got into a shouting match with Minister Brendan Griffin this evening.
# not a clue
The government has no idea if people are serving on more state boards than they should be
The allocation of state board memberships has caused no end of controversy in Ireland in the past.
"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”
# Interview
'My stupid mandatory but not compulsory line' - Regina Doherty on the rocky road of ministerial life
From the Public Services Card to initiating a Garda investigation over Twitter abuse, it’s been an eventful six months for the Meath TD.
# changing tack
'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.
# Happy Days
Fancy the job? Nigerian state gets 'happiness minister'
Officially the title is ‘commissioner for happiness and couples’ fulfilment’.
# thank christ
Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week
But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.
# Executive Council
Mary Lou McDonald says she's glad Barry Walsh resigned over comments about female politicians
The Sinn Féin deputy leader was subject to online abuse by Walsh.
# Government
'I didn't realise it was inappropriate': Woman receives €7k after Halligan asked if she was married in job interview
The woman said she felt “exposed” by being asked the question in such a situation.
# singled out
'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted
“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”
# line of duty
Over 290 gardaí injured while on duty so far this year
That’s according to new figures shared by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
# Free-to-air
Senior ladies football and camogie All-Ireland finals 'of major importance to society'
This means that they will now be available on a free-to-air and live basis for TV viewers.
# equal pay equal work
'Everyone who does the same job deserves the same pay': Mitchell O'Connor weighs in on teachers' pay
The Minister of State said she stands by the ideal that there should be equal pay for equal work.
# Money Money Money
Have an opinion on what can be done to narrow the gender pay gap? The government is all ears
A public consultation is opening for submissions on Monday.
# st helen's court
'People realise it could be them': 4,400 sign petition to stop Dun Laoghaire eviction
The residents have written to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy about the issue.
# Sex Offenders
Repeat sex offenders will face mandatory minimum sentencing under new laws
The new Bill is to get Cabinet approval in the Autumn.
# Foster Care
Boy put back into residential care after 'loving' foster parents didn't get supports they begged for
The child was doing well in school and had joined the local football club but needed extra psychological supports which the family did not receive.
# hasn't helped
Help-to-buy scheme may be scrapped admits Housing Minister
Eoghan Murphy said that the possibility the help-to-buy scheme had had the opposite effect to that intended is “a concern”.
# I'm out
Enda Kenny praises 'extraordinary' Noonan as he announces plan to step down
The Finance Minister says he will not be seeking re-election to the Dáil.