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  • ‘Uncharted waters’ over long-term impact of garda powers — Harris [Ireland’s police commissioner]

    04/29/2020 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020 18:11
    The Garda Commissioner has said that “we are in uncharted waters” in terms of the long-term impact of the new powers given to Gardaí during the COVID-19 crisis. Drew Harris said that Gardaí had “engaged in more than 10,000 checkpoints” across the country last week. Commissioner Harris was speaking during a public meeting with the Policing Authority, which is overseeing the Garda response to COVID-19. The proceedings are being streamed live online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Mr. Harris said that the low number of coronavirus-related arrests to date — 76 — illustrated how well the public was complying with...
  • Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Varadkar of Ireland Before Bilateral Meeting

    03/12/2020 4:53:14 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    whitehouse.gov ^ | March 12, 2020 | White House
    Oval Office 11:00 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you all very much. It’s an honor to be with the Prime Minister of Ireland. We’ve known each other now for quite a while, and we have a great relationship and a great relationship with Ireland. And we have a lot to discuss. We will be talking about the obvious, and we’ll also be talking about the virus that’s hit the world. I see they’ve cancelled their big soccer games, their championship games, and a lot of other games. They’ve cancelled a lot over in Europe and all over the world....
  • Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald blasts 'arrogant' political rivals for denying her party place in next Irish government over historic links to IRA

    02/15/2020 9:13:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:20 EST, 15 February 2020 | James Mills
    Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald today blasted “arrogant” political rivals for denying her party a place in the next Irish Government. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out entering a coalition with the left-leaning party because of historic links to the IRA. Ms. McDonald told a party meeting in Belfast: “The political establishment of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are circling the wagons in defense of a status quo that will not deliver the change citizens voted for last weekend. Because they don’t want change. That is why they said they wouldn’t talk to us. And it now...
  • Three-way tie: FG, FF and SF all level at 22% support - exit poll [Ireland general election]

    02/08/2020 9:50:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Sunday, 9 Feb 2020 00:11
    A new exit poll suggests that Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are tied when it comes to first preference votes, making the result of the General Election too close to call. The exit poll, carried out by Ipsos MRBI for RTÉ, The Irish Times, TG4 and UCD, indicates all three parties have 22% of first preference votes. The margin of error in this exit poll is ±1.3% — which means any of the three parties could be as low as 20.7% support or as high as 23.3%. […] The poll suggests a move toward Sinn Féin among younger...
  • 'We're worried our son will become an orphan due to our lack of rights'(hurl alert)

    11/08/2019 3:08:09 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    The Journal ^ | 6th November 2019 | Kelly Socol
    WHEN IRELAND VOTED overwhelmingly for the marriage equality referendum, we thought that when we have children everything is going to be equal. We were wrong. On Monday, Minister for Health Simon Harris signed regulations for the Children and Family Relationships Act. These will allow both names of some LGBTQ+ couples on their children’s birth certificate from May 2020. He said that it was a really important day and received a lot of good publicity but we are still excluded and unequal in the eyes of the law. This Act covers same-sex couples who use a non-anonymous donor through an Irish...
  • Trump and the Irish

    06/08/2019 9:37:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | June 7, 2019 | Derry O'Sullivan
    As an Irishman, I’m embarrassed at the treatment of the President of the United States on his recent visit to Ireland. His shabby reception in Ireland contrasts sharply with the red carpet treatment in London. Media reports that the Leo Varadkar (the Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach) refused to meet at the Trump resort at Doonbeg. The hostile media is having a field day with this. Vox reported President Trump will meet the Irish prime minister -- at the airport. Trump reportedly wanted to go to his golf course in Ireland. The Irish government said no. So they’re meeting at the airport...
  • Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

    03/14/2019 7:50:55 PM PDT · by blueplum · 62 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 14 Mar 2019 | Luke O'Neil
    Warning: Hypocritical hit piece The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed “the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America”. Varadkar, who is in Washington this week to reaffirm the longstanding shared history between the two countries, brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the vice-presidential residence at the Naval Observatory. Varadkar tweeted that he and Barrett had received a “warm reception” at Pence’s home, but in pointed remarks to Pence and gathered media, he also...
  • Islamic terror suspects will be allowed home

    02/25/2019 9:53:55 PM PST · by Murtyo · 24 replies
    Ireland will take back extremists who have travelled to fight with terrorist groups like Isil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. While he indicated each case would have to be considered on its own merits, Mr Varadkar said this country shouldn’t expect our citizens “to be somebody else’s problem”. An estimated half-dozen Irish passport holders are believed to be still operating on behalf of Islamic State (Isil) in Syria.
  • Meat consumption must drop by 90% to avert climate crisis, report warns

    01/22/2019 10:53:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 13:12
    Meat consumption in western countries such as Ireland may need to drop by 90 percent to avert a climate catastrophe and reverse the current obesity epidemic, a new study has warned. The research by 20 influential food scientists, published in the Lancet Medical Journal, suggests the global food system is unsustainable and driving the planet towards environmental destruction while simultaneously leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight. […] To get the required daily intake of calories, people would be expected to eat almost 18 times as much dry beans, soy and nuts. … To promote the shift to a...
  • Taoiseach criticizes social media companies over hate posts [Irish PM Varadkar]

    12/22/2018 6:39:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    BreakingNews.ie ^ | 12/22/2018 — 00:28:00 | Press Association
    The Taoiseach has criticized social media companies such as Facebook, that do not think they are “accountable” for what is posted on their platforms. Asked about threats made against groups of people after a social media video of the recent Roscommon eviction, Mr. (Leo) Varadkar said online platforms are not held to the same standard as newspaper publishers. “As I am concerned, social media posts like that are incitement of hatred and incitement of violence, and if you were a publisher of a newspaper or a broadcaster, you wouldn’t be allowed to promote that kind of stuff and you would...
  • Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

    09/22/2018 10:56:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/23/2018 | Órla Ryan
    Leo Varadkar is set to travel to New York today ahead of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The Taoiseach will visit the UN headquarters in New York tomorrow to attend the summit, which is being held in honor of the centenary of Mandela’s birth. […] The Taoiseach will address the plenary and will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with heads of state during which he will raise Ireland’s campaign for an elected seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. …
  • Varadkar: Trump should be respected during November visit [Ireland]

    09/02/2018 3:11:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breaking News ^ | September 2, 2018 | Press Association
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the news of Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland came out of the blue for the government, and argued the US president should be respected. Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any US president to come to Ireland. Speaking on the Marty Squad on RTE Radio 1, the Taoiseach said the Government had not known until a couple of days ago. “There is an open invitation to the US president to visit Ireland at any time, I think they’ve all visited since Reagan, if not before and obviously there’s an open invitation for...
  • Trump in Ireland: US Secret Service will come to Dublin and Doonbeg to conduct 'security sweep'

    09/01/2018 12:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Irish Mirror ^ | September 1, 2018 | Sylvia Pownall
    The US Secret Service will send their Men In Black to do a security sweep of Dublin and Doonbeg ahead of Donald Trump’s visit in November. White House confirmation of the two-day trip presents a headache for the Defence Forces who will be braced for large-scale protests. A source said a massive Garda and security operation is needed to safeguard the US President, who met with huge protests on a recent trip to the UK. Trump stirred up a political storm during the four-day visit after criticising British Prime Minister Teresa May in a newspaper interview. He was then snubbed...
  • Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

    09/01/2018 10:20:25 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/01/18
    Politicians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he visits in November. On Friday, the White House announced the visit to Ireland would take place as part of a European tour that would also see the US president travel to Paris for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after the first world war. A White House statement said Trump’s visit would “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”. The Irish Labour party, Greens and Solidarity – People Before Profit all pledged to organise protests surrounding the visit, within an...
  • Irish PM: Time to Move Catholic Church from Centre of Society

    08/26/2018 7:02:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/25/18 | Harriet Sherwood
    Leo Varadkar’s speech during papal visit focuses on church’s failings over child sexual abuseThe Irish prime minister has called for a new relationship between church and state in which religion is no longer at the centre of society, as the pope made his first visit to Ireland this weekend. In a blistering speech focusing on the failings of the church, delivered in the presence of Pope Francis, Leo Varadkar, the taoiseach, said a new covenant for the 21st century was needed that reflected the modern country Ireland had become and learned from “our shared mistakes”. Pope Francis, who is on...
  • Catholic LGBT group rejected by event pope will attend in Dublin (World Meeting of Families)

    08/13/2018 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Mon 13 Aug 2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    An organisation representing LGBT Catholics around the world has been denied permission for a stall at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which Pope Francis is attending on 25 August. The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, which represents 60 organisations, has been told that due to “logistical considerations” it has not been allocated a booth in the gathering’s exhibition hall. The WMF, an international event held by the Roman Catholic church every three years, opens in Dublin next Monday. Pope Francis will spend 36 hours in Ireland attending events. The GNRC was told only in the past few days...
  • Motorists may be taxed on distance driven rather than paying excise on fuel [Ireland]

    08/07/2018 7:48:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 08/06/2018 | Fiach Kelly, Deputy Political Editor
    Motorists may be taxed on the distance they drive rather than paying excise on fuel at petrol station pumps, under plans proposed by senior officials. The Government is considering numerous schemes to ensure the overall tax take from motoring does not drop significantly as a result of moves to lower emission vehicles. The Department of Finance has outlined a series of options on how to ensure the exchequer does not lose out, such as a fixed charge on the purchase of every car, no matter how low its emissions levels are. Recent policy has been designed to encourage motorists to...
  • Irish Bishops Agree to Offer ‘Marriage Counseling’ and ‘Sex Therapy’ to Gay Couples

    07/27/2018 7:35:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/26/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    IRELAND, July 26, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – Ireland’s Catholic bishops have reportedly caved into government demands to provide “marriage care service” that includes “marriage preparation” and “marital sex therapy” to homosexual couples. The bishops’ decision, seen as a move to avoid losing government funding, seems to place fiscal considerations over fidelity to Church teaching. At issue is nearly €1.6 million in government funding for Accord, the counseling service administered by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ICBC). In 2016, the Irish government, now headed by the homosexual Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, supplied roughly one quarter of Accord’s operating budget. Back in January,...
  • Irish PM is labeled an 'airhead' as May says he CAN'T ban British planes from flying over country…

    07/20/2018 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:49 EDT, 20 July 2018 | James Tapsfield and David Churchill
    Leo Varadkar was branded an “airhead” today as Downing Street dismissed his extraordinary threat to “ban” British aircraft from Irish airspace in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Irish PM was slapped down by Theresa May’s spokeswoman over the saber-rattling — which is being seen as tit-for-tat for the UK reclaiming control over its territorial waters. As the row raged, Mrs. May urged the EU to take a more “practical” approach to the negotiations — insisting her Chequers plan offered a “comprehensive” solution to the need to avoid a hard Irish border. And No. 10 gave short shrift to...
  • Leo Varadkar says he sympathises with Donald Trump on media (Prime Minister/Taoiseach of Ireland)

    07/03/2018 11:07:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Buzz ^ | July 4, 2018 | David Kent
    We don't think this will go down well. The Taoiseach has said he sympathises with Donald Trump’s criticism of the media. The comments were made by Leo Varadkar on Monday. According to the Times, Varadkar made the remarks at a private lunch in New York hosted by Irish consul general Ciaran Madden. The Taoiseach was asked what he thought of Trump and specifically the US president’s attacks on the press. He said the media was not interested in the truth but in the story, sources told the Times. Apparently, his biggest target was the political press. He claimed political journalists...