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The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland has a new leader after four weeks of organized chaos. But as Ken Murray reports from Dublin, the new party leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP (Photo), has a mountain to climb to sort out serious issues that could ultimately threaten his own tenure as divided DUP leader while …

In mid-July, the European Commission will publish its “Fit for 55” proposals. They will outline how the EU’s climate policy framework will be revised to ensure that the Union can deliver on its new commitment to achieve at least 55% emission reductions by 2030 and climate neutrality. by 2050 at the latest. It will be …

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been asked to help secure the release of an Irish resident who has been detained without charge in Iraq since April 7. Robert Pether is an Australian citizen, but he lives in Elphin in County Roscommon with his wife, Desree; two sons, Flynn …

Young drivers could have to wait 18 months to get a full license despite government assurances that the current backlog could be resolved within 15 weeks, according to industry sources. The growing backlog causes both frustration and expense for young drivers who must always have a driver’s license with them and pay higher premiums while …

The Irish public has been urged to remain vigilant in recent months over the growing number of scams that attempt to separate people from their hard-earned money. Gardai and the Department of Social Protection have warned people not to give out sensitive personal and banking information over the phone. There has been a recent wave …

Carbon emissions from the Irish electricity sector could drop from almost 10 million tonnes per year to less than 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030 and lead to a price reduction of € 180 million for consumers, according to a report by energy specialists Baringa. Their analysis released Wednesday also presents a longer-term …

Health chief urges Javid to be a ‘voice of caution’ New Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there was “no turning back” on the lifting of England’s remaining Covid restrictions. Mr Javid spoke to reporters this morning during a visit to St Thomas’ Hospital in London and before a statement to Parliament later. The former chancellor …

Politics being what it is, much of housing policy has been reduced to a numbers game. Ministers do not hesitate to refer to government spending and the number of houses “delivered”. Embarrassing questions about value for money for the taxpayer, or whether it goes to the people who need it most, or the potential impacts …

Personal testimony about the struggle to come out as gay in a society in which he is stigmatized has been at the heart of the European Union leaders’ disgusted reaction to a discriminatory Hungarian law this week. It was important that homosexuals were in the room. Hungary’s heated showdown began at a meeting of EU …

County Kerry Councilor Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan has called on the government to stop selling take-out pints. he representative of Killarney, who is also a publican, said Current affairs lunch that people “walking around with plastic cups and stuff” is not a picture we want for his city. “If we want the outdoor life to continue …

Micheál Martin was told that the issue of land ownership of the National Maternity Hospital is a “defining moment” for its leaders and for the country. Ds told the Taoiseach that he must be prepared to issue a Campus-wide Mandatory Purchase Order (CPO) at the St Vincent Hospital site in Dublin, where the new NMH …

A NEW TRIAL program that aims to allow employers to test the effectiveness of a four-day work week is launched today. The six-month experiment is being piloted by the Four Day Week Ireland campaign. The group says a four-day work week benefits employees, who enjoy a better work-life balance, and can also lead to greater …

The Northern Justice Minister condemned the “appalling” threat from loyalist paramilitaries that Irish government ministers and officials are no longer welcome in the region. Speaking at the Stormont Assembly on Monday, Naomi Long said comments made last week by the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) – a coordinating group representing the views of the UDA, UVF …

UNHCR in Ireland has said the Covid-19 pandemic has made it much more difficult for refugees to resettle here, with arrivals over the past two years being well below government commitments. He said the Irish government is committed to resettling 2,900 refugees by 2023, but so far only 250 have arrived between this year and …

The political debate in Northern Ireland has become “quite aggressive” in recent weeks, Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said. “The idea that some members of the loyalist community would blame the Dublin government, as they call it, for all Brexit and Protocol woes is just not accurate,” he said. “It is we who are now looking …

A mental health tsunami is brewing among the thousands of people affected in mica-infested homes, it has been claimed. Paddy Diver, who spearheaded the campaign that led to the march in the capital, said he feared it was only a matter of time before a death occurred. Thousands of people affected by the bad blocks, …