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Opposition TDs demand a 'Plan B' for broadband amid fears cost could reach €3bn Communications Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Frank McGrath Opposition TDs have demanded that the Government outlines a 'Plan B' for broadband amid concern that the project to roll out high-speed internet to rural Ireland could cost up to €3bn. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) has been beset with delays...
Newcomer wins landslide in Slovakia First: Newly elected president of Slovakia Zuzana Caputova gets ready for a television debate in Bratislava. Photo: Getty Images A pro-EU anti-corruption lawyer has won a landslide victory to become the first female president of Slovakia. Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova took 58pc of the vote in Saturday's run-off election, topping European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic on 42pc....
TV comedian tops exit poll for Ukraine's presidency An elderly woman examines her ballot during voting near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Image: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka A comedian with a popular anti-corruption message but no political experience took the lead in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election yesterday, according to exit polls. Volodymyr Zelenskiy (41), who plays a fictional president in a TV...
Noelle O'Connell: 'Heavy price of Brexit underscores value of EU membership over 'us-alone' vision'   Sending message: Protesters in Parliament Square, London, during the March to Leave event on Friday. Photo: PA The weekend just gone was supposed to be Brexit weekend. But the UK government and the EU agreed at a recent summit to shift the Brexit date to at least...
Netanyahu tries dirty tricks as rival leads in the polls Netanyahu has drawn accusations of incitement by claiming his opponents will co-operate with Arab politicians. Photo: Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party is scrambling to regain lost ground in the polls by trying to paint his main rival as mentally unstable. The video ads attacking former military chief Benny...
Berlusconi campaign for Europe to become 'world military power' Ambition: Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi wants a “more united Europe”. Picture: Getty Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has said he will be running in the European Parliament elections in May because he wants to fight for a more united European Union. Mr Berlusconi (82) was speaking at a weekend convention of his centre-right Forza...
Cormac McQuinn: 'Political policing' gaffe is most serious case of Finian shooting from the hip'    Finian McGrath Finian McGrath has a reputation as an outspoken politician, unafraid to speak his mind. His highly controversial remarks about gardaí are not the first time it has landed him in trouble. It can be an admirable trait that sets him apart from other TDs that...
Editorial: 'A thundering disgrace and a minister who cannot stay' 'McGrath’s record on disabilities is noble. But that doesn’t afford a pass.' Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins A thundering disgrace. The infamous language used by Defence Minister Paddy Donegan to describe President Cearbhall Ó Dalaigh certainly springs to mind. The President's 'sin' was to refer the Government's tough new anti-terrorist emergency powers legislation...
HSE chief's salary soars to €300,000 with Fingal County boss set for post Major challenges face future HSE chief Paul Reid. Picture: Tony Gavin The new head of the HSE is expected to be awarded a salary of around €300,000 - a bumper €100,000 more than his predecessor. Paul Reid, manager of Fingal County Council, is expected to be announced as chief...
Finian McGrath apologises 'unreservedly' for controversial remarks on drink-driving crackdown Finian McGrath Cabinet minister Finian McGrath has apologised “unreservedly” to the families of road accident victims and the gardaí in the wake of his controversial remarks on the enforcement of the drink-driving crackdown. A statement this evening came in the wake of calls for him to resign over the comments where he...

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