Michael Staines
Michael Staines

22.16 15 May 2019


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US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland in June

The US President is likely to be greeted by protesters if he travels to Ireland in June as expected.

According to a number of senior sources, Donald Trump will spend a number of days in County Clare after his state trip to the UK.

Government officials have been preparing for the visit to take place between the 5th and the 8th of June.

He will arrive after a three-day visit to the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

White House refuses to sign “Christchurch Call” in Paris

The White House has refused to back an international commitment aimed at preventing the spread of violent extremist content online.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar travelled to Paris this evening to sign the "Christchurch Call."

The pledge has the support of 17 Governments, the European Commission and a host of tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Drafted by the French and New Zealand governments, the action was prompted by the Christchurch terror attacks – which saw 51 people killed after a gunman opened fire in two mosques.

Failure to meet 2020 emissions targets will cost State up to €150m

The cost of missing our greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020 could be up to €150 million.

The State will have to buy 'carbon credits' for around 16 to 17 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

A carbon credit refers to a permit that allows a country to produce a certain amount of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.

Environment and Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton says the cost could escalate if we don't act.

FAI "shocked and disappointed" at SIPTU claims over its finances

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has disputed claims by SIPTU that the association is in "an extremely precarious financial situation".

The trade union is seeking an urgent meeting with Sports Minister Shane Ross over finances at the FAI.

SIPTU has said it wants to discuss "the threat to jobs in the FAI due to the precarious financial situation of the organisation."

It comes as the entire FAI board is to step down later this summer.

Independent gambling regulator to be established

A watershed on gambling advertising and a ban on free bets in newspapers could be introduced as part of a bid to tackle problem gambling.

The Government today announced plans to establish an independent gambling regulator by the end of 2020.

The authority will be staffed with 100 employees and will be responsible for tackling addiction, underage betting, match-fixing and online gambling.

Minister of State David Stanton made the announcement at a seminar on the future of gambling in Ireland at Farmleigh earlier.


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