Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.47 5 Mar 2019


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The rate of poverty among single parents who work more than doubled in just five years.

A new report from the Society of St Vincent de Paul has found that one in eleven working lone parents were living below the poverty line in 2012.

However, it had increased to one in five by 2017.

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Emmanuel Macron has called for reforms of the European Union, suggesting a "European renaissance" is needed.

In open letters published in newspapers across Europe, the French president proposes a commission to protect the election process in member states "against cyber-attacks and manipulation".

He also suggests that European nations need to "rethink the Schengen area" - proposing a common border force and a European asylum office.

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A judgement is due today in Denis O’Brien’s appeal against a failed legal action in relation to statements made in the Dáil about his banking affairs.

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy made the remarks under privilege during a debate about the sale of SiteServ.

The businessman claimed they were guilty of an “unwarranted interference” with the operation of the courts.

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The UK's Brexit Secretary and Attorney General are back in Brussels today for more talks with the EU over the backstop.

They'll meet the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier to discuss "legally binding guarantees" on the measure aimed at avoiding a hard border.

The British government wants assurances to try and convince pro-Brexit MPs at Westminster that the backstop is temporary.

However, the EU have insisted the withdrawal agreement can't be renegotiated.

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Members of Dublin City Council have defeated a motion to permit back garden log cabins as a way of alleviating the housing crisis.

The council's Planning Committee had passed a motion to allow "free standing ancillary family accommodation".

However, at the council's meeting last night many councillors argued against the idea.


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