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Week 1 - 15/01/2021

Published on 15 January 2021 at 12:06

Trump Impeachment

Donald Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice, after being charged with "incitement of insurrection" over last week's deadly storming of Congress.

House Representatives accused him of inciting violence with his false claims of election fraud.

Mr Trump now faces trial in the Senate, however not before he leaves office on Wednesday.

Senators can vote to bar him from ever holding public office again.

President Trump called on his followers to remain peaceful in a video, without mentioning his impeachment after he was impeached. Stating

"Violence and vandalism have no place in our country... No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence," he said, striking a sombre and conciliatory tone."

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests in Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals in the days before Joe Biden, is inaugurated as the new US president.

 


Mother and Baby Homes

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes published its report on Tuesday of this week. It investigated decades of harm caused to tens of thousands women and children at mother and baby homes and four county homes in Ireland between 1922 and 1998.

Some major findings of the report included:

Infant mortality Up to 9,000 children died in these homes. In the years 1945-46, the motality rate among infants in mother and baby homes was almost double the national average. The commission stated the high rate of infant mortality was a “disquieting” feature.

Abuse of women The report found that while “there is no doubt that women in mother and baby homes were subjected to emotional abuse but there is very little evidence of physical abuse and no evidence of sexual abuse”.

Abuse of children The report stated that there was some evidence of physical abuse of children “which, while unacceptable, was minor in comparison to the evidence of physical abuse documented in the Ryan report.” The report found no evidence of any sexual abuse of children.

Pregnancies It was found in the report that some pregnancies were the result of rape. Furthermore the report added that womens lives were “blighted” by pregnancy outside marriage.

Read the full report here

 


EU grant Ireland with One billion Euro from Brexit Fallout

Ireland is set to receive over €1 billion from the EU's Brexit fund, set up to help member states most affected by the UK's divorce from the EU.

The funds are part of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve, worth more than €5 billion.

"I'm pleased to announce that a proposal has been made tonight on the Brexit Adjustment Reserve. The BAR is valued at €5.4 billion (€4.2 billion in 2021 & €1.1 billion in 2024)," Mr Coveney announced during the week.

Ireland's initial proposed allocation for 2021 is €1.051 billion or 25% of the fund.

Member states in receipt of the funds will then be subject to a detailed audit in 2023 and will have to show then why the allocations were necessary

 

Trump Twitter Ban

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump Tweeted:

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

Shortly thereafter, the President Tweeted:

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

According to Twitter's report, they stated that:

"these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence"

As a result Twitter deemed president Trumps words to breach their "Glorification of violence policy" and subsequently suspended his

account.

In the days following, Twitter announced they have no plans to reinstate the President’s Twitter account.

In the days that followed, Trump supporters turned to another application called Parler. Which was subsequently deleted from most app stores.

Trump criticizesd Twitter's decision claiming to prevent free speech. This was echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the week, whom criticized Twitter.


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