Week 22 - 11/06/2021

Published on 11 June 2021 at 12:02

Irish Parties To Be Questioned over Electoral Practices 

The Republic of Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has contacted four political parties over their use of data during elections.


Helen Dixon is carrying out an audit on how Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party process data concerning electors and voters.


It comes after the parties admitted to using fake pollsters in the past.


Kamala Harris Under Pressure To Manage Migrant Crisis

Vice-President Kamala Harris has faced pressure to visit the US-Mexico border, as she tries to tackle a record migration spike.


Ms Harris had a testy exchange with a journalist who asked why she had not gone to the US southern boundary.


Members of Ms Harris’s own Democratic party meanwhile criticised her after she warned against illegal immigration.


On a visit to Mexico on Tuesday, she said Washington aimed to boost economic development in the region.


G7 Leaders Meet in Cornwall 

Leaders of the Group of Seven countries are gathering in Cornwall, England, for their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began.


The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States will discuss post-pandemic reconstruction at the three-day talks in Carbis Bay.


Vaccinating the world’s population against Covid, economic recovery and foreign policy issues will dominate the talks, which are being chaired by British Prime Minster Boris Johnson.


EU To Take Measured Response on NI Protocol 

The EU will take a measured response to any further unilateral moves by the UK to delay implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, with senior officials signalling a staggered approach to legal action and arbitration according to RTÉ News.


This would be to avoid falling into what diplomats fear would be the “trap” of escalating tensions around the protocol as the loyalist marching season in Northern Ireland approaches its peak.


The UK is widely expected to unilaterally extend a grace period which delays the ban on chilled meats entering Northern Ireland from GB, agreed with the EU in December, and which expires on 1 July.

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