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Wednesday 27 January 2016 23.50
Christiane Taubira was popular minister among governing Socialists
Christiane Taubira was popular minister among governing Socialists

French justice minister quits over nationality measure

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has resigned, apparently in protest at government moves to push through a measure that would strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality.

Ms Taubira, a popular figure among the governing Socialists of President Francois Hollande but a target of criticism for the right-wing Republicans, tweeted: "Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes resisting means leaving."

The French president called for the "loss of nationality" measure to be written into the constitution in the aftermath of the November jihadist attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead.

Man arrested over Gallagher murder

A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the murder of Paul Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher's body was discovered at Ballymacan, Collon Co Meath on 30 July 2014. He had been shot several times.

The man is being held at Navan Garda Station.

Govt publishes national strategy aimed at developing skills

The Government has published a national strategy aimed at developing skills needed over the next five years. 

The plan was publicised by the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, the Minister for Education, and the Minister for Skills Research and innovation at an event at Blackrock Further Education Institute this afternoon.

Addressing them, principal of the college Deirdre Hanamy appealed for a levy currently placed on Post Leaving Cert courses to be removed. She also asked the Government to consider investing more in Guidance Counselling services.

The new strategy includes a commitment to provide 50,000 modern apprenticeship and traineeship places between now and 2020. It calls for a review of guidance services and careers information for school students and adults.

Law Reform Commission open to submissions on changes to regulation to corporate offences

The Law Reform Commission is seeking submissions on how the law on regulation and corporate offences should be changed, following the financial and economic collapse of recent years.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, President of the Law Reform Commission Mr Justice John Quirke said it is a consultative process which is looking at the overall adequacy of the laws that governing corporate criminality and corporate regulatory matters.

He said the LRC has identified 12 issues, six of which relate to criminal matters and they are asking if Ireland's current offences are adequate.

He said they are also questioning whether the powers of regulators to go in and search premises, seize documents and access computers should be standardised.