Taoiseach  Leo was in his first face-to-face talk today with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussing Brexit, the talks which lasted more than an hour, were described as “positive and constructive”. The talks centered around Brexit and the Irish border “issue” which is something that looks unlikely to be resolved. In other British political news Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down as Commons Speaker and MP at the next election or on 31 October, whichever comes first. Mr Bercow has faced fierce criticism from Brexiteers, who have questioned his impartiality on the issue of Europe and claim he has facilitated efforts by MPs opposed to a no-deal exit to take control of Commons business.

In other Irish news Dublin’s Bernard Shaw pub to close at end of October in a statement from their website:

In health and safety news here is the recent list of restaurants closed in Ireland for violating health and safety standards.

In European news: National governments across the EU have named their candidates for the next European Commission, which will be headed by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen.

Two-thirds of deaths of under 75-year-olds could have been prevented according to a report by Eurostat. In 2016, 1.7 million people under the age of 75 died in the EU, of which 1.2 million were considered premature, according to Eurostat.

Data sets found here

Eurostat considers deaths that could have been prevented by “effective interventions in the field of public health and primary prevention” as “avoidable mortality “. This category includes a portion of deaths related to smoking and alcohol. These deaths could have been avoided before the onset of illness or injury.

In Polish news: Poland’s foreign ministry condemns attack on Israeli students, Poland’s foreign ministry on Sunday (8 September) condemned violence against a group of Israeli students beaten at a Warsaw nightclub early on Saturday, following criticism that Polish leaders are not doing enough to denounce antisemitism.

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