The Budget battles have already begun, but at risk of having no clear winner
A bit like Christmas, it seems to start a little earlier every year. This week the first shots have been fired in the conflict over framing the Budget...
A bit like Christmas, it seems to start a little earlier every year. This week the first shots have been fired in the conflict over framing the Budget...
Resolving the Irish border crux over Brexit remains a key priority for the EU, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has told the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of “pettiness” in a Dáil row over illegal dumping.
Leo Varadkar would love to fight a "Brexit election", styling himself as "the man who stood up to Britain". And his party's opinion polling, as part of preparations for the big one, includes...
Compensation for portions of gardens lost to new bus corridors will be linked to property values, Transport Minister Shane Ross has confirmed.
PRINCE Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expected to visit Ireland in the middle of next month - very likely around Friday, July 13.
The time is right to claw back more taxpayer losses from the 2008 bank crash by selling off more State shares in AIB and Bank of Ireland, Dublin Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has urged.
The crucial matter of finding a solution to the Irish Border following Brexit is likely to be pushed back to October, it is understood.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is tomorrow expected to seek Government support for moves paving the way for a referendum on ending the crime of blasphemy.
A big extension to unpaid maternity leave for working parents will be approved by the Dáil this week.
Ireland has voted with a resounding 'Yes' to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Yet again the pace of societal change in Ireland has moved up a gear. But let's not forget that these struggles have often been long and often hurtful...
Many referendums have been decided by the people who stay at home and don't bother to vote. Today's referendum will be no different as turnout will...
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has utterly rejected comments by Sinn Féin about judges of the Special Criminal Court - and insisted the Court is...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appealed to employers to “show flexibility” to workers who want to travel to their home base to vote in Friday’s referendum.
State agencies just "can’t help themselves" as they engage in "foot-dragging" over cooperation with a probe into the smear test debacle, the Dáil has heard.
Irish farmers will be pleased to hear that Phil Hogan is doing well in the Brussels minefield as the EU Agriculture Commissioner.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Madrid today to meet the new Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, as part of the Government's Brexit lobbying effort.
The news from London just might be good for Ireland in the medium term.
British public opinion is turning against radical Brexiteers who are blocking a good EU-UK divorce deal, Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Former TD and minister Seán Calleary had a great "respect for difference" that extended to all facets of life including politics and sport, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin recalled.
It took three hours for the huge crowd to pay their last respects to a Mayo chieftain of politics and sport.
It is still remembered as one of the most infamous comments associated with what we euphemistically recall as the 'Northern Ireland Troubles', but which should be called three decades of murder and horror.
Fianna Fáil welfare spokesman, Willie O’Dea, has strongly rejected Fine Gael claims that his party is pushing for “a reckless” or “spendthrift” Budget this autumn.
I STILL have mortifying memories of a comprehensively failed effort to buy a packet of condoms in a certain midlands market town back in the summer of 1986.
Leading Tory Michael Gove has said the proposed Brexit backstop should apply for only a "short period of time" after the UK-EU divorce.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar criticised certain “No” campaigners for suggesting an “alternative amendment to the Constitution” can be found to protect expectant mothers and unborn children.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his profound sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of "two senseless and brutal killings" in recent days.
Judge Peter Charleton intervened to conclude that Sergeant Maurice McCabe's uncle and first cousin "just did not get on" with their garda relative.
Judge Peter Charleton is a plain-speaking man, who likes to ask witnesses questions, and often explains why he is asking them.
So we met the second of a trio who were forced to unhappily and swiftly exit their good jobs in the spring and summer of 2014. And all the exits related to controversies concerning Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
Two key Garda witnesses - Sergeant Maurice McCabe and Superintendent Dave Taylor - have potentially explosive stories to tell.
It was a conversion worthy of St Paul on the road to Damascus. For almost one year, Superintendent David Taylor said he had been instructed to smear Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.
THE Government was today challenged to “stop defending the system” and respond to the women let down in the cervical cancer test debacle.
A MOTHER of five who was diagnosed with cancer after receiving an incorrect smear test result will find out on Friday how long she has to live, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil this afternoon.
Monica Barnes's daughter told her funeral of a recent conversation they shared in which her mother reflected on her long career of political activism.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said that people deemed responsible for shortcomings in the cancer smear test debacle may lose their jobs.
SACKING Tony O’Brien as the boss of the national health service is a very attractive prospect. But would it help us as a nation trying to find our way out of the dreadful miasma of despair that continues to hang over the cancer-screening debacle?
The European Commission has warned Health Minister Simon Harris that curbs on alcohol advertising appear to break EU laws.
Monica Barnes, a long-time Fine Gael politician and life-time advocate for human rights, has died aged 82.
Ireland's top farriers are preparing to pit their skills against the best of their trade across mainland Europe.
HSE Director General Tony O’Brien is to take a “leave of absence” from the board of a US medical firm to focus on dealing with the Cervical cancer scandal - Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil.
The chairman of a US firm - which has added the embattled HSE boss, Tony O’Brien, to its board - has hosted a fundraising function for the Taoiseach.
THERE will be a redress scheme for women who have been hit by the cervical cancer test scandal – but payments must await the result of a statutory inquiry, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has utterly rejected calls to sack the Health Service Executive boss, Tony O’Brien, in the wake of the cancer misdiagnosis scandal.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said Irish farmers will have to do more to protect the environment to qualify for renewed farm payments.
An EU objection by two major wine-producing countries has delayed by at least three months an Irish bill to put health warning labels on alcoholic drinks here.
Ireland faces fines of €600m a year from the EU for failing to meet renewable energy targets and cutting carbon emissions by 2020.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has given Ireland his clearest message of support, insisting its interests will be defended in any exit deal with the UK.
A bit like the buses, you wait ages for one - then suddenly two arrive almost at once.
British MPs heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her hardline Brexit stance and keep the UK in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit.
The Democratic Unionist Party has warned UK Prime Minister Theresa May it will bring down her government if Northern Ireland is forced to stay inside the EU customs union and single market after Brexit.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten has banned phone calls from lobbyists, he has told the Dáil.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged that recommendations from an investigation into the case of young girls being raped in foster care will be acted upon.
In fairness to the Independent Alliance it has not had a major crisis in government for half a year.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has allowed another senior judge to be appointed despite very slow progress on his demands for a new judicial appointments system.
The three "wise men", with a combined 17 years of government leadership, all believe Ireland's links to Britain via the European Union contacts proved very beneficial over the past 45 years.
Two former Taoisigh, John Bruton and Bertie Ahern, have each warned of the risk of violence if Brexit causes a return of the border in Ireland.
So, on that basis, every minister has a free "get out of jail card" until May 25 and the abortion referendum.
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Denis Naughten has been accused of producing a very poor excuse for his handling of contacts with a key political lobbyist.
A renowned mandarin – no longer active in the national political parish – often summed up certain political rows as “awkward but not fatal”.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been accused of "tokenism" by announcing a law to criminalise landlords who increase rents by more than the permitted 4pc per year.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it is time to introduce a new law to protect journalists and their confidential sources.
There was a stark clash in testimony between Pat Rabbitte and his former ministerial driver at the Disclosures Tribunal.
This was going to be a "free offer" - but the recession is over. So we are offering a good rate for those who sign up early.
This was a dramatic case of role reversal. John McGuinness was renowned over the years 2011-2016 as the 'Grand Inquisitor' chairing the taxpayers' watchdog Public Accounts Committee, assertively trying to take it into new areas.
John McGuinness said he expected to talk to the Garda commissioner inside the hotel.
Some of you will already know who Guy Verhofstadt is. Most of the rest of us will know a lot more about him over the coming six months, as he could well become an important figure in deciding Ireland's fate in a post-Brexit world.
The killing has stopped and, by and large, stayed stopped - that is one undoubted mercy. The various low-key events over recent days, marking 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, have told us that people across the North will not tolerate a return to the awfulness of murder and mayhem we euphemistically called 'the Troubles'.
Special prayers for all those brutally "disappeared" by the IRA were said at the funeral of a man who led efforts to have their remains recovered and buried by loved ones.
So it's exit teachers, enter doctors, and cue an additional heap of financial grief for Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.
A bitter blame game has erupted between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over which party will spark the next general election.
It has the makings of a great election ... but, then again, it might not happen until 2025.
Fianna Fáil will move to force the Government to clamp down on "fake self-employment" with changes to forthcoming legislation.
President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to the former distinguished government official Frank Murray, saying he was respected by ministers from every political party during his long career.
Starting from today, it's 363 days and counting downwards. Brexit will formally happen at 11pm Irish time on March 29, 2019. However, the real deadline is just over six months away as an EU leaders' summit fixed for Brussels on October 18 and 19 must sign off on the EU-UK divorce deal.
For his entry into politics, he was supposed to be a 'sweeper', hoovering up votes for heavier hitters.
Micheál Martin has made three big changes in the "war zones" where Fianna Fáil is just not landing enough punches on Fine Gael.
The number of homeless children has doubled “on this Government’s watch,” Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty, has told the Dáil.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted progress must be made by next June clarifying how the UK will guarantee no hard Border in Ireland.
Legend has it that on the eve of a referendum in October 2013 on plans to set up Ireland's newest law court, posters appeared in the leafier Dublin suburbs carrying the slogan: "Vote Yes to the Court of Appeal - and job creation."
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said “families in all their shapes and forms should be celebrated” when Pope Francis visits Ireland next August.
The Government will not insert a proviso requiring a two-thirds Dáil majority for any future change in planned abortion law, the Taoiseach has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has paid tribute to the former Dáil chairman, Seán Treacy, saying he was best remembered as a man who “put manners on TDs.”
The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has described a decision to expel a diplomat as "totally unwarranted, uncalled for, senseless and regrettable".
Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has faced scathing criticisms and been challenged to clarify comments he made about a pending Supreme Court ruling.
A Brexit "silver lining" will deliver 2,500 new jobs for Ireland over the next three to five years, IDA boss Martin Shanahan has claimed.
Britain will not get any new trade deal with the EU without resolving the Irish Border crux, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted.
The man still known as "the voice of Gaelic games" has urged the Government to recommit to supporting the Gaeltacht areas as the most precious source of the Irish language heritage.
Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris has given an emotional account of the birth of his first grandchild who survived for just 58 minutes
Divisions in the three main Dáil parties have emerged as the debate on the forthcoming abortion referendum, planned for next May, continues.
Transport Minister Shane Ross “trumpeted” a €100,000 grant to a private fee-paying school in his constituency, Solidarity TD Mick Barry has told the Dáil.
There will be no formal “Withdrawal Agreement” between the EU and UK if the Irish border issue is not resolved, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil.
A scheme to help long-term unemployed people back to work - which has cost €84m to date, with a further €50m planned spend in 2018 - has been heavily criticised and dubbed "a mini FÁS scandal in the making".
Farmer action and links to elected politics reach back to the era of Daniel O'Connell and the gradual introduction of democracy from the mid-19th century onwards.
Vulnerable women and children are at serious risk due to big doubts about the compilation of garda statistics on domestic homicide, the Dáil has been told.
They spent two generations draping the Irish national flag on the coffins of sectarian murderers, unsuccessful bombers who inadvertently ended their own lives, and more successful bombers of the mass-murdering variety.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has raised Dáil questions about the funding for and motivation behind a special information supplement about the Irish national flag.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his horrified reaction at the emerging details of the sex investigation in the south-west of the country.
It is now largely forgotten that Margaret Thatcher - these days mainly recalled as the "iconic mother of Euroscepticism" - was in fact very pro-European right up to the latter years of her career.
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the EU Commission's backing for no return to a hard Border after Brexit.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at opposition TDs for comparing the PR campaign for the Government's €116bn spending plan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has hit out at opposition politicians for comparing communication of the government's €116bn spending plan to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
ALL schools and colleges in Leinster and Munster are to remain closed on Thursday and Friday, the Department of Education has confirmed.
It seems that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's 'bullet-proof' Brexit Border guarantee has survived the final Brussels edit - but that moves Theresa May closer to the firing squad.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit back at criticisms of a taxpayer-funded publicity campaign for the €116bn National Development Plan (NDP).
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took the time for a special Dáil announcement about the national response to the expected cold snap.
Few people remember Frank Maguire these days.
Giving the 10,500 US citizens living in Ireland a special deal on residency could unlock a remedy for the tens of thousands of Irish illegal immigrants in the US who are trapped in a legal nightmare, a leading campaigner has said.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has urged Sinn Féin to take its six MP seats at the Westminster parliament ahead of expected moves to try to keep the UK in an EU customs union after Brexit.
Fine Gael will move this week to find a resolution to a damaging row between two of its senators.
It was breakfast time, so Leo Varadkar's food metaphors were probably unavoidable.
Leo Varadkar is on a high in the opinion polls. It would appear that he has cut a dash in his approach to Brexit and more generally his youth and vigour are well regarded by the public.
The special EU-UK deal on the future of the Irish border after Brexit is at serious risk, Fianna Fáil has warned.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has offered little comfort to those campaigning for a restoration of funding for pain-managing Versatis patches.