Welfare has to rise next year, says O'Dea
The Government is laying the groundwork to refuse an increase in social welfare payments in Budget 2019, Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea has said.
The Government is laying the groundwork to refuse an increase in social welfare payments in Budget 2019, Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea has said.
Why? It was the most common question among councillors who vetted an intriguing line-up of presidential hopefuls in Carlow this week.
Fianna Fáil has accused the Taoiseach of using damaging "megaphone diplomacy" in the Brexit negotiations.
Fine Gael councillors who help challengers to Michael D Higgins get a presidential nomination are unlikely to face sanctions despite a directive from headquarters.
Two Fine Gael councillors are set to back Gavin Duffy's presidency bid in direct defiance of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and party headquarters.
There's no show like a holy show. That's essentially the promise from those working behind the scenes to create a 12-hour programme for pilgrims in the Phoenix Park next week.
A minister has defended the Government's hands-off approach to vulture funds, saying they are easier to deal with than banks.
THE Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park will be a far cry from the gospel story of the loaves and fishes.
A decision by Ticketmaster to close down its controversial resale site has been hailed as a victory for concert and sports fans.
A fifth Labour Party councillor has called for Brendan Howlin to facilitate a leadership contest.
TICKETMASTER is to close down its resale websites Seatwave and GET ME IN! in the wake of criticism that it is facilitating online ticket-touting.
A major shift in the Government's jobs policy will see it target more employment in research, development and the green economy in the years ahead.
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Councillors from Galway have been ringing colleagues along the west coast in a bid to ramp up support for their Fianna Fáil colleague Éamon Ó Cuív as a potential presidential candidate.
Presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey has praised the work of Donald Trump, saying he hasn't killed as many people as previous occupants of the White House.
Presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey has praised the work of Donald Trump, saying he hasn’t killed as many people as previous occupants of the White House.
Older people are being urged to consult their GPs before embarking on a lengthy trek to see Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park.
Reduced tax on bicycle repairs and a review of speed limits are among a series of new Fianna Fáil proposals aimed at getting more people cycling.
A 'zero to landfill' policy is being applied to Pope Francis's Mass in the Phoenix Park.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing renewed criticism for launching a west Belfast festival after the organisers posted videos showing attendees waving tricolours emblazoned with 'IRA'.
The Central Bank is working with the financial sector to ensure the movement of pension payments between the UK and Ireland can be maintained in the event of a hard Brexit.
A FIFTH Labour Party councillor has called for Brendan Howlin to facilitate a leadership contest.
IRELAND’S hockey heroes are to get a €500,000 boost on the back of their silver medal performance at the world cup.
Pension payments being made to thousands of people in this country are threatened by Britain’s plans to pull out of the European Union, it has emerged.
Families of the men who founded Aer Arann are annoyed at the widespread perception that potential presidential candidate Pádraig Ó Céidigh was the brains behind the company.
A levy should be charged on digital advertising in order to help fund professional print and online journalism, according to a new policy document compiled by Fianna Fáil.
Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy has admitted he has "baggage" heading into the campaign - but says he will be a very different character from Donald Trump.
Former Fianna Fáil minister Éamon Ó Cuív's bid for an Áras nomination is being viewed as an attempt "to rattle" an already embattled Micheál Martin by the party hierarchy.
A POLITICIAN considered part of Eamon O Cuiv’s “team” has written to Fianna Fáil councillors asking them to back the former minister as a presidential candidate.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has claimed he should have been “more clear” when promising that no other women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal would have to go to court.
A potential Sinn Féin nominee for the presidency is embroiled in controversy over an interview in which she raised fears about the HPV vaccine.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris must "come out of hiding" to address the CervicalCheck scandal, a Labour TD said yesterday.
Broadband consortium Enet yesterday insisted its tender to bring high-speed service to rural Ireland is on track.
Fianna Fail feels hard done by and rightly so. Over the past few weeks Micheal Martin has repeatedly complained that his troops haven't got the credit they deserve for propping up the Government.
Pilgrims who insist on driving to see Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park could find themselves turned back at the M50.
People without tickets to see Pope Francis in Knock will not get within 10km of the shrine, gardaí have warned.
PUBLIC transport in Dublin will be free for the 500,000 people going to see Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park.
Unionists have "nothing to fear" from the Irish and British governments meeting to discuss the future of Northern Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted.
Funding for future developments by the GAA is now under threat unless the organisation lifts its ban on 'foreign' sports being played in its facilities.
THE number of people living in emergency accommodation has hit another record high - but campaigners say the figures don't take account of the "hidden homeless".
Fianna Fáil will help the Government get changes to the Fair Deal scheme - aimed at helping farmers - through the Dáil before the end of the year.
Barrister Noel Whelan set out his vision for the presidency in his newspaper column at a time when he was considering a tilt for Áras an Uachtaráin.
PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Joan Freeman has written to local authorities asking them to speed up their nomination processes in order to give candidates a fair chance of challenging Michael D Higgins.
ANYBODY trying to resale tickets at above-face value can be brought to court under new laws to be introduced by the government.
The overhaul of the Fair Deal scheme will see the special situation facing elderly farmers acknowledged for the first time by the State.
Paths have been cleared for businessman Pádraig Ó Céidigh and mental health campaigner Joan Freeman to get a presidential nomination following the withdrawal of Gerard Craughwell from the race.
It seems unlikely that Micheál Martin is looking forward to his summer break because support for the Government usually goes up when the Dáil is off.
Senator Gerard Craughwell was never going to be the next President of Ireland - but Michael D Higgins will be very glad that he's gone from the race.
The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, Catherine Noone, has been added to the Fine Gael election ticket in Dublin Bay North.
Fianna Fáil chiefs have discussed extending the confidence and supply arrangement by one year - rather than the two demanded by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
THE chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, Catherine Noone, has been added to the Fine Gael election ticket in Dublin Bay North.
The Presidential race has claimed its first causality in the form of Independent senator Gerard Craughwell.
By definition the President "shall take precedence over all other persons in the State" - but in reality we want the exact opposite.
If you are planning a global takeover then where better to have as your base than an island "at the centre of the world".
Safe rooms where children can go if they feel anxious or distressed are to be encouraged as part of a new wellbeing programme for schools.
Local authorities have been asked to consider nominating a candidate for the forthcoming presidential election as the race for the Áras heats up.
PIETA House founder Joan Freeman has written to nine local authorities in the country asking that they convey a meeting so she can make a pitch for their presidential nomination.
The greatest strength Michael D Higgins will have heading into a fresh presidential campaign is that the public feel they already know everything about him.
President Michael D Higgins took a step closer to a second term in office last night as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced Fine Gael will actively support his candidacy.
Prince Harry declined the opportunity to puck a sliotar on the hollowed ground of Croke Park.
Small tax cuts every year are the best way of rewarding workers and ensuring the economy stays on course, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.
The EU will remain united despite turbulent negotiations with Britain, a senior Government source has said.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have touched down in Ireland in their first official tour abroad since their May wedding.
Presidential election hopeful Gerard Craughwell has launched a blistering attack on Michael D Higgins, accusing him of “manipulating” the process to ensure he gets a second term.
The turd has just hit the fan in the UK.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has signalled a clampdown on excessive legal fees will follow his crusade to reform the way judges are appointed.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has privately invited Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to talks aimed at renewing the 'confidence and supply' arrangement.
Michael McDowell: "You are taken to the conclusion, I have to say, that Minister Ross is driven by a personal agenda in making this particular requirement of his Government partners.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has described claims that his battle to reform the judiciary is driven by a personal agenda as "absolute nonsense".
A FORMER Fine Gael election candidate has quit the party, claiming she is about to be side-lined for Senator Catherine Noone.
THE water crisis has hit Kildare Street in the form of a leaking pipe.
Irish officials have been told that Theresa May is prepared to finally face down her rebellious ministers when they meet to hammer out her latest version of Brexit today.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected criticism of the Judicial Appointments Bill by the Council of Europe, insisting it will be passed before politicians take their summer break.
LABOUR Party stalwart Willie Penrose is to step down at the next general election after 26 years in Leinster House.
Former minister John Perry, who launched a High Court action when he was not added to the Fine Gael ticket ahead of the last election, is putting his hat back in the ring.
It will come as breaking news to many 'media luvvies' but Leo Varadkar has a point.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backtracked on his sympathy for Donald Trump in his battles with the media amid a backlash from within his own party.
THE sister of prominent Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell has been added to the party's general ticket in Tipperary.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he “profoundly regrets” comments which cast doubt on his respect for freedom of the press in Ireland.
The Government is “crystal clear” in its appreciation of the media’s role in Ireland, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted.
TODAY is a good day for Irish journalists.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pulled out of a scheduled event this morning in the wake of his attack on the media.
President Michael D Higgins will have to fight an election if he wants a second term, as Sinn Féin is preparing to nominate a candidate.
Dramatic overspending by the Department of Health this year has now delayed the prospect of a budget surplus and could eat into the potential for tax cuts next year, official figures show.
The Office of Public Works has defended washing the Papal Cross at Phoenix Park in Dublin during a hosepipe ban, describing it as "essential" work.
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins seems certain to have to fight an election if he wants another seven years in Áras an Uachtaráin.
THE home of former Tánaiste Joan Burton was broken into while she was speaking at a event on crime in her west Dublin constituency last night.
Fine Gael politicians with notions about running for the presidency need to step back and endorse Michael D Higgins for a second term, MEP Brian Hayes has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated that he sees the potential for major savings through "efficiencies" in Budget 2019.
Fine Gael has hopes that Michael Lowry's son will run for the party whenever his father retires as a TD.
The likelihood of a general election this year has risen sharply after Fianna Fáil launched its strongest ever attack on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
A PRIEST working in Josepha Madigan's parish has hit back at the minister, saying her role in last weekend's service was "blown out of proportion" and her comments on the Church are "ridiculous".
PEOPLE who apply for tickets to see the Pope but have no intention of attending the event are “petty and mean-spirited”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed one of his ministers who is engaged in an unholy row with the Archbishop of Dublin, saying women should be allowed become priests.
Fianna Fáil will back Michael D Higgins for a second term as President if he decides to seek re-election.
FIANNA Fáil will back Michael D Higgins for a second term as President if he decides to seek re-election.
Culture Minister Josepha Madigan has hit back at Archbishop of Dublin, saying: “All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.”
THE Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has launched an astonishing attack on Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, accusing her of being “deeply disrespectful” to her parishioners.
Drew Harris is set to make history in September when he becomes the first non-member of An Garda Síochána to be appointed Commissioner.
DREW HARRIS, the current Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI, is to be the new Garda Commissioner.
Fresh proposals on how to maintain an open Border on the island of Ireland after Brexit will not be tabled for the UK until some time next month.
The sun is shining on a "remarkable" recovery for Ireland - but there are clouds on the horizon, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, warned.
Applications for more than 300,000 tickets to see Pope Francis in Ireland were made in a single day.
APPLICATIONS for more than 300,000 tickets to see Pope Francis in Ireland have been received in a single day.
A minister who was to the forefront of the campaign to legalise abortion stepped up to ‘say Mass’ in her local parish over the weekend after a priest failed to show.
President Michael D Higgins has been accused of running a covert campaign for re-election to Áras an Uachtaráin.
Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea has received an apology from RTÉ over comments made on a radio programme in 2017.
Building works to allow for the re-opening of Stepaside garda station will have begun before the next general election, Shane Ross has insisted.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said it is not his job to help the UK Prime Minister come up with a solution to her Brexit dilemmas.
GREEDY ticket touts will try to exploit the Papal visit by selling on the free tickets for his public appearance, organisers fear.
TICKETS to see Pope Francis at Croke Park in August have been entirely snapped up already.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed reports that MetroLink will not be as intrusive on Na Fianna GAA club as previously believed.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned families affected by the crises in housing and health to be "very afraid" of Sinn Féin.