Justice Minister denies deal with Sinn Fein saying 'this is new politics in action'
THE Minister for Justice has denied the Government struck a deal with Sinn Fein in order to push through the controversial Judicial Appointments bill.
THE Minister for Justice has denied the Government struck a deal with Sinn Fein in order to push through the controversial Judicial Appointments bill.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar dismissed Dáil questions yesterday about proposals cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathúna would meet him and become a "Government advocate" in the wake of the...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dismissed Dáil questions today on proposals cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathuna would meet him to help choreograph...
Each time Davy Glennon saw a garda on the street he was filled with dread. The Galway hurler was convinced he was about to be arrested for...
Free condoms will be more readily available next year while other forms of contraception will be provided for women under measures aimed at reducing crisis pregnancies.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has criticised RTÉ's live debate on the abortion referendum, which was won by the No camp.
CERVICAL screening scandal victim Vicky Phelan has told TDs; "I want to see change happen, we never want to see this happen again."
FREE condoms and other forms of contraception will be made available from next year by the government under a series of measures aimed at reducing crisis pregnancies.
Concern is growing that Dublin Bus is on the road to privatisation after buses were spotted around the city with a new paint scheme.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has conceded he is unsure what short-term progress can be made on Brexit, but said it is vital to see a "process taking shape" before the end of a European Council meeting next month.
Israel’s ambassador to Ireland will not be expelled after troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters yesterday.
Busy house-hunters are being warned it now takes up to 200 days to complete a sale because of issues with contracts.
Post office operators voted by a large majority to accept a deal expected to result in the eventual closure of many small rural post offices.
THE Dáil was brought to a standstill today after Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae was involved in a blazing row about new ‘drink-link’ buses to help rural people have access to towns and villages across Ireland.
It is 32 years since Ivan Semenyuk and his family were told to flee their home in Paryshev, just miles from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. For him, the move away was temporary because the 84-year-old refuses to live anywhere else.
A new contract offered by An Post to postmasters includes a gagging order banning post office staff from criticising the semi-State company.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae said he has sought legal advice after being branded a "road traffic terrorist" by Transport Minister Shane Ross.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae said he has sought legal advice after being branded a “road traffic terrorist” by Transport Minister Shane Ross.
Two high-profile gambling addicts have called on the Government to support proposals to better regulate the gambling sector and prevent the hardship it brings to families.
A planned crackdown on people not showing up for jury duty will not take place, because legislative requirements to issue prosecutions would cripple the Courts Service's manpower.
A woman mounting a campaign against Irish Water's proposed pipeline through the heart of the country, carrying water from the west through the midlands for consumption in Dublin, is concerned her objections will leave her being singled out by the utility.
The Garda's senior civilian officer said his trawl of former commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's personal Gmail account uncovered just one email linked to official business.
Munster fans will face further woe tomorrow with Air France strike action to hit supporters heading home after seeing their side lose to Racing 92 today.
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The French public are getting very excited about an influx of Munster supporters this weekend, hoping to see scenes reminiscent of the last time Irish vans arrived en masse in Bordeaux.
The Taoiseach has defended Health Minister Simon Harris for endorsing a Yes vote campaign organised by a group refusing to obey an order by a State watchdog to repay a prohibited donation.
Farmers will receive tax cuts to help reduce the cost of feeding animals and help them cope with the ongoing fodder crisis under proposals from Fianna Fáil.
More fodder crises will hit farmers unless a system is established to monitor feed levels nationwide, Fianna Fáil warns.
One in five Fianna Fáil TDs either wants to see an end to the confidence and supply deal with Fine Gael or has expressed serious doubts about its future.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar criticised an anti-repeal campaign group who used an edited video of him talking about abortion.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met with senior management as concern grows that US sanctions on Russia will have an impact on 450 jobs at Aughinish Alumina.
Fine Gael minister Jim Daly has put votes at risk by undermining the Taoiseach's opposition to working with Sinn Féin, colleagues believe.
The Fine Gael minister who raised the prospect of going in to government with Sinn Féin after the next election said the party’s paramilitary links to the past are “not helpful”.
Health Minister Simon Harris has endorsed a campaign supported by a group that is refusing to co-operate with a State watchdog's order.
Health minister Simon Harris is concerned about the tone of debate around the upcoming abortion referendum, saying it has lost an element of respect.
Farmers will get a short-term loan to compensate for difficulties brought on by the fodder crisis, under proposals to be brought to government by Fianna Fáil tomorrow.
There are growing doubts Fianna Fáil will allow Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to spend another two years in power after more of the party's TDs raised questions about the future of the confidence and supply agreement.
Farmers would have refused an offer to import fodder in February, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has claimed.
Michael Creed may not control the weather, but he might be best advised to pay better attention to it.
BROADCASTER Miriam O’Callaghan has failed to clarify if she will run for the presidency after being questioned on the matter at a charity event.
Presidential hopeful Gerard Craughwell says broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan may have been "flying a kite" on a potential Áras bid by dropping her summer chat show.
Russia's ambassador to Ireland insists the recent expulsions of diplomats is unlikely to harm future relations.
A mother who was told she was likely to suffer a miscarriage credits the Eighth Amendment with saving her daughter.
The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has defended the expulsion of an Irish diplomat from Moscow by saying every action must come with consequences.
We are walking through an abandoned campsite when the alarm on my Geiger counter goes off. The small hand-held machine detects radiation hotspots, and carrying one is useful inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that the rise in homelessness is "extremely disturbing" as the government came under major pressure over the latest figures showing almost 10,000 people in emergency accommodation.
Easy access to condoms and other forms of contraception will form part of the Government's overall strategy in the wake of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Health Minister Simon Coveney this evening confirmed women seeking an abortion will have to wait 72 hours for a termination once they have met with a doctor if the referendum is passed later this year.
The Social Democrats have appealed to Tánaiste Simon Coveney to demonstrate evidence of a need to expel a Russian diplomat in the wake of a European response to the Salisbury attack.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told Sinn Féin that recent criticisms of broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan and other media outlets over the questioning of Martin McGuinness during the 2011 Presidential Election are unfair.
It will take a two-thirds majority of TDs to amend legislation allowing for abortion up to 12 weeks once introduced under proposals brought forward by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has dramatically fuelled speculation she is to run in the presidential election by announcing she is taking a break from her summer chat show.
A collective of groups lobbying for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment aims to raise and spend €500,000 during its campaign, amid growing concern over money being raised on the issue.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he was disappointed to see 32 TDs vote against a Bill facilitating an Abortion Referendum.
There was shock in the Dáil yesterday after 21 Fianna Fáil TDs voted against the staging of an abortion referendum.
A soft Border with the North post-Brexit will be temporary before the region is eventually patrolled by armed guards, a former UK deputy prime minister has warned.
THE second stage of a Bill to allow for the staging of an Abortion Referendum has been passed by a large majority of the Dáil today.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at opposition figures who have been critical of his controversial communications unit, saying they are "slinging mud in the hope some of it will stick".
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the government is considering how it will react to the growing controversy engulfing Facebook and reports a British-owned political consultancy firm mined the personal information of 50 million Americans as part of an attempt to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Sinn Féin senator Máire Devine is coming under increasing pressure to resign after she retweeted a post labelling IRA victim Brian Stack a “sadist prison officer”.
Snow and ice are expected to accumulate in many parts of the country today with weather forecasters and gardai urging people to pay heed to dangerous conditions.
The Irish rugby team brought glory home on the national feast day with a Grand Slam victory that displayed all the great qualities of our people: wit, grit, tenacity and astonishing bravery.
Party-goers and families indulging in bank holiday celebrations are expected to bring a potential €1bn windfall to the economy.
The Government is considering putting an age limit on smartphone use as it looks to clamp down on the dangerous role social media can play in the lives of vulnerable young people.
Leo Varadkar says he has been assured that all State agencies involved in the investigation of an alleged paedophile ring acted in "accordance with procedure".
A new agency will be established to improve land use around the country, making sure it is valued correctly and fully utilised by Government.
A new special unit is to be created by the government to oversee the delivery of critical infrastructure projects under the Ireland 2040 initiative.
SPEED cameras operated by a private company are having "little or no impact" in reducing road deaths, the former head of the Garda National Traffic Bureau has claimed.
Concern is growing over a high level of Brexit complacency among Irish businesses.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she does not know when her party will be able to outline what it wants to to replace the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution because she cannot say when it will hold its next ard fheis.
He claims fairies are responsible for the poor condition of Kerry roads but now it can be revealed Danny Healy-Rae is a leprechaun denier.
Spinmaster-come-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is trying to lure voters into his very own Dragon’s Den.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed the Attorney General has been given the rest of today to consider the Supreme Court’s finding that the unborn does not have rights outside the right to life in the Eighth Amendment.
Tax authorities have urged firms with cash flow problems to get in touch as soon as possible amid claims that some business owners cannot afford to pay themselves this month.
Teagasc has been told lessons could be learned after a number of cows died on a farm it part-runs during Storm Emma.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to disband the government’s Strategic Communications Unit because of concerns about the politicisation of the civil service.
Fianna Fáíl wants the Government to pressure Europe into making higher contributions to farmers and make sure common agricultural policy (CAP) payments are not cut in the wake of Brexit.
Accusations of repackaging old projects and failing to provide key details greeted the government’s new development plan as opposition figures rounded on its launch today.
The Government has been accused of repackaging previously announced projects as part of its new National Development Plan.
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Transport Minister Shane Ross caused uproar in the Dáil as he accused Green Party leader Eamon Ryan of "smoking amnesiac" to forget his time in Government.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has accused former Communications Minister Eamon Ryan of being dramatic during a Dáil row after the Green Party TD said he had no faith in the delivery of plans to improve commuting in Dublin.
The government has been urged to intervene immediately and protect family homes and farms after Permanent TSB sold 20,000 mortgages linked to struggling homeowners.
ONE in five TDs and ministers are landlords or owners of investment properties, according to the new Dáil register of declared interests.
Tory Islanders held a protest at Leinster House because they are unhappy with a boat contracted to link them with the mainland.
A MINISTER sparked anger with claims that cheaper homes are available to rent “for a fraction” of the figures quoted in headlines.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed UK prime minister Theresa May has asked for Ireland’s help in shaping her country’s future relationship with the EU without aligning Northern Ireland to EU rules.
THE Dáil was almost suspended again today amid a massive row over the government's plan to announce its vision for developing Ireland over the next two decades.
The signatories of a complaint against former Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan are to meet Arts Minister Josepha Madigan after she welcomed the findings of a report that found he had "a case to answer".
Former Tánaiste Joan Burton has branded the government a disgrace for not having more female representation in Stormont yesterday for talks on forming a Government in Northern Ireland.
The Government has been accused of being complacent and unable to intervene in the rent crisis after a new report found people are paying record high rents.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy tried to defuse criticism of the Government's planned €115bn spending spree and vision for developing the country up to 2040 by saying it will be a "plan for all of Ireland".
Homeowners in south Dublin are concerned about the rising cost of fixing their homes after they were handed bills of more than €5,000 each to pay for existing structural defects.
Children across the country will be given new opportunities to engage with the arts as part of a €1m scheme that will bring artists and creators into the classroom.
Sinn Féin has been criticised for hosting a series of "premature" debates on a United Ireland and failing to engage fully with ending a year-long deadlock in the North.
Levies will be placed on social media giants to fund newspapers and combat the threat of fake news under new proposals.
Ryanair was one of nine multinationals criticised after they refused an invitation to speak to politicians about corporation tax administration.
A proposal to extend Ireland's parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks has been referred to a review committee after receiving approval in the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has hit out at Sinn Féin president-elect Mary Lou McDonald saying she is a "prisoner" of Sinn Féin's past.
A controversial statue of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, will remain on the Leinster House lawn after TDs and senators suggested it be given greater prominence despite a petition calling for it to be removed.
A Sinn Féin councillor confirmed there was "an incident" at a GAA club bar on the night a former party colleague claims she was assaulted by a woman close to TD Dessie Ellis.
Fianna Fáil has warned the government would be “foolhardy and foolish” not to carry out a review of the National Broadband Plan after Eir pulled out of the running for a government tender last week.
Disarray in the UK over Brexit is pushing it towards a limited trade deal with Brussels - which will be bad for Ireland.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to criticise Tánaiste Simon Coveney for proposing that GPs could sign off on abortion for rape victims - but said the 12-week proposal was "not plucked out of the air".
Sinn Féin president-elect Mary Lou McDonald has been told to spend her time dealing with "dark and sinister elements" in her party rather than attending commemoration events linked to the IRA.
Ireland's main broadband firms are boycotting Eir's private rural fibre broadband network in what may be a further blow to rural internet development.
Gardai mounted a huge security operation around Dublin's National Stadium yesterday, following Friday night's drive-by gangland shooting which left two people injured, one an innocent student.
Less than a year after the school was threatened with closure, Cistercian College, Roscrea, has gone on to cement its place as one the country's top-performing secondary schools.
Just five schools have maintained a perfect record of sending students on to third level over the past nine years, according to figures compiled by the Sunday Independent. They also show a change at the top of the overall rankings for the second year in a row.
All the evidence shows that better exam results can be achieved and more students can secure third level places by building on relationships in schools and focusing on helping students to become good people outside of the classroom.
Mixed schools are out-performed by single-sex schools when it comes to sending students to third level. However, one education expert said this has more to do with student background than a gender divide in the classroom.
Every parent wants what is best for their child. Many will look at the cost of sending their sons and daughters to a fee-paying school and wonder if it is worth the added financial sacrifice.
Just five schools have maintained a 100pc record of sending students to third level over the past nine years as fee paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to sending students to college.