Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan

Paul Coghlan also says interruption in services could drive people to online gambling

‘The forthcoming election will be a do or die battle that will determine whether after more than a century of influence on Irish public life the party has a future as a significant political force.’ Above, Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

‘Delegates attending the Labour Party conference in Killarney this weekend are under no illusions about the scale of the task they(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Body to provide blueprint to end ad-hoc finance arrangements for children

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s stated today that the commitments in IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus do not go far enough, but that the Government was open to considering revised proposals. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says Government ‘remains open’ to considering revised proposal

A diesel-laundering operation in Co Monaghan.

British-Irish parliamentary body to express alarm at scale of practice along Border

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a video interview with ‘Irish Times’ Political Editor Stephen Collins

Enda Kenny and Ministers said Coalition would offer political stability and growth

“The era of new taxes and charges is over,” says Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the  Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It’s about your right to say two small words ... I Do,” Taoiseach says

“From my perspective as Minister for Finance, the Budget is part of a much broader strategy to manage the economy for growth and job creation,” said Michael Noonan. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Ireland well positioned to benefit from any any euro zone pick-up, says Minister

‘When he addresses the Fine Gael faithful at the party’s national conference in Castlebar tonight, Kenny will have a success story to tell about the economic recovery and his Government’s role in it.’ Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The decision by Fine Gael to hold its conference in the Taoiseach’s home patch in Castlebar shows just how tightly fought every se(...)

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