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 Members of the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed concern about “any diminution” of the RTÉ orchestras amid speculation about a possible merger of the broadcaster’(...)

Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis last weekend. Live coverage of the political party ardfheiseanna and conferences will cost about €150,000-€200,000 in 2017, according to RTÉ. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the mini-conference season for our main political parties ends, and the lanyards and name tags are packed up for another year, it’s time to amplify(...)

Humphreys said it was deeply worrying that Michael Colgan, above, could have been “so misguided in respect of what he felt were his freedoms to interact with the women who came forward”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys declined to be drawn on the apology by the former director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, at the weekend (...)

Paul Murphy: Solidarity TD had appealed initial decision to the Press Council on the grounds that new information had become available and there had been an error in the Ombudsman’s application of the principles of the code of practice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A complaint by Solidarity TD Paul Murphy TD over an article by Miriam Lord in The Irish Times has not been upheld by the Press Ombudsman. The article(...)

You would think – or hope – that our political leaders, the public representatives who make many of the decisions affecting our lives, would have at l(...)

Alan Kelly  said his party leader Brendan Howlin has  his support but  there has to be “a dramatic change in how our support base is responding to us”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour TD Alan Kelly has given his leader Brendan Howlin less than six months to improve the party’s fortunes, as he warned that “dramatic change” is (...)

Social Protection spokesman Willie O’Dea will bring the motion to the House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A private member’s motion calling for controversial pension provisions which affect 36,000 people to be repealed will be introduced by Fianna Fáil in (...)

Joan Burton: she said depending on commercial property stamp duty revenues to pay for tax cuts and permanent spending increases was simply repeating the mistakes of the past

The Government could have lost millions in tax revenues because of the advance notice that it was about to raise sharply stamp duties on commercial pr(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Older people are poised to benefit in Budget 2018 with a partial restoration of the bereavement grant and further reductions to prescription charges e(...)

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