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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport Shane Ross remove the ribbon on the first Luas tram to use the new cross-city track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

“How many ministers for transport does it take to link the Luas?” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked. He answered his own riddle. “It appears it (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits St Laurence O’Toole girls’ national school in Seville Place, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael’s future in the post-Enda era was much discussed at the Mayo GAA senior players’ inaugural Christmas lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. The bal(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris with  children from St James National School looking at a model of the new children’s hospital. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

The name of the new children’s hospital is “unlikely to be Phoenix”, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Speaking in bitter cold at the site o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Josepha Madigan,  Richard Bruton and Paschal Donohoe at  St Laurence O’Toole’s Girls National school in  Seville Place, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Does anyone know what my job is?” Leo Varadkar asked the first and second class pupils in St Laurence O’Toole Girls National School on Seville Place (...)

Minister for Education Richard  Bruton said the new allocations will see the total number of SNAs rise to more than 14,100 by the end of the current school year. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,000 extra special needs assistants are to be allocated next year to help ensure all children who require support can access it. The inves(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe:     “Many pensioners feel that they have earned their pension and should not have to ‘sign on’ as a jobseeker in order to receive a portion of it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s public service reforms will now effectively standardise the maximum retirement age for most of the 300,000 people employed across th(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said the decision of State employees to remain on after the traditional retirement age of 65 would be optional. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thousands of public service staff will in future be permitted to work until the age of 70 under new Government returns. The Minister for Public Expen(...)

Paschal Donohoe said the detail of the Apple payment is still being worked out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State expects Apple to start paying up to €13 billion in back taxes into an escrow account once it is set up at the end of January, but an exact d(...)

The Government has denied favouring Apple and has joined the company in appealing the European Commission ruling.

The Government has finalised an agreement with Apple over the management of an escrow account into which its contested €13 billion tax bill will be pa(...)

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