People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett: noted   figures from the Central Statistics Office suggesting property prices in Ireland had risen 86 per cent since the economic crash. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Revenue Commissioners expect an increase in tax receipts from the local property tax (LPT) of between €2 million and €3 million next year as seven(...)

Irish Army: soldiers on an anti-terrorism training exercise in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has said his party is considering a constitutional challenge to the Government’s proposal (...)

The Taoiseach did a double take. A Healy-Rae threatening eternal damnation is not to be trifled with. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leo is not a hawk. The dude is a dove. And this, in the teeth of intense provocation from a bellicose man at the coalface in a black cap with an axe t(...)

The Christian Brothers are selling the three hectares (7.5 acres) of land used by Clonkeen College in south Dublin for playing fields

The Minister for Education has insisted he has no role in High Court proceeding taken by the board of management of a south Dublin school to prevent t(...)

Taoiseach tells the Dáil ‘some people want to work part-time’ during a debate on precarious work. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Part-time work is not always necessarily a bad thing, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. “Some people want to work part-time and have their own reasons(...)

Simon Coveney: Minister told his EU colleagues that  he was confident Ireland’s participation would be approved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Ministers will ask the Independent Alliance to support Ireland’s involvement in new European defence arrangements in the coming weeks, but t(...)

Kayley Joyce: ‘The one thing I didn’t want for my kids was to be homeless.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kayley Joyce, a 21-year-old mother of two, has been “in and out of homelessness” all her life. She, Jayden (3) and Aaliyah (1) are now being accommoda(...)

The An Post logo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The French, they owe us. They owe us big. We haven’t forgotten Paris and Thierry Henry and that incident in the penalty box when the footballer’s fam(...)

Mr Varadkar said the new housing finance agency would provide €750m for development finance to builders so  they could build affordable housing across the State. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has been accused of giving “more handouts” to private developers through the new National Asset Management Agency (Nama) offshoot which(...)

 Simon Harris  said measure was part of a multi-faceted approach to turning Ireland into a tobacco-free country by 2025. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just two TDs opposed the Government decision to increase the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes by 50 cent. Fourteen TDs contributed to the half hour(...)

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