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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Derrynane Beach, Co Kerry, following a Ccabinet meeting at Derrynane House on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met on Thursday night to discuss the ongoing operation of the confidence and supply deal.(...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar heads  a Cabinet meeting at Derrynane House in Kerry. Health overspending is on track to be well over €500 million for 2018.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The implementation of the long-mooted plan to transform the health service over a decade will be made more difficult because of the high level of spen(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said about 3,000 new “bedspaces” for students have been built in the last two years, with a further 7,000 currently under construction. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New legislation that will seek to prevent steep rises in rent paid for purpose-built student accommodation is to be introduced by the Government. The(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: because of “turmoil in Westminster”, the Government will step up plans for a “no-deal scenario”. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

There is growing alarm in Dublin and Brussels that the British government is stepping back from, or will be unable to carry out soft Brexit positions (...)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall underneath a portrait of Daniel O’Connell with his living relatives as they are shown around Derrynane House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It had been threatening to rain all morning but the smudges of grey clouds began to clear over Bunavalla and the sun emerged, watery but welcome, just(...)

How to handle a frog: don’t use soap beforehand. Just rinse your hands and leave them slightly moist. Photograph: iStock/Getty

My children were discussing whether you should touch a frog, as it was said that your hands burn its skin. Amy Walsh Barnatra, Co Mayo Frogs absorb p(...)

A Portuguese man o’ war photographed recently on the southwest coast. A marine biologist has warned they have an extremely dangerous sting and should not be handled. Photograph: Vincent Hyland/Wild Derrynane

NUI Galway Ryan Institute marine biologist Dr Tom Doyle has reiterated his warning that Portuguese men o’ war, currently being washed up on the west c(...)

Sea angler Colm Plunkett, rescued from the sea thanks to his lifejacket, with his daughter Orlaith.

The RNLI is urging shore anglers to wear lifejackets which could buy them vital time should they end up in the water unexpectedly. In the past four ye(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

Statue of Daniel O’Connell on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Daniel O’Connell should be remembered in Britain with some sort of memorial in recognition of his contribution to British politics including paving th(...)