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Fianna Fáil says it will prevent so-called cuckoo funds from buying up entire developments. Photograph: Getty

Fianna Fáil says it has decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice stated that such a proposal would be “unconstitutiona(...)

Darragh O’Brien should easily hold his seat and is likely to top the poll again as he did in the 2016 general election. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Fingal (five seats) Current: 1 FG, 1 FF, 1 Lab, 1 SF, 1 GP Voters in Dublin Fingal only went to the polls on November 29th, 2019, in the byel(...)

The Early Years Alliance said it is calling for a ‘sustainable solution to the worsening childcare crisis’.  File photograph: Getty

Hundreds of childcare facilities are due to close on Wednesday, February 5th as providers, educators and parents plan to protest in Dublin. The Earl(...)

Elaine Dunne of the Federation of Childhood Providers said underfunding of the sector had reached crisis point and was resulting in poorly-paid staff and unsustainable services. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of childcare providers are planning to shut their facilities for a day in protest over what they describe as a “crisis” facing the sector. A(...)

Fine Gael is likely to come under increasing attack with accusations from Fianna Fáil and Opposition parties that it has failed to deliver on tackling the housing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

The next government – even if it does not include Fine Gael – should stick with the party’s flagship Rebuilding Ireland policy because it is solving t(...)

 Gardaí at the scene on Wednesday  morning at Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, where a man was shot and seriously injured. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A man shot and wounded in the legs in the latest gun attack in Dublin was shot in the head two years ago. In the latest incident on Tuesday night, th(...)

Longford manager Padraig Davis. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Longford 1-13 Carlow 0-10 Longford booked their place in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final for the fourth year in a row with six points to spare over Carlow(...)

In pressure zones rents cannot be increased by more than 4% per year. File photograph: Getty

What is it that Sinn Féin is proposing? The party’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó’Broin has published a Bill calling for a three-year rent freeze and an e(...)

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó’Broin’s proposals would mean the introduction of an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies. Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has said it is not “wedded” to the idea of introducing a national rent freeze but will back a Sinn Féin Bill calling for such a move. Th(...)

Lisa Smith (38) (left, covered) is escorted by a Garda member leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith must be charged with a criminal offence or released from Garda custody without charge by about 10.30am on Wedn(...)

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