Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing on Friday, outside Fine Gael headquarters in Dublin, that the party’s members had voted in favour of the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

The make-up of the new Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Party Cabinet will be keenly watched, with work not yet fully completed on the exact structures of (...)

 Eoghan Murphy is expected to take up a position which will link the Fine Gael party organisation and the parliamentary party. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is not expected to be a senior or junior minister in a new coalition government between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and (...)

There is speculation Fine Gael’s  Simon Coveney will  remain in  the Department of Foreign Affairs, while  party leader Leo Varadkar as tánaiste will head the Department of Jobs. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

With policy negotiations between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens complete, the chatter among politicians has turned to a favourite topic: cabine(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  will decide his next move after his negotiating team report back to him on progress of talks to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil negotiators may formally report back to party leader Micheál Martin as early as Thursday on talks with Fine Gael on the future of the arra(...)

Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross and John Halligan called for an increase to the special VAT rate for hotels. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has called for the special VAT rate for hotels to be increased from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent. Minister for Tourism Shane (...)

About 84 per cent of restaurants reported difficulties hiring chefs.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has sharply criticised the Government for the crippling skills shortage in the industry that is forcing I(...)

Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath is to meet Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe this week to discuss next month’s budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Alliance Ministers are to seek a restoration of the bereavement grant and an increase in gambling tax in Budget 2018. The group, which i(...)

Leo Varadkar is to confirm the theme of his tenure will be ‘a republic of opportunity’.

Reducing the burden on middle-income families will be a key Government priority in the upcoming budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to stress on Thursda(...)

Three Ministers have stated the Policing Authority examination of the falsification of Garda breath test figures and the wrongful conviction of 14,500 people for motoring offences would decide their next course of action regarding the affair. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Government Ministers have stressed the required action will be taken when an independent report on the exaggeration of breath test figures by gardaí i(...)

The CIF has called on Paschal Donohoe to establish a fund that would loan money to small companies for housebuilding. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Builders want the Government to set up a fund that will allow small companies in the industry to borrow cash to build homes. The Construction Indust(...)

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