John Concannon, head of the strategic communications unit, told the media agency organising the advertorials they should read “in partnership with Ireland 2040, an initiative of the Government of Ireland”, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information  Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

The head of the Government’s strategic communications unit (SCU), insisted paid-for content on the Ireland 2040 national development plan in newspaper(...)

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys meets US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington DC. Photograph: Marty Katz

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has warned that the situation regarding Aughinish Alumina in Limerick remained “critical” as she held a serie(...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

There have been 93 allegations of bullying or sexual harassment across Government departments since 2011. Image: iStock

There have been 93 allegations of bullying or sexual harassment across Government departments since 2011. The figures on the number of claims made by(...)

The exterior of the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott St in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Dublin city councillors are to meet on Wednesday to discuss plans to sell the former Magdalene laundry at Seán McDermott Street to a Japanese hotel ch(...)

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny’s period of over six years and three months in the Department of Taoiseach will come to an end when his successor, Leo Varadkar, takes up o(...)

Brian Cowen resigned as Fianna Fáil leader in January 2011, but remained as taoiseach until the Fine Gael-Labour coalition came to power in March of that year

The Department of the Taoiseach is to seek to commission an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen in the coming weeks. The Irish Times h(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

In the face of rumblings about a Fine Gael leadership challenge, Enda Kenny loyalists have been busy talking up the Taoiseach’s supposed centrality to(...)

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: Will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and senior officials in the Department of Taoiseach for talks on Wednesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will visit Ireland on Wednesday as Brussels intensifies preparations ahead of Britain(...)

Able Seaman Des Branigan photographed in 2014 at an  event to mark the 30th anniversary of the liquidation of Irish Shipping. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tributes have been paid to former diver, Irish Shipping veteran and trade unionist Des Branigan who has died at the age of 98. Mr Branigan, from Dubl(...)

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