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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport Shane Ross remove the ribbon on the first Luas tram to use the new cross-city track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

“How many ministers for transport does it take to link the Luas?” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked. He answered his own riddle. “It appears it (...)

Occupancy levels on Grafton, Henry and Mary streets – Dublin  city’s main shopping thoroughfares – are currently 95 to 100 per cent. Photograph: David Sleator

Commercial investment in Irish retail fell off something of a cliff in 2017, with the value of transactions for the first nine months of year down nea(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said  the party would fight the next election to maximise its vote, its mandate and its numbers of TDs and senators. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed she will seek nomination for the position of president of Sinn Féin. At a party selection convention in her Dublin C(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said that despite assumptions she is the runaway favourite, “there is no done deal here . . . there is no ordination, coronation”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leadership frontrunner Mary Lou McDonald says if she is elected to succeed Gerry Adams she will examine how the party is run in light of a s(...)

Joe Costello leaving the Four Courts on Monday  after his  High Court action was adjourned until Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

The next Dáil will be unconstitutional unless new laws increasing the number of TDs are implemented before a general election is called, the High Cour(...)

Former Labour TD has taken a case to the High Court aimed at securing the enactment of laws increasing the number of members of the Dáil before any general election.

The High Court has made directions for an urgent hearing of former Labour Party TD Joe Costello’s action aimed at securing the enactment of laws incre(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil on Thursday.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald passionately defended her response to a campaign to discredit a Garda whistleblower as Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou Mc(...)

Mary Lou McDonald has not made any public comment on her intentions since Gerry  Adams announced his intention to step down. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has confirmed he will not challenge Mary Lou McDonald for the position of party president. Mr Murphy is the latest senior (...)

Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Fina(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has not been a member of Fianna Fáil since the publication of the Mahon report in 2012. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he would not support former taoiseach Bertie Ahern becoming a member of the party. Mr Martin was respondin(...)

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