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Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis last weekend. Live coverage of the political party ardfheiseanna and conferences will cost about €150,000-€200,000 in 2017, according to RTÉ. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the mini-conference season for our main political parties ends, and the lanyards and name tags are packed up for another year, it’s time to amplify(...)

Mary Lou McDonald, heir presumptive to Gerry Adams’s crown as Sinn Féin leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

The announcement by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that he is to step down from the position in the coming months marks the second major generational ch(...)

The RCSI is allowed to describe itself abroad as a “university of medicine and health science”, but  is prohibited from doing so within the State. File photograph: Getty Images

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has urged the Government to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top intern(...)

The Special Needs Parents’ Association said it is troubled by the language used given the State’s obligation to provide education to all young people. File photograph: Getty Images

Parents of children with special needs have criticised “dangerous and insensitive” comments by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials(...)

Spending on special education has grown by almost half a billion euro since 2011, a rise of almost 40%. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has expressed alarm over sharp increases in the cost of education for children with special needs, which is costi(...)

The departure of Gerry Adams as Sinn Féin president will be a defining moment for the prospects of his party south of the border. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The decision of Gerry Adams to step down as leader of Sinn Féin next year after 35 years in the post has huge implications for the future of politics (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan: “Imposing a monitoring system on people who continuously commit offences can be a method of sentencing,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Criminals convicted of serious offences should not be granted bail unless they agree to be electronically monitored, Fianna Fáil has said. The Dáil w(...)

Martin McGuinness’s widow, Bernie; Gerry Adams; Michelle O’Neill; and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin ardfheis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Senior figures in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have insisted they would never enter any coalition with Sinn Féin, irrespective of their leader. Sinn Féi(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “All of our housebuilding targets and our social housing support targets are looking like we will exceed our numbers for this year, and we are more ambitious again for next year.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The homelessness crisis is likely to get worse before it gets better, the Minister for Housing has admitted. Eoghan Murphy has been strongly criticis(...)

Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin ardfheis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted his successor will not be anointed behind closed doors and a democratic process will take place. Mr Adams (...)

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