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Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman has spoken of taking ‘the meanness’ out of the direct provision system, and he’s quite right – the zeal to deter applicants has produced a needlessly mean-spirited system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At no point since direct provision was established in 2000 have conditions been more propitious for its dismantling. A combination of public campaigni(...)

NUI Galway Professor Alan Ahearne is to join Taoieach Micheál Martin’s team as economic adviser.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green leader Eamon Ryan have made senior appointments to their Government Buildings teams, bringing back two staff with t(...)

The Barryroe oil and gas field is located in the North Celtic Sea Basin in water depths of 100m

Providence Resources chief executive Alan Linn believes the company’s Barryroe oil find could help replace Ireland’s dwindling natural gas reserves. (...)

Government sources  confirmed the green list would be reduced to a “very limited” number of countries when it is finalised at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

Tensions have grown between the three coalition parties over the publication of a “green list” of countries deemed as safe to travel to during the Cov(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Political life goes through cycles, with times of heightened drama followed by periods that are taciturn and mundane. Over four months, the negotiati(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Thursday to meet Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

It was fortunate for Micheál Martin that on the morning after the sacking of Barry Cowen the General Court of the European Union made a decision in th(...)

Former Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen arrives for the Dáil sitting at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had no choice but to assert authority and dismiss Barry Cowen from the Government. Once the Minister for Agriculture had refu(...)

 Barry Cowen with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside Leinster House. File photograph: Collins

Ministerial resignations and sackings can sometimes be terminal for a government. But usually they are not. Those still in government have too much to(...)

Barry Cowen had been an influential player during the months of negotiations that led to the Programme for Government with Fine Gael and the Greens. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Barry Cowen’s period as a Cabinet minister is not the shortest in Irish political history, but it is, nevertheless, an outcome that no one would have (...)

 A man watches the Budget 2020 speech by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on a TV screen at Harvey Norman’s outlet in  Airside Retail Park, Swords. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government has promised to push through legislation “next week” to enact its €2 billion Covid-19 credit guarantee scheme for SMEs, which will see (...)

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