Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest on the day of the Irish budget outside Leinster House. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

As gardaí lifted them from outside the gates of Leinster House on Tuesday evening, Ireland’s climate rebels sang “Gardaí, we love you, we’re doing thi(...)

Axa XL, the principal insurer for indoor climbing centres, decided not to renew its Irish business from August 1st.

Indoor climbing centres could soon cease to exist in Ireland due to insurance companies refusing to cover the sport, business owners have claimed. Th(...)

 Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey  was asked to refund  €1,977.11 following the audit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs and senators had to refund almost €10,000 in expenses this year after an audit found they could not provide supporting evidence to justify claimin(...)

Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

  Fiona Ryan and Jonathan  Mathis  feature in an advertising  campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Hate legislation is in preparation in Ireland but it is a difficult issue to get right because the Government does not want to do anything to “stifle (...)

Eighty-three per cent of participants, which include groups such as community centres, scouting clubs and tidy towns organisations, reported that their insurance premiums increased over the past three years. File photograph: Getty

Almost half of community and volunteer groups say they are facing closure and have had to reduce the number of activities they are involved in as a re(...)

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A consumer watchdog is to carry out an investigation into the public liability insurance market as businesses raise concerns about rising costs. The (...)

Seán Canney: Under “expenditure on policy formulation”, Mr Canney listed different restaurants such as Bang (€140), the Sussex (€208), Matt the Thresher (€332), The Ivy (€92), La Cave (€86) and Fire (€122). Photograph: Alan Betson

A Minister of State submitted receipts from leading restaurants near Leinster House as part of “expenditure on policy formulation” permitted under Sta(...)

The original budget for the work to the 273-year-old Leinster House was €8 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

The cost of repair and refurbishment works to Leinster House will come in at €17 million, significantly above initial estimates for the work, the Publ(...)

Parliament’s private gym on Kildare Street is currently open for 27.5 hours per week during “sitting weeks” for the Dáil and Seanad, and for 18.5 hours per week during “non-sitting weeks”

The Oireachtas is offering €40,000 a year for a fitness instructor to put TDs and Senators through their paces in the parliament’s private gym on Kild(...)

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