Theresa May is welcomed by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a bilateral meeting on Brexit talks on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Good morning, If your first thought upon opening this digest was “not another Brexit spiel” you may also want to disconnect from all forms of online (...)

Simon Harris said there’s “no going back” on the National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

National Children’s Hospital Consultancy companies are in the spotlight over the controversy surrounding costs for the construction of the National C(...)

John Horan: became the first GAA president to address either house of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster House is covered in protective screens, as refurbishment on the parliament building continues. They provide an opportune canvas for proclaimi(...)

President Michael D Higgins will tell an audience including the Taoiseach and descendants of those elected to the first Dáil that the country is  entering “the most difficult part of our decade of centenaries”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

President Michael D Higgins will urge people not to be afraid to “face the past” as they commemorate the most difficult centenaries of Irish history, (...)

The Dáil 100 Experience was launched on Tuesday and   showcases the history of Leinster House and the evolution of Irish democracy through the decades. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has written a letter of complaint to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl about what she says is a “notable lac(...)

A plaque marking the site of the Soloheadbeg ambush in Co Tipperary. The incident on January 21st, 1919, involved the first shots fired in the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Áras an Uachtaráin has declined to say why President Michael D Higgins turned down an invitation to attend an event in Co Tipperary later in January c(...)

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

Dáil Éireann: The First 100 Years, 1919-2019 Tuesday, December 11th; Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin; €20/€10 The Houses of the Oireachtas (...)

Speaking on surveillance claims, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said “it must be stressed that these are allegations, and we must in the first instance determine if they are factual’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has ordered an investigation into “serious issues” raised by a whistleblower who claims that covert surveillance(...)

Minister  Josepha Madigan with author Sinead Moriarty at the announcement in the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Tony Maxwell/Maxwells

A new bursary scheme for women artists, named for the revolutionary and first female minister Constance Markievicz, has been announced. Minister for (...)

President Michael D Higgins said during the election campaign that he would explain how the unaudited €317,000 allowance for his office is spent – but would only do so after the election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The presidential election may, for the most part, be best forgotten, but one theme of the campaign – the lack of transparency at Áras an Uachtaráin – (...)

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