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 Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain (L) and Democratic Senator from Rhode Island Jack Reed (R) attend an Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The push by Republicans to reform the US tax code was thrown into turmoil on Thursday evening as new rulings on the fiscal implications of a Senate bi(...)

Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council: said she just wanted to set the record straight. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Arts Council is to be given the opportunity to read a response into the official Oireachtas record after its director, Orlaith McBride, was asked (...)

There were 6,300 children in the care of the State as of March 2017, 92 per cent of whom were placed with 4,500 approved foster carers around the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí and social workers should be placed in specialist child protection units and gaps in provision of out-of-hours emergency services should be rem(...)

Mr Mullen was not present at the time of the Seanad debate on Tuesday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has described remarks made by Independent Senator Ronan Mullen about Savita Halappanavar as “distasteful and offensive’’. (...)

There are 5,377 Airbnb premises in the Dublin City Council area. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Legislation is needed to deal with the impact of short-term letting agencies, such as Airbnb, has on the housing supply, an Oireachtas committee has w(...)

The referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which places the life of the unborn on an equal footing to that of the mother, will be held in isolation next May or June. Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar said this was a particularly sensitive issue that should be a “standalone” referendum. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Government has agreed to hold seven referendums over the next two years but has been criticised for failing to propose votes on enshrining water s(...)

The Revenue Commissioners issued guidance this week in relation to the taxation of Irish property held in fund structures beloved by vulture funds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wondering what Budget 2018 will mean for you? Well, some of the vulture funds that Michael Noonan took aim at in his last Finance Act as minister alm(...)

The vast majority of politicians still do not understand, in depth or breadth, the data protection and privacy issues that lie at the heart of a functional, transparent democracy. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Concern over the now infamous Public Services Card has been a slow build. A very slow build. The card was being discussed in the Dáil in 2005 – Fine(...)

A recent OECD study measuring the benefits of a third-level degree estimated that lifetime earnings for Irish graduates were boosted by about €320,000. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

With the CAO points published this week, many parents are preparing to send their children to third level for the first time. Along with the understan(...)

Sophia Byrne Singh from Dublin who joined childcare workers outside the Department of Finance earlier this month where postcards from the dole were delivered to Minister Paschal Donohoe to highlight the precarious contracts and lack of state investment for early years sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish parents are saddled with some of the highest childcare costs in Europe due to a lack of public investment in the sector, an Oireachtas committee(...)

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