Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, with the summer school’s director, Joe Mulholland. Photograph: North West Newspix

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of the Central Bank changing rules on mortgage lending to cover people paying high rents while also sa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media in Donegal after Thursday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

People in Northern Ireland will “come to question the union” with Britain if there is a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar(...)

Prof John FitzGerald has said in order to develop a ‘fairer system’ a complex response was needed in terms of promoting workforce participation, life expectancy rates and housing. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The social welfare and tax systems will not be able address many of the factors that keep people in poverty in the State, the adjunct professor of eco(...)

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton has come under sustained attack for the Government’s climate policies from two youth climate activists at (...)

Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said that the unionist community needs to be a part of planning for a united Ireland. Party activists from(...)

Síona Cahill, president of the USI, speaks at the Emerging Ireland summer school.

Complacency is the biggest challenge facing young people involved in politics, despite the successful referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, the h(...)

A Plymouth Brethren chapel and congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television, radio and cinema, in addition to observing the more familiar Old Testament strictures against drinking, dancing and licentiousness.

When I lived in Portadown, my town centre neighbourhood was home to a Plymouth Brethren congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney at the 2017 MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

When Joe Mulholland arrived in Glenties last Sunday to open the 38th MacGill Summer School, he was planning to announce it was to be his last. It’s b(...)

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