Former minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Mary Lou must love Tuesdays. Leaders’ Questions is like shooting fish in a barrel. When the Sinn Féin president took over the mantle of main Oppositi(...)

The local property tax is by its design progressive – the more your house is worth, the more you pay. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the local property tax was introduced in 2013, councillors have had the power to raise or lower the rate by 15 per cent. Each year Dublin City C(...)

Sinn Féin’s Eoin O’Broin: said the party will support the Bill moving to the next stage in the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin have pledged to support the progress of new legislation which would let people who are terminally ill decide the timing of their own death. (...)

Angela Dorgan, chairwoman of the National Campaign for the Arts group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cuts to the top rate of the pandemic unemployment payment to €300 a week have been described as “hugely disappointing” by arts campaigners and Opposit(...)

Ireland’s Curtis Campher (left) celebrates with team-mate Harry Tector after taking the wicket of England’s Moeen Ali during the third One-Day International match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Indefatigable Derryman Eamonn McCann was on radio this week discussing the life and times of the late John Hume, who he knew over the years stretching(...)

Arlene Foster insists that no Minister can go on a solo run with a controversial decision under the new legislation. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Eleven of the DUP’s 27 Assembly members have defied party leader Arlene Foster by abstaining on a vote for new legislation chiefly designed to free up(...)

People Before Profit said the Bill would “immediately open the door to new evictions into homelessness on the grounds of sale, use or refurbishment”. Photograph: iStock

Why is the Government putting forward a law now? Because the previous emergency ban on evictions and rent increases was due to end on August 2nd. The(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Willie O’Dea: he  said it was “not right and proper that one category of people” should be “singled out for punishment”. Photograph: Getty Images

New rules stripping those on unemployment assistance of their payments because they leave the State could be vulnerable to legal challenge, civil libe(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said efforts at assisting businesses badly hit by Covid-19 were disproportionately weighted toward loans and debt. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald dismissed the Government’s stimulus package as “miserly”, saying the tourism and hospitality sector would be underw(...)

Not even the impending financial and environmental disaster that is climate change can deflect from an even greater threat – paying for Ireland’s ageing population.

Ireland has one of the fastest-ageing populations in the EU. In just 30 years, the number of those whom the State’s working population will have to su(...)

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