The National Immunisation Advisory Committee says vaccination is important for “herd immunity” to protect those who have not been vaccinated.

The national uptake for the meningitis vaccine and vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough fell last year placing higher numbers of chi(...)

Mattie McGrath: “Members of the public are coming to us asking to join because they feel let down by other parties.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans are at an advanced stage for the creation of an informal political group to promote rural issues and an anti-abortion message, according to Inde(...)

Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significan(...)

Former UK ambassador Dominick Chilcott laying a wreath at the State event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

This year’s State commemoration of the Easter Rising has been criticised for not achieving the stated goal of inclusivity. But its critics, including (...)

Part of the crowd at the launch of Independent TD Michael Lowry’s election campaign in the Anner Hotel in Thurles

The recent launch of Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry’s general election campaign was no ordinary affair. The ballroom of the Anner Hotel, in h(...)

Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern: in 2001, a Fianna Fáil-led government tried to ban opinion polls in the last week of an election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eight out of 10 cats prefer a certain brand of petfood, according to the famous advertising campaign. The survey was ludicrous, of course, but it hasn(...)

Alex White said nothing had “broken down” between ministers over wind turbine guidelines. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Energy Alex White has denied a ministerial rift between himself and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly over draft wind energy guide(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Fianna Fáil has selected a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, Jackie Cahill (above) to contest the the new five-seat Tipperary constituency in the general election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has selected a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association to contest the the new five-seat Tipperary constituency i(...)

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