Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told the Dáil there is a difference between 5km in an urban and rural area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has called for a tweaking of the Covid-19 regulations to allow people in rural areas travel (...)

 Katherine Zappone: Many TDs thanked her for her work during her term of office

“Aah, sod this for a game of soldiers. The sun is shining and there’s a cold drink waitin’ with my name on it. I’m outta here!” And with a devil-may-(...)

Aindrias Moynihan is one of the few fluent Irish speakers in the Dáil

One of the few fluent Irish speakers in the Dáil, Aindrias Moynihan (52) regularly speaks as Gaeilge and advocates for the language, most recently dur(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael Creed was among the three TDs to retain their seats in Cork North-West. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

All three of the seats in Cork North-West were filled in one fell swoop during the fifth and final count on Sunday evening. Each of the incumbent TDs(...)

Michael Creed hopes to bring home a running mate in this constituency which is a mixture of satellite commuter towns in the south and more traditional country market towns in the north. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cork North-West (three seats) Current: 1 FG, 2 FF Cork North-West may have shed its image as one of the country’s most conservative constituencies i(...)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys pointed out that spreading regional development was a priority.

The Government has been accused of “anti rural bias” following a year in which IDA visits to potential foreign direct investment sites have continued (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary said the legislation needed the backing of a senior Government Minister.

Legislation to provide improved public services through Irish has been described as “like the emperor’s new clothes”. Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara (...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue made 11 representations to Revenue for constituents. Photograph: Donall Farmer

TDs and Senators made a total of 227 representations to the Revenue Commissioners including the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance Pasch(...)

President Michael D Higgins’ spokesman said he “has been, and remains, concerned at recent reports in relation to the organisation”.  Photograph: PA

President Michael D Higgins, who is patron of Scouting Ireland, has said he is “concerned” at the historic abuse revelations facing the youth organisa(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed confidence in Scouting Ireland’s new board. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed her confidence in the new board of Scouting Ireland in relation to their work in dealing with th(...)

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