Bernard Durkan

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It has emerged that the State invested hundreds of millions of euro in funds buying housing units, including €60 million in US fund Urbeo, which bought more than 200 units in two estates in Maynooth. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Mullen Park, Mariavilla, Carton Grove – the growing list of housing estates swept up by so-called cuckoo funds, mean that Maynooth, Co Kildare, will b(...)

“How are ordinary house buyers who scrimp and save for a mortgage supposed to compete with this?” File photograph: iStock

The Taoiseach was right to look concerned. It’s a total sickener. A new strain has emerged. “There is something new in what happened over the weeke(...)

Sinn Féin  president Mary Lou McDonald has told  Sipo a €4m  donation to her party from a UK resident falls outside the remit of the ethics watchdog.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Almost all donations to political parties above the €1,500 threshold that requires their disclosure were made by elected representatives, the latest r(...)

Taoiseach  told the Dáil  on Wednesday that he would like to get back to Level 3 restrictions for December 1st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families should be given clarity over Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas, while the risk of ongoing economic and social damage from lockdowns ne(...)

Would a €9 pork chop be a suitably priced food offering to appease the hungry Covid gods? Photograph: iStock

If all goes well, the sun will set in November and the police can take their noses out of your pork chops. But there isn’t a great amount of confiden(...)

Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy’s potential move  indicates that the party, who now have six TDs, are likely to remain in Opposition. Photograph: Collins

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphyis considering standing for the post of Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil as party sources said they are unlikely(...)

Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she was elected:  The political adviser-turned-elected deputy is the youngest woman in the new Dáil.

“It’s official – there is no turning back now,” said Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she signed the roll(...)

  This has been Bernard Durkan’s 12th consecutive general election win

Bernard Durkan TD (74) is Kildare North’s longest-serving parliamentarian, first elected on behalf of Fine Gael in 1981. Though unseated in February 1(...)

 Catherine Murphy, Co-leader Social Democrats, who has been elected in Kildare North. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The count is all over in Punchestown and there are several familiar faces – and one new one – bound for Dáil Éireann to represent Kildare North. Soc(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy topped the poll here in 2016, and there is little to suggest she won’t repeat the trick this time out. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kildare North (four seats) Current: 1 FG, 2 FF, 1 Soc Dem Kildare is the heart of the commuter belt, and as such, infrastructure and quality of life(...)

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