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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of Catherine Day in the Dáil following Cabinet approval. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former head of the European Commission Service Catherine Day has been appointed to chair the new Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality. Taoiseach Leo(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said several issues arise in seeking to simply outlaw membership of a criminal gang in such a manner.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has ruled out proscribing organised crime gangs like the Kinahan cartel or the Hutch faction. Proscribing such (...)

Garda members could be paid up to €1,000 for being on duty during the visit of US president Donald Trump while the 497 military personnel also on duty received €20 after tax for a 24-hour shift, the Dáil was told. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is under increasing pressure to publish the Public Pay Commission report on Defence Forces terms and conditions amid an ongoing crisis (...)

UHW general manager Grace Rothwell said steps had been taken to address the concerns of the State Pathologist’s Office about the condition of its mortuary. File photograph: Patrick Browne

University Hospital Waterford has acquired new air conditioning units for its dilapidated mortuary following concerns that conditions could contaminat(...)

Senior Government figures remain adamant  they will not concede to the nurses’ demands, citing the upfront cost and the belief it would spell the end of the public sector pay agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Nurses will lose pay rises, increments and gains for new recruits if they go on strike, Government and union sources confirmed on Thursday, as the psy(...)

As she faced the Taoiseach during Leaders’ Questions, Ruth Coppinger tugged at her white cuff, pulled a thong from inside her sleeve and held it up for all to see.

Stunts are not allowed in the Dáil chamber. But sometimes they are the right thing to do. Ruth Coppinger did the right thing on Tuesday. As she(...)

The Green Party’s Catherine Martin made quiet history on Thursday by becoming the first woman TD to speak in the House of Commons

Over on the mainland (Europe), EU leaders are growing sick, sore and tired of the Brexit talks process. When will it all end? Martyn Selmayr, controve(...)

Since Intel first set up operations in Ireland in 1989 with its flagship facility in Collinstown Industrial Park, in Leixlip, Co Kildare, it has invested close to €14 billion locally. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Intel wasn’t the first multinational firm to establish operations here, but it’s easy to argue they were the driving force behind the development of t(...)

People Before Profit TD  Richard Boyd Barrett: the department “is buying new Casa airplanes, but I understand there are only three Casa pilots, some of whom may even leave”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Defence is purchasing new naval vessels and airplanes but does not have the personnel to operate them, it has been claimed. People (...)

Alcohol Action Ireland says that 900 people in Ireland develop cancer every year as a result of alcohol dependency.

The Government intends to include a specific warning on bottles and cans that alcohol can lead to certain types of cancer, an Oireachtas Committee has(...)

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