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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(...)

Venison: demand is seasonal with the greatest concentration of retail shelf space dedicated to game in the winter/ Christmas period, according to the Minister for Agriculture. Photograph: Frank Miller/	THE IRISH TIMES

Consumption of venison in Ireland dropped by almost two-thirds last year, reflecting a sharply declining interest in deer farming in the State, accord(...)

Justice swamp: former minister Frances Fitzgerald with former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The political landscape is a wondrous thing. We’d be lost without it. The political landscape is imaginary, yet it is mapped and remapped, forever exp(...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin found itself in an uncomfortable situation this week, as it was outmanoeuvred by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on the issue of abortion. The tw(...)

Repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution was proposed by Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan and passed overwhelmingly with the support of 13 other members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment spent over three hours voting on individual recommendations for their final report. The first propos(...)

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