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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Varadkar and Martin  could have spared ‘the pretence of a critical tension between Tweedledum and Tweedledee’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil of using the Brexit crisis to “run away from the electorate” in agreeing to extend its conf(...)

The site of a burial ground at the  Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

A letter from Pope Francis to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone about the Tuam mother and baby home was “an acknowledgment” rather than a substa(...)

Yul Choi, a South Korean activist with the Korea Green Foundation, protests outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland, on December 10th. Photograph: Karolina Jonderko/The New York Times

Ireland’s ranking as the worst performing country in the EU for action on climate change, for the second year in a row, was roundly criticised by envi(...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Leo Varadkar said  the Government would introduce a rent register as recommended by the housing charity Threshold in its annual report on Wednesday.

Legislation will be brought to Cabinet next Tuesday to better enforce rent pressure zone designations, double the notice to quit period and introduce (...)

Leo Varadkar: “The truth . . . is that the ongoing filibuster of justice legislation in the Seanad is causing other legislation to back up, including important legislation such as this.” Photograph: AFP

The Seanad filibuster of a controversial Bill on judicial appointments is delaying other important legislation going through the Oireachtas, Taoiseach(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Fine Gael Ardfheis was ‘the clearest manifestation yet’ of what he promised he would deliver as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he ran to be leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar told his party that if it stood for everything it would stand for nothing. “Being all things to (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  Told the Dáil that Britain remaining closely aligned with EU customs arrangements will benefit Irish businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss developments on a Brexit deal, Government Buildings said on Tuesday night in a short statement. (...)

Tánaiste  Simon Coveney said outcomes are not changing for Travellers. File photograph: Tom Honan

Just one third of the funding allocated over the past decade for Traveller accommodation has been spent because of the “politics and social challenges(...)

Brendan Howlin speaks during the Labour Party annual conference at the weekend. The mood at the event was buoyed by the resounding victory of its former party chairman, Michael D Higgins, in the presidential election.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The mood at the Labour Party conference over the weekend was buoyed by the resounding victory of its former party chairman, Michael D Higgins, in the (...)

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