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Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin says he has written to SDLP leader Colum Eastwood asking him to outline his intentions regarding a potential merger with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party and the British Labour party will have to organise together to contest elections in Northern Ireland if the SDLP merges with Fianna F(...)

File photograph of Sgt Maurice McCabe outside  Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sgt Maurice McCabe has said he has “no plans yet at all” for his future following the announcement that he would retire from An Garda Síochána at midn(...)

President Michael D Higgins said during the election campaign that he would explain how the unaudited €317,000 allowance for his office is spent – but would only do so after the election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The presidential election may, for the most part, be best forgotten, but one theme of the campaign – the lack of transparency at Áras an Uachtaráin – (...)

Canvassers promoting a Yes vote for the upcoming referendum on blasphemy, in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Blaasphemy. Sounds like a clever name for a hipster sandwich joint in Waterford. It could attract a crowd. But blasphemy? Who cares? Not too many i(...)

Brendan Howlin:  he said it was “amazing” that the government jet issue was persisting.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said it was “a danger” that turnout in the presidential election could be lower than 50 per cent. Appealing for vot(...)

Labour  leader Brendan Howlin TD.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has claimed that the prospect of postponing the issue of the Irish “backstop” is being discussed in the Brexit talks as n(...)

Fine Gael Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue on budget day at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Last week’s budget was described as an election budget without being a giveaway budget. Today’s poll findings suggest voters agree with this analysis.(...)

Tanaiste Simon Coveney: Denis Naughten had nothing to do with the technical side of broadband plan bidding. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten would like a “fair hearing” in the Dáil to address the issues around meetings with a key bidder for the Nat(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said so far he is satisfied with the Minister for Communications’ explanation over his meetings with the lead bidder for th(...)

The ODCE has about 40 staff. And last year it received an allocation of €5m from Minister for Business Heather Humphreys’ department. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to allocate an extra €1 million to the white collar crime watchdog, the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), to p(...)

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