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File photograph of Lisa Smith from Dundalk (to right of taoiseach and Chief of Staff) converted to Islam and moved to Syria. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A security assessment will be carried out to ensure that the Irishwoman who is an alleged Islamic State supporter is “not a threat to life and limb he(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and colleagues during a statement to media in relation to the latest developments regarding Brexit at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

So Cox’s codpiece turned out to be a load of codswallop as soon as he revealed his bottom line. But in the Dáil, it wasn’t something to be sneezed at.(...)

Ireland will not be the ‘obstacle’ if the UK looks for more time and has a plan on Brexit,  Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Ireland will not be the “obstacle” if the UK looks for more time and has a plan on Brexit, the Tánaiste has told the Dáil. Simon Coveney said the pac(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Hartstown Community School, Blakestown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Tom Honan

This is the worst Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll that Leo Varadkar has endured since he became Taoiseach in June 2017. The fall in the Fine Gael(...)

 Support for Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael has dropped to 30%. Photograph: Tom Honan

Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows support for Fine Gael has declined by three points to 30 per cent since our last poll in October 2018. Supp(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said that Scouting Ireland would proceed with their normal camps this weekend, although the letter from Tusla recommended that the agency review the practice. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Serious child protection concerns raised by Tusla in a letter to Scouting Ireland were not mentioned at a subsequent meeting it held with the youth or(...)

Opposition politicians joined families of children with spinal muscular atrophy who are seeking access to a new drug, Spinraza, in a march to Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Families of children with a rare muscle-wasting disease have protested outside the Dáil calling for the HSE to approve an expensive new treatment that(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “There is nothing to apologise for and no retraction to be made.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has refused to retract her comment that she believes no one within the senior ranks of the PSNI is capable o(...)

Simon Coveney: he has  argued against unilateral action by Ireland as both ineffective in bringing about change and likely to put Ireland out of step with its EU partners

There is not, it would seem, an issue that is not touched in some way by Brexit. Even the ongoing attempt by TDs, against Government wishes, to ban im(...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

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