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The official cost of the President’s office in 2016 was €3.6m, of which €1.15m was accounted for by the bonus paid to citizens who have reached 100 years of age. Photograph: Frank Miller

The disclosure at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the President has an annual unaudited allowance of €317,000, on top of his regular expenses(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, the National Ploughing Association director Anna May McHugh,  and chairman of the National Ploughing Association, Denis Keohane. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Higgins must be very keen to keep to his campaign timetable, we mused, as he addressed the crowd at the Ploughing. He appeared to be wearin(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been accused of being disconnected from his brief. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has insisted he is fully committed to the Bus Connects project despite having told a residents’ association meeting (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Leo Varadkar has dismissed reports that the EU will make support for Ireland’s Brexit position conditional on the State dropping opposition to corpora(...)

Labour Party TDs, senators and councillors who debated the leadership on Sunday evening at their think-in. Photograph: Paul Connor

Labour party leader Brendan Howlin says the leadership issue has been settled until after the next election, following a tense four-hour debate on the(...)

 Labour TD Alan Kelly: “Happy for anyone to lead us into the next election” as long as the party  targets the right policies and improves its performance. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour TD Alan Kelly has rounded on his Leinster House party colleagues by telling them their performance is “not good enough”. Mr Kelly made his com(...)

Brendan Howlin  said he spoke to President Higgins in recent days, and predicted a “broad coalition” will back his re-election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins will have no difficulty in publishing his expenses and costs associated with Áras an Uachtaráin, Labour leader Brendan How(...)

 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Labour isn’t getting noticed much these days. It has drifted to the margins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party meets for what promises to be a fraught think-in in Drogheda on Sunday against the background of Alan Kelly’s – apparently – abortive(...)

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

Government policy on property tax succeeded where water charges failed because a “too much, too soon” approach was taken to the latter, economist Jim (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins  has said the confusion over US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland demonstrated the need to ‘sort out’ our relationship with the US.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has said the confusion over US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland demonstrated the need to “sort out” our relationship with the US.(...)

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