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Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

The Government has been soundly defeated on a vote on the Mercosur trade deal in the Dáil. The vote, on a Sinn Féin motion, was defeated by 84 votes (...)

The Mercosur deal agrees to the importation to the EU of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 180 tonnes of poultry meat and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat a year.

Ireland has the opportunity to ensure legally watertight conditions are included in the EU trade agreement with the Mercosur countries that they will (...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said the Eir offer to provide the service more cheaply  “by abandoning all of the protections that were included, namely, the clawbacks, penalty clauses, performance requirements, distinct governance and upfront capital”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Telecoms company Eir would “jettison essential conditions” to protect the State and rural users if its offer to provide the national broadband plan wa(...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

Fianna Fáil communications spokesman Timmy Dooley said the Cabinet decision to proceed with the €3 billion plan has ‘all the hallmarks of a PR exercise’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition parties have accused the Government of using the national broadband plan to bolster its chances in the upcoming local and European election(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he  had said a decision on whether to proceed with the plan to roll out high-speed internet access to rural Ireland  would be made by Easter. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has claimed the National Broadband Plan is not on the “long finger” as Opposition figures described the latest delay to the scheme as a(...)

Chairwoman  of the Climate Action Committee Hildegarde Naughton TD and  Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Substantial progress has been made by an Oireachtas all-party committee on agreeing major steps to decarbonise Ireland and to implement the recommenda(...)

Minister Richard Bruton told  Green Party leader Eamon Ryan that in response to the possibility of blackouts in the North, it was planned to bring coal-fired power plants there that were due to be decommissioned back into service, if needed. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Because of the risk that Britain will leave the EU without a deal, emergency legislation will have to include measures to ensure supply of electricity(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said he would raise presenter pay with RTÉ boss Dee Forbes, but also suggested it was ‘an operational matter’ for RTÉ. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Newish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton is said to have spent recent months reading himself into his wide po(...)

Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton told the Dáil a cross-government report on the collection of the TV licence fee is due by the end of March. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will raise concerns about the “very high wages” paid to individual presenters at RTÉ when he meets the broa(...)

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