Labour  leader Brendan Howlin: turns out his predecessor Pat Rabbitte supports the Government’s national broadband plan. Checkmate. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Perfidious Pat. Et tu, Rabbitte? How is a Labour leader supposed to vehemently oppose the Government’s broadband project when the silken words of an(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency: ‘It is a gesture, but symbols and gestures matter.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

The declaration of a climate change and biodiversity emergency in Ireland by the Dáil was a “largely symbolic” gesture which must be followed with rea(...)

A shrine dedicated to children who died at the  Tuam mother and baby home. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a report by a commission investigating the homes made for ‘gruesome reading’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

The fifth interim report into mother and baby homes makes for “gruesome reading” and “gives us a further insight into a very dark part of our history”(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

More than 80,000 households would be “out on the streets” if Government took the “populist” decision to get rid of the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap(...)

 Labour leader Brendan Howlin was accused of lecturing the Government on what to do while being a “bloody hypocrite” and a “blackguard”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Labour Party has been accused of hypocrisy in a heated Dáil debate over its motion calling for a “fair start for every child”. Sinn Féin and Soli(...)

University of Limerick president  Prof Desmond Fitzgerald:  “I want to assure families and students that the information is accurate – and we will continue to improve the system.” Photograph: Alan Place

The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period(...)

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said two-and-a-half years  later   the report   had yet to be published. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A TD was so angry with the Taoiseach’s reply to her question in the Dáil about a child sexual abuse report that she told him “a dignified silence for (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy: although providing and managing  30 per cent of social housing, approved housing bodies are not subject to statutory regulation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The fact that more than 500 voluntary housing bodies are not subject to statutory regulation has been harshly criticised by the Comptroller and Audito(...)

Mick Wallace: “The Government is paying an extra €100,000 per unit, at a minimum, to allow the big developers to supply the housing for it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is paying a minimum of €100,000 extra for every housing unit instead of €10,000 to allow big developers to supply housing, Independents(...)

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