Minister of State Seán Kyne was booed and heckled at a public meeting in Oughterard over a direct provision centre.

A Government Minister was booed and heckled as up to 700 people attended a public meeting in Oughterard, Co Galway, on Wednesday, and vowed to fight a(...)

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The Public Accounts Committee has called for a new cost-benefit analysis to be completed before the signing of a contract for the €5 billion National (...)

Ciaran Breen, director of the State Claims Agency. File photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells.

The State Claims Agency has said it is handling 117 legal claims in relation to the CervicalCheck screening controversy. Ciaran Breen, director of t(...)

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(...)

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