Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary: called on Minister for Education Norma Foley to allow the reopening of applications for school transport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary has called for “consistency” in public health guidelines and “understanding” for teachers with high-risk(...)

Advocates for survivors of abuse at religious institutions are concerned that some vulnerable claimants may lose out. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Advocates for survivors of abuse at religious institutions have called on Caranua, the independent body established to manage a €110 million fund to i(...)

Spectacular view of Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. Many politicians are heading for the Wild Atlantic Way during their time off. Photograph: iStock

Flare-ups between politicians in the final hours before Dáil Éireann rises for the summer recess are par for the course, but there was an edge to exch(...)

Dara Calleary, Minister for Agriculture arriving  for his first Cabinet meeting in that role. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many governments have had shaky starts but the first few months for this new Coalition has been simply remarkable with almost every week bringing a ne(...)

Richard Bruton, the new chairman of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An urban-versus-rural battle in Fine Gael this week revived memories of the Great Heave of 2010, when country and western Enda Kenny routed the leader(...)

Deputy Catherine Connolly’s team estimated that around 15 Government TDs voted for her in the secret ballot. File photograph

Independent TD Catherine Connolly is the new Leas Cheann Comhairle of the Dáil after a shock victory over Fine Gael candidate Fergus O’Dowd. The Galw(...)

Minister of State for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan had been assigned at the last minute to deal with the legislation after the changes in ministerial portfolios due to Barry Cowen’s sacking. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil was forced to suspend debate on major Covid-19 financial legislation because changes in ministerial portfolios after the sacking of Barry Cow(...)

The Aran Islands: Catherine Connolly TD said ferries were arriving on the Aran Islands  ‘with quite a number of passengers not wearing masks, and chaos on the quays, with nobody monitoring the situation’.

TDs from constituencies popular with tourists have spoken of “stress and anxiety” among their constituents over a perceived lack of controls on visito(...)

Deputy Gary Gannon said the pandemic payment was helping vulnerable artists to ‘feed themselves’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The arts sector in Northern Ireland will receive over €11 million more in Covid-19 funding from the UK authorities than the Irish Government is provid(...)

  Inishmaan:   farmers on the island   are putting cattle on boats and bringing them to Mayo. Photograph:   Andy Haslam/New York Times

Cattle on the Aran Islands have been shipped to Co Mayo because of severe water and fodder shortages due to the dry weather, the Oireachtas Covid-19 c(...)

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