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Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said the Local Government Bill  would devolve power to local and regional level. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Legislation that will result in the biggest change in local government structures has been published by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan. The L(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “The Dáil can no longer work in a way that is so far removed from the experience of fellow citizens’’

A Dáil reform package introduced by the Government was described as “essentially a set of commonsense measures’’ by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. He said th(...)

 Catherine Murphy: said there was  “common ground” between them on the budget but they were not forming a new alliance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A group of Independent TDs has called for next week’s budget to introduce a wealth tax and a 48 per cent tax rate when salaries go above €100,000. (...)

Catherine Murphy: warned of threat to genealogical research. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s political, regulatory and banking system must be constructed in a way that would “encourage contrary people with ideas to challenge us all t(...)

Kieran Coughlan pictured with Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to secretary general and clerk of the Dáil Kieran Coughlan who has retired after 40 years in Leinster House.Mr Coughlan was de(...)

Independent TD Séamus Healy: called on the Government to include cases of fatal foetal abnormalities in the Bill.

The theatre of a late-night Dáil sitting and the prospect of a junior minister going overboard may have lent some drama to its final passage into law,(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy

Irish women going to Britain for pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities expected hospital staff to be judgmental, Independent TD Catherine Mur(...)

 Peter Nyberg’s report was comprehensive, but his  terms of reference were too narrow and his findings too general. His inquiry was conducted in private and did not name names. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The previous government was largely responsible for the banking crisis but the current Government bears much of the responsibility for the fact that t(...)

Christy Moore will be taking part in the event protesting against the Government’s plans to sell the harvesting rights of public forests.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A walk in the woods is to take place in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on Sunday to protest against the Government’s plans to sell (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee  on her victory in the Meath East byelection, as her mother Katlhleen (centre) watches at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not too often in the Irish electoral context that you can say it was a good day for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But the winners of th(...)

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