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Worldwide, the number of applications for Irish passports received from outside the State surged from 190,905 in 2016 to 227,223 last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of Irish passport applications from British residents refused last year is understood to be in “double digits”. The Department of Foreign (...)

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(...)

Since 2013, a total of 5,200 new and unused properties were exempted with €10 million in tax forgone

A tax relief that has seen almost 17,000 homes exempted from property tax since 2013 has cost the State about €35 million in potential income. The re(...)

Former minister for finance Micheal Noonan:  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed  Mr Noonan and several department officials met Enet representatives in December 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan met representatives of Irish telco Enet including its public relations adviser Eoin Ó Neachtain just three (...)

The Dáil was told Minister of State Pat Breen organised and attended one of the private dinners between then minister for communications Denis Naughten and a key bidder for the rural broadband contract David McCourt.

Minister of State Pat Breen has outlined meetings he had with David McCourt, the key bidder in the broadband procurement process, and has said he know(...)

Social Democrats TD for Dublin North West Róisín Shortall speaks to the media during the party’s think-in on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

For many people in Ireland the prospect of owning a home is “becoming a pipe dream”, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall has said. The party (...)

Aaron and Craig Keighery in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, ahead of Sunday’s final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Gerry the GAA giant had tears rolling down his painted face as he stood surveying the townlands around Galway’s Rahoon on Friday morning. It wasn’t (...)

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said affordability could not be achieved “until we get over the nub of the problems which is the cost of building land and the State has significant land banks”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A third of more than €100 million in grants to help first-time buyers purchase a new home were for properties valued at between €226,000-€300,000, new(...)

The Dublin Bus network redesign sees the replacement of all existing route numbers with a simplified lettering system. Photograph: Alan Betson

The US transport planner behind the redesign of the Dublin Bus network has hit back at TDs and union officials for spreading “false information” ab(...)

An overhaul of the Dublin Bus network was outlined earlier in July. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Major commuter bus services from Swords, Balbriggan and Dunboyne will be significantly worse off under a €2 billion plan to reform Dublin’s bus routes(...)

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