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Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Ahmad Halabisaz/AP Photo

Sixteen additional Irish citizens and their dependents have been successfully evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan. The 10 citizens and six dependents (...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams laughs as Mary Lou McDonald watches after a pre-election news conference in Dublin in  February 24, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gerry Adams AGM addressed the Sinn Féin’s Cúige Uladh in Belfast this morning. Here is the full text of Gerry Adams’s speech: A chairde, This AGM co(...)

Ibrahim Halawa (21) has spent more than four years in jail. File photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Ibrahim Halawa is in “good spirits” and looking forward to returning home to Ireland, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The 21-year-old(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa  has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail.

The Egyptian legal authorities have not yet begun to process the paperwork for Ibrahim Halawa’s release from jail. “The first stage hasn’t even been (...)

Leo Varadkar launching his campaign bid to be Fine Gael party leader. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar is on the run. Criss-crossing the country, meeting the electorate, pressing his case, making his pitch. On Sunday night he was in Cork, (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech was hewn from previous ones. And, for that, sounded just a little contrived. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

One minute in Dáil Éireann, Enda Kenny was saying all the right things and hitting the nail on the head. A very old nail, driven in a long time ago. (...)

Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s housing plan. It is irrational to believe Help-To-Buy will stimulate supply if it does not first drive up prices.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

In terms of housing policy, Ireland has been poorly served by successive governments. Until recently, however, the incoming administration appeared to(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and his department have brought forward a  radical  plan to tackle the housing crisis.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness outlines ambitious steps to address the obstacles that have arisen in regards to delivering social, affor(...)

It is clear the private sector is seen as a key to increasing social housing provision. Among the carrots will be upfront payments to developers for social housing delivered under Part V obligations. File photograph: Getty Images

Central to Minister for Housing Simon Coveney’s much vaunted Housing Action Plan, to be published next week, is an acceleration in the “delivery of ho(...)

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