Damian English

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Should those living in large houses after their children leave  be encouraged by the State to trade down? Photograph: iStock

There are few more emotive subjects in Ireland than the “family home”. And we do seem to live in bigger homes than the average. A European Commission (...)

Shoppers at the   Aldi store  in Blackrock, Co Dublin.  File Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Aldi and Lidl have bowed to pressure to end the sale of “middle aisle” products deemed non-essential after the Government threatened a clampdown on re(...)

A spokeswoman for Tesco said it was adhering to Government guidelines and had closed its  F&F clothing, home entertainment and toys units across the country.  File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Large retailers across the State have modified stores and blocked off products deemed unessential in the wake of widespread Garda interventions over (...)

The 33rd sitting of the Dáil for the announcement of the members of the new Cabinet at the Convention Centre Dublin

Sittings of the Dáil and Seanad in the Convention Centre in Dublin are “an abject waste of taxpayers’ money”, a Government backbencher has said. Fian(...)

 Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare for their trips. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Another person diagnosed with Covid-19 has died, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) reported on Saturday. This brings to 1,741 the to(...)

 Longboat Quay apartments off Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of apartment blocks and housing estates with building or fire safety defects is “quite low”, the Dáil has been told. A fire safety taskfor(...)

Minister of State Damian English: said the powers would not be abused. Photograph: Alan Betson

Planning permissions viewed as a threat to the State’s security or national interests can now be revoked after the Dáil voted to give the Government s(...)

Minister of State for Housing Damian English had asked the Opposition not to call a vote on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

City and county councillors will no longer have to pay a €20 fee to make a submission or observation on planning applications in their electoral area (...)

Mattie McGrath: Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum which requires 10 Deputies to be present.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Dáil debate on abortion was cut short because not enough Government TDs were present when a quorum was called. Independent TD Mattie McGrath call(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

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