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Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

Charlie Haughey gets ready to recreate that Duran Duran video. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Poor Leo Varadkar. He can’t even have a photo-op at a pop concert without falling backwards into a bin and then walking around with a bin on his head (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Paudie Coffey, pictured leaving the Four Courts on Thursday after   his High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

An adviser to Paudie Coffey has told the High Court he discussed the benefits of having a minister in the former Fine Gael TD’s constituency with Enda(...)

  The Department of Education is understood to have proposed a series of changes which would relax and clarify rules around Irish exemptions, especially in the areas of special needs Photograph: Carl O’Brien

A review of the system for awarding exemptions for the study of Irish has revealed an increase in number of pupils securing opt-outs on the basis of “(...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Union Council President Donald Tusk, and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier give a press conference at the end of the European Council meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

There was little joy around the cavernous headquarters of the European Council in Brussels on Sunday as the treaty governing the UK’s departure from t(...)

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds called on the UK prime minister Theresa May to ‘bin the backstop’.

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds called on the UK prime minister Theresa May to “bin the backstop” when he addressed delegates at the party’s annual (...)

Senator Paudie Coffey at the Four Courts on Wednesday for the second day of his High Court action against Iconic Newspapers, publishers of the ‘Kilkenny People’. Photograph: Collins Courts

When Crotty the Robber stood on the gallows in Waterford city in 1742, he probably assumed his courtroom days were behind him. He was wrong. And whe(...)

Brad Smith, chief legal officer of Microsoft, with Ciarán Conlon

Tech giant Microsoft Ireland has appointed former ministerial adviser Ciarán Conlon as director of public policy. Mr Conlon will work with both Micro(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi told the Oireachtas the high interest rates were largely down to the fact the State has a “quasi-monopoly” banking market that is “not competitive”

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi did his homework before he became, on Thursday, the first sitting head of the organisation to appea(...)

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