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This is not the actual rat seen in the Dáil bar.

The Oireachtas members’ bar and the visitors’ bar have both been closed for the day after a large rat was seen on the premises. The rat was spotted b(...)

Michael (left) and Danny Healy-Rae outside the Dáil in a file photograph. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dáil was suspended after a row erupted when Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae claimed Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe had told a “lie” over th(...)

The scene at the house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon which was the centre of an eviction.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has warned that vigilantism “is a very dangerous road to go down” as he answered Dáil questions about the recent(...)

Four Ford Transit vans lay burned out following Sunday night’s violence at the property in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

A sister and one of her brothers evicted from a Roscommon farmhouse last week, prompting a violent retaliation by vigilantes against security guards (...)

 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(...)

The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town Photograph: Google Maps

The Government has been accused of “herding” asylum seekers into hotels and failing to consult local communities over the establishment of three new d(...)

Fianna Fáil Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy told the Dáil  he  found out over the weekend  about a secret plan   to turn the old Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey into a refugee centre.

The Government has been accused of making secret arrangements to open a refugee centre without consulting the local community on the Roscommon Leitrim(...)

Pope Francis delivers his speech to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s Square on Sunday. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

There are just 20,000 tickets left for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park next month. All tickets for other events i(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten at the launch of “Empowering Communities for Climate Action” on Wednesday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tuesday was a big day for apologies in Leinster House. Everyone enjoyed them so much it was decided to continue with the theme. The Taoiseach apolo(...)

Leo Varadkar: “We have much more to do and it’s going to take many more years”

They didn’t bother with a cake or anything like that. And there wasn’t a hint of many happy returns in the air. But opposition TDs didn’t let the occ(...)

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