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Britain’s prime minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street after postponing the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Ben  Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May will start a tour of European capitals on Tuesday to ask for improvements to the Brexit agreement after she called off a parliamentary vot(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government proposed to continue to increase tax credits “and anyone who pays income tax would benefit from that”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he wants all revenue gathered from any increases in carbon tax to go back to people as tax credits and welfare paymen(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe declined to increase carbon taxes in last month’s budget but said it was his intention to put a long-term plan to 2030 in place that could see the tax rise to €100 per tonne.

Carbon tax rises will be a significant part of a tax plan that will include changes beyond the already promised pledge to increase the top rate tax th(...)

Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney with UK minister for the cabinet office, David Lidington. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Union and the British government are “very close” to reaching a deal on the Irish border that will pave the way for a Brexit withdrawal a(...)

 Michael D Higgins gives a speech following the announcement of his re-election as President at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

President Michael D Higgins has said “words matter” and can hurt but also heal, as he made his acceptance speech for a second term in Áras an Uachtará(...)

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin during the children’s referendum campaign in 2012. Those close to both men insist they share no personal animus. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The minute the email arrived on a quiet Friday at the end of August, those around Micheál Martin believed its contents were never meant to be confiden(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív insists he did nothing wrong by attending the launch of what appeared to be the announcement of a candidate running under (...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A report on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), ordered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after the resignation of Denis Naughten as miniser for communications(...)

Paddy Duffy, former political adviser to Bertie Ahern, has died.  File photograph: Frank Miller

A former senior adviser to Bertie Ahern has died while travelling back to Dublin from Papau New Guinea with the former taoiseach. Paddy Duffy, who re(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wrote to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I think it is best if we both state upfront, irrespective of what happens during the confidence and supply review process, that we both agree not to bring down the Government”.

The best way to provide stability for the country as Brexit takes effect is for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to agree to hold the next election in the su(...)

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