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The Government’s move to offer €20,000 tax rebates to help first-time homebuyers purchase properties has led to a 50% increase in the number of such buyers getting on the property ladder. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government’s move to offer €20,000 tax rebates to help first-time homebuyers purchase properties has led to a 50 per cent increase in the number o(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

A shrine with an image of the Virgin Mary is seen on the site of the former mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Co Galway. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

A decision on what to do with the site of a former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, will be taken within months, Minister for Children Katheri(...)

 Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney during  a press conference in Dublin after the deal was agreed. Photograph:  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The commitments made by Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland are “politically bullet-proof” and “cast iron”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar(...)

British prime minister Theresa May’s hopes of securing a deal with Brussels were scuppered by the DUP on Monday, in a day of surprises, disappointment(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a Brexit press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is “surprised and disappointed” the British government was unable to conclude a deal he believed had been agreed on Iri(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called the Department of Justice ‘dysfunctional’ on Tuesday, but it is worse than that, says Fintan O’Toole.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called the Department of Justice “dysfunctional” on Tuesday, but it is worse than that, says Fintan O’Toole. The failure by th(...)

Frances Fitzgerald arriving on Tuesday night at Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, for the Fine Gael Dublin Mid West general election convention, after her resignation from her post earlier in the day. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Radical changes to the “dysfunctional” Department of Justice were promised by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday, as he announced the resignation of(...)

Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil had signalled to him  on Tuesday that the email to Fitzgerald represented a very big problem. Photograph: Getty Images

The week in politics has its own rhythm. Monday is quiet, Tuesday and Wednesday are long busy days, and things calm down on Thursday as Dáil business (...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’s arrest in 2014 was a blow to Mary Lou McDonald when she was on the cusp of becoming an acceptable figure to many middle-ground voters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Now that Gerry Adams has signalled his departure from the leadership of Sinn Féin, the casual assumption that he was a cap on the party’s electoral po(...)

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