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New Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf  ‘has been appointed under law’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

The process of appointing new Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf should be paused because of controversy engulfing him in his native New Zealand, (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald and Alan Farrell at  a Dublin count centre. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Ten things to take away from the local and European elections now that the dust has settled a bit: 1. A snap election is now very unlikely It is, o(...)

Leo Varadkar on Fine Gael’s performance: “It was less than we had expected or hoped for, quite frankly”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Deputy Political Editor Some in Fine Gael gamely attempted to talk up the party’s performance in the local elections on Sunday as the numbers came int(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was always going to be a challenge for Sinn Féin to hold the council seats it won five years ago in this year’s local elections, party leader Mary (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting in Scoil Thomas, Castleknock on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For months, Fine Gael has been looking over its shoulder in worry at rural Ireland. Its poll ratings, and the personal popularity of Taoiseach Leo V(...)

The Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: he is expected to publish the All of Government Plan to Tackle Climate Disruption in the coming weeks

The installation of new domestic oil and gas boilers could be banned in the next few years under a new Government policy on tackling climate change. (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at  funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

New all-party talks aimed at restoring the Northern Ireland power sharing institutions are to be given a sharp time limit of about three weeks. Tánai(...)

 Billy Kelleher meets up with Clare hurling legends Brian Lohan and Niall Gilligan  while canvassing in Ennis, Co Clare, for the European elections. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Usually, political party leaders want their people to attend parliamentary party meetings. Recently, however, the presence of Anne Rabbitte irked Mich(...)

A pair of baby shoes with the message ‘Bury us with dignity’ hangs on a wall at the site of the Tuam mother-and-baby home. Photograph: Andy Newman

An expert working for the order of nuns which ran the Tuam mother-and-baby home in Co Galway argued in January this year that the underground structur(...)

Flowers at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has been criticised for casting a slur on people in Tuam through her accusation that there were persons who kn(...)

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