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 Kenny Rumball skippering the J109 Jedi at the start of June’s Round Ireland Race. The recovery of a man overboard from the yacht at night during the 700-mile race led to a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Seamanship Trophy. Photo: David O’Brien

Key Irish sailing events are reporting buoyant entries for 2019 with early take-up at Ireland’s biggest regatta up as much as 70 per cent for July’s b(...)

“Credit unions are not banks,” said one Minister, adding that they usually “look after” people who may usually have difficulty accessing credit from banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Proposals brought before Cabinet this week to allow credit unions to expand their business by offering higher-risk loans led to concerns from a number(...)

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the Government must get over a fear of being labelled as being “on the side of developers”. Photograph: James Forde

The Government should not be afraid to allow builders make greater profits, and developers must given incentives to boost construction of homes, Mini(...)

Shane Ross’s planned anti-speeding measures have prompted concerns. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has raised serious concerns about new anti-speeding measures proposed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross, and questio(...)

St James’s Hospital, site of new children’s hospital.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The cost of running the new National Children’s Hospital needs to be comparable to similar facilities around the world, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sai(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris.  Photograph: Garrett White

The Health Service Executive’s proposed new health service plan for next year would see services reduced in some areas, despite the provision of a rec(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  will decide his next move after his negotiating team report back to him on progress of talks to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil negotiators may formally report back to party leader Micheál Martin as early as Thursday on talks with Fine Gael on the future of the arra(...)

 Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph: AP /Hasan Jamali, File)

A Government Minister has urged his Cabinet colleagues to take “stronger action” against Saudi Arabia over the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Ja(...)

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath called on the NTA to have a “meaningful and extensive consultation” with the disabled and the elderly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Changes to Dublin’s bus network under a €2 billion overhaul show a disregard for the disabled and elderly, Minister of State for Disability Issues Fin(...)

 Minister of State for disability issues Finian McGrath said he “needed to ensure that any extra money secured would be going towards services”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Additional funding of €150 million has been allocated for disability services in the budget announced on Tuesday. The extra funding will in part pro(...)

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