MEPs have been divided over banning the use of traditional meat terms for vegetarian and vegan products. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

The European Parliament has voted by 379 to 284 to reject a proposed ban on using meat terms for vegetarian products such as vegan “burgers” or “sausa(...)

Sarah Jane Bennett works at the Irish Embassy in Singapore

Singapore wasn’t on Sarah Jane Bennett’s original itinerary when she embarked on her global travels over a decade ago, but she found a good life in th(...)

Rose McGowan, incoming president, St Vincent de Paul. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Poverty isn’t always about money. Poverty is also about loneliness and lack of connection,” says Rose McGowan, incoming president of the Society of S(...)

First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness has been selected as one of the candidates to replace Phil Hogan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has proposed Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell as candidates to replace Phil Hogan at the European Commission. Minister for Foreign(...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. File photographL: Nick Bradshaw

Three senior Fine Gael figures appear to be in the running to replace Phil Hogan as Ireland’s European Commissioner. Commission President Ursula von (...)

Richard Bruton, the new chairman of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An urban-versus-rural battle in Fine Gael this week revived memories of the Great Heave of 2010, when country and western Enda Kenny routed the leader(...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin is now Minister   for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

A new Taoiseach was elected on Saturday and a range of new Ministers were appointed. Here’s all you need to know about them: Micheál Martin - Taoisea(...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about his concerns. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Ombudsman for Children has expressed concern to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) may be downgraded (...)

An Post’s plans to enter the mortgage market in the first half of this year has been delayed as Covid-19 hit lenders.

An Post’s plans to enter the mortgage marketin the first half of this year has been delayed as Covid-19 hit lenders. Joe Brennan reports. As the cons(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “Credit ratings agencies have announced a large amount of rating downgrades for vulnerable companies and sovereigns in the wake of the coronavirus crisis”

European authorities responded to criticism that credit ratings agencies had failed to properly appreciate risks in complex financial instruments, com(...)

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