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Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government might make another effort to guillotine one of the longest running legislation debates in Irish parliamentary history after narrowly fa(...)

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins pictured at the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A declaration by the Supreme Court that the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) acted unlawfully towards former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins would have a (...)

Jean Winters, of  the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), said trade unions in the construction industry had created a narrative that bogus self-employment was widespread. Image: iStock.

Legislation that would tackle the problem of bogus self-employment with “draconian” penalties will hurt the Irish economy, the Irish Business and Empl(...)

Gerard Kelly began a hunger strike outside of the Dáil to highlight his concerns in relation to the introduction of the controversial Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed has appealed to a mussel fisherman not to continue the hunger strike he began in protest over legislation to res(...)

The two Northern fishing boats seized by the Naval Service moored in Clogherhead, Co Louth. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Controversial legislation allowing Northern fishing vessels access to Irish waters is expected to pass in the Seanad this week, but without unanimity (...)

Bogus self-employment arrangements are where workers are forced by an employer to declare themselves self-employed rather than employees. Photograph: Getty Images

New proposals aimed at clamping down on bogus self-employment practices are to be considered by Government this week. Unions maintain the practices a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, the National Ploughing Association director Anna May McHugh,  and chairman of the National Ploughing Association, Denis Keohane. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Higgins must be very keen to keep to his campaign timetable, we mused, as he addressed the crowd at the Ploughing. He appeared to be wearin(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  will introduce an amendment to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to remove one of the most controversial provisions.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Provisions to include warnings on alcohol products linking excessive consumption to fatal cancers will be removed from public health legislation that (...)

‘The current Government’s motives in pursuing deletion of Article 41.2 have been called into question.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Article 41.2 of the Constitution – the so-called “women’s place is in the home” clause – is “archaic”, “sexist”, “offensive”, “patriarchal” and “misog(...)

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Senator Ivana Bacik during a Labour  press briefing on religion in schools.   Photograph:  Collins

The Citizen’s Assembly should be recalled to consider a constitutional referendum to end religious control of schools, according to the Labour Party. (...)

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