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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘The Cabinet signed off on temporary appointment of Robert Watt as interim secretary general. He is there on his existing salary.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €90,000 per year for the post of secretary general of the Department of Health will no doubt lead (...)

A new Road Traffic Bill will legislate for e-transport for the first time, including e-scooters. File photograph

The Government intends to publish a total of 32 Bills this spring, including a Bill that will enforce maximum speed limits of 40kmph on the M50 and le(...)

Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, who is head of contact tracing and testing for the HSE. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A large number of social contacts of Covid-19 cases are still associated with funerals and weddings, the head of contact tracing and testing for the H(...)

A Covid-19 testing facility at Dublin Airports. A Government Minister has said indicators suggest a return to a full Level 5 lockdown is imminent. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government Minister has said an exponential rise in hospital admissions with Covid-19, the presence of a new coronavirus variant in Ireland, and a t(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has faced   questions over his leadership and the direction the party has taken in Government. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan may want to change the world but he has to lead his party, too. And that has not been easy since the Green Party returned to Government, wi(...)

Dr Paul Armstrong at the Lifford Bridge beside his practice in Lifford, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

To understand Donegal’s Covid-19 quandary one must stand on a bridge over the Foyle separating two towns. On a November day, Strabane, the town to the(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s political ethics watchdog has been asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the leaking of a document by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar t(...)

Roderic O’Gorman: he  was able to announce significant increases in funding for the child agency Tusla, and also for direct provision. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The budget, one that deeply involved the Green Party, is probably the greenest in recent history but that is an unsurprising element of an extraordina(...)

A primary criticism is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is disconnected from his own parliamentarians, says one Leinster TD.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Late on Tuesday evening, 10 or so Fianna Fáil TDs, mostly drawn from those elected to the Dáil for the first time last February, congregated in a corn(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings on Friday, where he announced that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

The idea of moving Dublin to Level 4 of the five-level plan to tackle the rise of Covid-19 cases in the capital was backed by some members of the Nati(...)

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