While one source described the conversation with the Taoiseach as ‘housekeeping’, another said that Ministers were effectively told that they need to do better. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ministers have been told to cancel future mid-week travel plans and to make sure they are present for votes in the Dáil after being warned by the Taoi(...)

A mural in Dover by British artist Banksy depicts a workman chipping away at one of the stars on an EU-themed flag. Photograph: Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns have been raised about the Government’s failure to ask the European Union for a loosening of state aid rules to help businesses that would be(...)

“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(...)

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said employment growth across agency-supported businesses was more than double the national average at 7 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexit has prompted 55 companies with the potential to create up to 4,500 jobs to invest in the Republic, according to State development agency, IDA I(...)

Pleasure boats sit anchored in front of a ship docked at the Port of Dublin. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of Transport only asked Dublin Port, the country’s largest and busiest sea port, for details of its contingency plans to deal with a ha(...)

CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs Correspondent New laws which will impose consumer-friendly rules on a largely unregulated gift voucher industry are to c(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Innovation Heather Humphreys unveiled the 27 projects to share funding. Photograph: Ulien Behal Photography

A scheme to help communities generate their own electricity, new treatments for sepsis, and advanced 3D printing of medical implants are just some of (...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

An account of the collapse of the trial is being reviewed by the Cabinet and is likely to be published later today by the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to strengthen the agency that oversees company law and investigates white collar crime, in part in response to the collapse of the t(...)

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