James Lawless

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The Government has rejected a  Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online political debates. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has rejected a Fianna Fáil Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online politi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a screengrab from a  video filmed on board the Government jet.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has “crossed the line” by using State funds to promote a political message, Fianna Fáil has claimed. Fianna Fáil TD James Law(...)

The report proposes transferring responsibility for collection of the TV licence fee from An Post to Revenue. Photograph: Getty Images

The State’s television licence funding model is no longer fit for purpose, a report from the Oireachtas Committee on Communications states. The repo(...)

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Fianna Fáil is to table new legislation requiring all online political advertisements to display who funded the advertisement and the audience targete(...)

John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

Ministers John Halligan, Shane Ross and Finian McGrath sought permission for a parliamentary visit to North Korea through the embassy. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Members of the Independent Alliance have been invited to visit the North Korean embassy to discuss a possible trip to the country. Minister for Trans(...)

At the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was busy collecting the mobile-phone numbers of the other prime ministers. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

In a face-off with Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland squad, team Leo knows there can only be one winner. And it won’t be Fine Gael. Not ever(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party will not enter any arrangement with Sinn Féin, but many of his TDs have said it must be considered in the future. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has criticised Fianna Fáil’s “obsession” with his party, saying Micheál Martin is terrified of the challenge Sinn Féin(...)

Micheál Martin: he has said that President Michael D Higgins retained his full support. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil TDs will face pressure at the party’s ardfheis this weekend to categorically rule out entering coalition with Sinn Féin in the future. A(...)

Attending the Parnell Summer School at Avondale House, Rathdrum are, from left, Fíona Ní Chinneide (Irish Penal Reform Trust), Dr Cormac Behan (University of Sheffield), James Lawless (Fianna Fáil) and Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We need to look at an alternative to the detention of young people, the Ombudsman for Children has said. Speaking at the Parnell Summer School in Wic(...)

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