Jim O Callaghan

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Buyers of homes up to €600,000 would also be entitled to the proposed income tax rebate, although it would be capped at €20,000. It will only apply to new homes and self-builds. File photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have raised concern over the party’s stance on the first time buyers’ scheme. The party has proposed the cap for the Gove(...)

Minister Simon Coveney: said the €600,000 figure was included to ensure that first-time buyers in Dublin, where house prices are higher, can avail of the scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A group of Dublin Fianna Fáil TDs have questioned the party’s push to have the cap for the Government’s “help to buy” scheme for first-time buyers re(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, in Grand Junction, Colo.  Photograph: AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley

1. Doctors latest group to threaten strike over pay claim With thousands of gardaí and teachers preparing to stage work stoppages, doctors are the la(...)

Jim O’Callaghan has sharply criticised Britain’s preparation for Brexit as “abysmal”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nobody in Government has warned the British authorities that they are in breach of their international obligations in relation to the Belfast Agreemen(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said her department’s total budget would be €2.54 billion. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

The budget for An Garda Síochána will allow for the recruitment of 800 gardaí and up to 500 civilians next year, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Fr(...)

Ensuring the budget has a Fianna Fáil stamp: Party spokesmen on public expenditure and finance Dara Calleary and Michael McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For Fianna Fáil, Tuesday’s budget will almost be like a moment of collision with Fine Gael: the closest it will come to its main opponent before it re(...)

Jim O’Callaghan: said the Government had been aware an industrial relations issue had been brewing in the Garda for some time

The Department of Justice continues to be available to address the issues surrounding the threatened strike by gardaí, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald ha(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil on Thursday that everybody in the House would agree it would be most unfortunate if, rather than engaging further, gardaí contemplated strike action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice continues to be available to address the issues surrounding the threatened four days of strike action by gardaí, Minister fo(...)

Speaking on today’s Irish Times Inside Politics podcast, Ms McDonald calls the allegations about Mr Adams’ role in the killing of Denis Donaldson in Glenties in 2006 ‘extremely serious’ and an ‘unwelcome story’.

Mary Lou McDonald has said the allegations by an alleged former British agent that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams directly ordered the killing of IRA(...)

Almost one in five prisoners serving life sentences were doing so outside of jail last year, according to figures released by the Department of Justic(...)

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