Joan Collins

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Independent TD Joan Collins rejected Leo Varadkar’s claim as a red herring. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted the Government cannot support a Sinn Féin Bill to stop employers using tips or service charges to make up contract(...)

In some restaurants, it has emerged, tips or service charges become part of general business cashflow, used to pay wages and other business outgoings. A number File photograph: George Clerk/iStock/Getty Images

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty is writing to a number of restaurants who are including tips received by their employees as part of sal(...)

Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign has called for the decriminalisation of drug use. Photograph: PA

The shame and self-loathing experienced be people addicted to illegal drugs were compounded by being criminalised, a recovering addict has warned. I(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil on Wednesday  the two main causes of family homelessness were family breakdown or a notice to quit being issued by a landlord and neither of those was a choice. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has disagreed with comments by the chief executive of Dublin City Council that people may be reluctant to leave homeless servic(...)

Minister for Children Katherine  Zappone met the chairwoman of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, Judge Yvonne Murphy, last week to discuss the request for an extension of time to report. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has confirmed she received a request in December from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation fo(...)

A spokeswoman for Bus Éireann said the majority of the company’s city buses had special protective screens that form part of the driver cab. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A number of Bus Éireann drivers are on sick leave following serious assaults, including an incident at Busáras in Dublin where a man threw a bottle at(...)

Bus workers and drivers have been targeted in more than 1,000 anti-social behaviour incidents in the past 18 months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bus workers and drivers have been targeted in more than 1,000 anti-social behaviour incidents in the past 18 months with four assaults in the last two(...)

One of the red herrings in the acrimonious debate that led to the abandonment of Irish Water’s plan to introduce a graduated system of household water charges was the claim that this was a first step towards the privatisation of water. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Government’s decision to hold a referendum aimed at ensuring that water supply is retained in public ownership is a positive move which should pav(...)

The planned amendment to the Constitution would stipulate that ownership of a water services authority must be retained by the State or a State-controlled body. File photograph: Getty Images

The outline of a proposed referendum to keep in public ownership any company or authority responsible for the supply of water services is to set to be(...)

Mick Wallace: “The Government is paying an extra €100,000 per unit, at a minimum, to allow the big developers to supply the housing for it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is paying a minimum of €100,000 extra for every housing unit instead of €10,000 to allow big developers to supply housing, Independents(...)

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