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Drivetime presenter Cormac Ó hEadhra met his match in imperturbable European Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker. Photograph: RTE

Cormac Ó hEadhra, it’s probably fair to say, isn’t one of nature’s diplomats. Faced with guests whom he deems insufficiently forthright, he his instin(...)

Joe O’Brien said there is a ‘very good chance’ that the rate of consistent poverty went up last year due to the impact of Covid-19. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Green Party Minister Joe O’Brien is pushing Government colleagues for a “one-off solidarity tax” on high earners and firms that were “highly profitabl(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu:   running in the Seanad byelections as an Independent  despite the Green Party voting not to nominate a candidate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has declined to say if Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu can remain as chairwoman of the party following her decision to run i(...)

Joe O’Brien of the Green Party. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Social Inclusion Joe O’Brien will tell an Oireachtas committee on Tuesday he is determined to lower the consistent poverty rate (...)

Hazel Chu was endorsed by several Green Party politicians. File photograph: The Irish Times

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin has signed nomination papers for Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu whose nomination for the Seanad the party h(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan:  “There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and health and social care facilities safe.”  Photograph: Collins

A further 13 deaths of patients with Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), bringing to 2,608 the total num(...)

Minister of State Joe O’Brien has criticised the Department of Housing response to proposals to replace the direct provision system. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Housing’s criticism of proposals to end the State’s direct provision system are “very unconstructive” and have “crossed the line”, a(...)

Eamon Ryan: he is a past master of always coming across silver linings. Photograph: Getty Images

So the fisticuffs in the tunnel are behind them, and now that the Greens are back on the pitch it’s time for them to start raising a few green flags. (...)

Referring to tourist sites including  the Waterford greenway (above), Deputy Matt Shanahan said he’d  like to see signage and waypoints standardised. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Ireland is losing part of its tourism charm and a visitor would not be able to tell the difference between rural parts of the country and rural Englan(...)

Interim chief executive Gary Owens at a press briefing at  FAI HQ on Wednesday.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On a day that was intended to start easing tensions within the Irish football family, a dispute over whether directors approved the terms of the State(...)

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