John Halligan

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Katie Donoghue, from Drumcondra in Dublin, joined other Suffragettes outside Leinster House on Tuesday, a century after women won the right to vote, to show support for a new generation fighting for abortion rights ahead of the referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned legislation to allow for abortions up to 12 weeks may not pass the Oireachtas, even if the Eighth Amendment is repea(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson, director general  Science Foundation Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s investment in science needs to almost double over the coming years if it is to be able to innovate on the scale required to transform the ec(...)

The study says engagement with employers at a local level is crucial, especially for smaller PLCs. Photograph: Getty Images

Students see post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses as a low-status option for school-leavers who do not get enough points to go to college, according to a m(...)

John Halligan has said the numbers on the waiting list are sufficient 'to warrant two labs running concurrently'. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has “no plans” to continue using a mobile catheterisation lab at University Hospital Waterford after mid-February despite a campaign fo(...)

Boxer Moran (left) pictured in 2015 with and Simon Coghill in Athlone as they shore up the flood defences on the Eastern side of the River Shannon. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State Kevin “Boxer’’ Moran has insisted any tensions within the Independent Alliance are in the past but said he was “maddened” and “embar(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

Independent Alliance members Seán Canney, Kevin “Boxer” Moran , Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Independent Alliance has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to swallow their pride and bring the country back (...)

John Halligan: “There was no direction given but just gave us some advice. We are all in agreement that we should not travel.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed he will not pursue a planned trip to North Korea. Mr Halligan met with the Department of Foreign Affai(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘Often the solutions for a school will be found in a local area with the local leaders, the teachers and principals’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan has “fallen from his own high standards” on the issue of workers’ rights, Minister for Education Richard B(...)

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