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Investment fund SFO Capital have bought 135 of 170 houses at the new-build Mullen Park estate in Maynooth in Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government came under increasing fire on Wednesday as Opposition parties seized on reports that entire new-build housing developments were being b(...)

A meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs was told by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien that the purchase of large swathes of housing schemes by investment funds is “unacceptable”. File photograph: iStock

The Government is “drowning in the shadows of Fine Gael housing policy”, a private meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs has heard – along with call(...)

Racing heart: Senator Martin Conway. Photograph: Tom Honan

“Eh, I think you’re on mute there, deputy. Unmute yourself there please, deputy. Try the bottom-left-hand corner.” “Can you hear me now? Aah for fec (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shakes hands with Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald as Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar looks on at the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin in February, 2020. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Almost 20 Fianna Fáil TDs have said they would not rule out holding coalition talks with Sinn Féin after the next general election. It comes after Ta(...)

The NTA has spent upwards of €55 million on its flagship BusConnects programme

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has spent upwards of €55 million on its flagship BusConnects programme, new figures reveal. However, there ar(...)

Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. He said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but “we can slo(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Educaiton Simon  Harris told the Dáil that what happened last year was not “just a blitz”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed that the 2,225 extra college places secured last year during the controversy over(...)

A meeting of the parliamentary party heard questions on if the figures of new Covid infections will be low enough to allow for a return to school. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Covid-19 vaccines will make the world “very different” but the State is now facing into the “hardest quarter” of the pandemic, Fianna Fáil TDs have he(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael colleagues  there is a real possibility of vaccinations beginning in the State before the New Year. Photograph: Julien Behal

It is likely to be the second quarter of next year before people start to see the differences from Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has(...)

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