John Lahart

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 Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart suggested local authorities be given significant budgets for fantastic public lighting displays that people could safely admire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Hope has been missing from much of the Government’s messaging on the Covid-19 pandemic and “people need to be given hope”, the Dáil has been told. Go(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: He appeared in person before the Oireachtas committee after sound quality issues on his virtual link. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland can learn lessons from the success of Kurzarbeit, Germany’s short-time work scheme, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Oireachtas b(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said the number of H1 grades awarded in the Leaving Certificate assessment would have been two or three times higher in some subjects without standardisation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of H1 grades awarded in the Leaving Certificate assessment would have been two or three times higher in some subjects without standardisati(...)

At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the Government decided that pubs that do not serve food will remain closed until September at least. Photograph: iStock

The Government owes it to publicans to publish international evidence about the link between Covid-19 cases and pubs reopening, a Fianna Fáil TD has s(...)

Mr Donnelly said on Tuesday he had met three of the unions representing frontline workers who spoke of very high rates of Covid-19 amongst healthcare workers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will introduce a compensation scheme for the families of frontline health workers who die due to coronavirus. He(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart on Thursday became the first TD to wear a mask in the Dáil chamber. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart on Thursday became the first TD to wear a face mask in the Dáil chamber. The Dublin South West deputy wore a black mask du(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD and Louise O’Reilly TD speaking to media outside Government Buildings, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the idea of a national unity government to deal with the coronavirus crisis should be examined. The Gree(...)

Sean Sherlock: ‘It is not feasible to exclude any party from the responsibility to act in the interest of the common good at this time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Labour TD Seán Sherlock has said the party should enter talks on forming a “time bound” national unity government to deal with the coronavirus. The i(...)

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