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A discarded methadone bottle in  Dublin city centre. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The number of people accessing methadone in the last 10 years has risen by more than 600 per cent in some counties. Figures obtained by the PA news (...)

“Grassroots football must not suffer because of mistakes made at the top of the greasy pole,”  Minister for Sport Shane Ross said. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) sought an €18 million “bailout” from the Government earlier this week, Minister for Sport Shane Ross has sai(...)

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his  attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On May 19, 2018, the Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy announced he would be standing down from the Dáil before the next general election. Taoiseach (...)

Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said: ‘I wish to announce that I have recused myself from the investigation of complaints.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The chair of the committee investigating proxy voting by two TDs in the Dáil has stepped aside from the investigation because she herself has voted on(...)

‘Just one more thing, ma’am . . .’ If the Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy's hunch is right, then ‘Fobgate’ could put the War of the Buttons into the ha’penny place. Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

We don’t wish to alarm anyone, but Votegate may be only the tip of the iceberg. As the War of the Buttons simmers along gently, awaiting the results (...)

The prospect of overruns at the Cork project was recently flagged by TII in a warning to Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has defended its use of the same type of contract blamed for much of the overspend at the national children’s h(...)

Gardaí estimated up to 1,000 people took part in the protest. Photograph: Barry Roche

An Post mail centre workers in Dublin, Portlaoise and Athlone are being urged to show solidarity with over 200 colleagues in Cork facing redundancy as(...)

Solidarity-People Before Profit Mick Barry. File photograph: Collins

Eight members of the Oireachtas were denied the full amount of one of their annual allowances last year because of their poor attendance record at Lei(...)

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

There are some lessons to be drawn from the Irish electoral experience of the past decade. The first is that there is a growing wedge of voters with (...)

Tánaiste Simon  Coveney said that work was ongoing to ensure that projects that have been committed to will be completed.

The Government has been accused in the Dáil of falsely continuing to claim there would be no delays with the delivery of major health projects. This (...)

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