Green Party TD Ossian Smyth: “It’s a long time since I could have got something from a hairdresser.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talk about making a meal out of reopening the country. “Cottage pie doesn’t protect you from the coronavirus,” Minister for Health Simon Harris told (...)

Kieran O’Donnell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kieran O’Donnell (56) has been re-elected in Limerick city, taking the seat vacated by Fine Gael colleague and former minister for finance Michael Noo(...)

Fine Gael’s Kieran O’Donnell has been elected in Limerick city on Count Eight at Limerick Racecourse, regaining a seat he lost in 2016. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Brian Leddin has been elected in Limerick City on count nine. The counting is completed now. Mr Leddin becomes the first ever Limerick Green Party TD(...)

Following two years of renovation work on the chamber, its gilded occupants were finally allowed back, leaving behind their temporary lodgings in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum where plumptious yellow-haired cherubs – the spit of Donald Trump – decorated the walls. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Seanad returned on Tuesday after the summer recess to a beautifully refurbished chamber. The Senators, neither refurbished nor reconstructed, ret(...)

Minister with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran visited the area  and said compensation would be made available to people whose houses were damaged. Photograph: Kevin Boxer Moran Twitter account

Five homes and a GAA pitch in Co Limerick have been extensively damaged following flooding over the weekend. The flooding was caused by a breach of a(...)

Deputy commissioner  John Twomey said  the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau had about 50 live insurance investigations since last October, out of a total caseload of approximately 1,500.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Three per cent of garda fraud investigations relate to bogus or exaggerated insurance claims, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. Deputy commissioner(...)

Pearse Doherty: “This is just a stalling tactic to try to stall the Bill.”

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has claimed that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas finance committee are seeking to thw(...)

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (SF) said people were paying moneylenders ‘extortionate fees’, ahead of making mortgage repayments. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Easing caps on rates credit unions can charge would help tackle the “open season” of high-interest moneylenders operating across the country, credit u(...)

Fine Gael senator Jerry Buttimer was accused by Fianna Fáil senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of using “misogynistic” and “gendered” language towards her.

And the winner of the High Dudgeon award for Overreaction of the Week goes to. . . Lorraine Clifford-Lee. The Fianna Fáil senator experienced a sudde(...)

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