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Leo Varadkar will use the opportunity to raise other concerns about democracy and human rights in the Palestinian territories. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will challenge president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas about the decriminalisation of homosexuality if(...)

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill includes measures on segregating alcohol sales in shops and placing health warnings on labels. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has assured the Dáil that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be dealt with this week, if it is possible. TDs were informed (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Dáil on Tuesday.  Image: Oireachtas TV

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected a Sinn Féin proposal to freeze rents as “tinkering around the edges” of the housing crisis. He said that “to ever(...)

The Irish Tax Institute’s report showed the net pay of single-income earners on €35,000 a year is down 3 per cent compared with 2008. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Workers in Ireland are paying more tax than they did 10 years ago when the economy crashed despite repeated Government pledges to lower the burden, th(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan is among those with concerns about renewing the confidence-and-supply deal. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senior Fianna Fáil TDs have begun to air serious concerns about renewing the confidence-and-supply deal that underpins the Fine Gael-led minority Gove(...)

While the usual party political games will occupy day to day proceedings in the Dail in the coming weeks the importance of Brexit will dwarf them all to insignificance. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley

The Dáil returns today after the summer break for a session that will take place against the backdrop of Brexit, a momentous event which will have an (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has stuck to his position that any talks on a successor to the confidence-and-supply deal must wait until after the budget. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Micheál Martin insists he won’t talk about it until after the October 9th budget, but it is likely to be the main topic of conversation among his TDs (...)

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan warned overcrowding will remain an issue if recommendations are not followed. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic

The number of patients on hospital trolleys could exceed 1,000 at times this winter, a doctors’ conference has heard. Speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

With the Land Development Agency, the big winners could be developers and the assorted hangers on in the big advisory companies, who have already milked Nama. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Another crisis, another agency. Creating a new body is one of the traditional Irish political routes to addressing a problem – the Health Service Exec(...)

Highly placed sources within the HSE say the overrun this year could be between €750 million and a worst-case scenario of €1.1 billion.  Photograph: Alan Betson

By the last week in June, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure were worried and wanted answers. The latest health spending figures had ju(...)

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