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President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

The proposal would only see emigrants and citizens abroad and in the North given the right to vote in presidential elections, rather than in all elections. Above, President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government has published the Bill to pave the way for a referendum allowing emigrants to vote in presidential elections, but there is increasing d(...)

The 32nd Dáil looks unlikely to last beyond May next year.

The demise of the 32nd Dáil, due to its minority government, has been anticipated since its opening days in spring 2016. TDs have been on election ten(...)

Senator James Reilly distributed  party leaflets in north Dublin detailing timetable for rollout of free GP care. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Free GP care for children is to be extended to under-eights in summer 2020, Fine Gael is promising. The measure will then be extended to under-10s in(...)

It is understood that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also raised the issue of tariffs during his meeting with US vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

Concerns are growing that Irish food products could be hit by damaging US tariffs, as Washington prepares to impose retaliatory measures on a range o(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe ditched Varadkar’s promise to cut tax rates.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

When the 32nd Dáil resumes tomorrow, in what may be the last full session before a general election, Brexit and its economic, social and political imp(...)

Stephen Teap (centre) has been named Cork Person of the Month for September.

Father of two, Stephen Teap who lost his wife, Irene to cervical cancer has been honoured for his activism on behalf of all those affected by the Cerv(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a service for policemen killed by the IRA during the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has become the first government minister to attend a commemoration service for policemen killed by the IRA in th(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson ‘is a smirking dilettante who fancies himself an intellectual’. File photograph: Getty

‘Stop treating all this like a game,” a frustrated Ken Clarke, veteran Tory MP, told Boris Johnson on the floor of the House of Commons recently. Cla(...)

Army leadership is concerned at the possibility of a withdrawal of labour by members of the Defence Forces if a bond with  trade unions is forged. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The head of the Defence Forces has told the Government that permitting military representative bodies to become part of the trade union movement could(...)

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