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Last Christmas season, between December 21st and January 7th, some 1,700 people attended the MUH’s emergency department. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mercy University Hospital in Cork will have all its 255 hospital beds available over the Christmas period with a full roster of staff on duty to ensur(...)

The tide washes away a remembrance cross is planted in the sand as volunteers drew depictions of those killed in World War One, part of Danny Boyle’s Pages of The Sea celebrations, on Murlough Beach in Newcastle, Northern Ireland on November 11th Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Eighty-four heads of state and government and international organisations met in Paris on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of th(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “There isn’t, nor should there be, any one political party anywhere in the UK or Europe that should have a veto on this.” Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The Taoiseach has said that no one political party could exercise a veto over a Brexit agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom. (...)

Michael D Higgins gets a standing ovation at his inauguration at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

At his inauguration for a second term on Sunday evening, President Michael D Higgins said “ideas matter” and “history tells us that anti-intellectuali(...)

Immigration reform campaigners say they are “cautiously optimistic” about securing a new visa deal between Ireland and the US. Photograph: iStock

America is full of people of Irish descent. Why is it so hard to move there? Indeed. More than 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, but since (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Child poverty was the “crisis of our times” and the Taoiseach should lead a drive to end it, a high-level conference on the issue heard on Friday. I(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the British Irish Council’s 31st summit meeting. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a successful outcome to Brexit negotiations by Christmas is “more likely than not”. In one of his most confident(...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners stand outside parliament in London with EU and Union Flags. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda as leaders from across the UK and Ireland attend a meeting on the Isle of Man on Friday. Taoiseach Leo Vara(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said it is “very clear to me that Theresa May will have a job of work to do if she is going to get this through Cabinet.”. Photograph: Reuters

The Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has said she will not support British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to have a Northern Irel(...)

Simon Coveney (left with shovel) turning the sod in June 2016 on a planned redevelopment of the Dominick Street flats during his time as minister for housing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The €39 million redevelopment of the Dominick Street flats in Dublin’s north inner city is to begin within weeks, more than two years since former min(...)

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