Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Health, has waived the €80,000 pay increase for the moment in the light of current economic circumstances. File photograph: Collins Photos

There was no benchmarking exercise or international comparison carried out before the pay level of the top civil servant in the Department of Health w(...)

Industry figures say builders are facing sharp raw material price hikes amid shortages of timber, steel, insulation and other supplies. File photograph: Getty

Engineers Ireland officials warned the Oireachtas finance committee on Wednesday that delivery of homes and other construction projects could be hit b(...)

Some of the letters from the H-blocks. Photograph: Julien Behal

Letters and poetry composed by H-Block hunger-striker Bobby Sands and other republican prisoners including the late Mairead Farrell, which emerged thi(...)

Some of the letters from the H-blocks. Photograph: Julien Behal

Tiny, handwritten letters composed by republican prisoners in the H-Blocks and Armagh women’s prison in the lead-up to the 1981 hunger strikes, have e(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said reopening will be costly and will pose new challenges that will need to be sustained by supports and corrective measures. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s vaccination programme will be the “touchstone” for economic recovery but will take time and there will be no “cliff-edge” cut in supports fo(...)

Public mental health services ‘reflect the attitude of a bygone era’, Dáil is told

A public patient with an eating disorder and who suffered trauma was told by medical personnel to “take a walk and meditate” rather than receive the t(...)

Members of the Oireachtas finance committee will be asking questions of the Central Bank  about the fine imposed on Davy  last week. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/

The chair of the Oireachtas finance committee, Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness, has called for an independent inquiry into the Davy bond controversy. (...)

A Covid-19 vaccination area  at St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The decision to locate just one mass Covid-19 vaccination centre in Co Galway is “surprising” given the size of the county, Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farre(...)

Eamon Ryan, one  TD declared, needed ‘to be put back in his green box’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It hasn’t been a great week for the Greens. But there is precious little sympathy for Eamon Ryan and his party from their coalition partners. News o(...)

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