Marian Harkin

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So-called baby rooms are often uneconomical to run because of the carer-child ratios required for the care of very young children. Photograph: iStock

A group of 20 TDs have called on the Government to extend maternity leave benefits for women who were on maternity leave at the height of lockdown mea(...)

Sources said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar referenced a number of arrangements Independent TDs had with previous governments. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has offered Independent TDs a deal similar to that given to former Kerry Independent Jackie Healy-Rae to support a coalition be(...)

Marian Harkin TD: “It is likely for a significant number of people that they’ll be over the tax threshold. They’ll be paying a level of tax that they didn’t expect.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Recipients of the Covid-19 unemployment payment could be in for a “terrible shock” at the end of the year if an awareness campaign explaining that the(...)

Simon Coveney said ‘the easy thing is just to call for an extension, but we do not get an extension unless the UK side wants to pursue that approach’.

Ireland and the European Union need to be clever and diplomatic about the “ways and means” of achieving an extension to Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been  clear that a third party is needed, not just Independents, to form a new government. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It has almost become a ritual at this stage: a dull paragraph landing in inboxes midweek to report the latest turn of the wheel in the slow bicycle ra(...)

Michael Lowry: “If anyone steps into government, they are stepping in knowing difficult decisions will have to be made.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Regional Independent Group comprising nine non-aligned TDs has emerged as the most likely target for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as partners in coal(...)

One group, spearheaded by Tipperary Independent Mattie McGrath, is engaging in government talks. File photograph: The Irish Times

A number of separate groups of Independent TDs are forming ahead of the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil on Thursday. Sinn Féin has invited Independent(...)

Independent TD Marian Harkin has indicated   she believes Independent TDs can and should play a key role in the next Dáil

Marian Harkin, who served as an MEP from 2004 to 2019, was first elected to the Dáil in 2002 when she topped the poll as an Independent candidate. A (...)

Independent Marian Harkin said there had been a tsunami of Sinn Féin TDs elected as well as ‘an avalanche of Independents’. File photograph: Alan Betson

The four newly elected Sligo Leitrim TDs Martin Kenny (SF), Marian Harkin (Ind), Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry and Frank Feighan (FG) described the out(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

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