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 Minister for Transport Shane Ross who voted in error against his own Road Traffic Bill. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Transport Shane Ross voted against his own controversial road safety legislation in the Dáil yesterday when he mistakenly pressed the red(...)

Simon Harris  said that if it was the “sad reality that we have been exporting this issue, are we now accepting that women must import their own solutions”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. “Ultimatel(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Only people who should provide addiction services are those who are appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Only appropriately qualified and licensed people should provide addiction services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He was responding to concerns ab(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “I am committed to having a referendum in May or June if possible.”

The Government is awaiting advice from the Attorney General about the constitutional implications of abortion legislation being the sole prerogative o(...)

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who will answer parliamentary questions for the first time on Tuesday following his appointment seven months ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Ring will take his first question time as Minister for Rural and Community Development this afternoon when the Dáil returns after the Christma(...)

Interior of the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin. Judge Brian O’Shea called journalists Marie O’Halloran of The Irish Times and Allison Bray of the Irish Independent to a special sitting of the District Court on Wednesday to determine why they were excluded from a bail hearing the previous day for a 15-year-old boy accused of an assault causing harm in Dublin last weekend. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

A District Court judge has urged a member of An Garda Síochána who excluded three journalists from a children’s court hearing in an assault case to ap(...)

File image of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil. File photograph: Dáil/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he meant no insult to the Fianna Fáil administrations of the past 20 years when he said that “no Irish government will(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport Shane Ross remove the ribbon on the first Luas tram to use the new cross-city track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

“How many ministers for transport does it take to link the Luas?” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked. He answered his own riddle. “It appears it (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he believed there was time to put the Brexit border agreement back on track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

There is still time to rescue the Brexit Border deal, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. “As things stand, the ball is very much in London…the ball is (...)

Róisín Shortall said it was essential that a GP can refer a young person on to psychological services and counselling services at an early stage rather than referring the person to a waiting list.

The Government is being urged to accelerate the recruitment of additional community child psychologists with figures showing 2,500 young people are wa(...)

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