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Tánaiste Simon Coveney has rejected allegations that the Government was ‘asleep at the wheel’ over the spiralling costs of the new children’s hospital. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Tánaiste has rejected allegations that the Government was “asleep at the wheel” over the spiralling costs of the new children’s hospital. Speakin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted the delay in producing the Government’s Brexit preparation plans is an issue of sequencing.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Taoiseach has insisted the delay in producing the Government’s Brexit preparation plans is an issue of sequencing, not secrecy. Speaking in the D(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed confidence in Scouting Ireland’s new board. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has expressed her confidence in the new board of Scouting Ireland in relation to their work in dealing with th(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen (left) and  Mattie McGrath TD, with pro-life supporters behind, speaking to the media on Kildare Street, Dublin on October 12th, 2017 Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad debate on abortion legislation when Independent Senator Ronan Mullen questioned the truthfulness of the Minis(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten has addressed the Dáil. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten has said his only objective in the National Broadband Plan tendering process was “to keep the remain(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said there was no Irish sector on track to meet its carbon reduction targets. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Every Government department will have to adopt and implement specific climate change actions and targets in its own area of responsibility under a new(...)

The regional Armed Support Unit will be involved in  Garda operations in Co Louth amid a gang feud there. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A new generation of violent criminals are coming up “who want blood and have no conscience in maiming or killing”, the Dáil has been warned. As Garda(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varakdar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has staunchly defended his remarks that he is open to considering a review clause in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Mr Varad(...)

Worldwide, the number of applications for Irish passports received from outside the State surged from 190,905 in 2016 to 227,223 last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of Irish passport applications from British residents refused last year is understood to be in “double digits”. The Department of Foreign (...)

Presidential election ballot papers at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael D Higgins has beaten his own 2011 record by securing the largest number of votes in Irish presidential election history, topping the poll in e(...)

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