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Labour climate action spokesperson Ivana Bacik spoke in defence of her party’s carbon labelling Bill in the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government will delay for a year a second reading of a Labour Party Bill to label products based on their carbon footprint, with a junior minister(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the new mother and baby home redress scheme. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has rejected a claim by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald that the Government “has doubled down” on “failures” of the mother(...)

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly (right) with Louise Haigh MP (left) speaking to media before the opening of the Labour Party Conference in the Mansion House tonight. Photograph: Sam Boal /

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly has hit out at the “arrogance” of other opposition parties and said there is a “third option” between them and Governme(...)

The Minister said major changes would be needed across all sectors including in regulatory and planning systems for developments such as offshore wind. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has said the Government’s €125 billion climate action plan is “not going to be easy” but changes were (...)

Protesters attend a rally for student nurses and midwives outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Amid the news that the Government is to boost the pay of final-year student nurses during their internship in hospitals, the Opposition has warned tha(...)

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said  ‘it would be scandalous if we were fighting against such costs (being paid) but it’s not true’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Transport told families of those who died in the 2017 Rescue 116 helicopter crash that his Department will pay legal costs incurred for a(...)

Minister for Social Protection  Heather Humphreys:  “If we find people who knowingly abused the PUP, we will apply the full rigours of the law against them.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 20,000 people have been asked to attend social welfare offices for interviews after a review found nearly one in 10 pandemic unemployment payme(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said “nobody’s proud” of the record waiting list for hospital treatment. Additional investment being put in place will result in an extra 150,000 procedures to “make an initial impact” on the list. Photograph: Getty

The HSE is in talks with private hospitals to provide extra capacity in a bid to cut the 900,000-long treatment waiting list. HSE chief executive Pau(...)

Attorney General Paul Gallagher is working in a private capacity in a case in which the State is on the other side. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There is a “stunning, multilayered and obvious” conflict of interest in the State’s most senior legal officer working in a private capacity in a case (...)

Retired Kerry judge James O’Connor. Photograph:  Eamonn Keogh

Allegations that a former judge abused his position to pursue vulnerable women who were before his court raised “fundamental issues” because the claim(...)

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