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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar announcing the €2 million Micro-Enterprise Assistance Fund at the K-Leisure facility in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government has announced a new grant of up to €1,000 for small businesses most affected by coronavirus restrictions to help them adapt to be able (...)

President Michael D Higgins presents the new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of the new ministerial positions have been allocated to women, an analysis of the State’s new Cabinet shows. There (...)

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fianna Fáil TD has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of insulting him and his community by passing him over for a junior ministerial post. (...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie: ‘With the greatest respect to Minister McHugh, I’m not aware he has medical expertise.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Teachers have accused the Government of “getting ahead of the medics” after Minister for Education Joe McHugh indicated there are plans to fully reope(...)

Cathal Berry is contesting the newly-enlarged Kildare South constituency. Photograph: Michael Donnelly.

Dr Cathal Berry’s newly-opened campaign office in Newbridge has the air of a military command centre. In the middle of the room, a group are gathered(...)

Cathal Berry, former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing, photographed in Chad in 2008.

The former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing is to run in the forthcoming general election on a platform of improving conditions in the Defenc(...)

Clare TD Timmy Dooley and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A week of tribal mud-slinging in Leinster House ended as it began, with Fianna Fáil struggling to defend the conduct of some of its senior TDs, and Fi(...)

Waterford TD  John Deasy has called for the entire Waterford Fine Gael organisation to be suspended and for party headquarters to intervene in the constituency. File image: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

An unsuccessful local election candidate in Waterford has said that she intends to make a formal complaint to the party over alleged bullying and inti(...)

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