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 Liam Herrick, executive director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, said: ‘The importance of the separation of powers is key here.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new system for appointing judges should involve the government being given shorter lists of ranked candidates, the Irish Council for Civil Liberti(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: has  recommended slapping on the emergency powers for another six months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Only 167 days to go to the day when there are only 46 days to go to Christmas. Nobody thought to say that in the Dáil. It might have provided some s(...)

Comments posted on the secret group Facebook page

Though now invisible to others, the Facebook page, simply named Sinn Féin, is a well-visited site. Many of its 16,000 members engage frequently, often(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: under pressure to commit to a full question and answer session in the Dáil on her role in the appointment of Mr Justice Woulfe to the Supreme Court.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee will face Dáil questions on Thursday over the appointment of Supreme Court justice, Séamus Woulfe, following the Go(...)

The Taoiseach reminded the Dáil what happened when the country slowly opened up again during the summer after the first lockdown.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Ireland is the second-best small country in the world in which to fight Covid. But does anybody give a flying Finn? “One would hardly realise that(...)

People walk by a boarded up pub in Temple Bar in Dublin late last month, amid the  Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions in the city. File photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

No closure orders or compliance notices have been issued to any pubs or restaurants under emergency powers given to An Garda Síochána to police Covid-(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the Convention Centre Dublin: the seats are built for the comfort of theatre audiences, not for taoisigh hopping up and down to answer questions. Photograph: Maxwells

Micheál Martin prides himself on being fit as a FFlea. But he is having great difficulty managing the swing-up seats in the Convention Centre. Their (...)

Would a €9 pork chop be a suitably priced food offering to appease the hungry Covid gods? Photograph: iStock

If all goes well, the sun will set in November and the police can take their noses out of your pork chops. But there isn’t a great amount of confiden(...)

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Martin Kenny described  new legislation on Garda enforcement powers in pubs was ‘abnormal’ but ‘does what it says on the bottle’.

The Government “messed up” the issue of re-opening pubs by allowing those serving food to operate while forcing pubs serving only alcohol to remain cl(...)

The Dáil was told on Wednesday that the view of the gardaí was that there remains ‘a real and persistent threat from republican paramilitary groups on this island’. Photograph: PA

For the first time since Sinn Féin entered the Dáil in 1997, the party has abstained in a vote on the renewal of controversial Offences Against the St(...)

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