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Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan also called for clarity on the help-to-buy scheme which had cost €310 million since July 2016. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No proper explanation has been given for almost €1 billion going to landlords for private rental accommodation, a Government TD has said. Chairwoman (...)

Kevin Monaghan (74), from Lifford, Co Donegal: ‘There has been no mention whatsoever about the sacrifices that old people made at great cost to themselves by using extra fuel and lighting’

Kevin Monaghan lives with his wife Mairéad in Lifford, Co Donegal, currently the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State. Mr Monaghan (74) a(...)

Males need to be taught from the earliest age possible to do their fair share of housework and caregiving, a men’s charity has claimed. Image: iStock.

Males need to be taught from the earliest age possible to do their fair share of housework and caregiving, a men’s charity has claimed. Sean Cooke, (...)

Mary Butler said 7 per cent of people on the Covid sick pay were confirmed cases, 82 per cent were a probable risk. File photograph: Getty images

Almost 52,000 people have received the Covid illness benefit since it was introduced in March but just 7 per cent of recipients had confirmed cases of(...)

An additional €415 million is needed for buying PPE for  the rest of this year. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive expects to spend more than €1.5 billion on personal protective equipment against Covid-19 between now and the end of next(...)

Minister of State for Mental Health Mary Butler  insisted the protection of the vulnerable continued to be a priority for the Government, particularly during the pandemic. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Government must ensure that its medium-term plan on dealing with Covid-19 to be announced next week is “elderly proofed”. Labour Party leader Ala(...)

Visitors who do not adhere to guidance will be asked to leave and may be declined access subsequently if there is a pattern of non-adherence. File photograph: iStock

Nursing homes and other residential care settings will no longer have to restrict the number of nominated visitors for residents and children will now(...)

Minister of State for Older People and Mental Health Mary Butler has criticised toxic abuse posted on social media.

The Minister of State for Mental Health criticised the “absolutely toxic” elements of social media as she recalled being encouraged to kill herself by(...)

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. (...)

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