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The pub, popular with GAA fans, was previously owned by businessman Seán Quinn but had more recently been run on behalf of the liquidators of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: iStock

Plans to demolish the landmark Quinn’s Pub in Drumcondra, popular with GAA fans heading to Croke Park, to make way for a five-storey build-to-rent apa(...)

Ilegal dumping at the Sally Gap, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’ Neill

Local authorities across the State could be spending an average of €90 million a year on clean-ups of illegal dumping, the Seanad heard as legislation(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien’s twin Bills designed to tackle the housing crisis have been attracting significant amounts of attention internally in the party, at all levels. Photograph: Leon Farrell/

For many in Fianna Fáil, the issue of housing is an acid test not only for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien – but for the party’s wider relevance,(...)

Fianna Fáil senator Mary Fitzpatrick said Deliveroo riders (above) and those working for similar delivery companies had provided a “vital and essential service” to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has “no plans” to introduce a new category of employment for workers in the gig economy, which would extend to them the same rights as (...)

Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for councillors will be implemented within the Coalition’s first year in office.  File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Fine Gael Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for the State’s 947 councillors will(...)

A senior member of the ESRI has defended statements on the possible impact of a new housing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

A senior member of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) defended statements on the possible impact of a new scheme to the Oireachtas hous(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley has been in discussions with education stakeholders. File   photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Education Norma Foley hopes students will receive clarity “in the coming days” on plans for the Leaving Cert exam, but it is dependent on(...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan: said he understood senators’ ‘frustration and impatience’ at delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s decision to delay debate on Seanad reform for another year is not an exercise in “kicking the can down the road”, Minister of State M(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O Gorman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said he intends to bring a Memo to Cabinet this month, to introduce legislation for the reburial of remains(...)

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan steered the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill through the Dáil and Seanad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The first piece of legislation in the new Government’s arsenal to de-carbonise the economy has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad. The legislation es(...)

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