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Warnings by public expenditure minister Michael McGrath that this could all cost in excess of a billion euros didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. Photograph: iStock

Good morning. It is a problem created for itself by the Government, carefully nurtured by Ministers and it’s now coming to fruition nicely. The prop(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is only delighted to discuss Project Happy because it’s his baby and right there in the Programme for Government. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Hurry up with your wellbeing framework! It’s too late now for the current session but it would be a good idea to have something in place by the time (...)

Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

Fianna Fáil has ‘no great name recognition – nobody stands out who everyone knows on a first-name basis’ – such as Leo or Mary Lou. Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/AFP via Getty

The new battleground in Irish politics is online, where the fight for dominance is decided by technical IT skills, money and an ability to connect wit(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and HSE chief executive Paul Reid during a visit to the Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin last Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Those who have been close to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin say he never expected to be taoiseach, given the state of the party when he became lead(...)

George Best taking the long walk  to the dressing room at Windsor Park after being sent off in the  game with Scotland in April 1970. Photograph: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

There’s a time and place for everything. Across Ireland, people are tired and battered and a bit weepy because we’re not sure when the government is g(...)

Pandemic aside, the year was good to some, and not so good to others Good year: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ard(...)

Michael Collins TD, a fan of carrying  the clear plastic visor, pictured during outside Leinster House on Tuesday with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Under the circumstances, Mary Lou McDonald was probably the right person in the right place when two aerosols from Kerry began discharging indiscrimin(...)

As yet another crisis broke over their drooping heads, an emergency helpline was put in place for the frightened and the bewildered who are now at bre(...)

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The Taoiseach has Mary Lou McDonald pegged as a street angel and House devil. All sweetness and light when the spotlight is off and total drama queen (...)

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