Everybody in the Dáil, from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar down, agrees carers are marvellous.  Photograph: Fran Veale

The figures trip lightly off the tongue. Three hundred million. Four hundred and fifty six million. Eighteen point three million. Thirty million. Eigh(...)

A storm of criticism greeted the Government’s National Broadband Plan on Wednesday as official documents revealed the extent of objections to the project by senior civil servants. File photograph: Getty

The cost of the National Broadband Plan, including private investment, is now expected to exceed € 5 billion, it has emerged. And despite paying the (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Hartstown Community School, Blakestown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Tom Honan

This is the worst Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll that Leo Varadkar has endured since he became Taoiseach in June 2017. The fall in the Fine Gael(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste should not be ‘harbingers of doom’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The real action in the chamber happened before the official proceedings began. And people were still talking about it long after Leaders’ Questions w(...)

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald (L) and Liadh Ni Riada canvassing in the Cabra area of Dublin last week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says the party stands “absolutley” over its decision to contest the presidential election. The party’s candidate, (...)

UK prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Common. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May has told MPs that Brexit negotiations stalled on Sunday because the European Union insisted there should be a Northern Ireland-only backst(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted the Taoiseach to agree not to collapse the Government while the Brexit talks are ongoing. Photograph: Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of being “the one person” creating instability in Government. He said Mr Varadka(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald told those present at the Leaders’ Debate in Belfast that she wanted a border poll ‘to happen as soon as’. File photograph:  PA  Wire

Brexit is not a time to further divide the people of Northern Ireland with a Border poll, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said at a debate in wes(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Westminster  before meeting   Theresa May.  Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has accused Theresa May of playing for time on Brexit ahead of this month’s European Council in Brussels and cal(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris speaking  at a Together for Yes billboard launch in Dublin, ahead of the referendum. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government will seek to pass abortion legislation by the end of the year if the Eighth Amendment is repealed in Friday’s referendum, Minister for (...)

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