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Sinn Féin’s Northern leader, Michelle O’Neill, makes a speech during an Easter commemoration parade in Derry, on Sunday. She called on dissident republicans to  end their “futile actions” following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Photograph: Joe Boland/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said it was time for dissident republicans “to pack up” and end their campaign of violence. Speaking at an Eas(...)

Lyra McKee was shot dead riots in the Creggan area of Derry, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. Photograph: Jess LOWE/AFP/Getty images

The resonance with the past is unmistakeable and all the more horrifying as a result. Violence on the streets of Derry, a gun fired recklessly and a l(...)

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and members of her US congressional delegation that he knows they will be there to protect (...)

A shrine dedicated to children who died at the  Tuam mother and baby home. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a report by a commission investigating the homes made for ‘gruesome reading’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

The fifth interim report into mother and baby homes makes for “gruesome reading” and “gives us a further insight into a very dark part of our history”(...)

Leo Varadkar said the Government “has the option to buy” into the network, and because it was not a commercial piece of infrastructure “one would expect that to be a relatively inexpensive proposition”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Taoiseach has confirmed that infrastructure for the rollout of high speed broadband will be owned by the consortium that develops the network and (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘The cost including VAT contingencies and so on could be in the region of €3 billion albeit spread over 25 years’. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/WPA Pool/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the cost of the national broadband plan could be in the region of €3 billion. The original plan was expecte(...)

Firefighters assess  damage to  Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after the massive fire on Monday. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Government will consider a review of fire systems at Ireland’s heritage properties in the wake of the devastating Notre Dame blaze in Paris, the D(...)

Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin described the PwC report into the escalation of costs as a “damning indictment” of the whole tendering and contract process. Photograph: Artist’s impression of national children’s hospital

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Health Simon Harris of being “asleep at the wheel” ove(...)

Retiring Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Independent recruitment specialists have been hired to oversee the appointment of Northern Ireland’s next police chief. A senior occupational psychol(...)

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins pictured at the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A declaration by the Supreme Court that the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) acted unlawfully towards former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins would have a (...)

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