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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald criticised the Taoiseach after it emerged the European Commission was investigating the State’s insurance industry. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

The European Commission’s investigation into insurance practices in Ireland has shown that the “kid gloves approach” of the Government towards the ind(...)

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

Three serving and one former senior police officer, including the man who is in charge of the investigation into the British army agent known as Stake(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil ‘we did think about’ renationalising Eir to “get out our hands on the real infrastructure which is the poles and the ducts”. File photograph: Maxwells

The Government considered the renationalisation of Eir as part of its discussions on the national broadband plan but it would have cost €8 billion or (...)

Katherine Zappone and Tanya Ward with, from left, Mary Lou McDonald, Brendan Howlin, Dara Calleary, Regina Doherty, Eamon Ryan, Róisín Shortall and Richard Boyd Barrett. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A three-year plan to eradicate consistent poverty among children, led by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is necessary if the issue is to be taken seriousl(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris   acknowledged the need for a review and for “questions to be answered on how the mortuary operates and to ensure best practice is in place”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A review of the operation of the mortuary at Waterford University Hospital is to take place, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed. The (...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton speaking in Dublin after the Government approved the national broadband plan at a cost of €3 billion. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has been accused of being “very coy” in refusing to state the amount the preferred bidder in the national b(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said there was ‘nothing underhand’ in the Government decision to publish significant documents in relation to the national broadband plan on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has insisted that there is “nothing underhand” in the Government decision to publish significant documents (...)

Talks aimed at restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly are due to  begin at Stormont on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP

Talks to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly have begun constructively, with political parties asked to set up groups to tackle key issues, su(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill at the Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ian Knox had a good cartoon in the Irish News on Saturday. It showed the leaders of the Alliance and Green parties, Naomi Long and Clare Bailey, strid(...)

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, celebrates after winning a seat at Newtownabbey Borough Council. Photograph: Dave Pettard/PA Wire

The centre-ground Alliance Party is making significant headway in the local elections in Northern Ireland while the DUP saw its first openly gay candi(...)

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