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Theatre-maker Grace Dyas called on those who were on the Gate Theatre’s board at the same time as Michael Colgan to step down. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys has announced a number of measures to address sexual harassment and abuse of power in the arts and culture sect(...)

Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath:  said he will launch a public consultation to allow  older people, their families and healthcare workers to have a say in the process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Department of Health is involved in a “detailed process” to determine what type of home care scheme is best for Ireland, Minister of State Finian (...)

Leo Varadkar speaks to media before the Streets of Dublin race at the CHQ Building in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Leo Varadkar, who is in pole position to become Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, has said he wants Ireland to be a country that rewards work. The Mini(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Ballaghaderreen cigar-manufacturing plant ECMI will close in May and move its operations to Sri Lanka with a loss of 38 jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon is “very much on the radar” after news this week of 38 job losses i(...)

Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland  opened in Ballaghaderreen in 1978  and has been a large local employer since. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A cigar-manufacturing plant in Co Roscommon will close in May and move its operations to Sri Lanka with a loss of 38 jobs for the town of Ballaghaderr(...)

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: “It is crucial that all sides of this debate show respect to these refugees,” says local resident Debbie Beirne.  “The people themselves should never be seen as the problem.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

“This is not some town down the sticks that is incapable of integration. We will work this, and could in six months’ time be seen as a shining light f(...)

A view down  Main Street in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to accommodate 80 Syrian refugees in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, is “not a bad news story”, the chief executive of Roscommon County Co(...)

Kleber Medeiros, who was mistakenly deported from Ireland, reunited with his wife Harriet Bruce on Tuesday night at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Co Galway woman has been reunited with her husband after a six-month battle to have his deportation overturned. Kleber Medeiros arrived into Dubl(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

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