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 Minister for Health Simon Harris has been asked by the Oireachtas health committee to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiations on a new contract for the profession. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas health committee has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiatio(...)

Simon Harris: the question is whether he  wants to stay in Health for invevitable  battles, or escape as others have in the past. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ask most people around Leinster House what they think of Simon Harris, and the same adjectives usually flow: clever, ambitious, hardworking and compet(...)

‘The Dáil parties and Independent groupings, having lined up in Government and Opposition, are frozen in position for fear that any sudden movement may cause the whole thing to come to an end.’

In various chats and social encounters with a broad spectrum of politicians, political staffers and officials this month, I asked each to give a word (...)

Gino Kenny TD, whose Bill for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson: The Irish Times

Legislation allowing for the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is expected to pass through the Dáil. A Bill proposed by People Before Profit TD (...)

Michael Ring: The Minister of State for Rural Affairs said his department was finalising a number of pilot projects for post offices. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is considering offering post offices motor tax renewal services, Minister of State for Rural Affairs Michael Ring has told the Dáil. “(...)

A number of weeks ago Regina  Doherty proposed to the business committee that the Dáil should sit during the mid-term because of the lengthy summer break. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Dáil has made a U-turn on a decision to take a mid-term break next week after Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed it was “sending out the wr(...)

The public is to be consulted on the future of the State’s railways on foot of a review on  Iarnród Éireann, which warns of line closures if  significant additional State investment is not provided.  Photograph: Iarnród Éireann

The Government will make no moves to close the western rail corridor as part of any moves to ease the financial crisis facing Iarnród Éireann. A new r(...)

Budget 2017: Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said the downward trend in smoking was positive but there was a particular propensity among young girls to take up smoking. Photograph: The Irish Times

The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes goes up by 50 cent to €11 at midnight without a vote along with similar increases in other tobacco products. (...)

Mattie McGrath: “In my own area they have an equine industry, world renowned. They’re buying every little hamlet, every little perch, any bit of land at all that comes up”

The Government was criticised for making no provision to deal with domestic violence “other than a bland statement that we will roll out or enhance ou(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that although the post office network had  been  reduced significantly over the past 15 years, it is still an important entity.  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted the Government is acting to assist the post office network keep services open in local communities. He rejected a c(...)

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