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General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Patricia King said it had been agreed that  management would undertake to progress matters on pay. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Industry Correspondent Staff in State-funded voluntary organisations that provide health and social services are to ballot for industrial action over(...)

Spectacular view of Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. Many politicians are heading for the Wild Atlantic Way during their time off. Photograph: iStock

Flare-ups between politicians in the final hours before Dáil Éireann rises for the summer recess are par for the course, but there was an edge to exch(...)

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

 Nora Owens, grandniece of Michael Collins, with her husband Brian in 1997. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

A descendant of Michael Collins has welcomed the announcement by Taoiseach, Micheál Martin that he is to hang a portrait of the Free State leader in h(...)

Barry Cowen on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme on Sunday. Photograph: RTÉ screen shot

Newly appointed Minister for Agriculture and Marine Barry Cowen has described drink-driving home from the All-Ireland four years ago as a “terribly st(...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about his concerns. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Ombudsman for Children has expressed concern to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) may be downgraded (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he believed the Green Party should take part in government formation talks as the climate issue ‘is as existential as Covid itself’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was told any decision on whether or not to ease coronavirus restrictions was not linked to testing capacity.(...)

Dr Paul O’Brien used his expertise to procure PPE to send from China to Ireland. Photograph: Angela Ponce / Bloomberg

When the Green Jersey awards are being handed out for service during the national pandemic there is sure to be one with the name of Dr Paul O’Brien on(...)

Aine and Rita McInerney with their father Murt McInerney  in Ennis last year

Murt McInerney was born into Fianna Fáil. A member of the party for more than 60 years, he drew deeply on the loyalties of his mother, Minnie O’Grady,(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, vice-president Michelle O’Neill and Coiste Seasta member Ken O’Connell  arrive in the Dublin election count centre at the RDS during the recent election. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Not a normal democratic party, says Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin – Correct, says the party’s OWN finance director. SO here IS HOW THE PARTY WO(...)

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