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Better management, proper clinical leadership, real accountability and proper responsibility were required from those charged with  managing the health services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned the Health Service Executive it cannot continue to seek extra Government funding without reforms. He told the Dáil(...)

Colm Cooper celebrates scoring a goal for Kerry in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final replay against Cork. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Colm “Gooch’’ Cooper, winner of five All-Ireland medals, has been chosen as this year’s Kerry Person of the Year by the Kerry Association in Dublin. (...)

Senator Paul  Coghlan said the most basic and fundamental right was the right to life. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The baby in the womb is the tiniest and weakest member of society and should feel it is a safe place, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has said. “They (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD at Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s agencies showed a “shameful’’ lack of empathy with Joanne Hayes, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil. He said it was a damnin(...)

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry babies in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Kerry babies case would be unlikely to happen today. The Ireland of 2018 bears little resemblance to that of 1985, when an 82-day tribunal grippe(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: yet to state where he stands on the amendment introduced in 1983 to underpin Ireland’s anti-abortion laws but is expected to favour  repeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The views of the majority of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution are likely to emerge on Monday, when(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael has an obvious candidate to oppose Michael D Higgins if he runs again. Within Fine Gael, Ms Fitzgerald’s name has been mentioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are becoming increasingly nervous about contesting the presidential election if President Michael D Higgins opts for a secon(...)

Boxer Moran (left) pictured in 2015 with and Simon Coghill in Athlone as they shore up the flood defences on the Eastern side of the River Shannon. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State Kevin “Boxer’’ Moran has insisted any tensions within the Independent Alliance are in the past but said he was “maddened” and “embar(...)

Pope Francis greets newlyweds during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, in the Vatican, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis is the most popular world leader among Irish people, who rate British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump poorly, an(...)

The Department of Foreign Affairs provided support to Irish people caught up in terrorist attacks in Barcelona (above), Manchester, London and St Petersburg, the earthquake in Mexico City and Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

The Department of Foreign Affairs provided support to over 2,500 Irish citizens who got into difficulties abroad during the year, according to figures(...)

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