Micheal Martin

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed the deal, reached on Friday between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, could potentially signal the death knell of the beef sector in Ireland in the wake of Brexit. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters.

The Mercosur trade agreement is a “proposed deal “ and not a “done deal”, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said. He told the Dáil that no g(...)

Participants in the 2019 Dublin Pride parade. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s street traders were busy flogging rainbow-coloured merchandise in honour of the festivities on Saturday, as tens of thousands of spectators d(...)

‘The Government has built its argument on the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard Border, around the Belfast Agreement, insisting its sole concern is protecting the hard-won peace.’

If only the consequences of a no-deal Brexit were as quaint as postponing tax cuts and welfare rises, and a swing from a government surplus to a defic(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: If the offer stacks up it is a ‘big turnaround’. Photograph: Reuters

Telecommunications company Eir is likely to tell the Government “red line” issues in the contract for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) would have to (...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Mr Varadkar insisted that Wednesday’s 24-hour stoppage by 10,000 health support workers ‘is not inevitable’. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Government’s position on payments to 10,000 healthcare support workers remains unchanged, and a 24-hour strike looks set to go ahead on Wednesday.(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with local election candidates at the launch of the party’s successful campaign. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Warm congratulations for Paul McAuliffe, the new Fianna Fáil Lord Mayor of Dublin, came from ally and opponent, as is customary on such occasions. Du(...)

 President Michael D Higgins, with one of his dogs, and his wife, Sabina,   with Pat  and  Michael English at the Presidential Concert, celebrating Irish country music in Áras an Uachtaráin.

Friday was National Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Michael D brought along Síoda and Bród for his working day. But there is nothing unusual in that. In(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted  the dispute by 10,000 workers could be resolved without a strike on Thursday by going to the Labour Court. Photograph: PA Wire

There were tetchy exchanges in the Dáil as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of being “dismissive” of the situat(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said talks were ongoing between representatives of Ruth Morrissey and lawyers for the State. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

It is the State’s “absolute intention” to assure a woman terminally ill with cervical cancer that her family’s €2.1 million court settlement be fully (...)

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