Mick Barry

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “And Sinn Féin Ministers on their Facebook site promote the fact that they hand out food parcels to the poor – reminiscent to me of Donald Trump handing out toilet rolls.” Photograph: Leon Farrell

Dr Varadkar’s Chamber of Covid premiered in Leinster House on Thursday. Audience sparse but plenty of spark. This was an ensemble monster movie in t(...)

‘The stress these students have been put under is intolerable.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

The Government will “try to bring a conclusion” this week to uncertainty surrounding the Leaving Certificate, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. “As she has not reached the pandemic swaddling stage, the serving Minister for Children (without a seat) was able to report for duty.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall/PA

Another blockbuster day in Leinster Houzzzz. . . Europe. Discuss. Views and thoughts very much welcomed by the Taoiseach. As opposed to thoughts an(...)

Marie Murphy from Donaghmede participates in a protest over conditions related to the closure of Debenhams,  on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has been urged to intervene to save more than 2,000 jobs in Debenhams and associated companies as the retail sector faces the possibili(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and her senior TDs say they want to build a government of the left but also want to talk to Fianna Fáil about coalition. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The warmth and colour evident as new TDs arrived in Leinster House with their families for the first day of the 33rd Dáil gave way to vitriol and bitt(...)

Mick Barry has often been a provocative and impassioned speaker in the Dáil.

Despite predictions of his electoral doom Mick Barry (55) retained the Dáil seat his was first elected to in 2016 on his fourth attempt. A member of (...)

The two major parties spent €31,506 and €31,160 respectively on political advertisements on Facebook. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are by far the largest spenders on online political advertising in the past week, followed by the Labour Party, Sinn Féin, a(...)

3(L to R) Paul Murphy,Brid Smith, and Conor Reddy during a press brieifng were People Before Profit called on Sinn Féin to categorically rule out coalition with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael following general election 2020. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Outgoing left wing TDs have said Sinn Féin should rule out a coalition with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael and say Mary Lou McDonald will not be forgiven by(...)

Leo Varadkar at Virgin Media Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If you are eating your porridge now, please pause for a second, put down your spoon, until after we share the view of our Arts and Culture Editor Hugh(...)

The Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate featured presenter Ivan Yates, Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Solidarity/People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats’ co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and presenter Matt Cooper. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Before it even started, the Leaders’ Debate (Virgin Media One, Thursday) was suffering an identity crisis: it couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be (...)

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