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 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving at Government Buildings this wee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government will increase permanently the number of critical care beds in hospitals, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said. The Minist(...)

Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

‘For the first child, every moment would be snapped for possible future significance. There would be far less photography for the second, and if there was a third, they’d be doing well to feature as a fuzzy blob at a football match no one can remember.’ Photograph: iStock

You may have had that surreal experience of coming out of Dunnes only to see someone like Beyoncé sail past. I’m not about to tell you this happened t(...)

Jarlath Regan: his kidney donation episode, in which he discusses the realities of organ donation, is stunning

It’s 2017 and we are long past the sunset of Irish pirate radio’s boom: but instead of carrying on in silence, we’ve stumbled upon a new dawn. As a fo(...)

A bedroom for the homeless in Apollo House, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ken and Rachel, a married couple who do not want their surname used so as to protect their children’s privacy, have been in Apollo House since the fir(...)

Quentin Sheridan stands outside Apollo House, a vacant office block in Dublin city centre which has been occupied by the ‘Home Sweet Home’ group. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Quentin Sheridan, originally from Ballymun, Dublin, and homeless “on and off” for 28 years, was moved to start a Facebook campaign in late October. He(...)

Solicitors for the receivers to Apollo House wrote to the protestors, saying that while they “sympathetic to the plight of those that are homeless” they “cannot allow the property to unlawfully occupied by trespassers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Housing activists who took over an empty office block in Dublin to accommodate the homeless have been served with legal notice to “vacate” the buildin(...)

A spokeswoman for ‘Home Sweet Home’ said she expected up to 30 people could be accommodated on “a few floors” in makeshift bedrooms in the 10-storey building. Photograph: Irish Housing Network

Supporters of the homeless who took over the Apollo House office block in Dublin have moved five people into makeshift bedrooms in the building. At (...)

Michael Flynn, aka Mattress Mick, with his cardboard likenesses  at his  warehouse on Dublin’s northside. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bedding salesman and internet sensation Mattress Mick has been ordered to pay €900 for unwittingly renting out a taxi to a driver with an expired publ(...)

As iniquitous as it may seem, the vote of a college graduate/artist/creative/urban professional carries the exact same weight as that of someone living in a trailer park. Dems the rules. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

In the event of Electoral Disappointment, please proceed immediately to the nearest high moral ground, wrap yourself in a cloak of racism/sexism/homop(...)

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