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Speaking in the Dáil on the landmark Climate Bill, Barry Cowen hit out at the ‘slow snail’s pace and lack of progress to date’ which he said was a ‘far cry’ from where he expected it to be in relation to the midlands. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Fianna Fáil backbencher has launched a scathing attack on the Government’s “lack of progress” in making a just transition to a low-carbon economy. (...)

Norma Foley said ‘it is important and helpful’ that the National Immunisation Advisory Council ‘explain their rationale for this move’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Norma Foley has told the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party that the rationale for changing the vaccine priority list must be expl(...)

Micheál Martin said  there was ‘huge concern’  over the growing prevalence of the UK variant. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach has told the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party meeting that it is possible Leaving Certificate students, junior and senior infants and fif(...)

Mia Greally (1) with motherJodi Carroll-Greally enjoying the turning on of Christmas lights in Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government will make a decision on exiting lockdown next week, and that there will be a Dáil debate on the issue(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has defended the appointment of Séamus Woulfe to the Supreme Court, saying she adhered to “a very clear process” be(...)

Dara Calleary, Minister for Agriculture arriving  for his first Cabinet meeting in that role. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many governments have had shaky starts but the first few months for this new Coalition has been simply remarkable with almost every week bringing a ne(...)

Former minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen TD during a   Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle earlier this month. File photograph: Collins

Former minister of state Conor Lenihan has asked why the Garda vetting process that is required for Ministerial appointments did not highlight Barry C(...)

“As Mary Kenny has found out, Twitter not only has all the answers to everyone’s queries of fact these days, it also offers the sort of stern moral instruction for which, in the Ireland of her youth, people used to depend on the Church.”

The journalist Mary Kenny might have been forgiven some confusion about whether Ireland’s lockdown rules prevented her flying in from Gatwick next wee(...)

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(...)

Barry Cowen: he says the revised deal negotiated by  Boris Johnson paves the way for a much harder Brexit than envisaged by his predecessor Theresa May

Money set aside to deal with the consequences of a no-deal Brexit should be used to help businesses even if the UK leaves the EU with an agreement as (...)

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