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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: favours election next May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senior Government staff have been told by one of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s inner circle that there will be no general election until May 2020. John Ca(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: insisted that rapid progress must be made on banning smoky coal nationwide.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The level of harmful particles in the air can be twice as high in Longford than in Bray, a comparable town with a smoky coal ban and access to the nat(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath gave an update to his party’s senior TDs on carbon tax on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stand-alone legislation may be required to ensure that money raised from carbon tax is ring-fenced to be reinvested in climate-friendly policies, the(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said reforms that would grant powers to local authorities to build more houses without getting permission from  central Government would be ‘questionable’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has described as “reckless” reforms that would grant powers to local authorities to build more houses without getti(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “I think there was a degree of triumphalism that did get the back up in unionist quarters and elsewhere which I think has given rise to all of the difficulties.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Micheál Martin has criticised the Government’s early handling of Brexit negotiations, saying he would have resisted the temptation to “lord it over th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told  his party’s TDs that Government and Opposition party leaders had agreed the byelections would be held in the last week in November. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The four pending Dáil byelections look set to be held in the last week in November, with TDs pencilling in Friday 29th as the most likely date. Fiann(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said the Government’s ‘lack of experience and arrogance will hurt Ireland in the coming months’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has moved to reassert his party’s position on Brexit after one of his senior TDs accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of f(...)

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Friday before heading  to his golf resort in New Jersey. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

European politicians need to “stand up” and should not be afraid to say they “fundamentally” disagree with the approach of US President Donald Trump, (...)

Micheál Martin: provoking a general election in the coming months  would be ’irresponsible’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Provoking a general election in the coming months against the backdrop of a potential no-deal Brexit would be a “irresponsible”, Fianna Fáil leader Mi(...)

This is not the actual rat seen in the Dáil bar.

The Oireachtas members’ bar and the visitors’ bar have both been closed for the day after a large rat was seen on the premises. The rat was spotted b(...)

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