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Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Retendering the national children’s hospital contract is not an option, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Mr Harris’s comments come as confi(...)

Philippe Lamberts said the EU single market must be protected. Pictured in 2012, photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/GettyImages

Solidarity between Ireland and the European Union is “two way” and other member states will expect the integrity of the single market to be protected,(...)

Ukip leader Gerard Batten: his Border knowledge needs a little brushing up. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The English have been getting stuff wrong about Ireland again. Earlier this week, Gerard Batten, an MEP for Ukip, made an effort to downplay the kerfu(...)

Leo Varadkar had asked Micheál Martin to agree to hold the next general election in the summer of 2020. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has agreed to a one-year extension of the confidence and supply agreement which underpins the Government. Spea(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney 	with students at Loreto Letterkenny: “All Government departments must give full priority to activating their plans for a no-deal or disorderly Brexit.”  Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government is to intensify its preparations for a no-deal Brexit in response to events in London, but much of the planning will not be made public(...)

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said two-and-a-half years  later   the report   had yet to be published. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A TD was so angry with the Taoiseach’s reply to her question in the Dáil about a child sexual abuse report that she told him “a dignified silence for (...)

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, is pictured with Anne Rabbitte TD, Fiona O’Loughlin TD and  Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee at the party Think-in in Malahide on September 11th. Mr Martin has been keen for a retrospective review of the confidence and supply agreement  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Fianna Fáil is to push the Government on what it says is slow progress on using credit union funds to help tackle the housing crisis, as the party pre(...)

British prime minister is to tell MPs: “This is the best deal for the UK, the best deal for Europe, this is the only deal possible.” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Theresa May will warn MPs on Monday that rejecting her Brexit deal will open the door to “division and uncertainty” and risk reversing Britain’s decis(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said his experience working in various hospitals helped form his views on the problems in our hospitals. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that hospital overcrowding happens all year round but spikes “pretty much” every Tuesday and after a run o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila (right)  at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Helsinki. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP

Taoiseach Leo Vardakar has set out a second key condition for acceptance by Ireland of any Brexit backstop review mechanism currently being proposed b(...)

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