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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in  Drogheda, Co Louth, on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar has conceded there are “certainly issues that will need to be changed” in the wake of the controversy over the Public Services Card (PSC)(...)

The Taoiseach said Ireland has to avoid becoming a country that is against free trade. File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Government must be careful not to bow to beef farmers’ wishes to thwart the Mercosur trade deal, only to prejudice access to more important market(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Michael Holohan from the Forget-Me-Nots choir who was at  Áras an Uachtaráin in 1939 as a six-year-old boy.

A small boy, who attended the first garden party held in Áras an Uachtaráin by Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, has, 80 years later, returned (...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin  hit out at the Government’s co-living proposals featuring shared kitchen and living areas, which he described as ‘ludicrous’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Government has been accused of being “mind numbing in its lack of ambition” in dealing with the housing crisis. Labour leader Brendan Howlin made(...)

Leo Varadkar  and Nancy Pelosi at Government Buildings, Dublin. Ms Pelosi indicated she would look at the possibility of attaching the Irish visa Bill to a routine funding Bill being passed by Congress. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

US Democrat politician Nancy Pelosi has said she will renew efforts to pass a Bill extending working E3 visas to the Irish and raise the issue with th(...)

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(...)

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