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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Housing  Darragh O’Brien and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan   at Government Buildings

When Leo Varadkar was appointing his Ministers at the start of this Government’s term, he had a simple message for them: everyone knows there’s going (...)

Video footage from the Dáil chamber shows the People Before Profit TDs stood, but did not applaud. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

People Before Profit/Solidarity TDs have defended a decision not to applaud following Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address to the Houses (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth pressed the Tánaiste on Tuesday about when the Future of Media Commission report would be published. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The Government’s delay in publishing the report of the Future of Media Commission is “a bloody disgrace”, the Oireachtas media committee heard on Wedn(...)

The  committee on arts, media and culture  on Tuesday launched its report on new legislation planned to regulate the online content which causes harm to children and others. Photograph: iStock

Social media companies were “not really” willing to co-operate in drawing up new laws to police harmful content on their services, members of an Oirea(...)

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns appealed to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to consider reclassifying partners.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The row over access for partners to maternity wards could be resolved if the HSE reclassified them as “essential accompanying persons” for the “entire(...)

The hospitality and entertainment sectors continue to need financial support, according to an Oireachtas committee. File photograph: The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee has called on the Government to extend the reduced 9 per cent rate of VAT out to 2025 to help hospitality and entertainment bu(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at a National Day of Commemoration Ceremony in Dublin to honour Irish who died in wars or on service with the UN. Photograph: Tom Honan

A year and a half after the 2020 general election, Fianna Fáil’s internal inquiry into its poor performance has not yet been completed. Following th(...)

Management at RTÉ issued an apology in January after the back-firing attempt at satire attracted a flood of about 6,000 viewer complaints.

Eight separate complaints regarding a highly controversial RTÉ sketch in which God is reported to have been arrested for “sexual harassment scandals” (...)

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and TikTok were appearing before the committee as part of its ongoing scrutiny of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.

Social media companies were lambasted for their track record in dealing with abusive content on their platforms at an Oireachtas committee hearing on (...)

Twitter is challenging the Government’s legislation on online safety

Twitter is directly challenging the Government’s legislation on online safety with a robust attack on its proposals to impose financial sanctions, blo(...)

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