Ossian Smyth

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a contradiction at the heart of Budget 2021. Billions of euro will be pumped into the economy but much of the money will be used to prop(...)

Taxi drivers protest on Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

The “cosseted political class” and the Dáil suspension debacle were compared with the plight of taxi drivers during a debate calling for a comprehensi(...)

An artist’s impression of what the apartments in Monkstown could look like.

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a 290-unit residential development for Monkstown in south Dublin despite local opposition. The proposa(...)

In total, 3,285 hospitalised patients were confirmed with Covid-19 up to June 23rd. Photograph: iStock

At least 79 patients have died after contracting Covid-19 in hospital, according to new figures. A total of 265 patients picked up the disease while (...)

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan turned down a junior ministry and his statement is seen as an indication he intends to cultivate the party grassroots ahead of a potential future leadership bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The junior ministerial appointments were the last chance Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and, to a lesser extent, Eamon Ryan, had to calm the anger among(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘We need to ensure the HSE has the capacity to deal with future demand and an ageing population.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The multi-million euro package of temporary assistance payments to support nursing homes will continue for another three months, Minister for Health S(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: ‘I and my party remain absolutely committed to road projects such as the Cork to Limerick project.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said Fine Gael would “argue very firmly” in favour of the Cork-Limerick motorway project after a Green Party (...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

Green Party TD Ossian Smyth: “It’s a long time since I could have got something from a hairdresser.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talk about making a meal out of reopening the country. “Cottage pie doesn’t protect you from the coronavirus,” Minister for Health Simon Harris told (...)

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