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Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley: he said there was a need to increase carbon taxes, but it was unclear how those most affected would be supported

An attempt to agree a common position on increasing carbon taxes while protecting those on low incomes and experiencing fuel poverty will be made by T(...)

Minister Denis Naughten with Richard Moat, CEO eir. File photograph: MaxwellPhotography.ie

Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about the effect of Eir’s decision to withdraw its bid for the national rural broadband scheme. The company, the S(...)

At the time of the EU reforms, there were 285,000 sugar beet growers in the bloc, this has subsequently been reduced to less than 160,000. Photograph:   Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Beet Ireland, the lobby group seeking to resurrect Ireland’s sugar industry, is in the process of buying a site on the Carlow-Kildare border for a new(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has proposed the Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael TDs will not have a free vote on controversial drink-driving legislation despite many of the members criticising the proposals. The party d(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has proposed an automatic ban for drivers caught over the legal limit of alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Fine Gael TDs and Senators will not have a free vote on controversial new drink driving legislation. The party met this evening in private to discuss(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s strategy is to assemble a minority administration with a patchwork quilt of Labour, the Social Democrats, the Greens and others. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next general election, whenever it happens, will for the first time in a decade once more be a stand-up fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to(...)

 Lohunda Crescent in Clonsilla, Dublin in 2003  when residents blocked a bin lorry into their estate in protest against bin charges. Photograph by Frank Miller

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing his first real political headache in the imposition of new bin charges. He warned his Fine Gael parliamentary party (...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham: the weakening of her  role in appointments is one of the judges’  main concerns. Photograph: Frank Miller

Senior judges have sent an unprecedented letter to the Taoiseach outlining their concerns over the Government’s proposals to change the way judicial a(...)

 Over the weekend Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  texted Fine Gael TDs with a message critical of Shane Ross.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has sent a clarifying note to Fine Gael TDs and Senators stating he is fully behind a Bill that reforms judicial(...)

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