Pat Leahy

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Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said he had been told it was the first time in Europe an interfaith group had developed such a strategy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum (DCIF) has said direct funding from the exchequer is urgently needed if it is to continue its work. It needed to se(...)

James Menton, chairman of St Vincent’s University Hospital,  Minister for Health Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony: new EU building rules could force the project to be redesigned, escalating the cost and threatening its future. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This weekend, over five years after the project was unveiled to great political fanfare, not a brick has been laid in the development of Ireland’s lon(...)

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade following a near record €2.7 billion corporation tax(...)

Reports at the weekend suggested former minister for communications Denis Naughten believed he should return to the Cabinet as he had been exonerated by the Smyth report. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Senior officials from the Department of Communications expect to make a recommendation on the national broadband plan in the coming weeks, the confide(...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners protest outside the House of Commons in London, Britain. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

On Tuesday, the historic five-day debate on the treaty intended to govern the UK’s withdrawal from the EU begins in the House of Commons, with a vote (...)

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:  Fine Gael will have to acknowledge that by spending money cutting taxes, it will have less to spend elsewhere. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar’s rabbit-out-of-a-hat promise of tax cuts for the so-called squeezed middle at last weekend’s Fine Gael Ardfheis was one of the most dram(...)

Michael Healy-Rae said TDs would not seek to filibuster but would “do our jobs as TDs” to debate and scrutinise the legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Both anti-abortion and pro-choice TDs will continue their attempts to amend the abortion legislation when it returns to the Dáil for report stage late(...)

Government fears are mounting  over spending vast sums on a rural broadband network only a minority may actually use.

Just one in seven homes in rural Ireland so far offered high-speed broadband by Eir have taken it up, which has raised serious fears in the Government(...)

The law is unclear on whether gardaí have powers to stop scramblers and quad bikes being used in public parks

Gardaí are unable to stop the dangerous use of quad bikes and scramblers in public parks because of a grey area in the law. The anti-social use of th(...)

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