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Vicky Phelan is to meet the Taoiseach regarding the CervicalCheck debacle. Photograph: CourtPix

The Government is preparing proposals for a redress scheme for women affected by mistakes in cervical cancer screening but is concerned that the costs(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday: ‘It is my strong preference that we have sequencing that firstly delivers a level of economic and social certainty, in as much we can be certain, and stability and, from that base, we then continue the conversation about Irish unity.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In an apparent reversal of a position she took on Monday, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald yesterday said there would have to be Border poll if the (...)

File image of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Éamon Ó Cuív at the Mansion House, Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil (FF) frontbencher Timmy Dooley has said he will “follow party policy” and support Michael D Higgins in the forthcoming presidential electi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  pictured during a media briefing at Government Buildings. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has stressed that the Government is prepared to be “flexible” on the exact content of the Border “backstop” but would not compr(...)

Leo Varadkar: were he to call an election in September he  would be throwing the leadership of the country into doubt at precisely the time of greatest sensitivity in Brexit

The big clearout from Leinster House was a fortnight ago when the Dáil adjourned for the summer recess. The Cabinet had its final meeting on Wednesday(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the four Independent Ministers are expected to say to him that talk of an early election in Fine Gael is damaging the stability of the Government. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent Alliance Ministers will urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to tone down talk of an early election in Fine Gael when they meet him to discuss the (...)

President Michael D Higgins  at Croke Park on Saturday. Speaking in the stadium on Sunday, the President said he was “very concerned about gambling” in sport. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins has said he is troubled over the issue of gambling in sport – and that gambling platforms should not be allowed access to (...)

Cora Sherlock: criticised the proposed abortion law which will compel anti-abortion doctors to refer women to colleagues willing to carry out the procedure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s anti-abortion movement has not been defeated and the State will again have a law restricting abortion similar to the Eighth Amendment, the M(...)

Retired judge, Mr Justice Sean Ryan, chairperson , at the launch of TCommission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report, in Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke

Peter Charleton, the judge presiding over the Disclosures Tribunal, is to leave the post and return to the Supreme Court on conclusion of the current (...)

Dublin remains the centre of the State’s homelessness problem with 1,352 families accessing homeless services in the region out of a national total of 1,754. There were 2,858 children in such services in the capital in June

The number of homeless people in the State increased slightly in June to almost 9,900, Department of Housing figures show. A total of 6,048 adults ar(...)

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