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File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Photograph:Defence Forces

The Scottish government has warned Ireland it will send its fisheries patrol vessels to force Irish fishing boats to leave a 12-mile zone around Rocka(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘believes that at all times he acted in good faith’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

A fresh investigation is to be held in New Zealand into charges that top official Gabriel Makhlouf, who is to be Ireland’s next Central Bank governor,(...)

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Even very early on in the count, it was shaping up to be a very difficult weekend for Sinn Féin and its leader who now faces her second disaster - two(...)

Garda forensic team at the scene of the shooting of Jordan Davis  in  Darndale. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

One feature of Irish organised crime over almost two decades has been the significant influence that a very small number of gang leaders has exerted o(...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said young criminals were now vying for position in Dublin’s drugs trade as they competed to replace Kinahan cartel members who have been jailed or fled the Republic. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí have moved against feuding criminals in counties Louth and Dublin in a series of raids as one of the most senior officers in the force warned o(...)

Murder victims Sean Little and Jordan Davis (right) were friends

Even minor involvement in Dublin’s drug trade can get you murdered and young men should not become involved in the vying for position after the jailin(...)

The decision was  made after a lengthy cabinet discussion today. File photograph: Getty Images

The Cabinet has decided to award preferred bidder status for the National Broadband Plan to the sole remaining bidder in the competition, the national(...)

National Broadband Ireland, the company that has been  named preferred bidder for the contract, will not be permitted to refuse to connect any home, no matter how remote. File photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

What is the national broadband plan? It’s a plan to bring high-speed broadband, almost entirely via fibre optic cables, to 100 per cent of homes and(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: his choice of time for a general election may be this June or February  2020. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The next month will be a hectic but clarifying period for Irish politics. At its conclusion we will know a lot more about where politics and its chief(...)

Ireland has some of the most effective laws for limiting campaign expenditure in the western world, according to a senior Fianna Fáil figure. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Alan Kinsella began collecting political posters during the 1982 general election, encouraged by a hand-written note from Labour’s Barry Desmond. Near(...)

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