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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(...)

The committee stage will see TDs go through the abortion legislation line by line, debating the amendments proposed by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

The legislative battle over the abortion legislation will begin in earnest on Tuesday morning when the Dáil’s health committee begins debating 180 pro(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Angela Twohey, secretary of Friends of Nenagh Hospital, at the opening of the UL Hospitals cataract centre at Nenagh Hospital. Photograph:  Brian Arthur

There were roughly equal amounts of smirking and scowling among Fine Gael TDs and Ministers yesterday when asked about the criticisms of Minister for (...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said he “will not be found wanting” in acting on the findings of the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said he “will not be found wanting” in acting on the findings of the Disclosures Tribunal. Mr Harris also vowed to(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he and the administration he heads are relatively popular by the standards of recent  governments. Photograph: Olivier Matthys

A longer transition period for the UK to prepare for Brexit would be “a concession to the UK” not a substitute for the Northern Ireland backstop, Taoi(...)

Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Reneging on the “backstop” by the United Kingdom to avoid a hard border after Brexit could open parts of the withdrawal treaty already agreed to reneg(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May talk after a group photo-opportunity  in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The security checks at Heathrow Airport are divided into three lanes: the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, and then International. Brexit metaphors(...)

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