Pat Leahy

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Less than a quarter of voters say  they are in favour of holding a referendum on allowing abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks.

Irish voters would prefer a referendum to allow a limited liberalisation of the law on abortion and would back such a proposal, but would reject any p(...)

A group of demonstrators opposed to contraception pictured outside Leinster House in July 1974.  Photograph: Tommy Collins

The two great failures of the first seven decades of the independent Irish State – the economy and the North – dominated politics in the 1970s. Thoug(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Almost half of voters  say they are satisfied with the way he  is doing his job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Voters approve of Leo Varadkar but want his Government to do a better job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. Almost half o(...)

Leo Varadkar: Budget 2018 gives the Taoiseach a megaphone to use on voters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A hefty 45 per cent say Leo Varadkar has had a positive impact, against just 14 per cent who view his impact negatively. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Statistically, there’s nothing in it. Fine Gael is up a point, to 31 per cent, Fianna Fáil up two, to 29. The main Government party leads the main Opp(...)

Stepaside Garda station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The author of a Garda report into the reopening of six stations has said it was “obvious” Stepaside would be chosen, based on the criteria designed by(...)

The Government has collected just over €35bn  in taxes so far this year, €212m  less than expected. The below-par performance was again down to income tax, which came in 1.4% or €188m below profile. Photograph: Getty Images

Tax receipts for the first nine months of the year are still running behind target, suggesting Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have little s(...)

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says  there should be access to abortion services “for reasons of a risk to the life, health or wellbeing of the woman, socio-economic or family circumstances, pregnancy due to rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormality”.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Government’s human rights watchdog, will on Wednesday call on the Government to introduce a refere(...)

Increasing the threshold would diminish the amount of tax payable on inheritances, many of which are mainly comprised of the family home. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Increases in the threshold for inheritance tax – promised in the programme for Government – have not yet featured in budget negotiations, according to(...)

“Our thoughts in Ireland, and of the Irish in the United States, are with the people of Nevada and the United States at this tragic time.” Photograph: Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has led expressions of sympathy following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. “The appalling massacre of music lovers of dif(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan, former Garda commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tensions rose in An Garda Síochána this week, more so maybe than during many of the so-called big weeks of recent years. Stormy weather has been batte(...)

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