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USI president Michael Kerrigan and his colleagues. Photograph: Paul Corey

Working out of a tiny corner office overlooking Dublin Port, it is hard to believe that the eight staff and 10 full-time officers of the Union of Stud(...)

Eoghan Murphy has been Minister for Housing for two months and is unlikely to last any longer than any of his predecessors.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We are now on our fourth Minister for the environment and/or housing since 2011. That’s an average of 15 months per minister. There are relegation-thr(...)

Denis Naughten: Doesn’t expect the first homes to be connected until at least 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresh doubts have emerged about the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following another apparent shift in the Government’s timeline for de(...)

Broadband network being installed. The National Broadband Plan  to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems and delays. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has signalled a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which was first promised in 2012, by at(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: completed review will be presented to the Oireachtas no later than September 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The list of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s junior ministerial appointments is disappointing on a number of fronts. Far from representing a new political bro(...)

Michael Noonan communicated solidity, reliability and wisdom during his time as finance minister, according to former Labour TD Pat Rabbitte, who served alongside him in government.

Michael Noonan communicated solidity, reliability and wisdom during his time as finance minister, according to former Labour TD Pat Rabbitte, who serv(...)

The idea that getting out of bed early is a badge of moral virtue is hardly new. The Puritans were early risers and Napoleon bragged that he could get(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch in the Irish Architectural Archive. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Being Taoiseach “takes up practically every waking hour of your day” Enda Kenny said last night, reflecting on the nature of his role and the defendin(...)

Steve Fitzpatrick, General secretary of the Communications Workers Union. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a whiff of belligerence around the industrial relations scene these days. Trade unions and companies in myriad sectors from transport to reta(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten (right) with the CEO of Eir Richard Moat in Ardnanure, Co Roscommon. Mr Naughten confirmed an additional 300,000 homes and businesses would have access to high-speed broadband offering 1,000Mb/s within 90 weeks. Photograph: Maxwellphotography.ie

The Government’s broadband scheme will cover half a million homes, equivalent to a quarter of all Irish households, making it one of the largest state(...)

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