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About 4,000 homes still rely on dial-up internet, a throwback to the 1990s. A key priority for the State’s National Broadband Plan must be to avoid the instant obsolescence seen in previous digital initiatives. The NBP’s predecessor, begun in 2009, delivered a basic download speed of 1.2 megabits per second (mbps) to 250,000 homes, and was obsolete even before its completion

What does a small business owner in Co Tipperary have in common with a goat herder in northern Ethiopia? They both need a satellite to receive email:(...)

Joan Burton announces her departure as Labour leader. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The familiar red jacket had been decommissioned. In its place, a different statement piece. The colour was resignation black and Joan Burton was st(...)

“The choice facing the party now is the identity of the new leader.” Brendan Howlin, Seán Sherlock and Alan Kelly at a Labour Party press conference yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Joan Burton’s departure as Labour Party leader came as no surprise. The only surprising thing was that it took so long for it to happen following a di(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan at Trinity College yesterday for discussions with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shortly after 3.30pm yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a perfunctory statement. “The department can confirm,” it read, “that the conseque(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

Derek Nolan: The Labour Party candidate seen here at the Galway West count has few regrets, he says.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Early on Saturday morning it was clear that my Dáil career was over. I had known for years that the fight would be difficult but it became apparent in(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

This is heart attack territory for broadcasters. Hours of reporting on nothing much. Hours of it.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Count day. Early morning. TV3’s Alan Cantwell: “We’re going to the Taoiseach’s constituency now... Morning Fergal. Any of the party hacks able to tell(...)

Newly elected TD for Dublin South-West Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The irish times

Independent Katherine Zappone was “unreservedly jubilant” after she was confirmed as elected in the Dublin South-West constituency on Monday night. T(...)

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