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Minister for Health James Reilly is preparing legislation to give effect to the X-case ruling of the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Further tension between the Government parties over abortion is in prospect as Minister for Health James Reilly prepares legis(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the new public service broadcasting charge, which will replace the current licence fee, is unlikely to be ready until next year but could end up bringing in more revenue than the present licence fee. Photograph: David Sleator

The new public service broadcasting charge cannot be seen as a panacea for all the difficulties of Irish media, the Minister for Communications(...)

Pat Rabbitte: to get broadcasting report in May. photograph: alan betson

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has given “primary consideration” to a major funding review of public service broadcasting co-ordinated b(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Labour’s problems are compounded by the fact that its own pre-election pledges and promises were made in laboratory conditions and could not be sustained. Photograph: Frank Miller

At times combing through the staff reports of the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund this week, you were reminded of the old can(...)

Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus to the European Parliament election count at Punchestown in June 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

MARK HILLIARD MEP Nessa Childers has said any assertion by the Labour leadership that her resignation from the party was not a tough dec(...)

“While Fianna Fáil were the culprits in office, Fine Gael and Labour were complicit in the policies that caused the crisis.” Clockwise from left: Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore, Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin at the interdenominational service of prayer for the assembly of the 31st Dáil in St Ann’s Church in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Four and a half years ago there was a prospect our political culture was about to change utterly. The culture that recklessly drove the country(...)

Labour Ministers Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte.

Who wrote this in February 2011, just after the general election: “The government will become deeply unpopular because promises of real change have(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny embraces Kathleen McEntee and congratulates her daughter, Helen McEntee, on being elected as a TD, taking her father’s seat in the Meath East byelection, at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Fine Gael candidate Helen McEntee’s victory in the Meath East byelection as a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee  on her victory in the Meath East byelection, as her mother Katlhleen (centre) watches at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not too often in the Irish electoral context that you can say it was a good day for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But the winners of th(...)

Labour Candidate Eoin Holmes exits  the Meath East byelection count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson

This was always going to be a difficult journey for the McEntees. For them, it was the strangest of days – suffused with the happiest of(...)

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