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A dog with puppies at a Co Cavan breeding establishment that featured in a BBC Panorama investigation. Photograph: ISPCA

An industrial-scale puppy farm alleged to be confining hundreds of breeding bitches in tiny cages, like battery chickens, is to be investigated, Minis(...)

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan challenges Walter Walsh of Kilkenny during their Division 1A clash on Sunday. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Obscurity suits Galway While Division 1A of the hurling league settles into the predictable scrap for relegation, there has been precious little talk(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had defamed him when he accused him of thuggery during a Dáil debate on the Jobstown anti-water charges protest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People who claim to have been defamed by TDs in the Dáil could be entitled to redress under plans to be considered this week. Ceann Comhairle Seán O(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said: “There is a world of difference between Irish Water’s plan for charges and their actual implementation. Water charges remain politically completely toxic.” File photograph: Getty Images

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has said the introduction of excess water charges starting from next year could lead to a reintroduction of water charges in(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: ‘We have to keep 80 per cent of all known fossil fuels in the ground if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change.’  File Photograph: Reuters

A move to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland features in a proposed Bill to be put before the Dáil by Solidarity-People Be(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: Sunday was his 225th league and championship game in charge. Photograph: ©INPHO/ Ryan Byrne

Twenty league campaigns is the sort of punishment a man could only choose for himself. If you were a tinpot dictator handing down that sort of chokey (...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy warned that the Government risked opening a “hornet’s nest” if it did not go with a repeal simpliciter question on the Eighth Amendment and “potentially could cause a significant and completely unnecessary delay”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Debate on abortion in the Dáil was cut short for a second night running after it proved impossible to reach a quorum of 20 TDs. Independent TD Mattie(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

  Vincent McGrath,   former MEP Patricia McKenna,  Annette Woolley,  Frank Donaghy and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy at a press conference ahead of the first trial of seven defendants   who were found not guilty    of the false imprisonment of former Labour leader Joan Burton  and her assistant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Jobstown trial involving Solidarity TD Paul Murphy was the most high-profile criminal trial of 2017 in Ireland and was followed by Dáil exchanges (...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

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