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Leo Varadkar said that sometimes decisions were taken ‘often from the heart rather than the head’. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that the decision to offer free smear tests to reassure women in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy was don(...)

Mary Lou McDonald on the screen during the Sinn Féin special ardfheis held in the RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For some members, it was as simple as a change in colour. Purple was just too much. After the presidential election, a low point of Mary Lou McDonald(...)

Burned-out vans and cars at the scene of the Strokestown eviction late last year. Photograp: Brian Farrell

Potential new entrants into the State’s mortgage market are likely to “think twice” in the current political climate, as they face increased risks whe(...)

Sugar sweetened drinks tax was introduced in Budget 2018 as part of an effort to curb consumer preferences for drinks with heavy sugar content Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The government pulled in just €16.5 million in revenue from a tax on sugary drinks that was projected to net €30 million in extra revenue for the Stat(...)

The Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, most recently came to public attention after breaking windows in his courtroom in December to clear what he described as a ‘fug’ there.  Photograph: Collins

The decision by the President of the High Court to remove mortgage debt cases from the Master of the High Court has been described in the Dáil as “dee(...)

The draft No Consent, No Sale Bill 2019, was unveiled by Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty in the Dáil last week. FIle photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Central Bank of Ireland has warned the Department of Finance that a proposed new Bill from Sinn Féin that would prevent a bank from selling a mor(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “This is about full transparency and it is about correcting a mistake that shouldn’t have happened.” File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted the Government is not hiding problems in the cervical cancer screening programme controversy. He said details abo(...)

The Irish Border between Dundalk, Co Louth and Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexiteers are “not right” when they claim there will be no dramatic change in Irish cross-Border trade if the UK crashes out of the EU, Revenue Commi(...)

Nama  was established in  2009 to take toxic property loans off the balance sheets of domestic banks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A number of legal cases and a small residual portfolio of property loans are likely to remain unresolved when State agency Nama winds down its operati(...)

An outbreak of meningitis with up to 20 cases including meningitis B, have been reported to the HSE and there have been some deaths.

The Department of Health is still waiting for the results of a review of meningitis vaccinations from the national immunisation advisory committee, se(...)

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