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Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar at a press conference on Brexit in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government members zipped their lips, sat back and thought of Germany. In the end, when the Taoiseach addressed the nation at 9pm to say a Brexit dra(...)

The question in Leinster House will soon turn to what Varadkar does with the political capital the Brexit deal gives him: push Fianna Fáil to extend the confidence and supply deal or call an election in the new year?

As the top of the Government strove on Wednesday to project an impression of calm and control, a giddiness fizzed below decks in Leinster House. Tao(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is dealing with amendments to last month’s budget at the Oireachtas finance committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The new 1 per cent surcharge on vehicle registration tax for new diesel cars will generate €20 million for the State each year, but will not be should(...)

Simon Coveney said it was “political correctness gone mad” to “pretend that rostering is not an issue and that we shouldn’t be preparing for it and have an honest conversation about it”.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil as the Tánaiste insisted the Taoiseach was attempting to have “an honest conversation” around hospital rosteri(...)

The DUP leader Arlene Foster said Mary Lou McDonald had fundamental questions to answer “following Sinn Féin’s hysterical response to John Downey’s arrest”. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has “fundamental” questions to answer following Sinn Féin’s “hysterical response” to the arrest of John Downey in r(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in advance of delivering Budget 2019 at Government Buildings. “In relation to engagements with my department, I wasn’t lobbied on this in relation to any stakeholder.”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has insisted he was not lobbied by stakeholders to increase interest relief on mortgages for landlords before int(...)

Permanent TSB chief Jeremy Masding: “Our NPLs ratio is really, really dangerous”.

Permanent TSB’s high level of soured loans is “dangerous for Ireland”, the bank’s chief executive, Jeremy Masding, said on Thursday, as he sought to d(...)

Tanaiste Simon Coveney: Denis Naughten had nothing to do with the technical side of broadband plan bidding. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten would like a “fair hearing” in the Dáil to address the issues around meetings with a key bidder for the Nat(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “Our ability to withstand economic shocks needs to be stronger.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer

A raft of measures to address bottlenecks in housing and health were announced by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in the budget, along with fundi(...)

Sinn Féin finance  spokesman Pearse Doherty accused the Government of taking a “hand me down” policy with the rainy-day fund from Fianna Fáil and making it their own. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman has described the Government’s budget as a “poor joke”, a betrayal of the homeless and those who cannot afford rental pr(...)

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