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Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Children Katherine Zappine and Minister for Children Simon Harris,  and friends at the launch of First 5, a new strategy for babies, young children and their families. Photograph: Maxwells

Parents of new babies will be able to take up to 14 weeks of paid leave to care for their child in its first year by 2021, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Fine Gael was “almost” but “not quite” ready for an election. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his primary interest is not “electoral advantage” but providing national stability, adding he does not intend calling (...)

“I anticipate that the first review outcomes will be notified to pensioners in early 2019,” Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty said. Photograph: iStock

More than 70,000 pensioners will receive letters shortly on a review of their State pension and explaining a new method of calculating entitlement to (...)

The area in Cook Street, Dublin, where Michal Waskiewicz died while sleeping rough. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The death of a homeless man on a Dublin street this week was “tragic” and efforts are underway to provide additional accommodation for people without (...)

The paternity payment will be increased by €5 a week from late March next year. Photograph: Istock

More than 50,000 fathers have taken a two-week paternity leave payment since it was introduced in September 2016. Figures from the Department of Empl(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty on illness benefit delays: “We have not been covered in glory the past few weeks.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has apologised to illness benefit recipients who did not receive their payment this week. She says that(...)

Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection chairman John Curran, described the presentations from representatives of former ESB, RTÉ and Bórd na Móna staff as “eye-opening”.

Thousands of retired semi-State employees are “really struggling” with small pensions and an inability to have their voices heard, an Oireachtas commi(...)

Leinster House: It is understood, although not yet confirmed, that the meeting will be held in the small room usually used by Ministers to host concerned delegations of various hue. It is, after all, neutral territory.

In a small room just off the bridge between Leinster House and Government Buildings, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are today expected to begin the process(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Tuesday asked his front bench to come forward with concerns they have about lack of delivery by the Government in their policy areas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil has reacted angrily to suggestions from Fine Gael that any policies it wants to discuss as part of the review of the confidence-and-supply(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he stressed his offer to guarantee the stability of the Government until the outcome of the talks in Brussels is clear

It would be “reckless” for the Taoiseach to call an election during such uncertainty over Brexit, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Speakin(...)

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