Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD speaking to the media outside Meath Primary Care Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos Dublin.

There will be no “large reopening of society” at the start of March, the Taoiseach has said. Speaking in Dublin on Friday, Micheál Martin said that (...)

Tuam mother and baby home survivor Carmel Larkin and historian Catherine Corless. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Down a puddle-filled alleyway, tucked behind a children’s playground in Tuam, a small enclosed patch of grass covers the remains of infants who died i(...)

Most Ministers privately believe Cabinet will decide to delay the reopening of schools. Photograph: iStock

The Government is considering proposals to close schools until the end of January due to rising Covid-19 levels. The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-(...)

Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 80 per cent of child protection referrals made to Tusla in 2018 and last year were deemed “not necessary for urgent action”, despite some 40(...)

Roderic O’Gorman: ‘I deeply regret my failure to communicate which caused anxiety’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has apologised for his failure “to properly communicate” what the Government is going to do with the repor(...)

President Michael D Higgins presents the new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of the new ministerial positions have been allocated to women, an analysis of the State’s new Cabinet shows. There (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who succeeds Leo Varadkar, now faces the challenge of his political life. Photograph: Maxwells

There are some surprise promotions and a number of unexpected omissions in the new Government but the overall impression is of a potentially vigorous (...)

Emer Currie speaks to Vincent Hegarty on the canvass in Lambourn Park estate in Clonsilla, Dublin West. Photograph: Fiach Kelly

Taoisigh and ministers are expected to bring in a running mate, but those close to Leo Varadkar have previously claimed his Dublin West constituency i(...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

Green agenda: At the Green Party manifesto launch in Dublin were (from left): party chairman Roderick O Gorman, leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harry McGee Political Correspondent The Green Party has claimed that climate change will not form part of the national debate without its presence o(...)

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