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Brendan Howlin speaks during the Labour Party annual conference at the weekend. The mood at the event was buoyed by the resounding victory of its former party chairman, Michael D Higgins, in the presidential election.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The mood at the Labour Party conference over the weekend was buoyed by the resounding victory of its former party chairman, Michael D Higgins, in the (...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: may not have to vastly improve party’s  Dáil standing to acquire again the position of post-election powerbroker.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Brendan Howlin’s request to Labour supporters to continue their preferences to others on the centre left in coming elections serves two purposes. In (...)

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Audited accounts for the main political parties, published by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) on Tuesday, show that public funding n(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said Ireland’s relationship with alcohol was not good. “It damages our health, harms families and harms society.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Almost three years after it was first introduced in the Seanad controversial legislation to combat problem drinking has been passed by the Dáil. Appl(...)

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill includes measures on segregating alcohol sales in shops and placing health warnings on labels. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has assured the Dáil that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be dealt with this week, if it is possible. TDs were informed (...)

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan warned overcrowding will remain an issue if recommendations are not followed. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic

The number of patients on hospital trolleys could exceed 1,000 at times this winter, a doctors’ conference has heard. Speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

 Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan  said there would be “very little wiggle room” in the imminent budget because of the scale of threat facing Ireland due to Brexit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Brexit has been described as a frightening and cataclysmic meteor hurtling towards Ireland by Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the (...)

Social Democrats TD for Dublin North West Róisín Shortall speaks to the media during the party’s think-in on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

For many people in Ireland the prospect of owning a home is “becoming a pipe dream”, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall has said. The party (...)

The number of patients waiting for a bed in hospitals in August is “genuinely startling,” general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ní Sheaghdha has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of patients waiting for a bed in hospitals in August is “genuinely startling,” general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisat(...)

Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats TD and a key author of the Sláintecare reforms, maintains  abolishing cross-subsidisation of private practice in public hospitals would offset the loss of the €600 million in income currently generated from fee-paying patients. Photograph: Eric Luke

Within the next few months, the Government will have to decide on whether to press ahead with proposals which would fundamentally change the shape of (...)

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