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  Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail turns  on the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. He was joined  by Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Denis O’Donovan, party leaders and other members of the Oireachtas with music and song provided by the Oireachtas choir and the Cavan Rugby Club male voice choir. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been a torrid few weeks for the Taoiseach. Doubtless, he will enjoy Christmas in the bosom of the Varadkars and take a short break from the ince(...)

Social Democrat TD Róisín Shortall says the real issue is a “dysfunctional” Garda Síochána, a problem at “the heart of democracy”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Most of the country may breathe a sigh of relief when, on Tuesday, the danger of a Christmas general election is averted, but there are those who seem(...)

Róisín Shortall said it was essential that a GP can refer a young person on to psychological services and counselling services at an early stage rather than referring the person to a waiting list.

The Government is being urged to accelerate the recruitment of additional community child psychologists with figures showing 2,500 young people are wa(...)

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall: “I have to question the Government’s sincerity and commitment to this.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Health has been accused of trying to “capture” and control any attempt by Government to implement radical proposals drawn up by an a(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said the EU taskforce would negotiate in a way that was consistent but fair and which showed some understanding of British difficulties.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government departments are preparing for the fallout from the UK failing to negotiate a withdrawal from the EU, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Cov(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would talk to small retailers to discuss and explain how provisions for minimising the visibility of alcohol in smaller shops would work.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has conceded that the controversial legislation to reduce national alcohol intake may not now be enacted until next year. Mr V(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting Apple chief Tim Cook in San Francisco last week. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch.

Closing tax loopholes is “constantly a game of cat and mouse,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He added that very smart tax lawyers were going throug(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris who got Cabinet agreement on Friday for the establishment of an independent group to advance the Sláintecare plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Sláintecare plan is the third radical blueprint for overhauling the country’s health service in roughly a decade. In Mary Harney’s period as mini(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said any proposal to remove property rights involved taking things away from people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has no plans to change the Constitution to amend the provisions protecting property rights, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. (...)

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