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The referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which places the life of the unborn on an equal footing to that of the mother, will be held in isolation next May or June. Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar said this was a particularly sensitive issue that should be a “standalone” referendum. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Government has agreed to hold seven referendums over the next two years but has been criticised for failing to propose votes on enshrining water s(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar photographed at Government Buildings, Dublin, September 17th, 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach is quoting Joe Biden, the much-loved US vice-president who visited recently. “He used to say, ‘Don’t compare me to the Almighty - compa(...)

The Social Democrats called for a clear-out at the top of An Garda Síochána. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The departure of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was broadly welcomed by Opposition politicians who said it presented an opportunity for more rea(...)

A respected international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units, one of which is due to open in Dublin(...)

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. Fiann(...)

Balnagowan House in Glasnevin is listed on Dublin city’s Record of Protected Structures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concern is growing for the future of one of Ireland’s first Art Deco houses, following a large fire which destroyed buildings on its grounds this week(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien pointed to the reform of cancer care in the 2000s. “A lot of unpopular and hard decisions were made at that time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The health service is still dogged by a lack of political support for difficult decisions about services in smaller hospitals, HSE chief Tony O’Brien (...)

Broadcaster Stephen Fry was at the centre of row over the State’s blasphemy laws. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Legislation has been introduced in the Dáil to allow a referendum to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution. Social Democrats TD Róisí(...)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: The former minister of state said  she believed the drinks industry was attempting to unpick the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill “bit by bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Intensive drinks industry lobbying has been successful in delaying public health on alcohol, according to former minister of state for health Marcella(...)

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall told the Dáil “attempts to reform our dysfunctional system have been stymied by those who care little about equity and who put private interests ahead of the public interest”. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The Irish health service is very much dominated by vested interests, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. “Going back as far as the Mother a(...)

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