Ronan Mullen

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Peace walls on Bombay Street in Belfast. File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

A referendum on a united Ireland should be considered when the so-called peace walls dividing republican and loyalist communities in Northern Ireland (...)

‘The proposals will also remove the presumption that the adoptive mother be the primary caregiver and permit families to choose the best option for their family,’ Mr O’Gorman said. Photograph: Collins

Parental leave with social welfare benefit is to increase from two to five weeks and will apply to both parents and to adoptive parents under legislat(...)

 Robert Troy: he says  he “fully believes” numbers at funerals should be increased. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of Ministers of State have said there should be increased flexibility around the number permitted at funerals following criticism of current (...)

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen questioned how it could be acceptable for the HSE to fund agencies in this way without full accountability for the taxpayer and said there was a need for complete transparency. Photograph: Collins

The HSE has been criticised in the Seanad for allocating more than €200,000 this year to a charity which has not yet provided audited accounts for 201(...)

The number of technological universities may grow from two to five by this time next year, according to Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

The number of technological universities may grow from two to five by this time next year, according to Government Ministers. A technological univers(...)

UCC is considering further links with Minzu University in Beijing.

The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights(...)

The Government is to change the system of oversight of all long-term care homes to include religious orders and other residents of congregated settings not previously registered with the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa). Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to change the system of oversight of all long-term care homes to include religious orders and other residents of congregated setting(...)

Minister of State Anne Rabbitte said the vaccine supply chain situation was ‘dynamic’ and an ‘agile plan’ would have to be employed to react to  changes. File photograph: Alan Betson

The target to have every adult resident in the State inoculated against Covid-19 by September is contingent on existing commitments for the delivery o(...)

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said it is an ‘abuse’ of the system that high earners benefit from the exemption.

Career politicians and highly paid sports people writing their memoirs should not get significant tax exemptions aimed at “starving artists in the gar(...)

A high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. File photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty

Ireland should take a lead role in raising the Chinese government’s campaign of “genocide” against the Uighur people when it takes its seat on the UN (...)

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