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Michael D Higgins and Niall Ring, the Lord Mayor of Dublin: The Office of President does not fall under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 but receives significant public funding. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Fianna Fáil is to consider tabling legislation to extend the Freedom of Information Act to the Office of President. The party spokesman on transport,(...)

 The Irish Hockey team  following their reception at City Hall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Hockey will be awarded a six-figure funding boost as part of an additional €1.5 million being announced for Olympic preparations on Monday. Minister (...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris:  the Government denies he is considering an interim law to assist women who have received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality and to decriminalise those who procure an abortion.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government will not introduce any legislation to implement the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment until court challenges to the res(...)

Margaret Cash with six of her seven children. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said there is clearly urgent need for a review of how State agencies deal with families who present late at night in need of emergency accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has defended its response to the housing crisis as it emerged families seeking emergency accommodation will be placed in commuter towns(...)

Michael Healy Rae. Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has written a book of recollections about his life and growing up in Kerry. Time to Talk: Stories from the heart of(...)

Leo Varadkar, Regina Doherty and Peter Fitzpatrick at the Fine Gael 78th Ard Fheis in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has confirmed he will not seek re-election for the party at the next general election. In a statement on Thursday nigh(...)

Lecturer in law at NUI Galway Tom O’Malley has been asked to assess the legal protection offered to complainants in sexual assault trials.

The Minister for Justice has appointed an independent person to examine all aspects of sexual assault trials. Charlie Flanagan has asked lecturer in (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan set out a new system under which asylum seekers apply to the Department of Justice for work permits. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is more than a year since the Supreme Court deemed the ban on asylum seekers joining the workforce as unconstitutional. Before this, Ireland was o(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Laura Magahy, executive director of the Sláintecare Programme Office. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Government’s has unveiled its 10-year plan to reform the health service but has failed to provide a definitive timeline for the Sláintecare initia(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

Rural drivers could be forced to pay higher levies than urban motorists if the proposed plan to tax the distance travelled by cars is introduced, it w(...)

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