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Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the children’s hospital cost overrun comes at the expense of other health and social services which try to control their costs. Photograph: Rollingnews.ie

The departments of health and public expenditure and reform have been given a month by the Government to prepare “an implementation plan” for the PwC (...)

The Knights of the Campanile society was set up in 1926 to host visiting sports clubs, and accepts 50 new inductees each year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Voting to defund the University Times (UT) newspaper in a referendum among Trinity College Dublin students was not a “proportionate or reasonable resp(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe: ‘I do not believe there will ever be a European army.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael former minister for defence has accused the Government of attempting to “join the big boys” on European defence projects in a “creepy craw(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040; the National Planning Framework and the 10 year National Development Plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s national development plan, known Project Ireland 2040, has been described as “reckless” at a time of near full employment and with co(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he had been informed that Insurance Ireland expected to complete a detailed data protection impact assessment by the end of August. Image: Getty Images

The new EU data protection regime will have a “significant impact” on any new plans by the insurance industry to share data between members and with A(...)

A group of TDs and Senators opposed to repeal of the Eighth Amendment gathered in Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Sarah Bardon

A cross-party group of TDs and Senators has joined together calling for a No vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. The event, which took p(...)

Bob Barnes, with family members at the funeral of his wife former TD, Senator and member of the Council of State, Monica Barnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael senator and TD Monica Barnes was described as “open and optimistic’’ by her daughter, Sarah, at her funeral in Killiney, Co Dublin. (...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

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