Sean Kyne

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When a taoiseach visits an island like Inis Meáin in a month like September, the sun should be shining and the limestone landscape extending back to t(...)

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said broadband was “as important as water and electricity” in rural Ireland”, and called for the Dáil to be recalled. Photograph: Getty Images

Taxpayers could face a bill of €1 billion to complete the National Broadband Plan, according to industry sources close to the scheme. Initial reports(...)

The Government is likely to transpose a critical EU cybersecurity directive into national legislation within the coming days

The Government is likely to transpose a critical EU cybersecurity directive into national legislation within the coming days, after the European Commi(...)

 Minister of State Seán Kyne at the launch at Buswells Hotel, pictured with Deirdre Mortell , CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has distributed €40 million in unclaimed personal bank accounts and insurance policies to several community projects around the country(...)

Photograph: Jonathan Hordl

As with the housing crisis, so with child safety it seems – let the market take care of it. In response to questions about why the Government’s new (...)

A file image showing Cavachon puppies rescued from a car at Dublin Port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unannounced inspections of dog breeding establishments are among a series of new measures to be introduced to deal with the growing number of puppy fa(...)

The puppy farms “are a profit-making operation churning out puppies all the time”. Photograph: Getty Images

New dog-breeding guidelines to combat Ireland’s reputation as the puppy farm capital of Europe will be published by the by end of June. Minister of S(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loneliness was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It meant sufferers were more likely to suffer dementia, heart disease and (...)

Wind and solar power will be at the heart of an imminent transformation of the Irish energy system where every consumer and community will have an opportunity to benefit, a conference has heard. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Wind and solar power will be at the heart of an imminent transformation of the Irish energy system where every consumer and community will have an opp(...)

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