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The main parties don’t have a very high opinion of our aspirations. They think we’re lying when we claim to want a better society. How do we know this? Just follow the money. File photograph: Alan Betson

As we head into a general election we might ask ourselves three questions. What do we want? What do our political leaders think we want? And are the a(...)

A CGI view of the redeveloped Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged an extra €10 million to Connacht Rugby to build a new stadium over and above the limits of a grant scheme from Mini(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media ahead of  Fine Gael’s parliamentary party meeting in Dublin. Photograph: McCurry/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is planning to reconvene the Dáil next Wednesday as he indicated it was still his personal preference to hold an el(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary said the legislation needed the backing of a senior Government Minister.

Legislation to provide improved public services through Irish has been described as “like the emperor’s new clothes”. Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara (...)

Minister for State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne: people have the right to ‘simple things’ such as the síneadh fada in a person’s name and their address spelled correctly. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

A fifth of new recruits to the civil service should be able to speak Irish competently, according to proposed new legislation to improve the delivery (...)

Christmas cheer:  Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald, Róisín Shortall and Shane Ross at the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights switching-on ceremony at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The numbers alternated slightly on the board that hangs in Seán Kyne’s office, but the Government Chief Whip’s calculations always pointed to a Govern(...)

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his  attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On May 19, 2018, the Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy announced he would be standing down from the Dáil before the next general election. Taoiseach (...)

Michael Ring: claimed to  his colleagues that Shane Ross is disliked in rural Ireland

A Fine Gael Minister told his colleagues that Shane Ross is disliked in rural Ireland, and an Independent Minister accused Fine Gael of trying to stab(...)

Soaking up the atmosphere: Mick Wallace in Brussels

Honest to God, isn’t it always the way? The one time you really need the Government jet for a very important engagement, the flippin’ thing starts ac(...)

The aftermath of an arson attack on Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny’s car recently. Photograph: supplied by Brian Farrell

The Government has been urged by Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny not to give in to “bullies” in the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers as he cite(...)

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