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Three vials with different vaccines against Covid-19 by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

The Government could be on a collision course with the State’s powerful pharmaceutical industry over support for US backing of a move to lift patent p(...)

Investment fund SFO Capital have bought 135 of 170 houses at the new-build Mullen Park estate in Maynooth in Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government came under increasing fire on Wednesday as Opposition parties seized on reports that entire new-build housing developments were being b(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis visited Dublin for a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Wednesday but it was not clear if the amnesty was discussed. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A row between the Irish and British governments is likely to erupt on Thursday over British plans to give an amnesty to British soldiers accused of cr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Britain’s secretary of state for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis  in Iveagh House, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Irish and British governments are to meet next month at a formal inter-governmental conference for talks on Northern Ireland for the first time si(...)

A meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs was told by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien that the purchase of large swathes of housing schemes by investment funds is “unacceptable”. File photograph: iStock

The Government is “drowning in the shadows of Fine Gael housing policy”, a private meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs has heard – along with call(...)

 Michel Barnier: “Controls to protect the internal market must be implemented somewhere. Either around the island or inside the island,” he writes of his talks with Leo Varadkar in his new diary,  The Grand Illusion,  which will be published in French on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Michel Barnier has warned that peace in Ireland remains at risk to “the slightest spark” amid provocative British actions over the Northern Ireland pr(...)

Ministers were told that Ireland is adequately represented at present and in the past has had disproportionate numbers in senior roles in Brussels. Photograph: iStock

The Government will seek to boost Irish representation in the European Union’s institutions under a new strategy to be announced this week. Minister (...)

Irish Air Corps PC-9 training aircraft fly past the Spire: Any pilot lighter than 63kg faces  serious injury if they have to eject due to the strength of the mechanism. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A minimum weight requirement of nearly 10 stone (63kg) on the ejector seats in planes used to train Irish Air Corps members is to be changed after bei(...)

If you need your passport because of bereavement, illness, medical treatment overseas, adoption or surrogacy, you can request an urgent renewal via the customer service hub. Photograph: iStock

My passport is out of date. Can I get it renewed? The passport service was suspended when the country went into Level 5 lockdown on Christmas Eve. Whi(...)

Members of the Defence Forces at the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

People aged between 35 and 59 are set to begin getting Covid-19 vaccinations in June but it will be July before younger people start to be inoculated,(...)

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