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The INMO said there were 483 patients awaiting admission to a hospital bed on trolleys  on Friday, down from nearly 600 on Thursday, and a record  677 on Wednesday

There were more than 2,400 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed at some stage since the start of the new year, nurses have said. While th(...)

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is stepping down but the next Garda scandal won’t be far away.

Few people in political circles, in Government or Opposition, believed that Nóirín O’Sullivan could really ride out the torrent of scandal that has be(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made the cover of the Europe edition of the New York-based magazine, under the headline ‘An island at the centre of the world’.

The United Kingdom should not be punished for quitting the European Union and Ireland will lose “as much as, if not more” than Britain, if that happen(...)

 Denis Naughten: “I’d be quite happy to work with either. It’s irrelevant to me which is elected”

Some Independent Ministers may have been quietly hoping that Fine Gael Minister for Housing Simon Coveney would become Taoiseach, but none have anythi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at a European Union summit in Brussels in 2011 where leaders met to work out a deal to resolve the euro zone debt crisis and find a way to give the bloc’s bailout fund greater firepower. File photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

When Enda Kenny became taoiseach in March 2011 the outlook was bleak. A few months earlier, Ireland had entered an EU-IMF bailout programme necessary (...)

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV

Ireland urgently needs to separate church and State, to protect equally everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. The recent census showed t(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will personally resolve any differences that arise between their two parties if anyt(...)

 Michael Healy-Rae: has come across as one of the most sensible voices during this entire palaver. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

On Wednesday night, as Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin met to discuss government formation, Fine Gael Ministers awaited developments in the Sycamore Roo(...)

With no nomination commanding majority support Enda Kenny – having lost the support of the Dail – will announce his intention to offer his resignation as Taoiseach to the President. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The Dáil has two principal tasks to complete on Thursday. Firstly, it must elect a Ceann Comhairle. Then it will vote on nominations for Taoiseac(...)

  Alan Dukes: In 1989, polls showed him  as the most respected party leader. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the aftermath of the general election, we are being told how the Dáil could work more effectively with the government being obliged to listen to al(...)

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