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 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

Independent TD Tommy  Broughan said 83,000 licences of banned drivers in the past eight years had not been surrendered. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Gardaí will search for disqualified drivers in specific areas of the country where there may be “acute instances” of banned motorists using invalid li(...)

More than 700 vehicles have been seized since the Clancy Amendment – which allows for the vehicle of an unaccompanied driver to be seized – came into force in December 2018. Photograph: iStock

The Garda computer system has yet to be updated to record the fact that a vehicle has been seized from an unaccompanied learner driver. The Departmen(...)

‘It is striking that only a tiny percentage is recovered – bikes are expensive enough items for individuals and families to pay out on.’ Photograph: iStock

The scale of bicycle thefts in Dublin has been condemned as “unacceptable” as latest official figures show almost 4,000 were reported stolen last year(...)

Minister of State Finian McGrath and Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Mr McGrath apologised for accusing gardaí of carrying out ‘over-the-top’ drink-driving checks because they oppose new road safety laws. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

February saw a more than 20 per cent increase in the number of people caught for drink-driving compared to the same month last year. There were 646 a(...)

There have been repeated calls for a crackdown on ‘puppy farms’ and unscrupulous dog breeding establishments, the Dáil heard on Wednesday. Photographed is Natasha Eames from DSPCA with some Cavachon puppies rescued from a car at Dublin Port in 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Legislation to ban the sale of pups online is being considered by the Government following the introduction of new animal welfare guidelines. Ministe(...)

 Government lost a number of votes on the Bill and the House accepted Opposition amendments to impose financial penalties where aircraft breach stipulated noise levels. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Controversial legislation to deal with noise levels at Dublin airport and minimise noise pollution has been passed in the Dáil by 66 votes to 28. The(...)

Sabrina Joyce Kemper (great grandniece of James Joyce) from Portmarnock protesting outside An Bord Pleanala’s hearing, in the Gresham hotel, on plans for Clonshaugh sewage plant. Photograph: Fran Veale

The location of a “monster sewage plant” and “sludge terminal” in Clonshaugh will freeze the future development of Dublin’s north fringe, Independent (...)

There was plenty of flags and shamrocks to be seen on Irish public transport on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Dominic McGrath

Parents with children in tow stagger onto a waiting train at Donaghmede Dart station. At Heuston, a group of mildly inebriated tourists are trying to (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a no deal Brexit “will cause the economy to slow down very sharply but not to the extent that we go back into recession”. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ireland can afford to borrow to negate the costs of Brexit if necessary, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Leo Varadkar said the Government did not f(...)

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