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Changes to the State’s enhanced pandemic social welfare payments are to be considered this week, Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Changes to the State’s enhanced pandemic social welfare payments are to be considered this week, Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said. Speaki(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: likely to secure cabinet posts with responsibility for climate change, and a new, enlarged department responsible for housing, local government, transport and planning. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Green Party has said it has no discussions, either within the party or with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil, on the appointment of the next attorney gene(...)

 Katherine Zappone: Many TDs thanked her for her work during her term of office

“Aah, sod this for a game of soldiers. The sun is shining and there’s a cold drink waitin’ with my name on it. I’m outta here!” And with a devil-may-(...)

Brittany Ferries have been criticised for stopping providing hot meals to drivers on the Rosslare-Bilbao route. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Independent TD Verona Murphy has called on Brittany Ferries to reverse a decision to stop serving hot meals to hauliers bringing vital supplies to Ire(...)

Michael Lowry: “If anyone steps into government, they are stepping in knowing difficult decisions will have to be made.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Regional Independent Group comprising nine non-aligned TDs has emerged as the most likely target for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as partners in coal(...)

 Seanad candidate Ruth Coppinger: the former  Solidarity TD took Senator Michael McDowell to task over his praise of ‘billionaire misogynist’ Mike Bloomberg. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Let us not forget that there are more important things going on than the formation of a new government, the search for a saviour for the Labour Party (...)

Knees up: Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson gets a friendly knee from Labour’s Alan Kelly  on the Plinth on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the middle of a national health crisis no less, a senior politician currently contesting his party’s leadership was clearly observed doing the Huck(...)

 Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil, with Thomas Byrne TD speaking to the media at Leinster House after the Fine Gael meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar that he is “willing to engage” in government formation talks. The two held p(...)

Members of the Healy-Rae family perform outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Outside Leinster House it was like the prelude to a boyband concert. A high-spirited crowd, dressed to the nines and giddy with excitement, held homem(...)

Verona Murphy. Photograph: Fran Veale

When Verona Murphy was elected to the Dáil in February 2020, she became only the second-ever female TD to represent Wexford. She has had a circuitous(...)

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