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 Leo Varadkar: The UK leaves the EU on January 1st and “in leaving the EU it takes its waters with it”. Photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he was correct in his prediction that the Irish Protocol agreed in Brexit talks was “bullet proof”. He welcom(...)

Rosslare Europort. File photograph: Simon Carswell

A major European shipping line has decided to open new operations in Ireland out of concern that the UK landbridge route will be “non-viable” for expo(...)

Grafton Street on the first day of  Level-5 restrictions: Robert Watt told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee  the new restrictions would cost about €150 million per week.  Photograph:  Damien Eagers/PA

The new heightened Covid-19 restrictions will cost the State about €1 billion over the next six weeks, the secretary general of the Department of Publ(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: people need to understand the public health message

A “total systems failure” in the development of a contact tracing system for Covid-19 cases is the reason the Border counties have had restrictions ra(...)

Peadar Tóibín: “What we got is a few bob here and there for rural schemes, rural schemes that amount to nothing more than social welfare for rural Ireland, enough to survive but never enough for a vibrant regional balance.” File photograph: Collins

A “circuit breaker” is needed to deal with Ireland’s lopsided regional development but rural Ireland only got “a few bob here and there” in the budget(...)

Lorries queue on the A20 near Dover in Kent after a police operation in the port resulted in traffic congestion on nearby roads and the deployment of Operation Stack which uses part of the M20 to marshal goods vehicles travelling towards the Channel. Photograph: Aaron Chown PA Wire

The UK could renege on commitments to allow Ireland access to the EU via the “land-bridge” and put more than €18 billion in trade at risk, the Dáil ha(...)

Barry Cowen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It had to be the sad news last Saturday of Jackie Charlton’s death and fond thoughts of those gloriously madcap World Cup summers in the 1990s which h(...)

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-(...)

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