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Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould said the national lottery has moved to introduce such a ban and some bookmakers are bringing forward optional bans in limited situations.  Photograph: iStock

A blanket ban on the use of credit cards for online and in person gambling is needed to ensure problem gamblers are not spending money they do not hav(...)

Senator Barry Ward is celebrating his engagement to fellow Fine Gaeler Aoife McLoughlin-Ngo.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s a brave Government politician who would organise a big social bash these days, inviting a shedload of Coalition leading lights to an evening of c(...)

Outdoor dining on Dublin’s Drury Street: The Government has invested €17 million to support publicans and restaurateurs in providing outdoor seating facilities as part of the proposed ‘outdoor summer’. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “pragmatic and urgent” Bill to allow the consumption of alcohol in outdoor seating areas of pubs and restaurants has been passed by the Seanad 48 ho(...)

The Seanad has backed the continuing existence of the non-jury Special Criminal Court for another year as well as provisions to tackle organised crime(...)

 Liam Herrick, executive director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, said: ‘The importance of the separation of powers is key here.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new system for appointing judges should involve the government being given shorter lists of ranked candidates, the Irish Council for Civil Liberti(...)

Iftas 2021: Normal People is nominated in a staggering 15 categories

The nominations for the 2021 Iftas – the Irish Film and Television Academy awards – in the film and TV drama categories have been unveiled. David Frey(...)

A prime, publicly-owned site in south Co Dublin could be sold to the Department of Education for use by a school. File photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A prime, publicly owned site in south Co Dublin that had been earmarked for Traveller housing, and was then expected to be developed for other social (...)

Killiney beach was closed to bathers at the weekend because of elevated levels of E.coli found in tests. Photograph: Garet Chaney /Collins Photos

Two of south Co Dublin’s most popular beaches, Killiney beach and the adjoining White Rock cove, were closed until further notice on Saturday due to b(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘It will be some time yet before there is a sufficient level of the entire population fully vaccinated.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State needs to be able to impose emergency public health restrictions into late autumn or early winter, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has s(...)

Commercial gambling operations must be prevented from ‘piggybacking’ on  the National Lottery by allowing bets on the outcome of its draws, the Seanad has heard. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bookmakers and other commercial gambling operations must be prevented from “piggybacking” on and “profiteering” from the National Lottery by allowing (...)

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