Willie O Dea

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Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea: ‘I’d leave the party if I was being whipped into voting for another coalition.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil Limerick TD Willie O’Dea has threatened to quit the party and run as an Independent, rather than support another coalition government anch(...)

The Taoiseach’s remarks at Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary party meeting come after he met with chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has signalled that the rules surrounding the wearing of face masks could be eased. His remarks at Fianna Fáil’s parliamentar(...)

The potential for political trouble is clear, as Minister of State Seán Fleming found out when he had to apologise for  suggesting that people should shop around to help offset the cost of inflation. Photograph: Daniel Leal/ AFP via Getty

On Thursday night, one of the coldest nights of what has been a mild winter, a man in his 60s living alone contacted Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’(...)

Simon Harris: ‘Covid-19 and the increased cost of living is having a major impact on the financial situation of students and their families.’ Photograph: iStock

Additional funding of €1.3 million to assist students in higher education who are struggling with the cost of living has been announced. It comes as (...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: “People are living longer, which is obviously very positive but it does mean there are challenges.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State pension system is “not sustainable” and there is “no getting away from that fact”, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue with ‘Ronnie’ the donkey  at Farmleigh House. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

As Christmas morning approaches the Government has assured children that Santa Claus will not be affected by ongoing Brexit supply chain issues, insur(...)

The Taoiseach has said Ireland is going to see ‘a massive rise’ in Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant which, if left unchecked, poses a ‘very real threat’ to the health system and the economy. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Taoiseach has said Ireland is going to see “a massive rise” in Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant which, if left unchecked, poses a “v(...)

 Some passersby and a large queue are seen  outside a pub in  Limerick on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Press 22

The State will be facing another severe Covid-19 lockdown if crowds of people continue to gather en masse and without social distancing as they did in(...)

Limerick TD Willie O’Dea of Fianna Fáil said the €5 increase in the pension  “isn’t going to compensate people for price rises”.

Government backbenchers have given a cautious welcome to the budget, but are concerned that cost of living pressures are already “out of control” and (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath is understood to have given little away about his plans for Budget 2022 at the meeting.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A move towards universal free childcare, an extra €10 on the State pension and boosts in other welfare payments were among a raft of proposals put for(...)

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