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Fianna Fáil said it will not accept the Public Services Card being demanded as a mandatory form of identification for access to services

Fianna Fáil will “play its part in finding a solution” to the Public Services Card controversy, but will not accept the card being demanded as a manda(...)

“We are going to consider the report and issue a full response as soon as we can,” Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said on Friday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The State could face costly legal action arising from the public services card (PSC) controversy, with civil society groups saying they are considerin(...)

The Government will not be able to afford across-the-board €5 increases in social welfare payments if there is a no-deal Brexit, Minister of State Finian McGrath has said. Photograph: James Forde

The Government will not be able to afford across-the-board €5 increases in social welfare payments if there is a no-deal Brexit at the end of October,(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet next week outlining the Government’s plans to deal with the ex-gratia scheme for people sexually abused in day schools. Photograph: Joe Boland/PA Wire

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet next week outlining the Government’s plans to deal with the ex-gratia scheme (...)

The Fine Gael intention is to link payments such as the pension to the consumer price index this year. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil has said it will “completely” oppose an attempt by the Government to link welfare increases to inflation, in an early indication of a pote(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty said that without JobPath they would not have 5.3 per cent unemployment which had dropped from 15.7 per cent Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty has accused Independent TD Mattie McGrath of “bullying” which she said she would not tolerate, during s(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea said he could ‘walk away’ from the confidence-and-supply deal if Brexit and other issues damaged faith in Government. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The confidence-and-supply deal keeping the Government in place could end if there is a Brexit deal, senior Fianna Fáil TDs have warned. Limerick TD W(...)

Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher attended a defence Forces  protest outside  Leinster House on Wednesday and where he also met  some Fianna Fail   TDs. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

A Fianna Fáil TD has said he is likely to vote for Sean Gallagher in the presidential election despite Micheál Martin saying his parliamentary party w(...)

Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross and John Halligan called for an increase to the special VAT rate for hotels. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has called for the special VAT rate for hotels to be increased from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent. Minister for Tourism Shane (...)

Under proposals, councils would be given targets of how many houses they should build and the work would then be contracted on to private developers. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil is to insist on the inclusion of a €100 million affordable housing scheme for first-time buyers in this year’s budget. The proposal woul(...)

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