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Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings in Dublin on August 31st announcing plans to lift most remaining Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Schools and colleges are reopening for a new term, shops are filled with customers and traffic in some places has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Wit(...)

Stefan Hansen of Private Pier Industries. ‘We have distribution for the brands in 20 countries and recently agreed a 10-year contract to secure stocks,’ he says

Private Pier Industries, the Berlin-based company that owns the Grace O’Malley and Proclamation whiskey brands, is to establish a new €4 million blend(...)

Micheál Martin: ‘There can be no doubt in the public’s mind about how appointments are made by Government in future.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said lessons need to be learned by the Government in the wake of how Katherine Zappone’s appointment was handled by Minis(...)

The documents show  Ms Zappone contacted Mr Coveney  several times seeking updates on the role; Mr Coveney has said she did not lobby for the position.

The Coalition is struggling to contain the fallout from Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN special envoy after it emerged she privately thanked Sim(...)

  Katherine Zappone hosted an event at the Merrion Hotel for about 50 people which was attended by  Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suggestions made by former minister Katherine Zappone on the rationale for the role of special envoy on freedom of expression were incorporated into “(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: His position has been described as ‘fundamentally undermined’ by  People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Documents released by the Department of Foreign Affairs show Katherine Zappone was “given free reign” after lobbying senior Fine Gael politicians over(...)

 Katherine Zappone says  she will not be taking up the role of UN special envoy.  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Summer 2020 Former minister for children Katherine Zappone moves to New York after losing her Dáil seat. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney t(...)

School caretakers are to go on strike for the first time in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

School caretakers are to go on strike for the first time in Ireland, as part of a long-running dispute over a two-tier system of pay and conditions. (...)

The European Commission said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is an international treaty and both sides are legally bound to fulfil their obligations under it. Photograph: Getty

The British government has announced a unilateral, indefinite extension to grace periods that delay the implementation of some checks required by the (...)

‘Announced increases in the Housing First initiative – which targets single people sleeping rough with intensive supports into housing – from 200 tenancies per year to 240, are minuscule.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Agencies working with households at the sharpest end of the now seven-year long housing crisis – the homeless and low-income renters – have broadly we(...)

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