Darby O’Gill and the Little People: Albert Sharpe and Jimmy O’Dea in Walt Disney’s 1959 film

Visitors to Ireland might think they are on the film set of Darby O’Gill and the Little People with the requirement for pubs to serve a “substantial m(...)

Lorraine Dempsey, chair of Inclusion Ireland,  told the committee that parents had been left confused by the changing message the Department of Education was giving about the summer school programme for children with special needs. Photograph:   Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

The lack of access to schools and therapists for children with special needs during the pandemic has been “catastrophic”, the Covid-19 committee has b(...)

The Dáil was told on Wednesday that the view of the gardaí was that there remains ‘a real and persistent threat from republican paramilitary groups on this island’. Photograph: PA

For the first time since Sinn Féin entered the Dáil in 1997, the party has abstained in a vote on the renewal of controversial Offences Against the St(...)

Sources said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar referenced a number of arrangements Independent TDs had with previous governments. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has offered Independent TDs a deal similar to that given to former Kerry Independent Jackie Healy-Rae to support a coalition be(...)

Aeroplanes grounded at Dublin airport during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

A third of people coming into the country are not answering the phone to officials checking if they are self-isolating. The Oireachtas Covid-19 commi(...)

University of Limerick. Image: Google Street View

University of Limerick’s governing body has recommended that its students living in campus accommodation should be refunded because of the Covid-19 pa(...)

Chairman of the Dáil Covid-19 committee Michael McNamara said ‘we’ve now reached a stage on our roadmap where we can have a McDonald’s, but we can’t have a cancer screening’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A call has been made for the Government to reconsider its priorities as comparisons were made in the Dáil between the public’s access to fast food but(...)

The National Public Health Emergency Team’s scheduled meeting for Tuesday had to be cancelled because of the committee hearing. File photograph: The Irish Times

TDs’ first attempt to scrutinise Ireland’s response to Covid-19 by questioning the main officials involved was a rushed, uneven affair, even given the(...)

 Labour  leader Alan Kelly at Leinster House on Thursday. ‘With each Dáil sitting and more unanswered questions, the colour-coded  Kelly alert level has been climbing.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Everybody stand back – Kelly’s gonna blow! The Labour leader had been rumbling on the floor of the Dáil for nearly a month. Every week, getting more (...)

The 19-member Dáil Covid-19 committee met for the first time on Tuesday and elected Independent Clare TD Michael McNamara as chairman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The establishment of the Dáil Covid-19 committee is an important development in democratic accountability given the political vacuum that has left the(...)

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