Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Michael McGrath ‘undertook to consider the question of an enhanced package on the basis that it would be set at a level below €300,000 per annum’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath was warned by his officials that the planned €80,000 salary increase for the position of secretary gen(...)

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle: ‘People always ask me when I do Leader’s Questions: what do I think of the responses? And I say I never listen to the responses because they mean nothing.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The next time Thomas Pringle gets his turn at Leaders’ Questions, the best thing Micheál Martin can do is respond with a nice chorus of De Banks, or b(...)

Over 3,000 people have died in the Republic from Covid-19 since the pandemic  began. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A further 54 deaths and 1,335 new Covid-19 cases have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening, with 50 of the (...)

 Irish Road Haulage Association  president Eugene Drennan at Dublin Port. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Lorry drivers have hand-delivered letters to the European Commission and the Department of the Taoiseach complaining that Brexit border controls will (...)

The State faces a hospitals emergency after the Government’s relaxation of coronavirus Christmas restrictions

Nobody thought it would be this bad. Had we known then what we know now. There was huge demand to reopen the country. People had been locked in for No(...)

 Roderic O’Gorman asked the Government to examine the source of a leak of information about the Mother and Baby Homes report. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information. Martin Fraser, the secretary general of th(...)

The furthering of linkages between North and South through culture, environment and tourism can  raise the levels of mutual dependence and assist in the avoidance of conflict. Photograph: iStock

Debate on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is often presented as binary: the options given are the status quo or a Border poll, with th(...)

Elizabeth Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Deptartment of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times/ File

The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days is of grave concern and could not be ignored, the Government has said. At a briefing on W(...)

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

Lorries were backed up for three miles on the A20 outside Dove, after Calais suffered 10-mile tailbacks as well. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

UK supermarkets are this weekend stockpiling food and other goods after being told by ministers that a no-deal Brexit is on the cards, according to th(...)

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