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The new rules oblige pubs and restaurants to keep a record of what substantial meals customers have ordered for 28 days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Restaurants and pubs serving food have expressed concern about new regulations that will oblige them to keep a record of what substantial meals custom(...)

Local authorities lack the resources to police the smoky coal ban effectively, says Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith. Photograph: iStock

To the naked eye, the two lumps of coal are indistinguishable. However, when subjected to laboratory analysis, significant differences emerge, despite(...)

In Ireland, 380,000 people have asthma and 890,000 people will suffer from the condition at some stage of their lives. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Thirty years ago, Ireland was a different country environmentally. The annual winter shrouding of Dublin with thick smog – grimly accepted by most a(...)

EY report found ‘no significant change in those planning to keep cutting or to stay frugal’. Photograph: iStock

When it is eventually broadcast, RTÉ’s Reeling in the Years for 2020 will be as terrifying as it is depressing, and so long that it will most likely h(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: As one Fianna Fáil source says, ‘He’s able to talk the talk – but walking the walk is entirely different.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When comparing Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to his predecessor, Simon Harris, his defenders say one key point must be acknowledged: it is easi(...)

Phil Hogan at Leinster House in 2011 for coalition talks between Fine Gael and Labour. ‘He was one of the few Irish politicians who have translated their undoubted abilities on the local and national stage to success on the European milieu.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Although the recent local election results provided the party with little to shout about,” stated a Young Fine Gael newsletter in 1986, “in Phil Hoga(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has instructed the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates to replace former commissioner Phil Hogan. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/EPA

In all the commentary on the Oireachtas Golf Society (OGS) – or as I prefer to think of it, the Oh For God’s Sake (OFGS) dinner – it’s surprising that(...)

The Station House Hotel in Clifden, Co Galway, where The Oireachtas Golf Society event was held. You can detest everything about the affair, but you can’t say that the miscreants did not pay a price. Photograph: Hany Marzouk/PA Wire

Three windows on Irish politics have been opened by the extraordinary events of the last 10 days: First there was a window on the past. The Oireachtas(...)

The Cabinet decided on Friday that ‘wet’ pubs – ones which do not serve meals – will not be permitted to open next week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there is no guarantee pubs will reopen this year as industry groups strongly criticised the Government’s new €16 millio(...)

  PJ Sheehan

Born: March 17th, 1933 Died: August 10th, 2020 Paddy (PJ) Sheehan, a former Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, was a formidable political figure whose(...)

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