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Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the appeal by the State and Apple against the European Commission’s ruling that the tech giant owed €13 billion (...)

 Former minister for agriculture  Barry Cowen: The Taoiseach had asked Mr Cowen to resign but the Offaly TD had refused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen has been sacked by the Taoiseach after refusing to make a second public statement about a drink driving ban impos(...)

National Parents’ Council Post Primary says parents will be required to “step outside comfort zones”. Photograph: iStock

An overwhelming majority of parents want their children fully back to school in the autumn, the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee has been told. A survey of (...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘We need to ensure the HSE has the capacity to deal with future demand and an ageing population.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The multi-million euro package of temporary assistance payments to support nursing homes will continue for another three months, Minister for Health S(...)

 Travellers’ rights activist and now Senator Eileen Flynn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Newly appointed Traveller rights activist Senator Eileen Flynn has said she wants to be the person to “break down barriers for Traveller people and fo(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was endorsed as Taoiseach by the Dáil by 93 votes to 63, with three abstentions, having secured the support of nine (...)

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn is one of Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s 11 appointments to the Seanad.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn is one of Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s 11 appointments to the Seanad – the only non-party figure among the nomina(...)

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 Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has been told it is ‘inevitable’ that Ireland will experience a resurgence in coronavirus cases as restrictions are relaxed. File photograph: The Irish Times

One additional death from Covid-19 and 11 new confirmed cases of the disease were reported by Department of Health on Thursday. This brings the deat(...)

Daniel Kinahan has helped broker a title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. File photograph: Collins

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been in contact with authorities in the United Arab Emirates about organised crime boss Daniel Kinahan’s involve(...)

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