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Google’s  European headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin. The Competition Authority is examining allegations that some subcontractors colluded over time on the prices submitted for large-scale commercial tenders, including six-figure and multimillion-euro contracts. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Competition Authority has raided the offices of four of the biggest industrial flooring contractors in the State, as part of an investigation into(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s spokesman had no comment on the actions of the four TDs, which came as the legislation passed its first Dáil reading by a margin of 138 to 24. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has removed four rebel TDs from the party after they defied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to vote against the abortion legislation. Steps were also u(...)

Eamon Ó Cuív said the suicide provision would allow for the first time in Irish law the intentional killing of the unborn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs indicated they opposed the Bill. Eamon Ó Cuív (Galway West) said the suicide provision would allow for the first time in (...)

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: somewhat compromised and a little wounded politically. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

When a prominent politician is caught up in a controversy surrounding personal standards or behaviour, at a certain juncture it becomes obvious the(...)

Brendan Smith: Miffed at Enda’s cheesey red

Happy Birthdays to you. Happy Birthdays to you. Happy Birthdays Enda ‘n Eamon, happy birthdays to youse! You have to hand it(...)

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