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Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for councillors will be implemented within the Coalition’s first year in office.  File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Fine Gael Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for the State’s 947 councillors will(...)

A senior member of the ESRI has defended statements on the possible impact of a new housing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

A senior member of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) defended statements on the possible impact of a new scheme to the Oireachtas hous(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley has been in discussions with education stakeholders. File   photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Education Norma Foley hopes students will receive clarity “in the coming days” on plans for the Leaving Cert exam, but it is dependent on(...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan: said he understood senators’ ‘frustration and impatience’ at delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s decision to delay debate on Seanad reform for another year is not an exercise in “kicking the can down the road”, Minister of State M(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O Gorman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said he intends to bring a Memo to Cabinet this month, to introduce legislation for the reburial of remains(...)

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan steered the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill through the Dáil and Seanad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The first piece of legislation in the new Government’s arsenal to de-carbonise the economy has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad. The legislation es(...)

Former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Ian Marshall, was elected a senator in a 2018 byelection. File photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Former senator Ian Marshall has expressed his disappointment that he learned that he was not being nominated to the Seanad for a second term via socia(...)

Nine of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees are women. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The inclusion of nine women among the Taoiseach’s eleven nominees to the Seanad has been welcomed by women’s groups though the absence of a person of (...)

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(...)

The arrival of coronavirus to these shores prompted a swift pivot away from the traditional face-to-face style of teaching most students were familiar(...)

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