Thomas Pringle

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Labour movement: the Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger says Corbyn and Bernie Sanders succeeded because they toured towns and cities and addressed rallies. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

In the 1930s Éamon de Valera cruelly put down the prospects for a socialist government in Ireland by saying, “Labour must wait.” It has been a long w(...)

Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier has pledged full EU support for Ireland in the negotiations leading to the UK’s withdrawal in an address to the(...)

Thomas Pringle: “The truth of the matter is that the banks are not interested in addressing the needs of communities. They will always be driven by profit margin”

No post office will stay open unless people use it, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. “The Government has made a decision that there should be basic bank(...)

Paul Murphy: a very effective politician. Photograph: The Irish Times

We are making you an unrepeatable offer this morning. We are going to pass on some of the expertise we have gleaned on the water charges. We guarant(...)

Fine Gael Ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Water charges were close to falling off the political agenda 10 days ago. Fine Gael was tweeting its delight at an agreement. Sinn Féin was claiming c(...)

The old charging regime for water will come back into force if the committee’s recommendations are not agreed and sent to the Dáil for a vote. The Government’s nine-month suspension of the water charges lapses this month

The Oireachtas committee on water charges is to hold further votes on Wednesday on a number of key recommendations amid fresh disagreement between mem(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, Independent TD Séamus Healy and Sinn Féin TD Eoin O’Broin are to table amendments to the water committee’s recommendations.

Fine Gael has lost three votes held by the Oireachtas committee on water charges on Tuesday. Members remain deeply divided over the introduction of a (...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)

A prison officer with a working dog at the recreation area in front of Erne House in Maghaberry Prison. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some people have trouble with the pronunciation: it’s Ma-gaberry, Northern Ireland’s high-security prison located on about 150 acres in rural Co Antri(...)

Donegal Independent TD Thomas Pringle will introduce the 35th Amendment of the Constitution Bill on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is to oppose a proposal to insert social, economic and cultural rights into the Constitution in the Dáil on Wednesday evening, although(...)

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