Fiona Ryan and Jonathan  Mathis  feature in an advertising  campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Hate legislation is in preparation in Ireland but it is a difficult issue to get right because the Government does not want to do anything to “stifle (...)

Eighty-three per cent of participants, which include groups such as community centres, scouting clubs and tidy towns organisations, reported that their insurance premiums increased over the past three years. File photograph: Getty

Almost half of community and volunteer groups say they are facing closure and have had to reduce the number of activities they are involved in as a re(...)

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A consumer watchdog is to carry out an investigation into the public liability insurance market as businesses raise concerns about rising costs. The (...)

Seán Canney: Under “expenditure on policy formulation”, Mr Canney listed different restaurants such as Bang (€140), the Sussex (€208), Matt the Thresher (€332), The Ivy (€92), La Cave (€86) and Fire (€122). Photograph: Alan Betson

A Minister of State submitted receipts from leading restaurants near Leinster House as part of “expenditure on policy formulation” permitted under Sta(...)

The original budget for the work to the 273-year-old Leinster House was €8 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

The cost of repair and refurbishment works to Leinster House will come in at €17 million, significantly above initial estimates for the work, the Publ(...)

Parliament’s private gym on Kildare Street is currently open for 27.5 hours per week during “sitting weeks” for the Dáil and Seanad, and for 18.5 hours per week during “non-sitting weeks”

The Oireachtas is offering €40,000 a year for a fitness instructor to put TDs and Senators through their paces in the parliament’s private gym on Kild(...)

Angela  Kerins’s case will now return to a three-judge High Court where any decision on whether or not she is entitled to damages will be made at a later hearing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee acted unlawfully as a whole in its treatment of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins when she appeared before two hearing(...)

Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan has previously said he would  release the report  if he was offered protection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas may be asked to vote to give a committee powers to compel Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan to release an undisclosed repor(...)

Ireland will have to be turned ‘entirely on its head’ over the next decade to tackle climate change, the secretary general at the Department for Communications, Climate Action, and the Environment has said.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters.

Ireland will have to be turned “entirely on its head” over the next decade to tackle climate change, the secretary general at the Department for Commu(...)

The call for divisional armed support units comes as gang feuding has spread beyond Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rank-and-file gardaí want 24-hour armed units set up in all 28 Garda divisions to deal with armed crime and are also seeking a full-time Public Order (...)

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