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The Government is set to launch plans to increase the number of Irish people being hired into the European Unions institutions.  Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Irish Government is set to launch plans to increase the number of Irish people being hired into the European Unions institutions amid concerns of (...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “swift conclusion” to final negotiations on the certification so that it will be “up and running” by June. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Getty Images/Bloomberg

The Government has been urged to be ready to adopt EU plans for a Covid-19 travel certificate so the tourism industry can benefit from overseas visito(...)

Helen McEntee  pictured before going on maternity leave. Photograph: Tom Honan

Helen McEntee has become the first serving Cabinet Minister to give birth while in office. Ms McEntee temporarily stepped aside on Tuesday as Ministe(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the vote, but warned that ‘faithful implementation is essential’.  Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK, bringing to a conclusion ye(...)

Greek beach: The fears about civil liberties are perfectly valid, but as we inch towards the end of the longest and most dispiriting lockdown anywhere, they feel decidedly academic.

Is a vaccine passport a fast-track to freedom or a step towards an unequal two-tier Ireland? Do you hear the words and think “at last, a ticket off th(...)

Thomas Byrne, TD for Meath East, was disgusted. It’s bad enough to be compared to Cromwell in Dáil Éireann, but to make such an accusation to “someone born and reared in Drogheda” is particularly “outrageous”, he howled. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Unfortunately the Dáil sat on Wednesday, forcing political observers to drag themselves away from Eat Yer Greens, the political soap opera providing e(...)

Independent TD Michael McNamara  said rights could be restricted on the basis of public health ‘but those restrictions have to be proportionate and necessary’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach and the Government were compared to Oliver Cromwell in a Dáil row over Covid-19 restrictions, closure of churches and claims that Irelan(...)

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(...)

Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister of Justice. File Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Hungary and Poland are being subjected to “political blackmailing” by the EU under the cover of arguments about the rule of law, the Hungarian ministe(...)

The error has been laid at the door of European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and her officials. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AP

Outside observers were left stunned as the EU’s attempt to fix one crisis – the control of Covid-19 vaccines – last week created another, namely an er(...)

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