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 Willie Penrose. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

State agencies questioned about continued flooding on the Galway-Limerick railway line have been told to “buck up” and find a solution to it. “You (...)

It is understood John  Deasy TD has informed Fine Gael  he would not be available to run in a snap general election due to health concerns.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael TD John Deasy did not seek re-election at a selection convention for the party in Waterford last night. Mr Deasy’s name did not go forward (...)

Simon Harris: the  Minister for Health is scheduled to meet his party’s Senators ahead of the debate to discuss some of their concerns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Senators have criticised “unworkable” and “politically correct” plans to hide alcohol from display in small shops. Minister for Health Simo(...)

Emily Cahill (4) from Waterford during a protest outside Leinster House over cath lab facilities at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Collins

Campaigners for round-the-clock cardiac services in the southeast have called for an end to “medical apartheid” in a protest outside the Dáil. Severa(...)

John Deacy TD and his brother, Jamie, lead their father’s coffin into  St Mary’s Church in Dungarvan. Photograph: Mary Browne

Fine Gael minister Austin Deasy (80) was recalled at his funeral as a politician who delivered for his constituents in his Waterford constituency for (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney launching his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership with supporters including Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has insisted he will run a positive campaign to become Fine Gael leader but declined to state how much he will spen(...)

 Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney: “I will need to bring forward legislation for the parts of the report that are good and legally sound.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The water charges issue was always going to provide an unstable period for this minority Government. Fianna Fáil had campaigned for their abolition i(...)

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(...)

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad voted on Wednesday to delay a Bill seeking to reduce the voting age in local and European elections to 16. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael co-o(...)

Monitoring  excessive usage? A water meter in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Oireachtas committee on water charges is divided on plans to prosecute householders who waste water. The draft report for committee members propos(...)

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