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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has  said he does not envisage offering employers incentives to recruit asylum seekers. File photograph: Eric Luke

Asylum seekers must be in the country for nine months and be without a ‘first instance recommendation’ on their refugee status to be eligible to work,(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Drew Harris at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Mr Harris is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government expects newly appointed Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to bring a number of key advisors with him when he takes up his position later t(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan secured Cabinet approval on Tuesday to lift restrictions on asylum seekers working, including the abolishment of the €1,000 payment for an employment permit. Photograph: Eric Luke

Asylum seekers will be able to seek any form of employment except with An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces or the Civil Service, under new plans to (...)

Drew Harris, who has 34 years’ policing experience, principally in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin has welcomed the appointment of Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner and pledged to hold him to account in his new role. The party has had a t(...)

Micheal Martin: “President Higgins has served the country with great distinction over the course of his first term both at home and around the world.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has confirmed the party will not field a candidate in the presidential election and will support the President Micha(...)

Deputy Chief Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Drew Harris who has been chosen as the next Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Getty

The Government has agreed the appointment of Drew Harris as the next Garda Commissioner at a salary of €250,000. Mr Harris, who is currently the Depu(...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government will on Tuesday agree to introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples register both their names on their baby’s birth certificate. (...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Senator Gerard Craughwell has said it will be “difficult” to identify 20 Oireachtas members to sign his nomination papers to run for President. Mr Cr(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan: he may be in charge of granting work permits

The Government is to lift some of the restrictions facing asylum-seekers seeking work, and allow for greater access to social welfare payments and alt(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín accepts he will  lose the whip by voting against abortion legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said he will vote against legislation to allow for abortion but will not leave the party over the issue. Mr Tóibín advocat(...)

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