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 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he insists he has not broken the law, and defended his actions by saying he  circulated the contract to encourage NAGP members to agree to it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“What I’m saying is it’s not going to arise,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on the prospect of charges being brought against him on the back of the Garda(...)

Last November, the Department of Health advised older people to take daily vitamin D supplements of 15 micrograms for their bone and muscle health. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has been urged to include recommendations on taking vitamin D supplements in the revised “Living with Covid-19” s(...)

Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins said the State’s messaging on Covid-19 was ‘stale, predictable, ineffective’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Government backbencher has called for Road Safety Authority-style advertising on Covid-19 that will shock people because the current awareness campa(...)

Mia Greally (1) with motherJodi Carroll-Greally enjoying the turning on of Christmas lights in Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government will make a decision on exiting lockdown next week, and that there will be a Dáil debate on the issue(...)

Taoiseach  told the Dáil  on Wednesday that he would like to get back to Level 3 restrictions for December 1st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families should be given clarity over Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas, while the risk of ongoing economic and social damage from lockdowns ne(...)

It takes up to an hour to feel the effect when cannabis is eaten rather than smoked when the effects are almost immediate. File photograph: Getty

Teenagers are eating cannabis-laced chocolate and gummy bears that can trigger hallucinations or psychosis, the Dáil has been told. Fine Gael TD Emer(...)

Richard Bruton, the new chairman of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An urban-versus-rural battle in Fine Gael this week revived memories of the Great Heave of 2010, when country and western Enda Kenny routed the leader(...)

Richard Bruton: pandemic has ‘shown Fine Gael at its best’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Richard Bruton has been unanimously elected as the new chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party. The Dublin Bay North TD stood unopposed at a me(...)

Used metal canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. File photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

A call has been made for a ban on the use by under-18s of the latest drug “craze”– nitrous oxide or laughing gas – in the wake of deaths in Dublin and(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross  called on TDs not to exaggerate the problem of passengers arriving in Ireland unchecked. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said it was likely that “facial coverings will be allowed and encouraged” on public transport and in shops, from(...)

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