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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shakes hands with Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald as Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar looks on at the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin in February, 2020. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Almost 20 Fianna Fáil TDs have said they would not rule out holding coalition talks with Sinn Féin after the next general election. It comes after Ta(...)

The NTA has spent upwards of €55 million on its flagship BusConnects programme

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has spent upwards of €55 million on its flagship BusConnects programme, new figures reveal. However, there ar(...)

Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. He said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but “we can slo(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Educaiton Simon  Harris told the Dáil that what happened last year was not “just a blitz”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed that the 2,225 extra college places secured last year during the controversy over(...)

A meeting of the parliamentary party heard questions on if the figures of new Covid infections will be low enough to allow for a return to school. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Covid-19 vaccines will make the world “very different” but the State is now facing into the “hardest quarter” of the pandemic, Fianna Fáil TDs have he(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael colleagues  there is a real possibility of vaccinations beginning in the State before the New Year. Photograph: Julien Behal

It is likely to be the second quarter of next year before people start to see the differences from Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart suggested local authorities be given significant budgets for fantastic public lighting displays that people could safely admire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Hope has been missing from much of the Government’s messaging on the Covid-19 pandemic and “people need to be given hope”, the Dáil has been told. Go(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: He appeared in person before the Oireachtas committee after sound quality issues on his virtual link. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland can learn lessons from the success of Kurzarbeit, Germany’s short-time work scheme, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Oireachtas b(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said the number of H1 grades awarded in the Leaving Certificate assessment would have been two or three times higher in some subjects without standardisation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of H1 grades awarded in the Leaving Certificate assessment would have been two or three times higher in some subjects without standardisati(...)

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