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Senator Malcolm Byrne said there was a ‘serious shortage’ of staff in the Data Protection Commissioner’s office. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The biggest risk to Ireland’s reputation over the next decade will be a failure to properly resource the Data Protection Commission (DPC), the Seanad (...)

Sam Kendrick was presented with a medal by Dutch ambassador Adriaan Palm on the roof of Enniscorthy Castle on Friday. Photograph: John Walsh

The Dutch ambassador to Ireland has honoured one of the last Irish survivors of the Battle of Arnhem 76 years ago for his part in the Liberation of t(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

James Browne (centre): As Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on mental health, he particularly focused on waiting lists for the children and adolescents’ mental health service.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

With a strong Fianna Fáil presence in the south east, James Browne (44) was always expected to retain his seat. Browne’s family has had a long-lastin(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks during an RTÉ leaders’ debate on January 27th, 2020. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP/Getty Images

Question: Have Fine Gael-led governments since 2011 cut Garda station numbers and cut recruitment into the force? Who is making the claim? During M(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and junior minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at the Magazine Fort in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin “Boxer” Moran has said he will run as an Independent candidate in the imminent general el(...)

A Vision for Change is a mental health policy document which was published in 2006 and includes a number of recommendations for change within mental health services.  Photograph: iStock

Over 2,400 additional staff are needed in mental health services to meet the level of care recommended in a policy document 13 years ago, according to(...)

A partial smoky coal ban will make no difference on the ground as people in a restricted area can buy smoky coal elsewhere and bring it home,the CEO of a smokeless coal manufacturer has said.

A partial smoky coal ban will make no difference on the ground as people in a restricted area can buy smoky coal elsewhere and bring it home,the CEO o(...)

A view of an  unused unit at the existing Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Construction of the new Central Mental Hospital is expected to be completed “on budget and on time” in the next few weeks, the Dáil has heard. Minist(...)

Fianna Fáil general election candidate Lisa McDonald: ‘not happy’ at party moves.

A Fianna Fáil general election candidate has accused her party of “sexism” and says its Dáil team resembles an “out of shape” male soccer team. Wexfo(...)

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