John Lahart

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Antoinette Keegan (right) who survived the Stardust fire, and her mother Christine (left). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The families of the Stardust disaster need an inquiry to bring closure and justice, according to a survivor of the fire. Forty-eight people died in a(...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman for Dublin John Lahart said the BIll provided for a plebiscite of Dublin voters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The possibility of a directly elected mayor for Dublin is back on the agenda following confirmation in the Dáil that the Government will allow a Fiann(...)

Buyers of homes up to €600,000 would also be entitled to the proposed income tax rebate, although it would be capped at €20,000. It will only apply to new homes and self-builds. File photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have raised concern over the party’s stance on the first time buyers’ scheme. The party has proposed the cap for the Gove(...)

The Dáil last week debated the drastically deteriorating situation in Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

Unlike some of the phoney battles that have been fought over the Budget, an unexpected row that broke out in the Dáil last week gave far more insight (...)

Minister Simon Coveney: said the €600,000 figure was included to ensure that first-time buyers in Dublin, where house prices are higher, can avail of the scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A group of Dublin Fianna Fáil TDs have questioned the party’s push to have the cap for the Government’s “help to buy” scheme for first-time buyers re(...)

Almost one in five prisoners serving life sentences were doing so outside of jail last year, according to figures released by the Department of Justic(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart: “They are the voices of clients who, most disturbingly, seem to be the very last to be considered as talk of a wind-down of Console gains traction.”

Concerns have been raised that clients of the charity Console are not being listened to while talk predominates about the winding down of the controve(...)

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