€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit

€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit

The head of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, has been overpaid since 2011 as his salary is “in breach” of what was approved ...

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Daniel McConnell: Trinners for winners, but issues need sorting

Daniel McConnell: Trinners for winners, but issues need sorting

Auditor reports show Trinity College Dublin has to get its own house in order, writes Political Editor, Daniel McConnell

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Government formation: Green Party demand cap on building profits

Government formation: Green Party demand cap on building profits

Fine Gael Minister: "I can't really talk about the Greens without trashing them"

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Daniel McConnell: Political parties struggling to leave baggage behind

Daniel McConnell: Political parties struggling to leave baggage behind

As the sun split the stones yesterday, teams from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party trundled into Agriculture House on Dublin’s Kildare St ...

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Daniel McConnell: From PayPal to Leinster House, Fine Gael's Emer Higgins could be one to watch

Daniel McConnell: From PayPal to Leinster House, Fine Gael's Emer Higgins could be one to watch

Political Editor Daniel McConnell spoke to Fine Gael's Emer Higgins about her transition from being Chief of Staff of Global Operations at PayPal to entering national ...

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1,000 Irish citizens still not home from abroad, Dáil's coronavirus committee to hear

1,000 Irish citizens still not home from abroad, Dáil's coronavirus committee to hear

There are about 1,000 Irish citizens still seeking to return home but have not been able yet because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Dáil’s Covid Committee ...

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Shane Ross writing ‘warts and all’ book about life with Fine Gael

Shane Ross writing ‘warts and all’ book about life with Fine Gael

Transport Minister Shane Ross is writing a “warts and all” book about life in government with Fine Gael, which is due out before Christmas.

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Special Report: Picking up the €30bn Covid-19 tab will be the crucial question for the next government

Special Report: Picking up the €30bn Covid-19 tab will be the crucial question for the next government

The pandemic caused a sudden shock to the economy. Now we will need to revive it, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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Calls for €37bn stimulus to rescue country in wake of coronavirus

Calls for €37bn stimulus to rescue country in wake of coronavirus

No austerity before 2023, a €37bn stimulus package, tax breaks for small businesses, and using EU funds, are among the solutions demanded of the Government ...

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Varadkar, Martin and Ryan to try and overcome major obstacles encountered in talks

Varadkar, Martin and Ryan to try and overcome major obstacles encountered in talks

Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan are to meet to try and overcome major obstacles encountered in talks between the parties seeking to form a government. ...

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Daniel McConnell: Can public sector pay rises be justified during coronavirus?

Daniel McConnell: Can public sector pay rises be justified during coronavirus?

Up to 1.2m workers in the private sector have lost their jobs, had their pay cut or are on some form of State support since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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Minister breaks ranks and calls for social distancing rules to be relaxed

Minister breaks ranks and calls for social distancing rules to be relaxed

A sitting government minister has said he is “baffled” as to why the Government has not moved to reduce the social distance rules from 2 metres to 1 ...

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Nursing Homes Ireland CEO: Residents and carers left 'isolated' by Government's Covid response

Nursing Homes Ireland CEO: Residents and carers left 'isolated' by Government's Covid response

Nursing home residents and their carers were left “isolated” by key State bodies at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Dáil’s Covid-19 ...

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Government talks step up a gear as focus shifts to health

Government talks step up a gear as focus shifts to health

Women and children prioritised in plan for single-tier health system.

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Daniel McConnell : Martin’s desperation could win out

Daniel McConnell : Martin’s desperation could win out

“He’s like the teenage boy waiting to get the shift as the last dance of a teenage disco comes on,” was how one of his own TDs put it to me somewhat ...

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Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing rule

Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing rule

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is requesting an urgent meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team after nearly half the Cabinet demanded a relaxation of the ...

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Anti terrorism laws extended following Justice Minister's request

Anti terrorism laws extended following Justice Minister's request

The Cabinet approved the now annual extension following a request from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

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New mission for Defence Forces in Med approved by Cabinet

New mission for Defence Forces in Med approved by Cabinet

The Government has approved the deployment of up to three Permanent Defence Force personnel to a new EU operation in the Mediterranean.

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McHugh: 'Everybody is in agreement' on indemnity for teachers

McHugh: 'Everybody is in agreement' on indemnity for teachers

Union demands for clarity over the proposed indemnity scheme for teachers have been met and they are satisfied, Education Minister Joe McHugh has said.

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€350-a-week Covid-19 payment stays until August

€350-a-week Covid-19 payment stays until August

The €350-a-week Covid-19 payment looks set to remain in place until the lifting of restrictions in August and will be tapered down over several months after ...

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Fears within FG of attempts to 'undermine' government negotiations

Fears within FG of attempts to 'undermine' government negotiations

Forces within Fine Gael are actively trying to “pull down from within” the talks aimed at forming a new Government, it has been claimed.

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Scepticism in EU over Brexit plan, says Simon Coveney

Scepticism in EU over Brexit plan, says Simon Coveney

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said there will be a considerable degree of scepticism in Brussels to the UK’s protocol on Northern Ireland, particularly in relation ...

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Daniel McConnell: Leadership battle could see Greens snatch defeat from jaws of victory

Daniel McConnell: Leadership battle could see Greens snatch defeat from jaws of victory

Former Green Party leader and Minister John Gormley was back in Leinster House today.

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Catherine Martin giving 'serious consideration' to Green leadership bid

Catherine Martin giving 'serious consideration' to Green leadership bid

Her comments will only add to pressure on party leader Eamon Ryan who is now in a battle to retain control of his newly expanded party.

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Catherine Martin may have the rub of the Greens

Catherine Martin may have the rub of the Greens

Catherine Martin is the quintessential, understated politician.

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Green Party cllrs urge Catherine Martin to challenge for party leadership

Green Party cllrs urge Catherine Martin to challenge for party leadership

The group of four say Eamon Ryan is no longer the right person to lead the party and are urging Catherine Martin, the party’s deputy leader to challenge him.

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Simon Coveney 'showing signs of major strain' during government formation talks

Simon Coveney 'showing signs of major strain' during government formation talks

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is “showing signs of major strain” at the talks aimed at forming a government as he tries to keep his “reluctant” ...

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Ministers face Dáil grilling over Covid-19 exit plans

Ministers face Dáil grilling over Covid-19 exit plans

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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Public housing, health system improvements and home refitting on Green govt formation list

Public housing, health system improvements and home refitting on Green govt formation list

A significant increase in public housing, protecting gains in the public health system and a major retrofitting home project are three of the key demands of the ...

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Government said to be considering purchase and nationalisation of some private hospitals

Government said to be considering purchase and nationalisation of some private hospitals

The Government is considering buying a number of the country’s 19 main private hospitals and nationalising them in a bid to increase public bed capacity in ...

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Taxpayers’ stake in banks falls over €10bn

Taxpayers’ stake in banks falls over €10bn

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe's refusal to sell more shares in three bailed-out banks has seen the taxpayer's stake fall by more than €10 billion in less ...

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Talks between FF and FG 'damaged' by 'unwarranted' attacks

Talks between FF and FG 'damaged' by 'unwarranted' attacks

Unwarranted Fianna Fáil attacks on Fine Gael have “damaged the talks” aimed at forming a government it has been claimed.

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Simon Coveney assures Dara Calleary FG not seeking a snap second election

Simon Coveney assures Dara Calleary FG not seeking a snap second election

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has called his opposite number in Fianna Fáil to assure him Fine Gael is not seeking to orchestrate a snap second general election. ...

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Daniel McConnell: No more caretakers, it’s time we had real government

Daniel McConnell: No more caretakers, it’s time we had real government

What a terrible week it has been for this acting Government. A Government, frankly speaking, which has more than outstayed its welcome and needs to be put out of ...

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'Enough progress' made to begin easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday

'Enough progress' made to begin easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday

Ireland will today take its first step back to normality after 10 weeks of lockdown as the Cabinet will approve the lifting of restrictions to personal freedoms ...

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Dáil rejects motion to remove Guerin report from record

Dáil rejects motion to remove Guerin report from record

The report forced the resignation of then Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

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Daniel McConnell: Economic road ahead decidedly rockier than most believe

Daniel McConnell: Economic road ahead decidedly rockier than most believe

The Green Party has never had such an opportunity to influence the running of this country, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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Parties have 'good discussion' about housing as focus turns to National Economic Plan

Parties have 'good discussion' about housing as focus turns to National Economic Plan

Agreeing on a multi-billion euro National Economic Plan aimed at rescuing the economy will be the focus of government formation talks on Wednesday.

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Housing tops agenda in government formation talks

Housing tops agenda in government formation talks

Giving the Land Development Agency new powers to build social and affordable housing on public and private lands will be top of the agenda of Government talks today ...

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Daniel McConnell: 'The right thing has been done on Leaving Cert — but should never have come to this'

Daniel McConnell: 'The right thing has been done on Leaving Cert — but should never have come to this'

On Thursday, April 2, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took to the podium in the Government Press Centre to provide an update on the Government’s response to the Covid-19 ...

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Fine Gael TDs voice concern over Green environmental demands

Fine Gael TDs voice concern over Green environmental demands

Fine Gael TDs and Senators have expressed doubt as to whether it is credible to commit to reducing carbon emissions by 7% when dealing with a €30 billion deficit ...

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Cabinet approves Refund Credit Note proposal to protect travel sector amid pandemic

Cabinet approves Refund Credit Note proposal to protect travel sector amid pandemic

The Cabinet has approved a State guarantee to underwrite the travel industry decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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'Grace' inquiry into sexual abuse case of disabled girl expected to be delayed again

'Grace' inquiry into sexual abuse case of disabled girl expected to be delayed again

Junior health minister Finian McGrath has been contacted by Ms Farrelly who has requested another extension to allow her and her team conclude their work on the ...

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Likelihood of government talks success ‘less than 50:50’

Likelihood of government talks success ‘less than 50:50’

The likelihood of success in the talks aimed at forming a government was put at “less than 50:50” because of the internal wrangling within the Green ...

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Leaving Cert set to be cancelled and replaced with predictive grades

Leaving Cert set to be cancelled and replaced with predictive grades

The Leaving Certificate examinations are set to be cancelled and replaced with a system of predictive grades, senior government sources have said.

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Talk of ending pay deal is 'grotesque' and 'outrageous' say TDs

Talk of ending pay deal is 'grotesque' and 'outrageous' say TDs

Suggestions from Fine Gael ministers that planned pay rises for public sector workers will not be paid are “outrageous” and “grotesque”, ...

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Students under 'intolerable' stress from Govt's 'unmitigated disaster' in handling Leaving Cert

Students under 'intolerable' stress from Govt's 'unmitigated disaster' in handling Leaving Cert

There has been stinging criticism in the Dáil of the Government’s lack of clarity over whether or not the Leaving Certificate will be cancelled.

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Taoiseach tells Dáil Covid-19 may have been in Ireland last year as he extends €350 payment

Taoiseach tells Dáil Covid-19 may have been in Ireland last year as he extends €350 payment

The €350-a-week emergency Covid payment is set to be extended beyond mid-June when it was originally meant to cease, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. ...

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'Not credible' to consider public pay deal amid crisis, warn ministers

'Not credible' to consider public pay deal amid crisis, warn ministers

Serious doubt has been cast over planned pay increases for 300,000 public servants later this year.

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Daniel McConnell: Priorities laid out for government formation in early talks

Daniel McConnell: Priorities laid out for government formation in early talks

With formal talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens due to commence on Thursday, attention is shifting to what can they agree upon to do in government ...

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