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Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

There is real anger among farmers about being exposed to competition from cheaper Brazilian beef, which does not face the same level of checks and veterinary standards

Launching the climate action plan is the easy part

Launching the climate action plan is the easy part

The plan will require a long list of changes to people’s behaviour so that Ireland meets its targets for reducing emissions by 2030

Climate change gives Fine Gael a capital problem

Climate change gives Fine Gael a capital problem

The latest poll is a worrying sign for Fine Gael heading into the local elections, because it has held the upper hand in Dublin over other parties in recent times

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

In an election where large constituencies make it difficult to cover all the ground, name recognition is key to winning votes and both Daly and Wallace have that in abundance

Merkel  thinks we're working: Why her visit to Ireland matters

Merkel thinks we're working: Why her visit to Ireland matters

Merkel’s visit here is a significant moment because, despite being in the twilight of her political career, she retains enormous influence at the top of the EU

Will Labour Court split the difference in construction pay row?

Will Labour Court split the difference in construction pay row?

Construction sector workers have lodged a claim for a 12 per cent pay rise over three years. Given that labour costs account for 40 per cent of the price of building a house, that is likely to reduce the output from the state’s social house building programme

'Don't worry, Rodney. This time next year, we'll be millionaires.': Why Theresa May has been sounding like Del Boy

'Don't worry, Rodney. This time next year, we'll be millionaires.': Why Theresa May has been sounding like Del Boy

Speaking in Egypt, May breezily declared that there was no need to seek an extension of time to Britain’s exit from the EU on March 29 because 'we have it within our grasp' to do a deal by then

Harris to come through SF motion, but watch FF TDs

Harris to come through SF motion, but watch FF TDs

There are those in Fianna Fáil who may not be present to hit the abstention button, in what some could interpret as a further sign of growing disillusionment within the party over confidence and supply

Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Fianna Fáil is using a two-hour private members’ slot in the Dáil tonight to move its own bill to give the Comptroller and Auditor General the power to investigate massive cost overruns on state building projects

Brexiteers marching on towards destruction due to a misguided ‘Dunkirk spirit’

Brexiteers marching on towards destruction due to a misguided ‘Dunkirk spirit’

Rather than evacuating in the face of overwhelming odds, Conservative Party MPs still seem determined to fight the EU on the beaches

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

The fact that this eviction took place in Strokestown makes it an even more emotive case. It was here that Major Denis Mahon tried to get rid of almost 1,000 impoverished tenants

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

The challenge now is to tweak the withdrawal deal in some way that makes it more palatable to MPs while leaving the backstop in place

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Though the former Sinn Féin TD has started well, there is little evidence that there is a huge desire among voters for a new party, or that they have grown tired of the existing ones

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

Such is the fragile state of affairs that British Prime Minister Theresa May called Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the phone yesterday to talk about a 'review mechanism' for the backstop

Higgins cannot be beaten – but his rivals still have to try to at least win back their election expenses

Higgins cannot be beaten – but his rivals still have to try to at least win back their election expenses

Every candidate needs to claim at least 12.5 per cent of the vote to be able to claim a maximum refund of €200,000 in election expenses