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Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

The Web Summit founder has access - and plenty of it - to senior government decision-makers up to and including the Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil's confidence in Varadkar in short supply

Fianna Fáil's confidence in Varadkar in short supply

Micheál Martin is not someone who is known for personal attacks, but there was a definite sting in his comments last weekend about Varadkar’s relationship with Theresa May

'A lot more to do on housing'

'A lot more to do on housing'

A key part of the discussion at the Fine Gael think-in was on the upcoming Budget, but there is no doubt that the issue that has most exercised the party's TDs is the housing crisis

SF lays down marker over new Garda chief

SF lays down marker over new Garda chief

At the party’s pre-Dáil away day in Cavan, Mary Lou McDonald said Drew Harris must answer the 'well-founded and well-grounded' concerns of victims and survivors who have objected to his appointment

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The final crowd in the Phoenix Park may have been 200,000 rather than 500,000. But that does not take away from the gigantic logistical effort to prepare the site

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

Members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts committee like Independent TD Catherine Connolly want to question the Office of Public Works about the a ‘rent rather than buy’ policy when it comes to new headquarters for state agencies and departments

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

Craughwell and fellow independent senator Joan Freeman are both seeking meetings with Sinn Féin about the possibility of securing the party’s support in order to be a presidential candidate later this year

Will new climate change committee just be a load of hot air?

Will new climate change committee just be a load of hot air?

The Environmental Protection Agency has said the state is going to miss its 2020 emissions reductions target and is on track to miss its 2030 targets as well – which will risk incurring EU fines of hundreds of millions of euro

Ireland eyes 'soft power' with global footprint plan

Ireland eyes 'soft power' with global footprint plan

Development aid is a moral duty for any country – particularly one like ours that experienced the Great Famine. But there is also a cold political reality: it helps to build alliances and trade with other countries

Abolishing pay inequality sounds like a noble call – but it could hit you in the pocket

Abolishing pay inequality sounds like a noble call – but it could hit you in the pocket

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe knows that every extra euro given to end the two-tier pay system in the public sector is an extra euro less for tax cuts and increases on spending on services

Sinn Féin may sanction TD after public order offence

Sinn Féin may sanction TD after public order offence

Sinn Féin has not ruled out disciplinary action against Cork East TD Pat Buckley, who has apologised for his behaviour after pleading guilty to two charges under the Public Order Act at Midleton District Court last week

Exit wounds: How Nóirín O'Sullivan's departure differs from Tony O'Brien's

Exit wounds: How Nóirín O'Sullivan's departure differs from Tony O'Brien's

New documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by this newspaper give an insight into how quickly the system responded in the case of the former Garda Commissioner

Wesley College legal threat ups the ante for the next round of sports funding

Wesley College legal threat ups the ante for the next round of sports funding

The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has now recommended significant changes to reduce the chances of fee-paying schools and wealthy golf clubs getting sports capital grants again

Martin's Twitter spat with Indo worth following

Martin's Twitter spat with Indo worth following

The Fianna Fáil leader is a cautious politician by nature, so this tweet was not done in some fit of anger

For all his crusades, Shane Ross has little to show for two years in government

For all his crusades, Shane Ross has little to show for two years in government

Ross appeared to signal that his continuation in government is at risk unless the Judicial Appointments Bill is passed by the summer recess - but would his Independent Alliance colleagues back him?