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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?

How and why it took six months to reveal the real story of the Strategic Communications Unit

How and why it took six months to reveal the real story of the Strategic Communications Unit

Why would a government committed to improving communications with its citizens hold out on releasing details of how it proposed to do that for so long?

SF MPs have no mandate to take Westminster seats

SF MPs have no mandate to take Westminster seats

Calls for Sinn Féin to change its policy have intensified, now that the British Labour party has said categorically it will back Britain remaining in a customs union

Is Government heading for trouble on mortgage sales?

Is Government heading for trouble on mortgage sales?

There is no political gain to be made from arguing that it is OK to transfer a €4 billion Permanent TSB portfolio of 20,000 mortgages to unregulated funds - and Fianna Fáil knows this

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

The new leader's comments on disciplining those who vote against the party line could spell trouble for some of its TDs

Framework risks joining long list of ignored plans

Framework risks joining long list of ignored plans

To ensure the 20-year National Planning Framework does not go down in flames, the government needs to start talking to the opposition about infrastructure

Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

In what was a carefully assembled and constructed speech, the Taoiseach's choice of words after the cabinet go-ahead for a referendum was also a signifier of how his stance had shifted

Is an election closer than we think?

Is an election closer than we think?

Fianna Fáil's attacks on Fine Gael have been a lot sharper in recent weeks - and they cannot go on forever without consequences

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Housing remains a political pressure zone for Eoghan Murphy as he defends his new mortgage scheme