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The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

IFA president Joe Healy is still lobbying hard to limit the damage of the Mercosur deal, but he is adamant that Irish farmers are better off in the European Union than out of it. He’s also weighing up a move into party politics

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Edward Crawford is known for his philanthropy, but he nailed his political colours to the Republican Party mast long ago and has been a donor to various candidates throughout his life

A premium on getting costs down: D'Arcy unmoved by criticism

A premium on getting costs down: D'Arcy unmoved by criticism

For two years, junior finance minister Michael D’Arcy has been battling to get to grips with Ireland’s spiralling insurance costs. But how much progress has he made?

New 999-style mental distress line to cut ambulance call-outs

New 999-style mental distress line to cut ambulance call-outs

The 24-hour call number will provide a single point of contact for people in mental health distress and advise them of the most relevant service to help them

Profile of Robert Watt: Mandarin of mystery

Profile of Robert Watt: Mandarin of mystery

A highly respected but outspoken civil servant, he has never been shy in expressing his numerous dissenting opinions

Profile of Gail Slater: Fox’s Irish gamekeeper

Profile of Gail Slater: Fox’s Irish gamekeeper

Slater last week announced she was leaving the White House to work as vice-president for policy and strategy at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News

Profile of Clare Daly: Left turn to Europe

Profile of Clare Daly: Left turn to Europe

She is a formidable politician who is respected in Leinster House for her long-running campaigns and her willingness to engage with people from a variety of political backgrounds

Flanagan says insurers are ‘profiteering’

Flanagan says insurers are ‘profiteering’

The Minister for Justice admits the insurance industry’s practices warrant investigation, but the judicial council needed to bring in new award guidelines will not be set up this year

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

Legislation to tackle ‘compo culture’ will be joined by new Garda structure to tackle fraudulent claims

Profile of Chuka Umunna: An independent streak

Profile of Chuka Umunna: An independent streak

Since Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to the leadership of the Labour Party, however, Umunna’s centrist, pro-EU principles have gone increasingly out of fashion

2018 a 'perfect storm' for farmers - IFA chief

2018 a 'perfect storm' for farmers - IFA chief

Uncertainty over Brexit, carbon emissions, a proposed CAP budget cut: these are some of the big challenges faced by IFA president Joe Healy and his members

A driving force for safer roads

A driving force for safer roads

RSA chair Liz O’Donnell reflects on her battle to reduce the drink-drive limit, her row with Shane Ross, and the need to get more gardaí out enforcing the laws

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Tóibín's departure from Sinn Féin was inevitable after he so openly campaigned against repeal in last May’s referendum, appearing on RTÉ’s Prime Time to debate with Minister for Health Simon Harris

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

US congressman Thomas Rooney is quitting politics. In an exclusive interview, the Floridian holds forth on the waning appeal of centrism, the loneliness of life in the US capital and his political mentor Seamus Mallon

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

Despite a turbulent week in politics, enterprise minister Heather Humphreys is flying high after garnering a €300m loan scheme for businesses