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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# New term

This year
Housing, healthcare, cost-of-living and late-night pub opening on the agenda as Dáil returns
Varadkar looking for a ‘fresh start’ to his tenure as Taoiseach as he tries to shake up Govt priorities.
Last year
Dáil back after summer break with a cost-of-living Budget and rotating Taoiseach on the agenda
The next two weeks will be whirlwind.
All time
Poll: Should the government delay reopening schools after Christmas?
The INTO has called for primary schools to stay closed until at least 11 January.
Students will be required to maintain at least one metre distance when schools return
Face coverings will not be mandatory but students will not be discouraged from wearing them.
Varadkar says bumper day of elections and referendums will be among 'busiest days in Irish politics'
The Taoiseach says 24 May will feature a range of different votes.
The Dáil's back today. Here are 7 things to look forward to in the new political season
An election looms…
Inside Ireland's Police Academy: Here's what the new batch of Garda recruits will be facing...
The first new Garda recruits in five years are about to start in Templemore – and college top brass have high hopes for “the cream of the crop”.
They're back: Here are 8 questions we're asking ahead of the new Dáil term
The Seanad is also back but will it be abolished? We look at that and seven other questions ahead of the return of TDs and Senators this week.
Guess how many students have signed up for UCC's alcohol-free accommodation?*
*You know the drill — when we write the headline like this it’s either a really big or a really small number.
By the numbers: the new Dáil session
The figures that you need to know as the new Dáil session begins.