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Simon Harris says Leaving Cert isn't 'cruel' but there is 'an obsession with the points race'
Leaving Certificate students are to receive their results this Friday.
Dutch climate campaigner leaves top EU Commission role to run for Prime Minister
Frans Timmermans is stepping down after 10 years in Brussels.
Housing Minister says he wants to see renters' tax credit increased in Budget
The tax credit was introduced in last year’s Budget and is set to remain in place until 2025.
Australia's ruling Labor party passes motion supporting Irish reunification
Australia’s Labor prime minister Anthony Albanese is the son of an Italian father and an Australian-Irish mother.
Donald Trump confirms he will skip Republican presidential primary debates
His spokesman did not clarify whether he plans to boycott every primary debate or just those that have been scheduled.
Minister condemns Grafton Street stabbing, says 'such violence has no place in our society'
One man was arrested after the incident this morning.
Inside Ireland's culture war on gender: Why there's more debate on trans issues than ever before
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The Journal looks at why anti-trans narratives have landed in Ireland despite overwhelming acceptance of trans men and women by Irish people.
Not sure why you are hearing so much about trans issues right now? We have traced where the debates - and misinformation - have come from.
The investigation finds tropes - about cats and bathrooms - have found their way into Irish conversations, both online and in real life.
Meanwhile, many people are still catching up with the terminology around gender and the issues affecting transgender people, writes Stevie McDermott.
Bank of Ireland chief apologises for 'significant technical outage' on Tuesday
A glitch on Tuesday saw Bank of Ireland customers able to withdraw more money than what was available in their accounts.
The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about a farmers' party in Ireland?
This week on we’re joined by journalist and organic beef and dairy farmer Hannah Quinn Mulligan to look at the growing talk of a farmers’ party in Ireland. What are the types of policies they would implement? And what are their chances of success?
Opinion: Leo Varadkar's Lidl-inspired cost-of-living leaflet is tone-deaf and out of touch
Mum Margaret Lynch says parents don’t need to be told how expensive back-to school costs are.
Public tell TDs 'enough is enough' as they say they won't renew TV licences amid RTÉ controversy
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Media Minister Catherine Martin has been contacted almost 100 times about TV licence since scandal broke in June.
Gardaí say they received more than 40 calls from public over rush on ATMs
Gardaí say there was no national directive to police ATMs but questions have been raised about their presence at some machines.
RTÉ payments scandal: Second report confirms Tubridy's salary under-reported from 2017 to 2019
The report found that neither Ryan Tubridy, nor his agent, had any involvement in the adjustments for the period.
Harris criticises ‘guff’ over bank delays in passing interest increases on to savers
Minister Simon Harris reiterated his belief that Irish banks have been ‘laggards’ compared with European counterparts.
Paramedics and GSOC investigators among planned doubling of public sector apprenticeships
Minister Harris said the expansion of public sector apprenticeships is part of a cultural change the government are trying to bring about in Ireland.
Another Trump indictment looms as grand jury hears election 2020 case
The case would be the fourth brought against the 77-year-old Republican this year.
Dublin city crime: statistics indicate return to pre-pandemic incidence of assault
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
A series of serious assaults have made headlines in recent weeks, and official crime statistics are known to under-report the scale of the problem.
The Journal examined statistics on recorded crime in the Dublin Central North and South districts.
One crime expert said that the "dark figure" in crime statistics usually results in around 70% not being reported.
“I ran as fast as I could”: British tourist describes the moment he was assaulted in Temple Bar
Six people dead after migrant boat capsizes in English Channel
A patrol boat reported that a migrant boat was sinking near Sangatte on the French coast.
Missing in action: Ireland's national security strategy has been in the works since 2019
“There are multiple geopolitical risks at the moment… but yet all Ireland does is pay lip service to national security,” said TD Cathal Berry.
The Explainer: Who is Robert F Kennedy Jr and could he be the next US president?
This week on The Explainer, we speak with US correspondent with the Business Post Marion McKeone to delve into Kennedy Jr’s campaign so far. What are his rallies like, and what is he like as a person? Is he in with a chance of becoming US president, or are we simply looking at Trump vs Biden in 2024?
Taoiseach encourages public to pay TV licence fee as RTÉ funding is hit
Varadkar says he would “strongly encourage” people to continue to pay their licence fee.
Ecuador declares state of emergency after presidential candidate is killed at political rally
Fernando Villavicencio has been killed less than two weeks before a special presidential election.
People Before Profit propose scrapping TV licence and funding RTÉ through a new 'Big Tech Tax'
The party’s self labelled “radical plan” proposes to increase RTÉ’s budget to €500 million through public funds secured by the new tax.
Irish government dismisses suggestion of Italian-style windfall tax on bank profits
The future of Ireland’s existing bank levy will be decided in the Budget.
DUP's Sammy Wilson says Varadkar has 'cheek' after saying Stormont 'plan B' should be considered
Varadkar was in Belfast yesterday to meet with the main political parties of Northern Ireland in a bid to help restore Stormont.
Three in four farmers would vote for a new farmers’ political party, survey shows
The Irish Farmers Journal carried out the survey amoung 1,982 readers.
Dept of Finance says govt can't do anything about banks paying low interest rates to savers
According to comparison site the best interest rate for savers in Irish banks at the moment is 2%
FactCheck: Did five garda recruits resign immediately after starting training?
A tweet from an independent Senator claims that five garda recruits immediately quit after beginning training.
Varadkar raises prospect of Stormont 'Plan B' during busy day of meetings in Belfast
Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie described his meeting with Varadkar as a “neighbourly catch up”.
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government for more than a year amid unionist concerns around post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said she is concerned that the window to restore the powersharing institutions before a UK general election is closing.
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill has said public patience with the DUP is "wearing thin" in relation to the restoration of Stormont.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his focus at the moment is on resolving the "major problems" that were created by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Department of Local Government asks for research on limiting election posters, axing by-elections and lowering the voting age
Darragh O’Brien also wants research done on postal votes and issues around oversees residency and voting.
What's happening in the plans for a directly elected mayor for Dublin?
Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu said the government has the mandate to run an election for a directly elected mayor for Dublin next year. If they don’t do this, she said it is very plausible that one won’t be in place until 2029.
Eoin Ó Broin says Sinn Féin would need five years to tackle housing, but what is his plan?
Ó Broin said if he could not reduce homelessness in five years while Minister, he would have failed.
West African bloc says it has plans for possible Niger intervention
ECOWAS gave the junta General Abdourahmane Tchian one week to restore power or face the potential use of force.
Govt would be interested in buying Conor Pass land, but not for €10 million, Varadkar says
The sale of the significant land holding has been advertised on the Conor Pass website for a guide price of €10 million.
Niger’s military junta says it's cutting military ties with France, its former colonial ruler
The announcement deepens the post-coup isolation for what had been the United States’ and allies’ last major security partner in the Sahel.
Nuclear threats, Northern Ireland and higher interest rates among top government concerns
A report by
Jane Matthews
Published annually since 2014, the National Risk Assessment report identifies the challenges facing Ireland in the coming years.
There were a number of new risks identified in this year's report, writes Jane Matthews.
These include concerns over a concentration in Ireland's enterprise mix, deglobalisation and food security.
Donald Trump seeks to spin latest indictments into 2024 campaign pitch
The twice-impeached Republican has remained defiant despite an accumulation of legal woes.
Government urged to extend school books grant to secondary schools
The move follows the publication of a Barnardos survey earlier today which found that 24% of secondary school parents had to take out a loan or borrow from friends to cover back to school costs.
Donald Trump indicted over attempts to overturn 2020 election
Trump has been charged with three counts of conspiracy and one count of obstruction.
Politicians back calls to stop publishing election candidates' home addresses
Some have said that it is putting potential candidates off running for election.