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15 January 2019 20:56 Records broken by British Government’s Brexit defeat

The decision by British MPs to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by 230 votes represents the largest UK government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons in modern political history. It easily beats the previous record of 166 votes, which was set almost 100 years ago on October 8 1924, and which saw the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald 303

13 January 2019 15:29 Number of families registered as homeless in South Dublin County Council up over 50% this month

The number of families registered as homeless in South Dublin County Council this month is up over 50%. Figures released to Social Democrats councillor Dermot Looney reveal there are now 298 families on the council's books. "It's time that councils built more [social housing]," said Mr Looney. "South Dublin, last year, did build in the region of 500 houses 93

13 January 2019 10:07 Newcastle face season-defining week – Clark

Ciaran Clark acknowledges Newcastle face a week which could go a long way to defining their season. The Magpies, who lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Saturday to drop into the relegation zone, play Blackburn in a FA Cup third round replay before the Premier League clash with Cardiff, who are one point and one place better off at the foot of the table. “We’ve got the FA Cup replay 95

08 January 2019 15:55 Arts Council freezes €300k funding for Abbey Theatre

The Arts Council has frozen €300,000 in funding for The Abbey Theatre. It follows concerns its been buying in productions from abroad, resulting in a big drop in opportunities for Irish theatre-makers. More than 300 people, including Aidan Gillen, Ruth Negga and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, have signed a letter to the Minister for Culture over how the Abbey Theatre 102

03 January 2019 07:21 Sinn Féin dismisses yesterday's drop in number of people on hospital trolleys

Sinn Féin has said the trolley crisis in our hospitals will only get worse this year. The party's health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said a "radical change" in Government health policy is needed to tackle the issue. Yesterday, INMO figures showed the number of people on trolleys was down to 366 from 656 on the same day last year, a drop which the Health 98

23 December 2018 18:57 Francois Brummer misses last-minute drop goal attempt as Zebre lose

Benetton held on for a 10-8 Guinness PRO14 victory as Zebre replacement Francois Brummer missed a last-minute drop goal for victory in Parma. Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara's converted try helped Benetton into a 7-3 half-time lead and Ian McKinley, who created Tavuyara's score with a pinpoint cross-field kick, stretched that advantage with a penalty soon after 74

22 December 2018 18:22 Sinn Féin suffer 6% drop in support in latest opinion poll

A new political opinion poll out this evening delivers Sinn Féin its largest-ever setback in a single month. The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for The Sunday Times shows the party down six points to 17%, their lowest result since Mary Lou McDonald took over as party leader. Fine Gael is up one point to 31%, Fianna Fáil up two to 29% and Labour down one to 5%. The Taoiseach's 52

21 December 2018 10:58 Almost 140 inmates to be granted temporary release from prison for Christmas

137 people have been given temporary release from prison this Christmas. This represents about 4% of the total prison population and is a drop in the numbers granted a release in the last two years. Prisoners can apply for temporary release for up to a week, under legislation. The Department of Justice said many of the people allowed out of prison this Christmas 39

19 December 2018 07:22 Report finds warning signs today similar to those ignored before economic crisis

Ireland's competitiveness is facing significant losses as the economy heats up and the cost of living continues to rise. A new report finds Ireland still has a competitive economy but warns of challenges to be overcome. The National Competitiveness Council's annual report finds, despite the turbulence of Brexit negotiations and a less favourable outlook 77

15 December 2018 21:51 Diplomats at UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of UN talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, sealed the deal on Saturday after diplomats and ministers from almost 200 countries approved. The UN talks were meant to provide firm guidelines 65