Headlines: “I haven’t experimented with drugs since I was elected to the Dáil,” says Leo Varadkar; half of all prisoners earn top pocket money

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Glen Hansard runs the annual Christmas Eve Busk charity on Grafton Street

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I have not experimented with drugs since my election to the Dáil

Leo Varadkar said he has not experimented with drugs since becoming a national politician and has yet to form an opinion on whether substances like cannabis should be regulated and legalised.

Gardaí continue investigation into viewing images of child abuse after no evidence found on Dáil laptop

Gardaí, who have confiscated an Oireachtas-issued laptop from a man working for a TD and are accused of viewing child abuse material, are continuing their investigation after finding nothing of evidential value on the device.

A Piat d’Or Free Zone – How Charlie Haughey’s passion for fine wine has had some unexpected benefits for Ireland

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Half of all prisoners receive pocket money at the top rate for good behavior

A decade ago, the Irish Prison Service (IPS) announced a plan that would require inmates to earn their weekly cash allowance. So far, prisoners have automatically received a daily allowance of 2.35 euros (16.45 euros per week).

Buses are accepting contactless card payments as part of a new trial

Bus users will be able to use their contactless credit or debit cards to pay for fares on some services as part of a new pilot next year, with plans being developed by the National Transport Authority.

“We’re not out to catch anyone. We just want to find our missing sister Sandra.

Twenty-two years after Sandra Collins went missing after buying chips at a Co Mayo diner, her family is asking for information to finally bring her body home.

Gardaí have been reported 23 cases of alleged sexual exploitation of children

Social workers have reported 23 cases of alleged sexual exploitation of children since January – with the latest alleged victim being just six years old.

Comfort and joy: How 10 well-known personalities celebrate Christmas with films, books and music

We asked various public figures how they spend Christmas and what their favorite films, books and music of 2022 are.

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