Labour TD Arthur Spring has told the party’s conference that Labour brought Fine Gael with it on many issues. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Kerry TD says party introduced topics like same-sex marriage to its Coalition partner

Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly says Labour will run as an independent party at the next general election, with its own policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Minister does not rule out election voting pact but says Labour will run independently

Lorraine Higgins said estates faced issues ranging from building companies in receivership to financial institutions holding bonds that could not be accessed because of the preferential creditors’ rules.

Senator Lorraine Higgins says situation replicated around the country

Dr James Reilly: “If a bully tries to intimidate you with actions, you should stand firm and be true to what you believe to be right.”

Minister says Ireland close to becoming first EU country to introduce plain packaging

Independent TD Tom Fleming: ‘The inner parts of towns are becoming denuded of people because of the growth of large multiples on the outskirts.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Many rural towns and villages left behind, says Kerry South TD

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

Fianna Fáil health policy ‘mythical’, says Taoiseach

Gerry Adams told the Dáil on Wednesday the total trolley patients figure of 479 included 40 in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in his Louth constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Enda Kenny concedes issue ‘a matter of challenge’ for Government in Dáil exchanges

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Introduced the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014, providing free health services for former residents

Only minority of women single parents, says Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: he said it was a sensitive case which had to be investigated properly and he would like to hear back from a Tusla investigation before making a judgment on it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

FF leader asked Enda Kenny for inquiry into handling of incident reported 10 years ago

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