Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Ireland in danger of fascism because of party whip system, Independent TD warns

the five main city councils in Ireland collected parking income of almost €50 million in 2013, said Independent Socialist TD Clare Daly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

155 cars clamped daily in capital, says Sinn Féin transport spokesman Dessie Ellis

 Members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gather outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Dublin on January 22nd, 2015, calling for the release of blogger Raif Badawi, who was  sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for creating an online forum for public debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister asked why no outrage against Saudi Arabia for its denial of freedom of speech

Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin accuses Government of ‘stubborn refusal’ to heed teachers’ expertise

Tom Fleming TD (Ind): described his own county – Kerry – as an “industrial wasteland”, with major emigration and “no hope”.    Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Kerry TD Tom Fleming criticises unemployment figures for not reflecting true number of people out of work

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said latest figures would show waiting lists rising – “and they will continue to rise for a number of months, not least because we have had to cancel so many elective surgeries this month”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says 20,000 more day cases will be dealt with this year with increased budget

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan insists that reform of the Junior Certificate system “is not a cost saving exercise”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Education says the reform ‘will cost an additional €9.3m in 2015’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced the allocation of €5 million to the International Fund for Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gerry Adams accuses Enda Kenny as seeing ‘North as a foreign country’

Minister for the  Marine Simon Coveney says  there is great potential for all types of aquaculture around Ireland’s coast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney says there will be significant progress on 600 applications this year

More articles