New junior minister Joe McHugh, who was appointed to the Gaeltacht post even though he does not speak Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

One person is not going to save the Irish language, Minister of State Joe Mc Hugh said in his defence after a blistering attack on the Government’s at(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan: “It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised MEPs for “bad-mouthing” the Government’s nomination of former minister Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commiss(...)

Gerry Adams: “Why does the State deny or refuse to accept responsibility for the clear abuse of these women over decades?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Symphysiotomy sufferers could wait for between five and 10 years for a decision on their case if they decided to go to court, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (...)

 Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil: said the problem would be tracing the culprits. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to criminalise the use of laser beams to dazzle pilots is expected to be passed in the Seanad this week.The State Airports (Shannon Group(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced  commencement of Act yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Long-awaited legislation to protect whistleblowers has finally come into effect after Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin annou(...)

Minister of State for Small Business John Perry. He survived a political onslaught last year after a Commercial Court judgment against him over a €2.47 million debt to Danske Bank. He eventually struck a deal with the bank to restructure the debt. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Small Business John Perry will be fighting to hold on to his job as the Cabinet prepares to reshuffle the Minister of State r(...)

Micheál Martin: said Joan Burton “specialised in a major conjuring trick of both being part of the Government and distancing herself from it”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has described Tánaiste Joan Burton’s pledges of major change as “empty rhetoric”.He claimed Ms Burton “specialised (...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Mr Shatter said it was “nonsense” to suggest he had an animus towards the Bar Council but the council operated, he said, under the motto nolumus mutari or no change. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter launched a broadside against the Bar Council during debate on amendments to the Legal Services Bill. The Bil(...)

Barry Cowen: the Fianna Fáil environment spokesman described the Bill as “stopgap”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Bill to allow a Seanad byelection to go ahead and restore the Government’s majority in the Upper House has been passed in the Dáil. The (...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Merrion Street/Government Information Service.

TDs cheered and applauded loudly as the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys took her seat in the Dáil as the new G(...)