Minister For Health Leo Varadkar: said it appeared some girls first suffered symptoms at about the time they received the vaccine, and understandably some parents had connected it to their daughters’ condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Teenage girls who believe the ill-health they are suffering is because of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be treated based on their sy(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: defended the Government’s record on worker protection. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Increasing numbers of “rogue employers” are behaving like the owners of Clerys department store by setting up shelf companies and leaving workers wit(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has  commended a social worker who “blew the whistle on the appalling extent of the abuse and the numbers of children who may have been affected”  in a foster home in the southeast. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Evidence of reckless endangerment may surface in the case of abuse in a foster home in the southeast, Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has told the Se(...)

Catherine Murphy said there were “obvious questions of probity”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Questions have been raised about the awarding of the call service contract for Irish Water to Cork-based company Abtran. Social Democrats TD Catheri(...)

Senator Fergal Quinn introduces his last piece of legislation before his retirement from the Upper House.

A Bill that prohibits the use of a drone to photograph, video or conduct surveillance of another person’s home has been introduced in the Seanad. In(...)

Fine Gael’s David Stanton: told the Dáil it should be a “privilege to be a member of a committee, not a right”.

A Fine Gael TD has criticised the poor attendance by some members of the House at Dáil committee meetings. Chairman of the Oireachtas Justice Committ(...)

 Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said there were “obvious questions of probity” in the awarding of an Irish Water contract to Abtran. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Questions have been raised about the awarding of the call service contract for Irish Water to Cork-based company Abtran. Social Democrats TD Catheri(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: says  there has to be normal negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has rejected calls for the proposed merger of institutes of technology not to go ahead without the agreement of(...)

Dáil proceedings were delayed for almost 10 minutes on Wednesday because not enough TDs were present for the normal 9.30am start. Government Chief Wh(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

One of the first decisions of a new government after the general election will be whether to send another Irish naval vessel to the Mediterranean to (...)