Under the current civil debt legislation, utility companies including Irish Water as well as sole traders can apply to the courts to recover payment of debts ranging from €500 to €4,000.

Legislation to allow for the court-ordered attachment of earnings or social welfare payments of “won’t pay” debtors now goes to the President for sign(...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien has called for the intervention of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar into the case of his constituent Colm Callaghan, who “requires life saving medical attention and an operation that is only available in Canada”.

A health insurer has been accused of attempting to “backslide” on lifesaving surgery for an eligible customer because of the €200,000 cost. Fianna Fái(...)

A call has been made for a cull of seagulls who are “endangering society” and “invading towns”. Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan said “they’ve actu(...)

Jillian van Turnhout, Alliance chief executive, and Dr Nóirín Hayes, chairperson of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are still being imprisoned for non-payment of fines because legislation first passed five years ago to allow payment by instalment has not yet(...)

Labour’s Ivana Bacik pointed out that lenient sentencing in rape cases was being appealed.

A heated row erupted in the Seanad after Fianna Fáil’s Mark Daly claimed the judicial ranks “are full of white, middle-aged, conservative men” passing(...)

Independent TD John Halligan clashed with the Tánaiste in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Medical consultants are the principal recipients of high- level State pensions, Tánaiste Joan Burton has claimed, as she faced pressure for moves to s(...)

Legislation has been introduced to allow workers to have their hours increased “in a very gentle fashion” over time. Sinn Féin jobs spokesman Peadar T(...)

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, wants legislation introduced  to cut the pensions now being restored to former taoisigh, ministers and senior civil servants.

Medical consultants are the principal recipients of high level State pensions, Tánaiste Joan Burton has said, during a rowdy session of Leaders’ Quest(...)

Minister  for Defence Simon Coveney:  thanked Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle   for “his distinguished service and important contribution” as chief of staff. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation has been passed to facilitate the promotion of a Naval Service officer, for the first time, to the rank of chief of staff of the Defence(...)

Gerry Adams: “The house was occupied for days by the Parachute regiment. They destroyed everything.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Truth still eludes the relatives of the 11 people killed in Ballymurphy, west Belfast, between August 9th and 11th, 1971, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has s(...)