Professor Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, believes tackling the pricing and availability of alcohol is the most effective way to deal with overconsumption. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

The minimum price of a unit of alcohol should be the same as a litre of milk at €1, a liver specialist at Beaumont Hospital has recommended. Pr(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘It’s about time you and your own party took responsibility in all of this.’

There were sharp exchanges in the Dáil over how Sinn Féin members have handled allegations of sexual abuse by republicans in the ongoing controversy (...)

Brendan Smith: ‘When we go on a journey along the Border, we may at times be on our own networks of 3 or Vodafone but suddenly a British network can be used, leaving us with exorbitant charges for transacting business and making or receiving call.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A scathing attack has been launched on EU ministers for communication for a “blatant disregard for consumers” while instead “protecting the profits o(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: she said complexities had been well debated “as well as the issues that need further work and I am committed to proceeding in that vein”. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has pledged to further develop policy for the guardianship rights of non-marital fathers.As the Dáil passed l(...)

Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Sinn Féin was putting the onus on victims to come forward. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she believes Sinn Féin and the IRA have conducted 100 investigations into child abuse.The Minister accu(...)

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys said: “My job is to protect the national monument and that is where my function lies.”

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys has said she is “deeply disappointed” at the decision by Dublin City councillors to vote against proposals fo(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny should have “more understanding” for people who do not have his knowledge of the Irish language, the Dáil has heard. Independent(...)

 Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil chief whip, has called for an independent inquiry into IRA sexual  abuse following claims made by Paudie McGahon. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has called for the Government to consider establishing an independent statutory inquiry into allegations of IRA sexual abuse to stop a “dr(...)

Gerry Adams: “Paudie feels badly let down. Nothing I may say may change that, but I have to say that it is a matter of very, very deep regret for me and he does need support and he does need justice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

The Taoiseach has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the North’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, to issue a clear statement to memb(...)

Enda Kenny told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that when the Stormont Agreement was reached in December, it was accepted and signed off on. Photograph: Eric Luke

Political parties in the North must not walk away “when it comes to the first difficult decision” to be made, the Taoiseach has said about the row in(...)