A referendum on abortion ‘shouldn’t be done on foot of a tragedy or a very hard case’, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A referendum on abortion should not take place in the run-up to a general election because candidates might be forced into making commitments, Ministe(...)

Irish Water will ask people to “self report” on medical conditions, which will allow them reduce their water charges bill, the Dáil has heard.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says people can save on water charges by turning off the tap when they brush their teeth.Mr Kenny said people underestimated the (...)

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has congratulated Simon Coveney on his additional appointment as Minister for Defence as well has having responsibility for Agriculture, the Marine and Food. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has received praise from an unexpected quarter.Socialist Party TD Clare Daly congratulated him on h(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney accompanied by Lt Col Dennis Harrington (left) Officer Commanding at a review of the 46th Infantry Group, who are due to be deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Irish troops will not be sent into a civil war in Syria, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has warned. He insisted the Government had not yet decided(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has called for the Garda Ombudsman commissioners to be sacked and for the report into the allegations of pos(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next drugs rehabilitation centre or shelter for the homeless should be established on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the Seanad has heard.Independent (...)

The byelections to replace two TDs who have been elected to the European parliament, will take place on Friday, October 10th, Taoiseach Enda Kenny h(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.Mr Kenny described the (...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has called for the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) commissioners to be sacked. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has called for the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) commissioners to be sacked. He also called for the report into the (...)

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this coming Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this(...)