Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

Alan Kelly: If a household has not registered by this date, “it will not be able to receive this €100 grant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

June 30th will be the deadline for registering with Irish Water to be eligible for receipt of the water conservation grant this year, Minister for Env(...)

Local communities hould be informed before a decision is taken to close a post office, Taoiseach says. Photograph: Frank Miller

Local communities must use their post offices if they want to keep them open, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.He made his comments as Independent TD Tom(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and his proposals to ensure compliance with the payment of (...)

 Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton said the idea that you could have discussions about all aspects of the establishment of a major utility, yet have no notes of those meetings, was “just not credible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lucinda Creighton is seeking a formal inquiry into the lack of full documentation of meetings between then minister for the environment Phil Hogan an(...)

Former government minister Pat Carey described the gay marriage referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on marriage equality. The referendum on whether to allow marriage bet(...)

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(...)