Independent TD Mattie McGrath is holding meetings with advocacy groups opposed to both the Bill and the referendum. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will “probably” vote No in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.The Tipperary deputy becomes the first (...)

Former Fine Gael minister of state for Europe, Lucinda Creighton, held a “Reboot Ireland” event on January 2nd with financial adviser and commentator Eddie Hobbs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The launch of Lucinda Creighton’s new party will not take place within the eight week deadline she set in January.The launch is now expected in early (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce pla(...)

Ray Butler, Fine Gael TD for Meath West

Fine Gael TD Ray Butler has said a woman protester “hopped herself” against his car as he drove away from a meeting in his Meath constituency office t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I suppose ... maybe one of the advantages of urban areas is that you can have school choice.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a wide choice of schools has worked well in his “ethnically diverse” constituency.Mr Varadkar, who represent(...)

 Leo Varadkar  speaking on ‘Building a Health Service We Can Be Proud Of’ at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he expects a “very significant increase” in the number of people signing-up for health insurance this year. Mr V(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was responding to The Irish Times story that salary was one reason former HSE director Tony O’Connell resigned unexpectedly after nine months in his €147, 549 job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has this morning said “the market has spoken” in relation to HSE wage levels and Ireland was now having difficulty co(...)

Senator Paul Coghlan: “crime overlords” involved in fuel laundering in the Border region seemed able to act with scant regard for the law.

A Fine Gael Senator has said “crime overlords” involved in fuel laundering in the Border region seemed able to act with scant regard for the law.Senat(...)

Prof Crown told the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting there was never a year during the Troubles when more people died from violence than died from smoking-related diseases. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Senator John Crown has said he wants to see the “bankruptcy” of the “evil” tobacco industry.Prof Crown told the British Irish Parliamentar(...)

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin said Mr Kenny was “wrong” and “overly simplistic” in his portrayal of Fianna Fáil as the party that wrecked the economy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has this morning accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of delivering a “big political lie” in a recent television interview.M(...)