Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If Fine Gael did as well in a general election as the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll suggests, it would give the party its second best result in 2(...)

Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new Social Democrats party has unveiled businesswoman Glenna Lynch as a candidate. Ms Lynch came to prominence after questioning the then presiden(...)

  File photo  of a prostitute talking to a driver. Photograph: PA Wire

New legislation on sexual offences criminalises paying for sex with prostitutes, but ensures the person offering sexual services is not guilty of a cr(...)

 Russborough House in Blessington, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rejected a request from the trust which runs Russborough House to allow 100 per cent tax relief on artworks th(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has said Sinn Féin will be judged on whether or not they “jump for government” and abandon their promises(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “This important new Bill provides for wide ranging reform of our laws, including stronger sanctions, aimed at protecting children from sexual exploitation; child abuse material and online grooming.” File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said new legislation lays down tough sentences for those who use the internet and social media to prey on (...)

Charlie Flanagan says he detects “a willingness on the part of the party leaders to move forward” on the North talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “a chart has been set” as part of political attempts to end the latest Stormont crisis. Speakin(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin says Labour want to ‘have a very sharp focus on work paying’.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the Government’s objective in the budget will be to reward people who get up early (...)

The Dáil resumes this afternoon after the summer recess with a debate on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The three-hour debate on the(...)

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds who has decided not to contest the next general election.

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds has confirmed he will not contest the general election. In a surprise move, Mr Dowds said he would step dow(...)