Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today Fine Gael remains committed to implementing universal health care in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted the Government remains committed to implementing universal health care. He told the Dáil on Wednesday it was taking (...)

Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

Senators have strongly condemned the publication of a newspaper article on a Garda investigation into alleged abuse by a former minister. Independent(...)

“Bees by their nature do not respect, regard or identify with borders. They do not fly over large expanses of water either, which is an advantage in our case”

Labour Senator John Whelan has called for the development of apiculture to create jobs. He said it was astounding that Ireland, renowned for its agri(...)

Traffic is an issue in Tipperary town where thousands of vehicals a day pass through the main street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It is noon in Tipperary town and the traffic jam on Main Street is an incongruous sight, given the local economic woes. There was a time in rural Irel(...)

A severe shortage of nurses is a major cause of patients on trolleys in the State’s hospitals, Sinn F éin health spokesman Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said. (...)

The final stages of the Marriage Bill 2015, giving effect to the Yes vote in last May’s referendum, was passed by the Seanad on Thursday. 1:36

Legislation paving the way for same-sex marriage has passed all stages in the Oireachtas and now goes to President Michael D Higgins for signing. The(...)

Joan Burton told the Dáil on Thursday Iarnród Éireann had said it was willing to share the benefits arising from future productivity measures undertaken by the drivers. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she believes there is a basis for agreement to avert the planned three-hour strike by train drivers on Friday. “I would (...)

Joe McHugh: “This bottom-up approach is also Unesco’s favoured policy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad when Minister of State Joe McHugh said there was little prospect of getting Irish monastic sites on the Unesc(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The school completion programme is more complex than the schools themselves, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has told the Dáil. “It also involve(...)

  Taoiseach   Enda Kenny: “Paramilitarism in all its vestiges must be removed”. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the report into paramilitaries in Northern Ireland clearly raised matters of very serious concern. He told the Dáil yest(...)