Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin:  “To add insult to injury, the independence and autonomy of Leader and rural development companies has been fatally undermined by the Government.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Administration costs accounted for 33 per cent of the expenditure on the Leader rural development programme until this year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny t(...)

Minister of State Joe McHugh said patients should not have to attend hospital unnecessarily, with all the added stresses and possible complications that could be involved.

  There was a need for the health service to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes, Fine Gael’(...)

Paul Murphy TD said Minister Alan Kelly was “swaggering around the place like Nelson from the Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money’’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Legislation dealing with a refusal to pay water charges will be published shortly after Easter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Minister for t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Cabinet will consider proposals from Minister Alan Kelly in relation to legislation for people who refuse to pay water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Legislation dealing with a refusal to pay water charges will be published shortly after Easter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.Minister for the Environ(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)

The HSE is entitled to answer charges made against it on baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said that was the w(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: legislation facilitates fundamental attack on child’s rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has warned the Government and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that legislation updating family law will destr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he cannot indicate when the Portlaoise hospital report will be published. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he cannot indicate when the Portlaoise hospital report will be published. “It would be wrong to publish what is a draft (...)

John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

Former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election has cleared the way for the party(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner will be made available as soon as possible. She said she understands the Taoiseach is of the same view. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissio(...)