Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she would examine the supports available to all families with children in advance of the October bud(...)

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator David Norris claimed Irish people were “filthy’’ as he repeated his criticism of the neglect of Dublin’s O’Connell Street. He sa(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad he is putting “key building blocks” in place for universal healthcare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is putting “key building blocks” in place for the introduction of universal healthcare as quickly as possib(...)

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Credit unions unhappy with lending restrictions can apply for a review of their conditions, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. He defended (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the difference between gross income and net income should be taken into account when talking about tax cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The difference between gross and net income should be taken into account when considering tax cuts, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told the Dáil.(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has suggested his comments on Greece at a meeting of euro zone ministers on Monday were misrepresented. He told t(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘The British and its military forces actively colluded with unionist paramilitaries to cause the deaths of many hundreds of people in the conflict.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British government has to account for its policy of collusion with unionist paramilitaries and murder gangs, Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  The Government lost a Seanad vote on a demand that Ms Humphreys should address the House on the sale of paintings from  Russborough House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Alfred Beit foundation was an independent trust and could not be instructed on how to do its business, Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Hum(...)

 Head of Dominican Monk by Rubens, which is one of the  paintings in the Beit collection.

The Alfred Beit foundation is an independent trust and cannot be instructed on how to do its business, Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphre(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reported collusion between British forces and loyalist paramilitaries is to be discussed at a meeting between the Taoiseach and the British prime mi(...)