Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Jean-Claude Trichet “did not threaten me”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted he was not threatened by the former president of the European Central Bank, but his predecessor Brian(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2009 and died in June 2011. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil TD has suggested the stress of the banking crisis may have contributed to the illness which killed former minister for finance Brian Len(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell:  says the officer was placed 11th in the order of merit, with the top nine applicants promoted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Defence may seek advice from the Attorney General before making a decision on a controversial Army promotion procedure. Minister o(...)

Limerick TD Dan Neville:  Described by Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch as “one of the pioneers” in raising mental health issue in the Dáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland still had a long way to go in removing the stigma associated with mental illness, Fine Gael TD Dan Neville said. He said some work had been (...)

Senator Catherine Noone: ‘It is simply about getting children to make healthier choices.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has said there should be a “no-fry zone’’ near schools. “The reality is if children are able to make an unhealthy(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said €13.6 billion was being allocated for health services this year.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said reform will have to accompany any further funding of the health services. He said €13.6 billion was being allocated t(...)

 A patient on a trolley in a corridor in the  Accident and Emergency Department of St James’s Hospital. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said reform will have to accompany any further funding of the health services. He said €13.6 billion was being allocated th(...)

Part of the crowd at the launch of Independent TD Michael Lowry’s election campaign in the Anner Hotel in Thurles

The recent launch of Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry’s general election campaign was no ordinary affair. The ballroom of the Anner Hotel, in h(...)