Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said Bill will provide crucial legal support and protection for children in their relationships with those parenting them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Legislation described by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as the most important change in family law since the foundation of the State has been approved by the Ca(...)

‘The details of the Children and Family Relationships Bill were announced yesterday by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (above). While most of them had been in the public domain for a year or more the public debate on some of the core issues is only just beginning.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The referendum on same sex marriage is already sliding into a wider debate on a range of issues including adoption, surrogacy, stem-cell research and (...)

‘In the event Simon Harris (above) ran away with the contest (with Eamon Dunphy on Claire Byrne Live) not only because of his ability to marshal the facts but because of his ability to mix it in the verbal exchanges and poke fun at his opponent without losing his cool.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

As the election inches closer the Coalition parties have clearly decided to be much more robust in their response to attacks from political opponents (...)

Socialist Party TD  Paul Murphy  speaking on his release from custody at Terenure Garda station.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The arrest of Paul Murphy, the Socialist Party TD, on Monday generated an avalanche of publicity, but politicians of all hues have been arrested – (...)

The Bill which, among other things, will provide for adoption by same-sex couples, is regarded as an essential component of the campaign to persuade the electorate to vote for same-sex marriage

The Children and Family Relationships Bill, which is due to be published next week, has been the subject of intensive work at political and official l(...)

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has warned that a Yes victory in the referendum on same sex marriage is not asured. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has warned that a Yes victory in the referendum on same sex marriage is not assured.He also expressed serious(...)

 TDs who have strong views on abortion were  put on the spot on Tuesday when Independent TD Clare Daly won the right to a debate on her private member’s Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:32

Party politics, individual conscience and perceived political advantage all played a part in the positions adopted by TDs in Tuesday’s Dáil vote on a (...)

‘Unlike their counterparts in Greece, who proved incapable of dealing with the mess they had created, Fianna Fáil did what was needed in 2009 and 2010 to pull the country back from the brink.’  Above, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Back in 2010 Ireland and Greece were both on the verge of financial meltdown and were only saved from ruin by the intervention of the EU and the Inter(...)

Government Chief Whip in the Seanad Paul Coghlan has expressed concerns that the new lobbying legislation may lead to a culture of secrecy in the Civil Service. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Concern that the new lobbying legislation may lead to a culture of secrecy in the Civil Service has been expressed by Government Chief Whip in the Se(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has agreed to intercede with the European Central Bank  to see how it can help the Oireachtas banking inquiry with its work. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has agreed to intercede with the European Central Bank (ECB) to see how it can help the Oireachtas banking inqui(...)