Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: “We besmirched our lofty ambitions and ideals and made hollow our promise to cherish all of the children of the nation equally.” Photograph: Alan Betson

An inter-departmental historical review of mother-and-baby homes throughout the State is to be completed by the end of the month, Minister for Childr(...)

The group is understood to include former Labour junior minister Róisín Shortall (above), as well as Independents John Halligan (Waterford), Thomas Pringle (Donegal South-West) and Catherine Murphy (Kildare North)

A number of Independent TDs, including Labour rebels, have held discussions about organising an umbrella group of left-wing candidates to run in next (...)

Lucinda Creighton is among the members of the Reform Alliance, the Fine Gael breakaway group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night refused to extend committee membership rights to the Reform Alliance, the Fine Gael breakaway group. The newly formed (...)

Billy Timmins, one of the Fine Gael TDs who defied the party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life during pregnancy bill. Mr Timmins said this morning the group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill is not a political party but will operate as a ‘loose alliance’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill are not planning (...)

The Government looks likely to guillotine the Bill paving the way for the abolition of Seanad Éireann, the whip of the Dáil’s technical group has said(...)