Aengus O’Snodaigh: ‘It does not take six  months to learn how to stack shelves.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Monitoring of the JobBridge scheme had revealed the vast majority of internships were found to be satisfactory, Minister for Communications, Energy(...)

Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has warned that the rigidity of the political party whip system in Ireland could lead to fascism. Peter Mathews, formerly of Fine Ga(...)

Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh claims the Government has sat on its hands since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s review of the Irish pension system was published. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government has given the go-ahead for an expert group to begin work on a new retirement plan to address the “pensions time bomb”. Tánaiste Joan B(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has suspended the Dáil following a row between Sinn Féinn and Tánaiste Joan Burton. 4:36

The Dáil was suspended three times amid a row between Sinn Féin TDs, the Government and Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. The House was initially suspend(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Leinster House, Dublin, after staging a sit-in following her suspension from the Dáil. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:28

“It’s very peaceful in here,” quipped Mary Lou McDonald, smiling up at an almost full gallery of bored and weary journalists.It was her response to a (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (r) speaks to the media after Dublin South West byelection candidate Cathal King (c) lost out on a Dáil seat to Paul Murphy of the Anti Austerity Alliance. Sinn Féin had adopted an arguably more nuanced approach to the contentious issue since that defeat. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fearful Coalition politicians have been watching and waiting for the austerity issue that would finally push resilient and long-suffering Irish people(...)

Ruth Gilhool and her son Ronan:  “We can’t bring him to places that are too open or  too crowded. It’s not the sort care where you knock off at five o’clock; it’s seven days a week, full on.”   Photograph: Eamon Ward

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition in recent days calling on the Government to restore the 19 per cent cut made to the respite grant for ca(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Gerry Adams: The IRA on occasion shot alleged sex offenders or expelled them,” he said.  “While this may have been expedient at the time it was not appropriate.”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night abuse victims were failed by the IRA policy of shooting alleged sex offenders. His admission came as T(...)

Backing the leader: Pearse Doherty  and Mary Lou McDonald listen to  Gerry Adams’s   address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2014 in Wexford Opera House earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, said he knew Maíria Cahill and believed she had been abused but rejected her allegation that the par(...)