Fine Gael’s Anthony Lawlor: says the 7,500 people who made submissions “have been led up the garden path for the past 18 months”.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been accused of “procrastination” and “waffle” in the delay over the introduction of development regulat(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about increases in ministerial pensions which will be given to former office holders such as ex -taois(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said pubs need to be able to adjust to the competition provided by supermarkets. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Greg Mulholland, a UK Liberal Democrat MP and traditional pub industry campaigner, put on a frightfully good show on Tuesday when he addressed the Oir(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: He held out some hope that he might revisit the Standard Life shareholder issue.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he does not intend to grant relief to Irish shareholders in Standard Life, many of whom are facing subst(...)

File photograph: Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) with Enda Kenny,  Phil Hogan and Richard Bruton. Minister for Children James Reilly has said he would welcome Mr Flannery back to the party.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he “absolutely would welcome” former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery back into the party. Dr Reilly sa(...)

John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)

Derek Nolan, centre: told the Dáil the level of anger on the streets of Galway about Irish Water was off the scale. Photograph: David Sleator

Government backbenchers expressed concern in the Dáil yesterday about Irish Water and the charges to be implemented. Sean Kyne (FG) said he wished he(...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

“Few TDs are perceived to be more holier-than-thou than Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Labour Party TD for Dublin Bay North.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish psyche can be a hard thing to fathom at the best of times. A politician might be up to all kind of things but will only be utterly condemned(...)

(From left) Martin Heydon TD, Anthony Lawlor TD and Richard Bruton TD at a Fine Gael meeting on Thursday on the referendum to abolish the Seanad.

Fine Gael has succeeded in flipping Paddy Hillery’s famous exhortation to a Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis a generation ago: “You can have Boland but you ca(...)