The strength of opinion at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party was such that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arranged an immediate meeting between concerned TDs and Senators and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

There were sharp exchanges at a private meeting of Labour TDs and Senators last night over the post office network, as well as some criticism a(...)

John O’Donoghue: former ceann comhairle also served as a minister in two Fianna Fáil governments. Photograph: David Sleator

Can Fianna Fáil’s John O’Donoghue be stopped by the party nationally from securing a nomination to contest the next general election in the new Kerry (...)

Sen Catherine Noone at the Oireachtas charity fashion show in support of Motor Neurone Disease Research held in the Shelbourne Hotel.

News has reached us of a distressing episode involving Mattie McGrath, his suitcase and a revolving door. It happened last Thursday week, but n(...)

Labour Party TD Arthur Spring said last night that  the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council ‘are now ok’ with a lower budget adjustment of €2.5 billion.

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said it maintains the view that the fiscal adjustment in next week’s budget should be €3.1 billion. The statement co(...)

Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection. There is a  sense that the Labour Party needs to assert its identity. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The trigger for some of the most prominent heaves against Irish party leaders in recent political history has been an adverse opinion poll. Despite hi(...)

Tánaist Eamon Gilmore: “The pressure on us is to get the budget right and to get us out of the bailout that we were put into.”

The Labour Party and its leader, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, will be under considerable pressure to show they can have a substantial influence on this mon(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour Party politicians have said they have faith their leader after an opinion poll showed support for the party has dropped to its lowest level in (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, talks to the media on the second day of the Labour’s parliamentary party annual think-in at Johnstown House in Co Meath yesterday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Labour’s parliamentary party meeting in Enfield, Co Meath, this week marked the beginning of the second half of its term in Government. To say the com(...)

Kevin Humphreys, one of the Labour backbench TDs who wrote a letter published in  The  Irish Times today. “We will do as much austerity as is needed to secure the recovery. Not a cent more,” they say. Photograph: Davd Sleator

Budget tensions are escalating between Fine Gael and Labour as TDs in the two Government parties clash over the fiscal plan for 2014 . Amid pre(...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

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