Robert Dowds TD, second from left, making the point that the boards of the CRC and St Vincent’s are unrepresentative and self-perpetuating. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is strange that it has taken so long for the focus to fall on the inflated salaries paid to some of the leading personalities in the voluntary sect(...)

There is anxiety in both Fine Gael and Labour that public resistance to the €3.2 billion EirGrid project could damage the parties in the upcoming European and local elections. Photograph: David Sleator

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing renewed concerns from his own TDs about plans to build a new network of giant electricity pylons across large rural pa(...)

TDs were left bewildered today when the word “amazeballs” was entered into the Dail record by Aengus O Snodaigh. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TDs were left bewildered today when the word “amazeballs” was entered into the Dáil record by Aengus Ó Snodaigh.Unfortunately the Sinn Féin deputy pro(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher

“It’s quite shameless,” said Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher, with a straight face. He expressed concern and disbelief on behalf of a colleague, though n(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny berated for not attending campaign meetings. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and backbench TD John Deasy became embroiled in a tense spat over the Seanad referendum defeat at tonight’s meeting of the Fine G(...)

An average of 18 reports on missing children were filed in the State each day last year, more than double the figure recorded 10 years earlier. Garda (...)

The figures were released by the Department of Justice in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Fine Gael deputy Bernard Durkan.

Eleven people were murdered by people out on bail last year, according to new figures. This compared to eight murders by people on bail in 2011, six i(...)

The conservative Catholic schoolteacher from Mayo stood by his sense of duty

They don’t make croziers like they used to. Never mind the belt of one – just the cold draught from an upward swing was once enough to cow entire gove(...)

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring: “No scripts today! If you cannot speak without a script for thee minutes ye shouldn’t be in the job you’re in,” he told his EU counterparts.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What’s going to happen next month when we aren’t in charge of Europe any more? All we’ll have to amuse us is the fight to save the Seanad. It’s concen(...)

Jerry Buttimer TD speaks to perinatal psychiatrists Dr Anthony McCarthy and Dr Joanne Fenton outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doctors differ and patients fly. This was the one indisputable fact from day two of the second round of Oireachtas hearings into the pro(...)

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