Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

  Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Eric Luke

An easing of austerity in the October budget has been signalled by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. He said the Government had been us(...)

 Leo Varadkar, backed up  Joan Burton  takes to his wheels on a new cycleway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D’s garden party season is in full swing. He has held two of them already – the first, last Saturday, was for families and on Wednesday, he ho(...)

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(...)