Minister for Children James Reilly has established a working group, which includes representatives from several Government departments, to look at the childcare issue. Photograph: Collins

Government efforts to make childcare more affordable and allow increased numbers of parents to enter the workplace are likely to focus on widening acc(...)

Earlier this week, we published an article detailing the number of Dáil debates and committee meetings in which TDs had spoken during 2014.The piece a(...)

Kerry South deputy Michael Healy-Rae said he had ‘grave concerns’ about the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

TDs with connections to the pub trade have expressed mixed views about the Government’s measures designed to reduce alcohol consumption. Kerry South d(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said there had been increased investment in Garda vehicles of up to €27 million over the past number of years. Photograph: Frank Miller

The deliberate ramming of Garda vehicles was a matter of grave concern, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil.She said the safety of g(...)

Mountain-top Christian cross was discovered felled on Saturday morning  by climbers and posted on the Kerry Climbing social media website. It is suspected that the vandalism was planned and carried out by a group.

Gardaí are being dispatched to the top of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, near Killarney after the mountain-top Christian cross was cut dow(...)

Eoghan Murphy of Fine Gael Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Irish Water could become an unreformable “Goliath” superstructure similar to the HSE unless it is set up as a new stand-alone entity, a Government ba(...)

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(...)

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)