Claims that the IRA has gone away are a “blatant lie”, says the son of the only prison officer murdered in the Republic during the Troubles. His comme(...)

Patrick O’Donovan TD, Fine Gael: said “ordinary working people” in rural areas were “sick to the back teeth of listening to people give out” about them receiving the €100 grant. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

A Government backbencher has told the Dáil the €100 water conservation grant should be an ongoing scheme because of the costs involved in group water (...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals issued by the Government this week will not prevent a fiasco like last year’s cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park recurr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Opposition TDs are seeking to have four State-backed agencies removed from a new expert group on climate change in a bid to preserve its independenc(...)

Data compiled by the Department of the Environment shows that Government funding for local authority housing has fallen by €35 million since 2012. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Government funding for local authority housing has fallen by €35 million since 2012, new statistics show.Data compiled by the Department of the Envir(...)

Pearse Doherty has said the first action of Sinn Féin in government would be to scrap domestic water charges and abolish Irish Water.

Sinn Féin has reversed its previous policy of keeping Irish Water as a utility and now says it will abolish the semi-state as well as water charges.Th(...)

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said reducing the voting age could lead to a demand for a lowering of the age threshold in other areas including the sale of tobacco and alcohol, the use of sunbeds and access to most social welfare schemes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Reducing the voting age limit from 18 to 16 could result in a demand for a similar drop in the legal age for smoking and drinking alcohol, the Dáil ha(...)