A ship leaves Galway Harbour. An An Bord Pleanála hearing into the redevelopment of the harbour has heard how the expansion could result in new business and jobs. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Galway Harbour could go into terminal decline unless a proposed €126 million redevelopment goes ahead, the second week of a full oral hearing into the(...)

 Catherine Murphy: Independent TD said annual burden of servicing the national debt is only slightly less than the entire first, second and third-level education budget for the year.

Ireland’s national debt is rising €1,000 every second and the taxpayer will spend €8.54 billion this year servicing that debt, the Dáil has hea(...)

Brian Walsh said ‘it never ceases to amaze me how politicians in general can so easily shift and change their positions depending on prevailing circumstances’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael backbencher who voted against the Government on abortion has hit out at former colleagues now in the Reform Alliance. Galway (...)

Lucinda Creighton: “There is no party and there has been no discussion about setting one up.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reform Alliance, comprised of breakaway Fine Gael TDs and Senators, has registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission as a “third part(...)

Billy Timmins, one of the Fine Gael TDs who defied the party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life during pregnancy bill. Mr Timmins said this morning the group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill is not a political party but will operate as a ‘loose alliance’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill are not planning (...)

Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)

Billy Timmins said he believed the legislation could be unconstitutional and “while this legislation may pass, I do not think it will address our problems. Instead it will increase them.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wicklow TD Billy Timmins has joined two Fine Gael backbenchers in confirming his intention to break Government ranks and vote against the abortion l(...)

Fine Gael’s Timmins to oppose abortion Bill  over suicide clause

Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins said today will not support the Government’s legislation on abortion. The Wicklow TD is the third deputy in his part(...)

 Fine Gael TD  Brian Walsh: sharply criticised Coalition partner Labour as he warned the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill would herald a fundamental shift in the culture of care in Irish hospitals.

Sharp divisions have emerged between Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers during the Dáil debate on the controversial abortion legislation.Fine Gael TD B(...)

Peter Matthews: Fine Gael  reneging on a commitment it gave last October to respect the right of conscientious objection

Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews has claimed his party is reneging on a commitment it gave last October to respect the right of conscientious objection.Mr M(...)