Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

Leo Varadkar: says he has no interest in making things look either better or worse than they are. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that thousands of patients are languishing on unpublished waiting lists for scans and other tests bu(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter says all that was learned from the Irish peace process should be brought to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter has distanced himself from the Government’s acceptance of a Sinn Féin motion recognising the right(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says there are “fundamental issues that go to the heart of what happened at Áras Attracta that need independent investigation, separate from the HSE and Hiqa”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is not ruling out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the Áras Attracta disability centre (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton (right) and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Things are hotting up in the Leinster House jungle. Enda and Joan are now the two most unpopular residents in camp and fighting for their political li(...)

Sinn Féin’s health and children spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin put the issue of child poverty before Minister for Children Dr James Reilly in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Child poverty increased in Ireland from 18 per cent to 28.6 per cent between the years 2008 and 2012, Sinn Féin health and children spokesman Caoimhgh(...)

Gerry Adams: getting a chilly response. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What do Gerry Adams and the pope have in common? To their true believers, they are infallible. There was a strange atmosphere in the chamber yesterday(...)

Health workers spray each other with disinfectant after they removed the body of a woman suspected of dying from Ebola  in Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday.

The National Virus Reference Laboratory has tested 18 samples from 12 patients with reported symptoms of Ebola and a relevant travel history, but all (...)

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health and James O’Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”. Mr Ó Caoláin de(...)

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he never bought or read the Sunday Independent, which reported yesterday that party fundraisers covered the €10,000 cost of the flights.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald would not have been directly involved in buying business clas(...)