Former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a story that won’t go away. For all Fianna Fáil’s rebranding efforts, the troublesome past always comes back to haunt it. Tuesday’s edition of(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures. He said Mi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he insisted the scheme had brought about an end to years of uncertainty and costs for the women

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to intervene in the Government scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy following claims that it is adversar(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett poses for a picture at the anti-water charges protest at the Central Bank in Dublin last February.Photograph: Dave Meehan

A Bill to ensure compliance from “won’t pay” debtors, including those who refuse to pay water charges, has been introduced in the Dáil today. The Civi(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Shane Ross described the retention of the Aer Lingus headquarters in Dublin as “a meaningless, token gesture”. “One could have a(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

A national women’s and infants’ health programme to improve maternity services is to be established by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He told th(...)

 Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, leaving the Dáil following the  Oireachtas health committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is to meet RTÉ director general Noel Curran over allegations the HSE tried to suppress last year’s Prime Time progr(...)

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

The Bundestag was in the Dáil yesterday.However, it was no takeover of the national parliament, despite claims that Germany is calling the fiscal shot(...)

Cavan General Hospital: despite four infant deaths in 30 months and concerns raised about the slow progress of investigations, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said a review of all deaths at the unit was not warranted ‘at this stage’. Photograph: Colm Connaughton

Cavan General Hospital, where a baby died during childbirth on Tuesday, is still investigating three earlier infant deaths that occurred up to thre(...)