Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Bill would provide for borrowers to “retain protections after their loans are sold” to unregulated financial services providers, which are not bound by the Central Bank codes.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation to protect consumers whose loans are sold to unregulated service providers including “vulture funds” has been introduced in the Dáil.Mini(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan (left) laughs with European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici during an Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rejected claims that Ireland’s bank debt is unsustainable. He also dismissed suggestions of a “lack of solidar(...)

Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has warned that the rigidity of the political party whip system in Ireland could lead to fascism. Peter Mathews, formerly of Fine Ga(...)

 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(...)

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 was published on Monday afternoon by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three years behind schedule, after a myriad of consultations and drafts, the Government has finally published the State’s first climate change Bill to(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy says she had asked specific parliamentary questions about awarding contracts for the installation of water meters, one of which was “flatly refused” and the reply to another question was “so anaemic it was a non-answer”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Questions have been raised in the Dáil about the procedures used in awarding contracts for the installation of water meters and if they met European (...)

Roscommon resident  fills up water containers from a well. File  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Householders in northeast Roscommon will not have clean water until March 2017, more than a year after the next general election, the Dáil has heard.A(...)

Catherine Murphy: insisted that providing shelter for the homeless was about money

Providing accommodation for the homeless was not just a question of money: “It is a question of managing effectively . . . to have as many people off(...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis introduced a Dáil debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to deal with an anomaly in existing legislation.

A Garda training programme on domestic violence, axed because of lack of funding, must be re-instated, the chairman of the Oireachtas justice committe(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy: said   ‘people are not fools’. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish
Times

The Government has not managed to “brainwash” people about water charges, which remain a revenue raising and not a conservation issue, Independent TD (...)