Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle: said that in Ireland 4,300 asylum seekers were in 34 direct provision centres, living in “inhumane conditions not fit for the 21st century”. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Renewed calls have been made for the Government to abolish the system of direct provision for asylum seekers.Independent TD Thomas Pringle, introduci(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said any Government Minister who lived outside Dublin but had a second home in the capital would benefit from reduced water charges on that residence, it has emerged. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Any Government Minister who lives outside Dublin but has a second home in the capital will benefit from reduced water charges on that residence, it ha(...)

Catherine Murphy TD (Ind). “It seems that the position you took then is not one you are prepared to take now, 
when
public opinion is on your side and you are in a position to do something about it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has been accused of disappointing Labour party members who had opposed the 1983 abortion referendum. Independent TD Catherine (...)

A Bill, introduced by Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger,  has been introduced in the Dáil to allow a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution which prohibits abortion.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Bill has been introduced in the Dáil to allow a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution. which prohibits abortion.As another “Mar(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told the Dáil that regulator was considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The regulator is considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption, Minister for the Env(...)

 Catherine Murphy:  says she will discuss the matter   later with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said the composition of the Dáil technical group should be raised with the Committee on Procedure and Privileges an(...)

Asking people to pay for contaminated water was monstrous, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.In sharp exchanges with Taoiseach Enda (...)

Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Many older people are struggling to afford to heat their homes and pay for medical care, a public meeting in Dublin has heard. Around 200 people atten(...)

Almost one-third of county councils are in a position to cut the property tax by the full 15 per cent allowable next year and still be in a position (...)

 Pearse Doherty today accused the media of failing to hold those in power to account and told delegates at the MacGill  summer School that   Ireland was unique in not having any left-wing media.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil-style cronyism “is as prevalent as ever within the current Government” and there is no prospect of either a radical vision or a shift of f(...)