Tánaiste Joan Burton and Abi Boxshall (2), from Lucan, at the  launch of Standing Up For Families, Labour’s plan for quality and affordable childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has pledged significant reductions in childcare costs if the Labour Party is returned to Government. Launching the plan along wi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said when there is somebody who is ‘obviously and self-evidently suited to a particular position, then a Minister...may make that appointment’.

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has called on the Government not to engage in an “orgy farewell appointments” to State boards as its term i(...)

The appointment by Tánaiste Joan Burton of David Begg to the  role of  chair of the Pension Authority has been criticised.

Tánaiste John Burton has admitted using an exceptional clause in new guidelines to appoint David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority. Mr Begg(...)

Labour TD Ciara Conway expressed frustration that those who had reached 66 were still not receiving their pension payments. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Waterford Crystal workers have still not received their pensions despite agreement last December following a lengthy legal battle, the Dáil has heard.(...)

 Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Conway,  who spoke in favour of the Sinn Féin proposal, were absent for the vote. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Government last night rejected a Sinn Féin motion calling for the State to grant ethnic minority status to Travellers by 58 to 39 votes. Labour M(...)

Aodháin Ó Riordáin: everyone in the Dáil should stand by truth and “the truth is that the Travelling community in this State in this Republic are a distinct ethnic group” and they deserved recognition. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil will vote on Wednesday on a Sinn Féin motion calling on the State to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Minister of State for Equality (...)

Labour calls for State subsidies to be extended to private childcare providers in a policy document to be published on Wednesday.

Labour calls for State subsidies to be extended to private childcare providers in a policy document to be published on Wednesday. It will make six rec(...)

We are family: Gary Honer and Ciara Conway on their wedding day in 2013, with Conway’s daughter Aeva-May. Photograph: Keith Fitzgerald

“He is her dad, she is his daughter, but just not in the eyes of the law.” Labour TD Ciara Conway is one of thousands of parents stuck in a legal limb(...)

Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Before explaining why his Government was about to vote down a Bill aimed at helping parents struggling to come to terms with a fatal diagnosis for the(...)

The Dáil is voting on the TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s Bill to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated in the Dail by 104 votes to 20 with th(...)