“Kelly has robbed the hard left of the possibility of more publicity by removing the threat of jail, while also blunting their charge of oppressive State machinery being out to get the anti-water charges movement.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

After weeks of to-ing and fro-ing, Alan Kelly’s water compliance measures finally go to Cabinet today. The main friction seemed to be between t(...)

Disturbance by dogs is the main reason the hare population on Dublin’s Bull Island is almost extinct.The Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphreys, sai(...)

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government and Opposition took exception to the line of questioning at a heated Opposition Leaders’ Questions.The chamber came to life, despite the cl(...)

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 2:07

The Dáil was suspended on Thursday after a row over the standard variable rates charged by banks in Ireland.The five-minute suspension followed a row (...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming: “Essentially, the Government is standing down the Dáil from its proper business for a week so we can discuss its financial envelope for the next general election.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael and Labour were yesterday accused of using the Dáil to launch their election campaign.Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Flemi(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley (standing, centre  left) with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at an  economic conference at the US ambassador’s residence in recent days. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peace campaigners are planning to picket a business event attended by the US ambassador to Ireland on Monday.Kevin O’Malley is guest of honour at the (...)

The Minister for Justice has said she has no evidence of a lack of co-operation between the Garda and the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) in connection with the arrest of Clare Daly on suspicion of drink driving in early 2013.

The Minister for Justice has said she has no evidence of a lack of co-operation between the Garda and the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) i(...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers. He had heard the heads of agencies ref(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has indicated he would welcome a move to allow gardaí to have access to PPS numbers to enforce penalty points. (...)

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte accused the national broadcaster of being “lopsided”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former communications minister Pat Rabbitte did not mince his words when describing RTÉ as a “recruitment sergeant” for the far left and Sinn Féin on (...)