Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Hard cases make bad law. But hard cases also test bad law and expose contradictions and lacunae, and it seems that Ireland has a bewildering propensit(...)

Kathleen Lynch has urged political parties to give their views on abortion before election, saying it would “allow the people to decide who gets elected and who does not’’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch has challenged political parties to include their views on abortion in manifestos at the next gener(...)

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

The Sex Workers Alliance  criticised the new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill at a candlelit vigil outside Leinster House.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government’s new laws for prostitution will endanger sex workers and do nothing to reduce sex trafficking, representatives of the Sex Workers Alli(...)

Leo Varadkar chose his response to an abortion Bill tabled by Clare Daly, in which he all but said a referendum is needed someday to repeal the eighth amendment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Last night saw one of those rare Leinster House moments: a speech of significance during a private member’s debate - the usually formulaic motions put(...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar said there was no perfect abortion law and never would be. “We will always be challenged to amend and refine whatever law we have and so we should,’’ he added. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:41

Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar has ruled out holding a referendum to legalise abortion.He called for a “considered and careful’’ debate on the is(...)


Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the constitutional restrictions on abortion are too “restrictive” and have a “chilling effect” on doctors.Sp(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)