Fianna Fáil spokesman on disability, mental health and special needs Colm Keaveney described the HSE’s basic assessment and treatment of children with speech and language needs as “grossly inadequate”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 32,000 children were on waiting lists for speech and language assessments and interventions in December, according to figures from(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin delivers the leader’s address to  the party’s 75th ardfheis in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is in crisis. The Cabinet appears divided. The Taoiseach is all over the place – his carefully constructed image wilting (...)

Alastair Campbell: ‘I don’t buy the idea that sport can’t survive financially without sponsorship [from the alcohol industry].’ Photograph: David Sleator

“If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it,” said Alastair Campbell, t(...)

George Hook  will retire from television after the 2015 Rugby World Cup which takes place in the autumn of next year.

In what will be the longest goodbye in the history of Irish broadcasting, George Hook has announced his retirement but not just yet. The outspoken bro(...)

Daunting tasks: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For all its success in the achievement of a smooth bailout exit, the Government faces a daunting task in 2014 as it seeks to establish durable access (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “I think the fortunes of the Labour Party are bound up in the progress we are making” towards restoring the State’s fortunes. Photograph: Frank Miller

This time last year Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore gave a very upbeat interview to this newspaper about the year ahead: 2013, he said, would be a turning poin(...)

Wicklow Independent Stephen Donnelly challenged the Tánaiste on an ESRI report indicating that the poorest 10 per cent of people were being asked to give up the most. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore believes he knows the identity of Fianna Fáil’s next parliamentary recruit.Galway East Independent Colm Keaveney has already jo(...)

The tide of positive sentiment appears to have benefited the leaders of the establishment parties, with the satisfaction rating for Enda Kenny up two to 33 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

An important chapter in Ireland’s economic history closes later this week with our exit from the EU-IMF bailout programme.The latest Irish Times/Ipsos(...)

Colm Keaveney: Now firmly in residence on the Fianna Fáil benches. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Christmas has crept up on Leinster House. But it’s here now. Trees are twinkling inside the building and the official tree-lighting ceremon(...)

Peter Mathews: The former Fine Gael TD says he is “not fussy about the jersey I wear” when it comes to standing for the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is giving Dublin South Independent TD Peter Mathews one month to decide whether he wants to stand for the party in next year’s European el(...)

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