Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

’Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his party leader.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Toddler was away in Brussels on Wednesday. He left the Baby Brute in charge. Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his part(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health, disability and special needs Colm Keaveney obtained data showing hundreds of children with special needs are awaiting support. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 700 children with special educational needs are on waiting lists in Dublin and Cork for early intervention supports from the HSE, new figure(...)

Colm Keaveney:  said a report had revealed that 3,000 “vulnerable children” were on a  mental health services waiting list, with 400 waiting for longer than one year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney described Tánaiste Joan Burton as “a cold-hearted technocrat” in sharp exchanges on children’s waiting lists for mental (...)

Kathleen Lynch: there is a need for “an integrated approach across community, residential and other service areas”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch said she was concerned that waiting times on the nursing home fair deal scheme were running at about 15 w(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to postpone charging school transport fees for families who are still waiting on the outcome of their discretionary medical card review.

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to postpone charging school transport fees for families who are still waiting on the outcome of their discre(...)

Fianna Fail disability spokesman Colm Keaveney said the decision by the Department of Environment to stop funding an advocacy service for deaf people  “defies logic”.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A decision by the Department of Environment to stop funding an advocacy service for deaf people is to be debated in the Dáil today.Fianna Fail TD John(...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: said she had not ignored psychiatrists’ concerns but had passed information on to the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary mental health service is one of the best resourced services in the country, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch ha(...)

A shrine set up at the site of what is believed to be the location of a mass grave of up to 800 children in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galwy. Photograph: EPA

A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State. The dec(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)