Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil): asked if it was acceptable that a consultant had gone on maternity leave  and would not be replaced until September.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 850 people were told this week by two Galway hospitals that all outpatient rheumatology clinics for July and August had been cancelled, Fia(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Department of Finance submission to the commission on low pay has warned of “serious risks” in increasing the national minimum wage, the Dáil has he(...)

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash said the Bill would provide for a new framework to replace the former sectoral registered employment agreements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New industrial relations legislation was “a significant step forward for workers and employers’’, said Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash . “It pr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Averil Power said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is “a leader without any followers”. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said he regrets the decision by Senator Averil Power to resign from the party, but he rejected her criticisms an(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin think they have a “god” at the helm of the party, Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary has claimed. Mr Calleary was speaking at the Fianna Fáil ardf(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has had enough of “juvenile” behaviour. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

You have to hand it to Micheal Martin. He can move fast when he puts his mind to it. The Fianna Fail leader is sick to the back teeth with certain sen(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

“I believe Maíria Cahill. I believe Mr McGahon. I believe there are questions to be answered and Sinn Féin are in a position to answer those and Gerry Adams in particular is,” the Taoiseach said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Sinn Féin still has questions to answer on the allegations of IRA sex abuse made by Maíria Cahill and Paudie McGahon and the(...)

Some big-name companies such as McDonald’s (above), Tesco, JD Wetherspoon, Domino’s and Sports Direct have come in for heavy criticism for using zero-hour contracts in Britain. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Employers in Britain have found themselves in the firing line lately over their use of zero-hour contracts. Under these, employees must be availabl(...)