Athenians wave Greek flags during a protest rally outside the Greek parliament building in Syntagma square, central Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The rise of Sinn Féin in opinion polls in Ireland and a similar surge of support for Podemos in Spain is “the best help” that can be given to the n(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill. 2:35

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

MARIE O’HALLORANThe Seanad has rejected by 30 votes to 22 a Sinn Féin proposal that any decision by a future Oireachtas to privatise water services wo(...)

Senator John Kelly said some water charge protesters at Wednesday’s demonstration wanted nothing but to ‘create anarchy’. File  photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Labour Senator John Kelly accused some of those on Wednesday’s protest march against water charges of thuggery.Mr Kelly said he complimented those who(...)

Colm Burke: “The level of abuse and threats made to people has been outrageous.”     Photograph:  Tony O’Connell Photography

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke said it was “very sad” that a Cork hotel had to cancel an event due to the security risks posed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny,(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said that Irish Water was  necessary as an infrastructural  utility. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he would not rule out holding a referendum to ensure Irish Water stays in public ownership.He was sp(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said it was “completely and utterly wrong to tarnish an entire community” over concerns about criminality by some after anti-Roma protests took place on Manor Street in Waterford.

Anti-Roma protests in Waterford city over the weekend have been described as “cowardly, prejudiced and racist” by Minister of State for Equality, Aodh(...)

Gerry Adams: The IRA on occasion shot alleged sex offenders or expelled them,” he said.  “While this may have been expedient at the time it was not appropriate.”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night abuse victims were failed by the IRA policy of shooting alleged sex offenders. His admission came as T(...)