Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (left), Eoghan Murphy (front), David Stanton and Regina Doherty announcing their partys Oireachtas Reform Programme at Leinster House on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael has denied its proposals on Dáil reform are an attempt to lure Independent TDs into supporting a minority government. The party published i(...)

Minister of State for Education Damien English acknowledged there had been too much focus on third level education.  Photograph: The Irish Times

There has been too much focus on third level education and not enough on alternative career development routes, a Minister acknowledged in the Dáil on(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath: ‘Very violent people had to be locked up in prison’

MICHAEL O’REGAN Very violent people had to be locked up in prison, Independent TD Finian McGrath told the Dáil in a debate on penal reform.“That is th(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

People who pay for sex will face criminal sanction under new laws that have been approved by the Government.At its weekly meeting, the Cabinet agreed (...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

Committee deputy chairwoman 
Anne Ferris: 
is of the view 
there was a problem with the existing legislation that 
established the commission. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee is reviewing legislation that underpins the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to establish if it provides effectiv(...)

John Tierney: forthcoming in the main as his interviewer established the main facts. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘What kind of money are you spending on consultants?” Sean O’Rourke asked John Tierney, the chief executive of Irish Water, at 10.18am on Thursday wee(...)

Women on their way into the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality earleir this year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A law criminalising payment for sex through prostitution has been recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice.The report on Review of the Legis(...)

World War Two graves in Normandy, France. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Bill offering a pardon and immunity from prosecution to soldiers who deserted the Defence Forces to fight on the Allied side in World War II has (...)