Derek Nolan: The Labour Party candidate seen here at the Galway West count has few regrets, he says.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Early on Saturday morning it was clear that my Dáil career was over. I had known for years that the fight would be difficult but it became apparent in(...)

Universal Social Charge  was introduced in 2010 by the then Fianna Fáil-led government. Photograph: Getty Images

The proposed abolition of the universal social charge (USC) by three of the big parties has provoked a row on whether or not it will narrow the tax ba(...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

An Aer Arann aircraft refueling at Galway Airport. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In a further twist to the row over the Government’s handling of the Aran Islands air link, a feasibility study on the future of Galway Airport recomme(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The airlink involves subsidising islanders’ use of three daily return flights to and from Inis Mór on weekdays and two return flights at weekends

Aran islanders have appealed to the Government to avert cutbacks to their air link which could jeopardise the economic viability of coastal communitie(...)

NUIG initiated a task force in January in response to an Equality Tribunal finding in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington late last year

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged NUI Galway (NUIG) to ensure there is “proper consultation” with staff on the issue of gender equality.(...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington taking part in the demonstration to highlight gender inequality at the Quadrangle at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Campaigners for gender equality at NUI Galway, who are seeking promotion of five female lecturers, have staged a demonstration outside a meeting of t(...)

A good smattering of TDs joined Gabrielle (Gab) McFadden to shooting the breeze in Irish in the Dáil this week.

The Dáil visitors’ bar was doing a roaring trade on Wednesday morning. And no, it wasn’t TDs and Senators gasping for a hair of the dog ahead of the(...)

Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, chairman (front), and Derek Nolan TD, vice chairman, Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, visiting  the Great Western House direct provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction should be extended to the direct provision system for asylum seekers, an Oireachtas committee delegation has said.Adminis(...)