Sara Gibadlo (19) was from  Oranmore, Co Galway.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology described the two women who died in a fire in Belgium yesterday as “very talented young students”.The college said(...)

Plinth politics: Reform Alliance members (from left) Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever you do, don’t call it a party. Today, the Reform Alliance, the group comprised of seven members of the Oireachtas – five TDs and two Senators(...)

The Family and Life website.

A Fine Gael TD has called for an investigation into a pro-life organisation which brought 13 politicians to New York and Washington last March and is (...)

Only two plants in the Republic are now licensed to slaughter horses for the human food chain, compared with five about the time the horse meat crisis emerged. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of horses slaughtered at licensed abattoirs more than halved last year as a result of the horse meat scandal, new figures from the Depar(...)

 Local authorities spent more than ¤2 million dealing with unwanted horses in 2012 and last year’s figure is likely to be higher. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Some 50 horses belonging to one owner in Galway have been put down for animal welfare reasons as the Department of Agriculture and local councils cont(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “There is no party and there has been no discussion about setting one up.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reform Alliance, comprised of breakaway Fine Gael TDs and Senators, has registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission as a “third part(...)

Senator John Crown: “If we pass this Bill, it is going to ring around the world as another onslaught in the worldwide battle against tobacco”

MARIE O’HALLORANThe Government has defeated a Seanad private member’s Bill to criminalise lobbying of government officials by tobacco manufacturers a(...)

More than 50 horses were seized and impounded in the Hollyhill area of Cork city, following concerns over animal welfare. Photograph: Daragh  McSweeney/Provision

Local authorities spent €5 million dealing with the problem of abandoned horses in 2011 and 2012, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has told Refo(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “I think the real issues are about what is facing this country: getting our economy in track and job creation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are not interested in the internal machinations of Fine Gael and what people were saying in interviews, Minister for Children and Youth Affai(...)

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