Senator Fidelma Healy Eames leaves the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action against the Irish Daily Mail. Photograph: Collins Courts

Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames today received an apology in the High Court from the Irish Daily Mail over articles it published about her volun(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members who launched a policy document today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sweeping changes in the political system are advocated by the Reform Alliance in a policy document launched today.However, the group of TDs and senato(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members, which could become a new political party under the ‘Independent Alliance’ banner. From left: Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A member of the Reform Alliance has ruled out joining a new party that could evolve from the group of former Fine Gael TDs and senators. Denis Naughte(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: now a Reform Alliance member,  she said she had “decided with a heavy heart that I will not be renewing my Fine Gael membership”, adding that the party leadership “made it almost impossible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the TDs who lost the Fine Gael whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last summer has been readmitted to the party’s pa(...)

Billy Timmins defied the Fine Gael whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another member of the Reform Alliance group of dissident TDs and senators has renewed his membership of Fine Gael. Billy Timmins, a Wick(...)

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(...)