Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

The Government was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of having no sense of urgency about the increased risk of people dying in hospitals du(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has  defended the JobBridge internship scheme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has hit back at critics of the JobBridge scheme. She said Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams “on his day off from his trampoline” had p(...)

Gerry Adams told the Dáil on Wednesday the total trolley patients figure of 479 included 40 in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in his Louth constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There were 479 people “languishing on trolleys in hospital corridors’’ this morning, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said.He told the Dáil on Wednesday t(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

Micheál Martin: “It raises all sorts of questions about the level of enforcement.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has repeated claims that authorities on both sides of the Border may be turning a “certain blind eye” to fuel launde(...)

 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: Conceded that the Government never directly asked for debt write-down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Late on Friday night the Greeks came bearing gifts for Fine Gael. And for once there was little need to beware. For several years now, critics of the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a video interview with ‘Irish Times’ Political Editor Stephen Collins 10:52

Fine Gael has tied its political fortunes firmly to its Labour Coalition partners as the battle lines for the next election were clearly drawn over(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny during his address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin has called for a face-to-face debate with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Speaking following Mr Kenny’s national conference speech,(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, TD speaking on ‘Building a Health Service We Can Be Proud Of’ at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the Government is better for having Labour in it. In a major endorsement of the junior Coalition partner, Mr(...)