Earlier this week, we published an article detailing the number of Dáil debates and committee meetings in which TDs had spoken during 2014.The piece a(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has decided to make a life-saving Soliris drug available to Irish patients despite criticising its “exorbitant” and ‘astronomical’ cost.

A life-saving drug which costs about €430,000 per patient annually is to be made available in Ireland, even though the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Fine Gael TD  Andrew Doyle: introduced legislation to set voting hours at 7am to 10pm.

Voters living in commuter counties are most affected when polling station opening hours are reduced and this has a negative impact on turnout, Fine G(...)

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said that if  Ireland ‘is dear’ to the heart of Garth Brooks, as he said himself,  then he shouldn’t penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Country singer Garth Brooks should not penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts since Ireland is “dear to his heart”, the Dáil has hear(...)

Election posters are still seen by many as the best form of campaigning. Photograph: David Sleator

“I’ve been studying the effectiveness of web campaigning in Ireland for quite a long time,” says Dr Matthew Wall, “and overall, posters are by far the(...)

Daunting tasks: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For all its success in the achievement of a smooth bailout exit, the Government faces a daunting task in 2014 as it seeks to establish durable access (...)

Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES
New faces of 2013

Helen McEnteeThe tragic circumstances in which 26-year-old Helen McEntee ran in a byelection after the death of her father last year would be enough t(...)

A new law to impose a reduced penalty points limit on inexperienced drivers has been changed to permit at least three offences before being banned. Th(...)

Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee said a lot of people were very upset and angry about the issue. She said issues that needed to be looked at, including overhead or underground pylons, 
the cost of both,
health issues, impact on tourism, heritage and property values. These issues had all been raised but the questions 
about them 
had not been answered.

Fianna Fáil has called for the Government to reject Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte’s proposal to appoint former chairman of An Bord Pleanála John O’(...)