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’(...)

Joan Freeman of Pieta House. “We are going to make the invisible visible. We are going to make sure that everyone knows the signs and symptoms of suicide”.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A campaign to reduce the incidence of suicide in rural areas will quell the “invisible despair” that is creeping around the country, according to Piet(...)

Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee, who launched the Pieta House campaign today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Suicide prevention charity Pieta House has launched a rural suicide intervention campaign which it says is the biggest such initiative ever launche(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)