Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is seen while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford on Thursday.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are contesting the election with contradictory healthcare policies that cannot be delivered if they get back into government toge(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams admires his waxwork’s  well-groomed plumage. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Members of the Irish Beard and Moustache Association will have their own views, but my political beardies of the election are Fine Gael’s James Reill(...)

UN committee says Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act  ‘prevents doctors from being able to provide services in accordance with objective medical practice’.

Abortion should be decriminalised “in all circumstances” and current Irish legislation should be reviewed to ensure women have “access to safe abortio(...)

 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter:  said all Ministers must stay on-message. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter made thinly veiled criticisms of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentar(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has promised that from September children will have access to free pre-school from the age of three until they go to school. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

No parent should be locked out of the workforce because of the cost of childcare, according to Minister for Children James Reilly who has pledged to i(...)

The North Dublin facility at Oberstown is the official National Children’s Detention Centre and caters for approximately 74 boys and six girls.

More than 3,000 working days were lost last year because of assaults on staff at the Oberstown detention centre for young offenders, it has emerged. (...)

Shauna Keyes: ‘I am really quite hopeful for the future of the HSE and indeed, the maternity services.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2013, the then minister for health, James Reilly, along with the minister for justice, Alan Shatter, developed the national open disclosure policy,(...)

UCC president claims the appointments were agreed with former minister for health James Reilly.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health Correspondent The head of University College Cork (UCC) has threatened to issue a public apology to the people of Waterford for misleading the(...)