Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald set out his party’s plans for the justice system. Phoitograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to reassure the public that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will be given the resources to combat gangland crime a(...)

Criticism levelled against the European Commission by European Ombudsman Emily O’ Reilly over its dealings with the tobacco industry is welcome. She h(...)

 Junior Infants teacher Caitriona Nic Grianna running the Dina in the classroom  program with Wally the Puppet at Gael Scoil Baile Munna. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The future of three flagship anti-child poverty programmes, in some of the most deprived areas of Dublin, is in doubt. The three Area Based Childhoo(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “The industry, with its multibillion-euro resources, has a major lobbying programme at work.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Children James Reilly has criticised the European Commission for failing to detail their dealings with the tobacco industry. The commiss(...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said ‘public health demands the highest standard’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has strongly criticised the European Commission’s refusal to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transp(...)

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(...)