Joe Higgins: said Enda Kenny had to be protected by gardaí as a result of popular discontent.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

And with one bound, our hero was free. Until next Wednesday. Everything will be explained then. Where once there was fear and anxiety, there will be c(...)

Kathleen Lynch: said politicians ‘cannot be expected to carry the argument on their own’ when it comes to the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners for equal marriage rights in the forthcoming referendum should not rely solely on political parties, but should mobilise other groups in (...)

The report comes weeks after Ombudsman Peter Tyndall revealed shortcomings in care of the dying through a study of complaints made to his office. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

A Government-led parliamentary watchdog has called for a U-turn on the controversial scrapping of the bereavement grant.The Coalition-dominated commit(...)

An Oireachtas committee has asked that hospitals draw up an end-of-life strategy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

All hospitals should draw up strategies for dealing with end-of-life care and bereavement, according to a new report published today.The report by the(...)

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(...)

Cabinet reshuffle 4:45

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)

The number of first-time patients at a centre providing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gay men increased by 7 per cent last (...)

Entertainer and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill (Panti) has called on gay and bisexual men in Ireland to get tested or re-tested for HIV. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Entertainer and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss) has called on gay and bisexual men in Ireland to get tested or re-tested for HIV, stres(...)

Mattie McGrath: “good riddance to bad rubbish”.  Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD Mattie McGrath told the Dáil he did not have “a shred of sorrow” for former minister for justice Alan Shatter.“He did not respect An G(...)

President Michael D Higgins said it was an honour to  become a Freeman of a city of writers, poets, sports stars, patriots and composers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today recalled Cork’s great contributions to Irish politics, sport and culture over the past 100 years as he spoke (...)