The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

Cork City Hall: politicians in urban and rural areas are divided on plans to merge Cork city and county councils. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork politicians have clashed over a controversial report to merge the county and city councils. Most city-based TDS oppose the move to create one “s(...)

Independent Socialist Clare Daly said the only reason there was a commission was that businessman Denis O’Brien, had overstepped the mark. Screengrab: Oireachtas/The Irish Times

The establishment of a commission of inquiry in to IBRC was a “huge indictment” of the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and his department and not (...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy pictured outside Leinster House before the start of the debate on IBRC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They were falling over each other in the Dáil in their efforts to be flexible. Just like they had been in the IBRC, apparently, when business swashbuc(...)

Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin is to hold a rescheduled selection convention to choose a candidate to run for the party in Cork South Central in the next general election (...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA 2:13

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

Finance Minister Michael Noonan: A&E consultant Dr James Gray noticed the condition of exopthalmus (bulging) of the eye when watching a report of Mr Noonan attending another meeting of EU ministers in Brussels. Mr Noonan later underwent surgery. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Minister for Finance had already sought medical advice for an eye problem by the time a perceptive surgeon spotted the condition on TV. Michael No(...)

 Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  urged TDs and Senators to focus on the economy and to “move on” from recent events .   Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has moved to defuse the controversy within Fine Gael over Mr McNulty and the Seanad byelection by urging TDs and S(...)

Junior trade minister Joe Costello, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for  Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the launch of the Review of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy, at Iveagh House in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers retain confidence in Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, but are anxious he clears up (...)