Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy questioned whether advice to Ministers on the sharing of citizens’ data was “flawed”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is not compliant with a recent significant ruling by Europe’s top court that affects the sharing of citizens’ personal data between dep(...)

Joan Burton (above left) said: “In terms of the practical issues that face people, we have to have a government that can function properly and effectively and efficiently - and really the only people on offer to do that are the Labour Party and Fine Gael.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said she is not aware of any internal party analysis which shows the party could lose over 20 seat(...)

Joan Burton: “The [banking inquiry] members have devoted a huge amount of time, the chairman, Ciaran Lynch has worked very hard to be really fair to all of the witnesses, and I think it would be in everybody’s interest if we can get that report before the general election - and they have a timeline of the third week of January.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon/The Irish Times

The members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry owe it to themselves and the people of Ireland to publish a report on their investigation before the Jan(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Will also promise to increase the national minimum wage over the coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

All State employees as well as those working for contractors employed by public bodies will be paid the living wage if the Labour Party is returned to(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore as  Tanaiste, during the first Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Maxwell’s/PA Wire

From the summer of 2007, when Northern Rock went bust, to the summer of 2014, when we started to get over the worst of our own banking and property(...)

More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures provided by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton in response to a parliamentary question show. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures show. Figures released by Mini(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: she  said the Government was acutely conscious of the impact of debt on families.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Just one in five homeowners facing eviction turns up in court for repossession hearings, according to the Tánaiste. Joan Burton pleaded with borrower(...)

 Tánaiste Joan Burton says the Government was acutely conscious of the impact of debt on families across the State and was determined to see it was resolved.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton was accused of giving only “tea and sympathy” rather than solutions to families facing eviction. Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou(...)

A Labour spokesman has said: “Maíria Cahill [right] has addressed her brief involvement with RNU on numerous occasions in the past, and on the public record.” The spokesman said Labour was proud Ms Cahill was the party’s candidate for the Seanad. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:09

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised the Labour Party’s candidate for a vacant Seanad seat, Maíria Cahill, for refusing to answer questions(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said Marie Whelan has done  amazing legal work for this Government on a range of issues.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has today been forced to express confidence in the Attorney General after it emerged that a legal obstacle has halted the work of(...)