Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

The Sex Workers Alliance  criticised the new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill at a candlelit vigil outside Leinster House.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government’s new laws for prostitution will endanger sex workers and do nothing to reduce sex trafficking, representatives of the Sex Workers Alli(...)

From Friday night, Luas will operate services on the Green Line from St Stephen’s Green to Brides Glen every half hour from 1am until 3.30am. No similar service will operate on the Red Line from The Point to Tallaght. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Luas operators have reiterated their view there is no demand for late-night services on the Red Line.Transdev said the last time they ran the service (...)

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said ‘The Irish Times’ poll reflected the reality that people had rejected Alan Kelly’s so-called concessions on water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Right 2 Water campaign has predicted tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin on December 10th to protest against water char(...)

Joan Collins: More children are living in poverty now than before the crash and subsequent austerity measures, says the Independent TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Children were going to school hungry, Independent TD Joan Collins told the Dáil. “They are arriving at crèches with doughnuts or chocolate bars becau(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during the announcment of Budget 2015 in the Dáil yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has no intention of abolishing the water charges, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.He told the Dáil today that there were subsidies, benef(...)

A man sits on barriers erected to keep demonstrators away from Leinster House during the announcement of the 2015 Budget

The Government slicked on the gloss yesterday and got down to some long, slow and serious general election seduction.The Austerity Twins have left the(...)

Brendan Howlin: took time off from grappling with budget arithmetic to answer ministerial questions in the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure and sometimes Greek scholar Brendan Howlin took time off from grappling with budget arithmetic to answer ministerial q(...)

Gardai with local residents and Dublin Says No supporters at Elmfield Ave, Clarehall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Joan Burton has claimed that water meter protesters are intimidating residents in some estates and using “extremely expensive” phones and vid(...)