Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 4:44

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath

Dáil business was abandoned for the day yesterday afternoon and three TDs were suspended in a row over speaking time.Proceedings were adjourned three(...)

Dáil business was abandoned after a row over speaking rights. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

Business was abandoned for the day in the Dáil this afternoon following a row over speaking rights during which three TDs were suspended.The Dáil was (...)

John Halligan said it was “reprehensible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TDs have done well out of the budget and are better off than the people in poverty who elected them, the Dáil has heard.Independent TD John Halligan s(...)

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(...)

Paschal Donohoe: he said in the forthcoming Road Traffic Bill he intended to deal with the issue of driving under the influence of drugs

More than 12,000 people are disqualified from driving, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Dáil. The Minister said figures up to Sept(...)

More than 12,000 people are currently disqualified from driving under the penalty points system, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Dáil.

More than 12,000 people are currently disqualified from driving due to intoxication, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Dáil.The Mini(...)

Lucinda Creighton: discussed joining the technical group yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The technical group of Independent TDs has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton claiming it will be “practically impossible” to(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)