The committee’s recommendations on better access to finance for SMEs have been largely welcomed by the business community

Independent verification of lending rates across the banking sector is one of 25 recommendations contained in a new report on access to finances for S(...)

Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys: Enda Kenny can point to the elevation last week of the  Cavan-Monaghan TD   but ambitious, capable women in the Fine Gael ranks can understandably feel aggrieved

While Fine Gael’s introduction of gender quotas on election tickets – with 30 per cent of candidates now required to be women – is laudable, the absen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny makes his way through angry water charge protesters yesterday outside St Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was surrounded by protesters yesterday at the opening of a care centre for the elderly at St Joseph’s Hospital in Raheny, Dublin.(...)

Eamon Gilmore speaking at a press conference in Iveagh House, Dublin, this afternoon, during which he announced his resignation as Labour Party leader: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:58

Eamon Gilmore has announced his resignation as Labour leader in the wake of huge losses for his party at the local and European elections. Mr Gilmore,(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett lets fly in the Dáil yesterday before being asked to temper his language. 1:36

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett was reprimanded yesterday after he blasted the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in the Dáil over their progr(...)

It is to be hoped that following their impassioned speeches in the Dáil last week about the cruel realities of life as gay men in Ireland that TDs Jer(...)

Jerry Buttimer: Fine Gael TD said he has been “beaten, spat on, chased, harassed and mocked” for being gay. 2:14

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte is to relax the rules that require broadcasters to ensure nothing can be aired that can be regarded as “re(...)

Vote drive: Willie O’Dea does the rounds of his Limerick constituency in ‘Looking After No 1’

There was more driving in Looking After No 1 (RTÉ One, Monday) than in an average episode of Top Gear. TDs, especially rural ones, spend a lot of time(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)