Labour TD John Lyons said it was time for Ireland to produce social legislation that other countries looked to rather than to follow others. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A TD has questioned why Ireland must always to look to other countries for best practice in legislation rather than being a leader and setting the leg(...)

 Micheál Martin says Coalition had promised open budgetary process with genuine debate, “so let’s start with the promised priority for tax cuts”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was time for the Government to explain to people what it was considering in terms of(...)

Bagpipe players march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York on Saturday. Photograph: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Irish ministers should not march in the New York St Patrick’s Day parade “on principle” if invited, Labour TD John Lyons has said.Mr Lyons, who spoke (...)

Cork South-Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said: “I speak here not just as a gay person but as a member of society who wants to be treated equally.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Two TDs have spoken during an emotionally charged Dáil debate about how they have been harassed because they are gay.Labour TD John Lyons and Fine Gae(...)