The Irish Brewing Association has said it costs €100 to replace each stolen keg. Photograph by Frank Miller

Robbery of beer kegs for their metal resale value has cost Irish brewers €40 million and the loss of more than 400,000 kegs since 2007, the Dáil has (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has told the Dáil that as a non-professional educationalist he believed young infants from two to 10 should hold books and feel the texture of the printed word. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children from two to 10 years old should “feel the texture of a book and the printed word in reading and writing and the physical holding of it”, Mini(...)

 Jonathan O’Brien:  said he tried to imagine what it would be like to be plunged into a world of silence.

A Sinn Féin TD observed a two-minute silence in the Dáil to highlight the experience of profoundly deaf children.Justice spokesman Jonathan O’Brien ma(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “Since the foundation of the State and even going back before then a partnership has existed between the State and school providers and educators.” Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Schools must show greater leadership and sensitivity to the financial pressure on parents, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said after claims t(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Mattie McGrath: added more fuel to the Shatter fire

It’s the story that just won’t go away. Certainly not in the Dáil anyway. Penalty points and the Minister for Justice – yet another episode. (...)