Ivana Bacik said she hoped colleagues across the House would join her in condemning the violence and acts of criminality that arose during certain protests over the weekend and since. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan described as “heavy-handed thuggery’’ the treatment of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste at public protests.“I do not car(...)

A screengrab from a video claiming to show water protesters surrounding the Tánaiste’s car in Tallaght yesterday.

Two gardaí were injured during a two-hour stand-off with water charge protesters who blocked the Tánaiste’s car in Jobstown in Tallaght yesterday. A G(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the day after Halloween, but the horrors are just beginning for Government Ministers seeking to rally public support for Irish Water. Such is (...)

Ivana Bacik: the issue of adult dependent children “is particularly pressing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said greater clarity on water charges was long overdue. “The issue of adult dependent children is particularly pressing, b(...)

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges.There was traffic disr(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said.

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about Budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said. Referring to the Taoisea(...)

Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone: “I’ve been deeply touched by the rightful anger of people with disabilities who say their love is criminalised.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The law which criminalises the sexual activity of people with intellectual disabilities should be replaced with new “right to love” legislation which (...)