Willie O’Dea: “The difficulty is that while supply takes time, there are 1,570 children living in emergency accommodation”

The Housing Assistance Payment (Haps) has helped almost 5,000 people remain in their homes, according to Minister of State Kevin Humphreys. He defende(...)

Labour TD Ciara Conway expressed frustration that those who had reached 66 were still not receiving their pension payments. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Waterford Crystal workers have still not received their pensions despite agreement last December following a lengthy legal battle, the Dáil has heard.(...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

Adding up: Mary Clarke, a volunteer Clontarf at Credit Union, and other parents have introduced the idea of saving with the credit union to Conor Lynch and others in Belgrove Senior Boys School. photograph: brenda fitzsimons

It’s a curious time for credit unions. On the one hand, those in the movement would like to see the sector move into the gap left vacant by the depart(...)

Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

Transgender rights activist Lydia Foy has finally received an Irish birth certificate after a 22-year legal battle for recognition in Ireland of her f(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys won a car worth €18,000 in a raffle held by the St Vincent de Paul last week but has returned it to the charity.

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys has returned a new car worth €18,000 which he won in a St Vincent de Paul raf(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

As our politicians gear up for the general election, many will be considering how much their campaigns will cost. Analysis of election spending(...)

At the marriage referendum count last month were Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

There is growing concern in Government that same-sex marriages could be delayed until next year. The outcome of the referendum on May 22nd is the sub(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)