Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and junior minister Kevin Humphreys have published the Gender Recognition Bill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Transgender people applying for legal recognition of their acquired gender from the age of 16 will be subject to safeguards to protect those at a vuln(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power says it is “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social welfare entitlements. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said it was “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social we(...)

Joan Bruton: Her personal approval rating has dropped 12 points to 25 per cent in the Irish Times/ Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Alan Betson

As Leinster House digested the results of the latest Irish Times/ Ipsos MRBI poll last week, those in the Labour ranks had two reasons to be disappoin(...)

Department of Social Protection, under the command of Labour’s Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys, is first to dip toe in outsourcing water. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Privatising social services

The Coalition has long trumpeted the idea of outsourcing Government programmes to the private sector if the business case can be made.However, when it(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching the Pathways to Work (phase II) programme at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Next week’s budget will begin the process of cutting tax, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday, describing the combined 52 per cent rate on higher inco(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

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(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: tabled a Dáil motion on the issue

A group of backbench Dublin Government TDs last night warned Ministers they would become “rebellious” if central funding for local authorities is div(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

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 (...)