Anne Ferris TD speaking to media on the plinth of Leinster House after the vote last night. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins 2:32

Tánaiste Joan Burton told Labour TDs and Senators there could be no further abortion measures introduced during the lifetime of this Government becaus(...)

The Dáil is voting on the TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. 2:32

Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s Bill to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated in the Dail by 104 votes to 20 with th(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

Minister of State for Social Protection Kevin Humphreys: said targeting health costs was a possible next step to recoup State expenses from insurance companies

The Government is hoping to recoup more than €20 million next year from insurance companies for welfare payments paid to people who go on to get sub(...)

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(...)