Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction(...)

Willie O’Dea:  people’s rights would “depend on the individual whim of their family doctor” when gender recognition should be “a matter of self-determination by the individual concerned”

The Gender Recognition Bill has been described as “a form of Irish solution to an Irish problem”, with the State adopting a “paternalistic approach”.(...)

Sinn Féin TD  Jonathan O’Brien: Told the Dáil there had been a recent spike in muggings and robberies in Cork, which gardaí said was in part due to drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nineteen Government departments and agencies have a role in the national drugs strategy but there is no minister of state with specific responsibility(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys: The 29 staff operated in two  buildings in Ballybay, which were in “poor condition”

A Department of Social Protection office will be transferred from Ballybay to Monaghan town because of the expansion of the public service cards proc(...)

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

Ireland has more workers in low-paid employment per capita than any other EU country, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy, who made the (...)

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(...)