Leo Varadkar: says he has no interest in making things look either better or worse than they are. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that thousands of patients are languishing on unpublished waiting lists for scans and other tests bu(...)

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton: her efforts with Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice and others to bring together groups of like-minded individuals on the centre-right  have been echoed by People Before Profit, the Socialist Party and the Anti-Austerity Alliance. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

A surge in opinion poll support for Independent TDs and Others, making this the largest catch-all grouping in the Dáil, has opened up the prospect of (...)

Joan Burton: “I think the wellbeing of the woman, of the mother, of the family, of the baby should be at the heart of the debate.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she agrees with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s comments that the current abortion laws are “too restrictive”.Ms Burt(...)

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has accused Sinn Féin of using him as a “pawn to deflect attention” from their own political difficulties, such as the Ma(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Sean Moncrieff discussed the dangers of Christmas at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is, unfortunately, a familiar story. Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) hears of a benign religious tradition whose meaning and message have be(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said abortion laws do not serve women well.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she agrees with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s comments that the current abortion laws are “too restrictive”.Ms Burt(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation as “silly”.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar “[It’s important] that we give the family and the doctors, who are facing enormous dilemmas now all the support that we can and we try to be as compassionate as we can and not overly certain.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The courts may have to decide in the next few weeks on whether doctors are to be allowed to switch off life support for a pregnant woman carrying a 16(...)

The last few days, and in particular the tragic right-to-life case emerging at the moment, have focused attention once again on the right to life of t(...)