Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton outside government buildings earlier this month. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has agreed a €44million package to assist families with the cost of water bills from next year.The Tanaiste and Minister for Social Pro(...)

Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)

Micheál Martin said he had a huge issue with some in Sinn Féin calling those who took part in the Boston College oral history project “touts and informers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not go into Government with Sinn Féin, while Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he “cann(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Fighting fat

The publication of a comprehensive analysis of increased weight among over-50s in the Republic makes for sobering reading. Some four out of every five(...)

Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

Seagulls, is it? It must be frustrating to be a Senator intent on getting loads of work done and trying to reform the system from within. You toil day(...)

Fine Gael senator Colm Burke has criticised a lack of fairness and transparency in the filling of more than 1,100 administrative positions in the HSE.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

More than 1,100 HSE adminstrative staff have been appointed to permanent higher-grade positions without going through formal interview processes.Fine (...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Frank Miller

New Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has indicated he may walk away from the Government’s plan to start issuing medical cards on the grounds of medica(...)

It will be an offence for a sunbed business to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone aged under 18.

A ban on under-18s using sunbeds will come into place next Monday, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed. Under the Public Health (Sun(...)