Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: said the Roscommon-South Leitrim TD had made a valid point but he said debit cards were “an invitation to continue debiting and clearly there are charges and a cost for that”. Photograph: Reuters

Small enterprises and farmers who feel they are being overcharged by banks moving them from chequebooks to business debit cards should bring their c(...)

Labour Senator John Kelly said there were 21 vacancies for full-time GPs in rural Ireland of which 22 per cent had been vacant for two years

An appeal has been made for the State to increase allowances for rural GPs to entice more doctors into rural areas and prevent more from abandoning sm(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

Independent Socialist Clare Daly said the only reason there was a commission was that businessman Denis O’Brien, had overstepped the mark. Screengrab: Oireachtas/The Irish Times

The establishment of a commission of inquiry in to IBRC was a “huge indictment” of the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and his department and not (...)

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ESB headquarters in Georgian Dublin is “categorically” not on the city council’s inventory of late 20th-century buildings considered for preservat(...)

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Work will begin this week to give effect to the referendum decision to amend the Constitution with the first same-sex marriages likely to take place a(...)

AIB has  emailed  its employees to encourage them to vote in Friday’s referendums as part of what it called its ‘diversity agenda’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

AIB has taken an unprecedented move and emailed all its employees to encourage them to vote in Friday’s referendums as part of what it called its “di(...)

Pat Rabbitte appealed to the Government to fund the refuge which had provided “safe harbour” since 2012 for 64 women and 84 children.

The State funding cut for Catholic marriage support organisation Accord is due to a lack of money and has nothing to do with the same-sex marriage re(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan kept the Taoiseach “informed at all times” about his health and eye procedure, Enda Kenny said.He told reporters a(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said reducing the voting age could lead to a demand for a lowering of the age threshold in other areas including the sale of tobacco and alcohol, the use of sunbeds and access to most social welfare schemes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Reducing the voting age limit from 18 to 16 could result in a demand for a similar drop in the legal age for smoking and drinking alcohol, the Dáil ha(...)