A row has erupted about the commemoration, led by former mayor of Kerry Cllr Toiréasa Ferris, daughter of Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris, who was jailed for his role in the smuggling. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has warned it will push to erect a monument to the IRA’s foiled Marita Ann gun-smuggling operation if Kerry County Council backs a commemora(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said Sinn Féin’s policy was almost childlike, promising to spend an extra €5 billion in health and billions on education and housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The gloves are well and truly off in the political cauldron that is pre-election Leinster House. The dying days of the 31st Dáil are being marked by (...)

 Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris: “All judges are appointed by the government in power.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said he has no regrets about meeting republican Pearse McAuley on his release from prison. McAuley, one of the IRA men con(...)

Pearse McAuley leaves Cavan Courthouse following his sentencing for the Christmas 2014 attack on his wife Pauline Tully. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald has said the sentence given to prominent republican Pearse McAuley for a frenzied assault on his estranged w(...)

Pearse McAuley leaves Cavan Courthouse following his sentencing for the Christmas 2014 attack on his wife Pauline Tully. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan.

While now beginning a long prison term for an act of extreme domestic violence that left his estranged wife lucky to survive, Pearse McAuley (50) bec(...)

 Dutch trawler Annelies Ilena in 2013: its recent presence in  Irish waters  caused concern. Photograph: Niall Duffy

Five Dutch and Lithuanian-owned “supertrawlers”, which have left Irish waters after fishing off the west coast, were not boarded by the Naval Service(...)

 Martin Ferris: The Horse Racing Ireland Bill  will give more control to the executive and dilute the power of industry bodies whose representatives are elected to the board by members, he said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Powerful on-course bookmakers could now get a seat on the board of Horse Racing Ireland, the governing body of the industry in Ireland, which sends ou(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív, who represents Galway West, said the issues raised affected the white or demersal fishing and not the pelagic fishing sector mackerel and herring, which is the prevalent industry on the Galway coast. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

TDs representing coastal communities have condemned any exploitation of foreign workers on white fish trawlers. Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said anyone(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

A farmer at work in the US. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard that genetically modified (GM) technologies, such as those used in the US,  are  an important tool to help feed the world. File photograph: Getty Images

Genetically modified (GM) technologies are not a panacea for all of our ills, but they are certainly an important tool to help feed the world, the Jo(...)