Sinn Féin  deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said the procedure adopted by the Committee on Procedure and Privilege in its findings was “deeply flawed, affording me neither access to the letters, and therefore the basis of the complaint... nor an explanation for the CPP decision”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised a Dail committee’s decision that she abused process when she linked six former politicians wi(...)

Mary Lou McDonald last December made comments using Dáil privilege to link six named politicians to offshore Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former politicians named as alleged Ansbacher account holders by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have made formal complaints to the Oireach(...)

The popularity of head shops also coincided with a fall in cocaine use. The economy was slipping, and as Robin Williams once told us, “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money”. When the shops closed, the illegal drug trade picked up the slack. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish current affairs sometime feel like a sitcom. So you could almost hear the canned laughter when a judge recently ruled part of our drug laws unco(...)

A head shop near  Harolds Cross, Dublin, in  2010, the year certain drugs were made illegal by then health minister Mary Harney. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A ruling which legalises the possession of drugs including ecstasy and magic mushrooms will undermine forthcoming criminal prosecutions, a legal expe(...)

January was the worst month for emergency department overcrowding since the Government came to power, and the second-worst month ever, according to an(...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

In 2006, when money was plentiful and expectations higher, former minister for health Mary Harney was forced to declare a national emergency when the number of patients on trolleys hit 495, well below yesterday’s level.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It says something about our loss of a sense of outrage that 563 sick people languishing on hospital trolleys for want of beds has elicited so little c(...)

One out of every six beds in Beaumont Hospital  is occupied by patients, mostly elderly, who are fit to be discharged but cannot be because of a lack of nursing home facilities or because care cannot be provided at home. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The crisis in Beaumont Hospital’s emergency department, where dozens of patients are treated nightly on trolleys and chairs, is symptomatic of the hea(...)

Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle after she was named in the Dáil by (...)