Minister for Children, James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

As reported on Friday, Minister for Children James Reilly (pictured) is looking at whether he can prevent any firm that has a contract with a tobacco (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil that it was important that Ireland has banks “which function properly as banks and which lend credit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for the bankruptcy period of three years to be reviewed with the possibility of reducing it further.But she ruled out (...)

Paschal Donohoe: said there were problems with blanket speed limits and those best able to define a residential area were the local authorities and councillors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has accepted the principle of a Sinn Féin proposal for mandatory 20km/h limit in residential areas He was resp(...)

Rosie Brennan outside Leinster House on Monday in a campaign to reduce speed limits in residential areas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Roseann Brennan knows she cannot alter the fact that her six-year-old son was killed when he was hit by a car near his home.However, she is determined(...)

Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Before explaining why his Government was about to vote down a Bill aimed at helping parents struggling to come to terms with a fatal diagnosis for the(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leaderM ary Lou McDonald: ‘Every day families with children and single people continue to present as homeless.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The memory of Jonathan Corrie hovers over the Dáil every time the plight of the homeless is mentioned.Corrie’s death, in a doorway opposite Leinster H(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said Irish Water was “the only model in town” .He said no one would face penalties if they did not registe(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett faces the prospect of a motion of no confidence moved by Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is expected to speak to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin by telephone this evening in an effort to resolve his row with (...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin 2:27

There will be no penalties imposed on those who fail to meet this week’s “deadline” for registration with Irish Water although some who fail to sign u(...)

Sorcha goes, “Would you two not go out somewhere?” meaning me and Honor. “Ross, why don’t you take her to Dundrum and buy her something really expensi(...)