Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Listeners to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme were invited to suggest a name for yesterday’s Stormont House agreement. “Groundhog Day Deal,” was (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: she  said the Government was acutely conscious of the impact of debt on families.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Just one in five homeowners facing eviction turns up in court for repossession hearings, according to the Tánaiste. Joan Burton pleaded with borrower(...)

 Tánaiste Joan Burton says the Government was acutely conscious of the impact of debt on families across the State and was determined to see it was resolved.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton was accused of giving only “tea and sympathy” rather than solutions to families facing eviction. Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou(...)

Brendan Howlin: he acknowledged there was no provision in recently published financial emergency legislation to exempt Ministers and advisers from pay increases

TDs and Senators are not overpaid and should benefit from pay restoration in the same manner as other public servants, said the Minister for Public Ex(...)

Adams said ‘These people can (afford € 465) and they want to contribute.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has denied a fundraising dinner held in New York last week was “elitist”. The event cost € 465 each for guests and raised(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at Friends of Sinn Féin fundraising dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York,  on Thursday.   Photograph: Michael Nagle

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams shot back at criticism over him missing Dáil debates to attend the party’s $500-a-plate (€460) fundraising dinner in N(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

The alacrity with which Sinn Féin announced its support for a voting pact involving Independents and left-wing parties reflected the benefits party st(...)