Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “If the Seanad does reject the Water Services Bill, the existing arrangements apply.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is uncertain of the voting intentions of some Senators nominated by the Taoiseach as it prepares for crucial votes on water charges leg(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar expects the overcrowding at Beaumont Hospital’s A&E to ease in the next few days. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has predicted the overcrowding situation in Beaumont Hospital will ease over the next few days but has stressed the p(...)

Mattie McGrath has said he wants to join a new political set-up headed by Michael Fitzmaurice. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed an interest in signing up to a new party headed by Roscommon/South Leitrim deputy Michael Fitzmaurice. The(...)

Francis Fitzgerald has said Ireland is committed to continuing with its resettlement programme, having pledged an additional 220 resettlement places for 2015/2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 111 people from Syria and the surrounding region have been granted permission to reside in Irela(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin described housing as ‘the biggest social issue we have to face’  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin described housing as “the biggest social issue we have to face” on his way into the Cabinet (...)

Water charge protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin yesterday. Photovgraph: PA

Seven potential landmines lie in wait for the Government as it attempts to gain public acceptance for water charges with its vastly revised regime. 1.(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams who said today there was no prospect of him resigning over the Cahill controversy.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said there is “no possibility” of him resigning as party leader over the Maíria Cahill controversy.He said Ms Cahi(...)

The ECB has so far refused to release a letter sent to former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in 2010 which many suspect forced the government into accepting the terms of the bailout. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly is confident that the ECB will publish the controversial letter sent to former finance minister Brian Lenihan the night befor(...)

 Maíria Cahill leaving Government Buildings following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 6:55

Maíria Cahill brought a very serious allegation to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning: that child sex abusers were moved by republicans from Northern I(...)

Backing the leader: Pearse Doherty  and Mary Lou McDonald listen to  Gerry Adams’s   address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2014 in Wexford Opera House earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, said he knew Maíria Cahill and believed she had been abused but rejected her allegation that the par(...)