Independent TD Mattie McGrath is holding meetings with advocacy groups opposed to both the Bill and the referendum. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will “probably” vote No in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.The Tipperary deputy becomes the first (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I suppose ... maybe one of the advantages of urban areas is that you can have school choice.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a wide choice of schools has worked well in his “ethnically diverse” constituency.Mr Varadkar, who represent(...)

Pat Carey: expressed concern Fianna Fáil same-sex marriage campaign lacked “energy and urgency”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he hopes former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey’s comments on the marriage equality referendum would contri(...)

Restrictions on blood donations made by people who  spent time in  Northern Ireland and the UK between 1980 and 1996 are to be reviewed. Photograph: Tek Image/Science Photo Library

Rules preventing many people who spent time in Northern Ireland or Britain between 1980 and 1996 from giving blood will be reviewed at the request (...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry wrote the words “not bad looking” on a note referring to his former public relations adviser Valerie O’Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

    Neither the content nor the tone of the lobbying note that Independent TD Michael Lowry passed to the Taoiseach will have sur(...)

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien is not seeking an apology from Labour’s Eric Byrne for commenting on his brother’s situation during a Leaders’ Questions exchange. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:31

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien has said he is not seeking a personal apology from Labour TD Eric Byrne, who made a remark about his family during a Dái(...)

Joan Burton: proposes the establishment of an inter-departmental group called the Universal Retirement Savings Development Group

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will bring a memo to Cabinet this morning to deal with what she has described as the State’(...)

Eddie Hobbs has joined Lucinda Creighton in new party. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Exactly where on the political spectrum will Lucinda Creighton’s new party come to rest?Comparisons with the now defunct Progressive Democrats are ine(...)

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(...)