Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor called for relief for those with a defined benefit pension in next week’s budget.She said she wanted to voice the(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  said he expected the State’s debt to fall below 100 per cent of GDP by 2020, bringing Ireland close to the European average. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has upgraded his growth forecast for the economy for the third time in three weeks as well as signalling the curre(...)

Facebook’s Simon Milner, MEP Seán Kelly MEP, special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon and Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The best ways to stop the “disturbing” trend of cyberbullying were discussed at a major conference in Dublin yesterday. The head of global safety out(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the State Reception Room in Áras an Uachtaráin, an insightful photographer made a telling request. “Could you all move a little to the left?”And in(...)

The new line-up: Cabinet members at a ceremony in Aras an Uachtarain after Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton reshuffled the Government team. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Like Tom Crean’s epic passage across the frozen Antarctic, the small band of Labour and Fine Gael negotiators ended up on a tortuous and dramatic jour(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Government to commit to an annual allocation of €35 million for the development of community mental health teams and to properly resource mental health services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORAN The State’s treatment of some sectors of society is damaging their mental health, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoim(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

Almost a month ago, dozens of backbench Fine Gael TDs vented their anger about the medical card issue on Minister for Health James Reilly at a meeting of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the banana skins that tripped the Government parties up in this month’s election, the medical card issue was perhaps the most unlikely. (...)

Independent candidate Luke Ming Flanagan gets a little help from his friend, whistelblower John Wilson, as he canvasses Eamon Murray and Sean Roche in Cavan town. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The canvass was supposed to kick off at 11am in Cavan town. At 10 he texts to say he’ll be 45 minutes late. It’s after midday when we finally track hi(...)