Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

The original proposal for the Curlew Road Health Centre in Drimnagh included the erection of a three-storey GP centre accommodating 10 GPs and three nurses with provisions for physiotherapy, speech therapy, addiction services and dispensary facilities. Photograph: Getty

The construction of a major new HSE primary care centre in Dublin may be in doubt following an appeal to An Bórd Pleanála over its construction.Work o(...)

Developer and former Fianna Fáil official Jerry Beades. Photograph: Eric Luke

The question of how to deal with the new Land League, a vocal grassroots movement against bank repossessions of homes and farms that has occupied the (...)

The Irish Brewing Association has said it costs €100 to replace each stolen keg. Photograph by Frank Miller

Robbery of beer kegs for their metal resale value has cost Irish brewers €40 million and the loss of more than 400,000 kegs since 2007, the Dáil has (...)

Peter Mathews:  he is not  a member of  the  banking inquiry but  he believes himself to be something of an authority on financial matters.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We are not going to adjust our adjustments just yet because it’s just too early to be doing any adjusting. We have to do a proper reading of the natio(...)

A disgusted Mattie McGrath has become the victim of a ruthless takeover by Clare Daly, who quickly decamped from her office on the fourth floor to Luke “Ming” Flanagan’s lair on the third floor as soon as Ming was elected. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath was very pleased for fellow Independent Ming Flanagan when he got the nod to go off to Europe. Pleased on the double, in fact. Because (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I recalled the words of Einstein in context of our commitment to honour trust.” Picture Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” That’s Enda in the Dáil last month, quoting Einstein, no less, as he moved the motion to es(...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae said people ’deserve clarity’ over the medical cards issue. Photograph: The Irish Times

Proposals will be brought to Cabinet within two weeks on the eligibility criteria for medical cards, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told the (...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Mattie McGrath: “good riddance to bad rubbish”.  Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD Mattie McGrath told the Dáil he did not have “a shred of sorrow” for former minister for justice Alan Shatter.“He did not respect An G(...)