Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “those who inflict domestic violence on women bring shame to the nation”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Domestic violence is a cause of shame for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said “violence against women is a terrible blight on societ(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: he would not be drawn  into a debate on “whether or not we should have fox-hunting in Ireland”. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The Government will not ban fox-hunting but is doing what it can to put animal welfare codes of conduct in place to make it as acceptable as possible(...)

Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has warned that the rigidity of the political party whip system in Ireland could lead to fascism. Peter Mathews, formerly of Fine Ga(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: Accused the Coalition, Dublin City Council and the HSE of a “serious breach of duty of care” in undermining drug-free homeless accommodation. Photograph: The Irish Times

A Dublin hostel, earmarked as a “drug-free” facility by the HSE and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, has become overrun by drug dealing and her(...)

File image showing the Ward Union hunt chasing a stag on the outskirts of Navan in 2008. The hunt is under investigation over claims it breached anti-stag hunting laws. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Gardaí in Trim, Co Meath, are investigating claims of a breach of legislation outlawing the hunting of stags, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly was one of three men sentenced last November over the painting of political slogans on the walls. File photograph of Derry walls.

Dissident Republican Gary Donnelly has won an appeal against a six-month jail sentence in Derry Crown Court after being convicted of causing criminal (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “We know it was an unacceptable farce; Irish Water was doomed to fail before even one meter was installed.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has accused the Government of failing to understand the impact of austerity on people when introducing water charge(...)

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald: brought up the dreaded Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Collins

Another no-warning blast from Mary Lou. You’d think Sinn Féin could find somebody to telephone the poor Ceann Comhairle and give him the heads up. Seá(...)