Defending the Coalitions’s approach  Heather Humphreys said that “coupled with the new visitor centre being developed in the GPO, the Moore Street commemorative centre will be a fitting and lasting tribute to the 1916 Easter Rising”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government’s vision on the centenary of the Easter Rising is to turn the historically significant area of Moore Street in Dublin into a shopping c(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The school completion programme is more complex than the schools themselves, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has told the Dáil. “It also involve(...)

The UN  hopes to get commitments from more than 190 countries to keep global warming below 2 degrees. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

The Government is to lobby the EU for a lower cut in the State’s greenhouse emissions than the proposed 40 per cent target Brussels is seeking. While(...)

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris: says the Government does not agree with the characterisation of the Irish corporation tax system.

Ireland’s corporation tax regime is transparent and robust, Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has insisted. He told the Dáil the State believ(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

 Tánaiste Joan Burton: “It is also clear from the report that Mr Callinan dealt with the circumstances of the retirement in an extremely dignified fashion.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton expressed confidence in the two central political figures in the Callinan resignation controversy. “I have full(...)

The boat to Inisbofin off the coast of Mayo. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nine Government Departments and agencies have a role in dealing with coastal and island communities but questions have been raised about who has respo(...)

Minister Simon Coveney said it was also inhumane that they had to slaughter cattle because they had TB “when we know that we can get the incidence of TB down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Questions are being raised about whether deer spread tuberculosis (TB) in cattle following a study which showed that badgers – traditionally blamed(...)

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

The Bundestag was in the Dáil yesterday.However, it was no takeover of the national parliament, despite claims that Germany is calling the fiscal shot(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

There had been a 62 per cent increase in the number of children in homeless services in the Dublin region since June, Independent TD Maureen O’Sulliv(...)