George Gibney: a judicial review prevented the case from proceeding due to the length of time elapsed since the alleged incidents took place

A Garda detective superintendent has been appointed by Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey to engage in a fact-finding mission in relation to th(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: said certain people were not allowed to register on the Live Register as unemployed, which meant they did not have access to various job-activation programmes, education and training

The Low Pay Commission’s report is expected to come before the Cabinet at the end of July, Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil. She said it would(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny should have “more understanding” for people who do not have his knowledge of the Irish language, the Dáil has heard. Independent(...)

George Gibney: the national swimming coach from 1984-1991 was arrested in 1993 and charged on 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge. A judicial review in 1994 prevented the case from proceeding due to the length of time elapsed since the alleged incidents took place

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will contact Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with a view to discussing the case of former Ir(...)

A call has been made for the Government to seek the extradition of a “notorious” swimming coach accused of multiple cases of sex abuse who was grante(...)

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(...)