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
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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(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 4:44

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:28

A week of bitter exchanges between Sinn Féin and rival parties descended into chaos and farce yesterday when deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a (...)

In his speech in the Dáil today  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams hit out at the Government, accusing it of hypocrisy in dealing with the issue of sexual abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times 4:33

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government and Fianna Fáil of holding a five-hour debate on allegations of sexual abuse by republicans “o(...)

A house occupied and held by iconic Fine Gael hero Michael Collins during the 1916 Rising will be demolished under a consent order issued by the Government to preserve buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street, it has been claimed. Minister  for Heritage Heather Humphreys (above) has  rejected the claim.

A house occupied and held by iconic Fine Gael hero Michael Collins during the 1916 Rising will be demolished under a consent order issued by the Gover(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Dr Reilly said in children, “exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is a recognised risk factor for the development of asthmatic symptoms and increased the risk of other illnesses”. File photograph: Bloomberg

The European Commission has made “no negative comment” on Ireland’s legislation to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets, Minister for Childr(...)

Mountjoy Prison: of the 141 attacks last year, 107 were prisoner assaults on prisoners and 34 were prisoner assaults on staff. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost three violent incidents occur every week in Mountjoy prison, according to figures released by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. S(...)