Gerry Adams: getting a chilly response. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What do Gerry Adams and the pope have in common? To their true believers, they are infallible. There was a strange atmosphere in the chamber yesterday(...)

Clare Daly: said the law purported to protect religions from blasphemy but it was actually encouraging division

Independent TD Clare Daly described the recital of a prayer at the beginning of Dáil business as “offensive’’.She said she did not think it had a plac(...)

Full list of candidates Election after election, Leitrim voters support the big two, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, to an extent not seen in other (...)

GAA director general Paraic Duffy: “It is simply not possible for the GAA to ensure free-to-air coverage at home while at the same time making its games accessible to Irish people abroad.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sky Sports was the only British broadcaster interested in screening Gaelic games, GAA director general Páraic(...)

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doing nothing, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. 
 Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doi(...)

Cork South-Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said: “I speak here not just as a gay person but as a member of society who wants to be treated equally.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Two TDs have spoken during an emotionally charged Dáil debate about how they have been harassed because they are gay.Labour TD John Lyons and Fine Gae(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter:  his book, Laura,  is the only publication to be referred to the  censorshop board in the last five years and no publication has been banned since 2003

The Censorship of Publications Board cannot be abolished until a complaint about Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s novel Laura is dealt with, the Dá(...)

The Internet Content Governance Advisory Group is to seek views from the public on a variety of issues around internet use. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has announced the launch of a public consultation by an expert advisory group on internet content.The Interne(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte:  the Bill is “a positive step in facilitating the accelerated roll-out of high-speed broadband infrastructure in this country”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

ESB will be enabled to set up a stand-alone commercial operation to provide high-speed broadband and electronic communications under legislation intro(...)

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experience, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experie(...)