“We have to give responsibility to the EPA,” said Fine Gael Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh

Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh has defended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in examining the hyrdraulic fracturing proce(...)

An Air Corps flypast over the Jim Larkin statue at the GPO Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has ruled out a potential vote-getting proposal from Sinn Féin to have an annual bank holiday on April 24th, the anniversary of the Eas(...)

Ruairí Quinn, who along with fellow former Labour leaders Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, will not contest the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred TDs and Senators – or close to half the Oireachtas – are not expected to return to Leinster House after the general election, with €14 mil(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: Said Ireland was the only country in the EU, or the OECD, without a postcode system. Photograph: Alan Betson

About 35 per cent of premises in Ireland had exactly the same address as another property, Minister for Communications Alex White told the Dáil. He s(...)

 Eamon Gilmore: said recovery was still at risk and must not be squandered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said it was worth him paying a political price for the State’s economic improvement.Mr Gilmore re(...)

Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin said demand for visas “indicates the level of demand from young people to go to countries where wages are higher and opportunities plentiful and where there is decency and fairness”.

The 3,850 Canadian visas available last night were taken up within 12 minutes by Irish people wishing to emigrate, Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy told(...)

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd says TDs and Senators must put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd has told TDs and Senators to put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals.Mr O’D(...)

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

Ireland has more workers in low-paid employment per capita than any other EU country, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy, who made the (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett:  “Those who continue to shout here are not doing themselves any good.” So there. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Interruptions”. That’s the word they use in the official record.A polite way to indicate ructions. Deputies shouting and roaring, roaring and shoutin(...)

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(...)