TD Jerry Buttimer: “His attendance was a symbolic gesture and sent a powerful message of support for what we are doing.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Did the Taoiseach know where he was going on Tuesday night?Or was he unwittingly inveigled into that gay drinking emporium by his Cork South Central T(...)

The National Off-Licence Association estimates the exchequer loss at €21 million annually based on the volume of alcohol sales

The Government is under increasing pressure to ban below-cost sales of alcohol as figures indicate the taxpayer is effectively subsidising the drinks(...)

 Catherine Murphy:  claimed Bills to reform the construction industry “fall way behind” on the Dáil schedule

Legislation the construction sector most wants to see changed is on the Government’s priority list while Bills to reform the industry “fall way behind(...)

Interns at Leinster House: L to R, Sheelan Yousefizadeh, TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Ebisinbofa Charles Titus, TD Tony McLoughlin and Larysa Karankovich. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is not the only country with an ambivalent attitude to its first language. Larysa Karankovich points to a similar problem in her home country (...)

Chairman of the Fiscal Council Prof John McHale: told the Oireachtas committee that if forecasts for economic growth turned out to be accurate, then “everything was looking good”, but that it depended on growth. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation may be needed to protect variable mortgages holders from being targeted by the banks for additional profits, the chairman of the Fiscal (...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton says she is not optimistic  legislation will be amended in a way that would make it acceptable to her.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Health James Reilly have spearheaded an unprecedented charm offensive over the past week in a concerted campaig(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: no free vote will be offered.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An attempt to allow Fine Gael TDs and Senators a free vote on the abortion Bill failed to get off the ground last night when it came before the parl(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: has been asked to consider a ’sunset clause’ to review abortion legislation at a later date. Photograph: Donall Farmer

The Dáil resumes today after a two-week recess for Easter, with attention centred on the outcome of trade union votes on the “Croke Park II” pay cu(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was ’legal confusion’ in the Savita Halappanavar case.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was “legal confusion” over abortion law, as shown by the Savita Halappa(...)