Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)

County council chairman John Brassil is based in the north of the constituency, while Norma Moriarty is based in the south. Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil is expected to add a second candidate to contest the new Kerry five- seat constituency, following the selection of county council chairman(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

The Fine Gael Kerry branch sized up Independent Michael Healy-Rae (above) as someone who hides behind “the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel” but who is “unbeatable electorally”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

Former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election has cleared the way for the party(...)

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(...)

Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has begun reaching out to some Independent TDs ahead of the general election as senior figures calculate the administration can return(...)

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(...)