New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven years after first being proposed at government level, a climate change Bill moved a large step closer to becoming reality yesterday when it was(...)

 Ruairí Quinn:  warned the party they must not allow a repeat of what happened to the rainbow coalition, which lost the 1997 election against a strong economic backdrop.

Labour is likely to push for changes in tax bands and credits, instead of flat rate cuts in the budget, as former party leader Ruairí Quinn warned aga(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It’s always nice to start the day with a smile and Labour’s parliamentary party enjoyed a good laugh first thing yesterday morning when they heard the(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller 2:00

President Michael D Higgins has said there is a housing “crisis” and a “real and urgent need” for more public housing in the State.Housing was a “bas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader for his efforts to be Ireland’s next European commissioner

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader and Tánaiste for his efforts to be Ireland’s nex(...)

A member from the oil police force stands guard at Zubair oilfield in Basra, southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Brent crude held above $114 a barrel today near a nine-month high, supported by concerns about potential supply disruptions due to fighting in Iraq. B(...)

Minister for Social Protection and candidate for Labour Party leadership Joan Burton speaking to Jack O’Connor of Siptu at the weekend’s hustings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lines are being drawn at a terrific rate.But what sort?There are defining lines: the “thus far and no further” ones which politicians avoid like the p(...)

Minister of State Alex White (centre) and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right) are the only contenders yet to announce that they want to succeed Eamon Gilmore (left) as Labour leader. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Kerry TD Arthur Spring has confirmed he will not be entering the contest for the leadership of the Labour Party.Mr Spring said he will, instead, be ba(...)

Labour backbencher Ciara Conway has formally announced her candidacy for the deputy leadership but has vowed not to accept any cabinet or junior ministry if elected party deputy leader. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Labour backbencher Ciara Conway has vowed not to accept any cabinet or junior ministry if elected party deputy leader and will use the position to bri(...)