Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Kathleen Lynch has urged political parties to give their views on abortion before election, saying it would “allow the people to decide who gets elected and who does not’’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch has challenged political parties to include their views on abortion in manifestos at the next gener(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

IDA Ireland has been expanding its overseas offices, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said.“Although IDA Ireland does (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supports wage increases in certain circumstances. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supported wage increases in profitable companies and where circumstances allowed.Mr Nas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will ask ECB President Mario Draghi to attent the banking inquiry. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he will ask European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi to attend the banking inquiry.Enda Kenny was responding, amid he(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power says it is “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social welfare entitlements. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said it was “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social we(...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar said there was no perfect abortion law and never would be. “We will always be challenged to amend and refine whatever law we have and so we should,’’ he added. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:41

Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar has ruled out holding a referendum to legalise abortion.He called for a “considered and careful’’ debate on the is(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “This is a positive development, but it would be foolish to read too much into any one quarter”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A small increase in the number of people with private health insurance was recorded in the third quarter of this year, Minister for Health Leo Varadka(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett  was in full flight, hands waving, voice hoarse from addressing the rally the previous day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett seemed ready to attribute superhuman powers of observation to the media in the Dáil.And then he (...)