Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A Sinn Féin proposal to include advocacy groups on the board of the new independent legal services regulatory authority was rejected by Minister for (...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he said he would continue to ask the British government to give them access to an independent legal person and original documents it had relating to the bombings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he will again raise the release of files and papers relating to the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bo(...)

Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting stricter new EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.“Overall, the(...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers. He had heard the heads of agencies ref(...)

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(...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)

Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Labour Senator John Whelan has criticised the Government for its attitude to children suffering from narcolepsy.He told the Seanad that Minister for (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton meets striking workers  on the picket line at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“Dunnes Stores, better politics beats them all’’ – a variation of the jingle in a one-time radio advertisement would have been appropriate in the Dáil(...)

Minister of State for Communications Joe McHugh said: “Nobody was more disappointed than I was when I saw the letter”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Communications Joe McHugh said he was “surprised’’ to learn a letter had been sent to pensioners encouraging them to have their (...)

 Paschal Donohoe: connectivity and employment  important issues for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aer Lingus will not be sold unless “an acceptable price’’ is secured, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Seanad.Mr Donohoe said many(...)