David Norris: “When the Fianna Fáil government denationalised Aer Lingus, I spoke and voted against that.” Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill said the sale of the Government’s Aer Lingus share was right for the airline and the country. “We are a small island (...)

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) following an ill-tempered two-day debate. The(...)

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

The decision was finally made to sell off some of the family silver in the Dáil yesterday. It was removed from the State’s sideboard amid bitter excha(...)

Enda Kenny said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports backed the sale of Aer Lingus as being good for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said in a strong defence of the sa(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik: ‘I wonder why Fianna Fáil privatised Aer Lingus in 2006. I wonder why Fianna Fáil got rid of the government’s controlling share.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway expressed reservations about the Aer Lingus sale. “Any sale of Aer Lingus would have significant implications f(...)

Minister for Trasport Paschal Donohoe: “It is envisaged that by the end of 2016, a new net 150 jobs will have been created in Aer Lingus , rising to a new net total of 635 jobs by 2020.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sale of the State’s Aer Lingus share would create jobs, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil. “It is envisaged that by the end o(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “It is better to take that time now so as to provide complete reassurance on the probity and independence of the entire process from start to finish.”

A former judge is being appointed to advise on the drafting of letters to those complaining of Garda misconduct, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzge(...)

Panti (Rory O Neill) in the court yard at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On this special edition of Inside Politics, Hugh is joined by Fiach Kelly, Michael O’Regan and Sarah Bardon to look at the resounding vote in favour o(...)

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton rejected a claim that the Government was neglecting rural Ireland in heated Dáil exchanges with Fianna Fáil TD Barry(...)

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Securing relief for undocumented Irish is a Government priority in its contacts with the US, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has told t(...)