Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland said the current hospital crisis highlighted the need to address the health needs of older people. His agency, as a national charity for older people, believed a major State challenge was the provision of health and social care supports for them in their communities. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Over 60 per cent of pensioners are in the bottom half of income distribution nationally, Age Action Ireland’s head of advocacy and communications Eamo(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae: a “committed and passionate public servant”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cross-party tributes have been paid to former Kerry South Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83.Mr Healy-Rae, who died in Kerry Genera(...)

Garda graduates

Reducing Garda regions from six to three to deal with “huge inefficiences’’ was suggested by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform ahead (...)

Paul Murphy makes his a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection at the count centre in the Basketbal Arena in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s victory in the Dublin South West byelection was a master stroke in political tactics and timing.Murphy, a former Socialist Party MEP, di(...)

Oireachtas TV is to be relayed to 1.1 million Irish homes. Photograph: Alan Betson

A dedicated television channel covering Dáil, Seanad and Oireachtas committees has been established nearly 50 years after a minister with responsib(...)

Fine Gael Senator Cáei Keane, an experienced electoral campaigner, will no doubt be looking beyond the byelection to the next general election

The battle of the left looms in the Dublin South West byelection. Sinn Féin will go head to head with former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, who will(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

A much-quoted observation throughout the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency these days is that the forthcoming byelection is Fianna Fáil’s to lose.(...)

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches have already been made to him.

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches h(...)

Leo Varadkar, who will be asked to debate the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour Senator John Kelly has said he may not run for the party in the Roscommon-South Leitrim byelection unless the Government considers the “feasib(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)