Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

There had been a 62 per cent increase in the number of children in homeless services in the Dublin region since June, Independent TD Maureen O’Sulliv(...)

Independent Senator John Crown

There is an “unprecedented meltdown’’ in the health services, Independent Senator Prof John Crown has said.“Problems I identified 22 years ago, when (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brandan Howlin: ‘This Government is committed to pension provision and to sustaining the value of those pensions.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was no threat to State pensions, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brandan Howlin told the Dáil. He said more than 400,000 peopl(...)

Gerry Adams told the Dáil on Wednesday the total trolley patients figure of 479 included 40 in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in his Louth constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There were 479 people “languishing on trolleys in hospital corridors’’ this morning, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said.He told the Dáil on Wednesday t(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Introduced the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014, providing free health services for former residents

There was a mistaken public perception that women referred to the Magdalene laundries were mainly lone parents, Minister of State for Equality Aodhán (...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said a previous request for armed escorts for Derek Brockwell, who escaped custody after stabbing two prison officers on Tuesday,  had been declined.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

There is no evidence or basis for assuming the stabbing of two prison officers by a prisoner escaping custody was due to a lack of Garda resources, Mi(...)

There had been an “epidemic of burglaries’’ in Stepaside, south Dublin, since the closure of the local garda station, Independent TD Shane Ross told the Dail.

There has been an “epidemic of burglaries’’ in Stepaside, in south Dublin, since the closure of the local Garda station, Independent TD Shane Ross tol(...)

Sen Ronan Mullen: said some babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities went on to live for months and even years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Ronan Mullen criticised the abortion Bill defeated in the Dáil on Tuesday.The Bill, introdu(...)

Micheál Martin: “In some hospitals the situation is truly chaotic and it is extremely stressful for many patients throughout the country.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There were 530 patients on trolleys in emergency departments, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil on Tuesday. “In some hospitals the situ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil there was “no privatisation by stealth’’ of publicly run nursing homes.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There was “no privatisation by stealth’’ of publicly run nursing homes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (...)