Senator Darragh O’Brien: it is an entitlement of educators to protect their religious ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

There were exchanges over Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s pledge to abolish a 50-year-old rule giving privileged status to religion in the cla(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “The homeless crisis is worse. The numbers sleeping rough in Dublin are on the increase, as well as in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway and across the country”

There should be no rough sleepers on the street in Dublin this Christmas, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil yesterday. Outlining a range of measure(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No 2) Bill would provide stability in the area of those who were homeless because of rent increases. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There should be no rough sleepers on the streets of Dublin this Christmas, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Outlining a range of measures tak(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson announced he was standing down as First Minister and DUP ldeader. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

There were tributes in the Seanad to Peter Robinson following his announcement that he was standing down as DUP leader and First Minister. Labour’s M(...)

Joe McHugh: “This bottom-up approach is also Unesco’s favoured policy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad when Minister of State Joe McHugh said there was little prospect of getting Irish monastic sites on the Unesc(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

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(...)