Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kitt said: “I wish to thank the people of Galway East for their immense support over the past 40 years.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kitt has confirmed his retirement from politics. The Leas-Cheann Comhairle said he would not be contesting the next general ele(...)

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government and Opposition took exception to the line of questioning at a heated Opposition Leaders’ Questions.The chamber came to life, despite the cl(...)

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 2:07

The Dáil was suspended on Thursday after a row over the standard variable rates charged by banks in Ireland.The five-minute suspension followed a row (...)

 Galway Bahá’i  community member Sahar Rahmani (right), who spoke at the screening of the documentary ‘To Light a Candle’,  with her daughter Amelia Chah and her mother Mitra Rahmani. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish universities could provide moral support to the persecuted Bahá’i community in Iran through recognising their third-level qualifications, a mee(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “We have not over-promised.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended his approach to the 2015 health budget and said he and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch had been “honest(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea:  said there was no direction on severance payment when he resigned as minister for defence in 2010, but added that he would have complied with such a direction if it had been in place.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has chastised senior Fianna Fáil TDs for accepting ministerial severance payments, triggering a Fianna Fáil counterattack on Mr K(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said six former Fianna Fáil ministers accepted severance payments in 2011, despite party leader Micheál Martin pledging  that they would not.  Photograph: The Irish TImes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised former Fianna Fáil ministers for accepting severance payments in 2011, even after party leader Micheál Martin pled(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht: Aengus Ó Snodaigh said it was ‘insulting’ that the Minister does not speak Irish. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was “disastrous” and an “insult” that no senior Minister was available to take leaders’ questions through Irish on the one (...)

“Broken Irish is better than clever English”

It will take 100 years for 1 per cent of the public service to be able to provide services in Irish at the current rate of implementation of t(...)