Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin: he said there would be  less need for inquiries if questions had been answered.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Enda Kenny of being “the most unaccountable taoiseach’’ in many years. “He ducks and dives and avoids (...)

 General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said while the outcome of the vote by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was expected, industrial action by emergency department nurses would not sort out the challenges being faced. File photograph: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is disappointed at the decision by emergency department nurses to strike from next month. “Strike will not assist a s(...)

A file image of outgoing DUP  leader Peter Robinson   (right) beside Sinn Féin leader  Gerry Adams.  Mr Adams said Mr Robinson  was a  ‘straightforward politician’. 	Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has paid tribute to Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday that he is to step down.(...)

Fianna Fáil director of elections  Billy Kelleher  at Leinster House. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil is unlikely to be part of the next government, the party’s new director of elections Billy Kelleher has implicitly acknowledged. Sp(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sat on his own, shipping dog’s abuse from Micheál Martin and not much better from Gerry Adams during Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Collins

Don’t hold back, Micheál, whatever you do. “You will say anything, Taoiseach, to get elected. You will say anything to cover up something. You will de(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: objected “in the strongest possible terms” to questions he and a number of other TDs had raised being refused.

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has described as a “farce” the decision to rule out questions tabled to Minister for Finance Michael Noon(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  said Taoiseach Enda Kenny “breaks promise after promise, believing that media management will take care of everything’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched a strong attack on the Taoiseach following the Government’s decision to abandon its proposed method of un(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today Fine Gael remains committed to implementing universal health care in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted the Government remains committed to implementing universal health care. He told the Dáil on Wednesday it was taking (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The research and the work done by the ESRI and others clearly indicates that the model that was studied is not affordable now or ever because of the very large premiums that would be imposed on families or the subsided that the exchequer would have to foot the bill for if we were to go down that route.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the method of universal health insurance (UHI) proposed by his predecessor James Reilly is “not affordable,(...)