Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)

Micheál Martin said he had a huge issue with some in Sinn Féin calling those who took part in the Boston College oral history project “touts and informers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not go into Government with Sinn Féin, while Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he “cann(...)

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 (...)

From left: Brendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan), Colm Keaveney (Galway East) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have insisted they will stand in the next general election, after Micheál Martin this week asked any TDs thinking of ret(...)

We can picture it perfectly: Enda, with the usual grin, holding his charity docket up to the camera and betting on a Mayo win. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State Tom Hayes, Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty were having a very intense discussion about the Betting B(...)

Thirty organisations in total, including 23 health and disability groups, will receive funding based on their existing allocations up to July 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for th eEnvironment Alan Kelly has restored funding to 23 health and disability organisations whose grants were controversially axed by his p(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Party must get serious ahead of next general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has already told his TDs and Senators to prepare for a general election, and said anyone considering not standing a(...)

 Neurologist  Prof Orla Hardiman: “I was horrified when I heard the news because I know just how much neurological conditions impact on individuals and their families, I see it every day.”       Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out any intervention in the row over the Department of the Environment’s decision to axe funding for 26 he(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File  Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

The legislation providing for free GP visits for every person aged over 70 is likely to be introduced in the autumn, Minister for Finance Michael Noon(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The Government, across all departments, takes the disability sector very seriously indeed.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said small charities for people with disabilities who had lost funding could avail of a formal process of appeal. “The(...)