Ruth Coppinger TD:  said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest there was a consensus in the House against privatisation of water services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Controversial water charges legislation that has convulsed the State for more than a year, has been passed in the Dáil by 81 votes to 58. The Water S(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams felt obliged to remind Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he is “a player” and not merely a “junior partner” in the Northern Ireland negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The difficult question of the Disappeared raised its ugly head in the Dáil yesterday. This had nothing to do with the disposition (sour) of Gerry Adam(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”.Mr Kenny ma(...)

The crisis at the emergency department in Beaumont Hospital was raised in the Dáil today.

Overcrowding in Dublin’s Beaumont hospital was not “a satisfactory position’’, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said the problem had existed for (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says there are “fundamental issues that go to the heart of what happened at Áras Attracta that need independent investigation, separate from the HSE and Hiqa”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is not ruling out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the Áras Attracta disability centre (...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: ‘What we witnessed was nothing less than the vile physical, mental and emotional abuse of the most vulnerable of our citizens’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he does not rule out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the disability centre in Swinford, Co (...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)

Health system: Enda Kenny said the system was not perfect by any means and the Health Service Executive had acknowledged there was a potential for delay at times of high demand in the emergency care system. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

The ambulance service’s current target is for 80 per cent of life-threatening calls to be responded to in under 19 minutes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said(...)