Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock has said that the use of Shannon Airport by the US is compatible with the State’s policy of neutrality, in response to a bill proposed by Independent TD Mick Wallace. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State had not entered into a military alliance with the US or with any other country or organisation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán S(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny should have “more understanding” for people who do not have his knowledge of the Irish language, the Dáil has heard. Independent(...)

Mich Wallace TD, with Clare Daly TD. Mr Wallace said the Dáil was the primary medium through which gardaí could be held to account

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett was asked by members of An Garda Síochána to stop TDs from making allegations which they deemed to be damaging to members(...)

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Legislation on fatal foetal abnormalities should be considered by the constitutional convention, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.He(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said 39 patients had to be taxied from Wexford to Waterford Regional Hospital three times a week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A legal dispute that has delayed the provision of a dialysis centre in Wexford is costing the HSE some €460,000 annually in taxi fares for patients, t(...)

Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has warned that the rigidity of the political party whip system in Ireland could lead to fascism. Peter Mathews, formerly of Fine Ga(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The plinth hit a purple patch in the afternoon. What happened verged on the historic – even if we’re getting a bit blasé in the milestone department t(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said while many people were very passionate about working with greyhounds in different facets, there was a serious problem in the industry.

There is no room in the greyhound industry for anybody breaking the law, Minister of State for Agriculture Tom Hayes told the Dáil.“We will do everyth(...)

 Mick WallaceTD:   “How in God’s name can we give permits to the civilian aircraft that we admit are carrying weapons with them when we know bloody well they are going to war?” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Strict conditions governed the landing of any country’s military aircraft at Irish airports, Tánaiste Joan Burton said. She said the aircraft must b(...)

 Noirin O’Sullivan, newly appointed Garda Commissioner giving a press conference at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 2:02

The appointment of a Garda Commissioner is usually an unremarkable affair. One middle-aged man slips out of a navy blue uniform into another of the sa(...)