The HSE is entitled to answer charges made against it on baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said that was the w(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has told the Dáil the treatment of  Co Louth man Paudie McGahon (above), who alleged sexual abuse by a senior IRA member was a “matter of very, very deep regret for me”. Photograph: BBC screengrab

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has told the Dáil the treatment of a Co Louth man who alleged sexual abuse by a senior IRA member was a “matter of very, (...)

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

The Government was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of having no sense of urgency about the increased risk of people dying in hospitals du(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there had been criticism of the Health Service Executive and the school’s board of management. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Education was among agencies criticised in an Ombudsman for Children report on allegations of sexual and physical abuse in an Irish(...)

 Enda Kenny: “These reforms aim to provide the necessary supports to lone parents to help them access a range of education, training and employment programmes, develop a skill-set and, ultimately, secure employment and financial independence.’’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Changes to lone-parent welfare entitlements were aimed at reducing long-term social welfare dependency, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said.He said it was to e(...)

File image of Taoieach Enda Kenny in the Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the way some banks are dealing with people facing repossession of their houses amid heated Dáil exchanges. He reve(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the hospital trolley problem was not something which could be fixed overnight and the Government did not have endless resources. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The problem of patients on hospital trolleys would have been fixed years ago, if it was a question of money, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dail.“I(...)

Micheál Martin: “In some hospitals the situation is truly chaotic and it is extremely stressful for many patients throughout the country.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There were 530 patients on trolleys in emergency departments, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil on Tuesday. “In some hospitals the situ(...)

 TDs who have strong views on abortion were  put on the spot on Tuesday when Independent TD Clare Daly won the right to a debate on her private member’s Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:32

Party politics, individual conscience and perceived political advantage all played a part in the positions adopted by TDs in Tuesday’s Dáil vote on a (...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett faces the prospect of a motion of no confidence moved by Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is expected to speak to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin by telephone this evening in an effort to resolve his row with (...)