Taoiseach Enda Kenny  responded to the Health Information and Quality Authority report on problems at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The fact patient safety was not given the highest priority at corporate level in the Health Service Executive (HSE) was “disturbing, to put it mildly(...)

Enda Kenny accused the Fianna Fáil leader of using his  “usual populist line’’.

The Government is to introduce “further options’’ next week to assist borrowers with mortgage arrears, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He told the Dáil(...)

 Former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan:  “The guards need to be building confidence, not losing it. It is not the function of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law, to challenge the law and call for people to change the law in this way.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The right of the body representing rank-and-file gardaí to recommend a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has been defended by both the M(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Thirty or more cases, involving a loss of more than €10 million each to the taxpayer, will be examined in the inquiry into the Siteserv sale, Taoisea(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “We do not need, and cannot afford, the instability and mismanagement that would be inevitable if the parties opposite had any influence in government.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned Ireland’s economic recovery is not secure. “We could be blown off course by international events beyond our control,’’(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Enda Kenny has strongly defended Mr Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial sale of Siteserv in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has strongly defended Michael Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial sale of Siteserv in 2012. Mr Kenny told th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial 2012 sale of Siteserv.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Michael Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial 2012 sale of Siteserv. Mr Kenny told the Dail that M(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during his keynote speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday night. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Make no mistake about it - the general election campaign is under way.At least nine months out from the the polls, Micheál Martin used his party’s ard(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the 76th party ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times. 3:13

A cut in Universal Social Charge (USC) and increases in a range of social benefits have been proposed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In his keyn(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists”. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists” and sa(...)