A Belfast woman who has said she was raped by a senior member of the IRA has claimed there were a “hugely significant” number of people who were sex(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said anyone who covers up sexual abuse – including anyone in her own party – should face prosecution.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary McDonald has said anybody found to have covered up child sexual abuse within any organisation, including Sinn Féin and t(...)

Micheál Martin: “All of that does not justify the yield of about €150 million. While I am not even suggesting this, putting 5 cent on a gallon of petrol would have raised the equivalent amount of revenue,” he said of the water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin challenged the scale of the financial return from Irish Water in Dáil exchanges with Tánaiste Joan Burton.He claimed(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton: expressed concern that Irish Water not dealing with customer queries ‘efficiently, reliably and in a timely way’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Water has rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil that performance-related payments or bonuses were paid to its staff this year. Fianna Fáil(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says he did not approve a bonus payments system for Irish Water staff. He said the Governmen(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (left) and Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Fein, at the IBEC and Women for Election post-budget debate in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Budget 2015 got a cautious welcome at a debate hosted by Ibec and the Women for Election campaign group on Thursday, but there were complaints that it(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald: said the Taiseach had clearly bought into the politics of the past with his nomination of John McNulty to the Imma board  in order to facilitate him as a Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming Seanad byelection.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The “stink of cronyism” surrounded the Fine Gael Seanad byelection controversy, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil.“When the Go(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald raised the matter of John McNulty’s appointment to the IMMA board with Tánaiste Joan Burton, saying it appeared to be a case of jobs for the boys. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil today as the Government parties were criticised by the Opposition over the appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad b(...)

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(...)