Independent TD Catherine Murphy: said   ‘people are not fools’. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish

The Government has not managed to “brainwash” people about water charges, which remain a revenue raising and not a conservation issue, Independent TD (...)

Catherine Murphy asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny where he placed himself “in this blame game”

The controversy surrounding water charges was more than a communications issue, Independent TD Catherine Murphy told the Dáil.“It is a loss of trust (...)

 Catherine Murphy:  says she will discuss the matter   later with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said the composition of the Dáil technical group should be raised with the Committee on Procedure and Privileges an(...)

Catherine Murphy (Ind): “With the national debt figure standing at €203 billion, it is the understatement of the century to say it is alarmingly high.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is too early to say if tax and spending adjustments of €2 billion will be required in October’s budget to meet Gover(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: “We besmirched our lofty ambitions and ideals and made hollow our promise to cherish all of the children of the nation equally.” Photograph: Alan Betson

An inter-departmental historical review of mother-and-baby homes throughout the State is to be completed by the end of the month, Minister for Childr(...)

Enda Kenny: “For the first time in quite a number of years, there is a return to direct building of social housing by local authorities.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny agreed the homeless problem was serious. “It is not one that grew up overnight and it has been around for quite a number of years(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: said the situation was flawed from an economic perspective. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is considering making the Limerick tunnel toll-free for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar told t(...)

Deirdre Murphy SC: said her client had  instructed her to make a number of formal admissions

A man charged in connection with an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist Garda units has admitted takin(...)

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney and other senior staff will attend an Oireachtas committee hearing tomorrow. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A member of the Oireachtas Environment Committee has said it will not accept a refusal by Irish Water to divulge details of its €50m expenditure on(...)

The cases  are going to   the UN’s Human Rights Committee in Geneva

Pregnant women, who receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality and are forced to leave Ireland for terminations, suffer human rights violations(...)