Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Michael Taft, research officer with the Unite trade union who have called on the Government to host a European debt conference. Photograph: Collins

The Government should show leadership and host a European debt conference to look at solutions to the burden of debt both in Ireland and in Europe, a (...)

 Fine Gael TD Jim Daly:  “That is how society taught that young woman and her extended family to react to probably one of the greatest and most exciting and brilliant times in people’s lives, when they discover they are pregnant and will create a life.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he was “haunted” by the story of a woman who had carried a sack of potatoes on her back in an attempt to en(...)

The remains of Valerie Greaney are welcomed at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The sun had reached its zenith in the sky and was casting a silver sheen across the channel between Spike Island and Haulbowline in Cork Harbour as re(...)

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

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(...)