Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The plinth hit a purple patch in the afternoon. What happened verged on the historic – even if we’re getting a bit blasé in the milestone department t(...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Dublin’s Tomás Brady and Offaly’s Ruairí Allen in action during the O’Byrne Cup clash at Parnell Park in midweek. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They have played just 140 minutes of competitive football and with mostly greenhorn players but already Dublin have made some progress in 2015. Provi(...)

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes gets away from  Gavin Burke of Dubs Stars during the annual challenge game at Parnells GAA Club. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 2-21 Dubs Stars 1-11 Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has accused the GAA of being ‘short-sighted’ with regard to proposed cuts in (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton (right) and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Things are hotting up in the Leinster House jungle. Enda and Joan are now the two most unpopular residents in camp and fighting for their political li(...)

 Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring: said  grant allocations  were made  on a pro-rata basis with “no hidden agenda”. “If I picked the clubs I would be accused of being parochial.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has insisted there is “no hidden agenda” in the allocation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) of S(...)

The Tánaiste and Labour  leaderJoan Burton: said gardaí were being trained again in Templemore, unlike when Fianna Fáil was in power.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish TImes

A Garda presence was the only way to deal with anti-social behaviour in city streets, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil amid heated exchanges with (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “You closed down Templemore,’’ she said to Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

A Garda presence is the only way to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil.In heated exchanges with Fianna Fa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier this year: the party is  now effectively on election footing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The two largest Opposition parties expect a general election to take place much earlier than the Government’s declared date of Easter 2016.Senior fi(...)

“What is needed now is that the authorities have the information they need to do their job - protecting and supporting survivors of abuse and as far as possible, preventing future abuse,” Minister for Children James Reilly said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Child and Family Agency Tusla has received “some non-specific” information from survivors of sexual abuse, Minister for Children James Reilly has conf(...)