Fianna Fáil justice spokesman says  participants in the illegal immigrant scheme could accrue credits in a number of categories. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A Bill to be published by Fianna Fáil proposes to give illegal immigrants an opportunity to acquire residency rights and have their status regularise(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald: she said the Bill would not change the situation of the vast majority of children or change the rights of most children in terms of parentag. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Watershed legislation to reform and update family law, bringing it into line “with the realities of modern Irish life”, has been introduced in the Dá(...)

Derek Brockwell, who was recaptured by police outside a pub in Belfast city centre. Irish Prison Service/PA

Minister Alex White denied a lack of Garda resources was responsible for the incident in which two prison officers were stabbed by a prisoner escapi(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said a previous request for armed escorts for Derek Brockwell, who escaped custody after stabbing two prison officers on Tuesday,  had been declined.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

There is no evidence or basis for assuming the stabbing of two prison officers by a prisoner escaping custody was due to a lack of Garda resources, Mi(...)

Pat Carey: expressed concern Fianna Fáil same-sex marriage campaign lacked “energy and urgency”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he hopes former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey’s comments on the marriage equality referendum would contri(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said some SDLP Assembly members were defying Dr Alasdair McDonnell by tabling  amendments. Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have accused Sinn Féin of opposing austerity in the South but supporting it in the North, as the consideration stage of the w(...)

 Clare Daly TD, who said to Enda Kenny: “How dare you attempt to have the arrogance to interpret the Constitution when it is only something our courts can do?”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated by 104 votes to 20, with Sinn Féin’s abstenti(...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who held a meeting in Cork to gauge people’s thoughts on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Fine Gael party sources report that the Government will focus on  ‘middle Ireland’ outside Dublin during the  referendum campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum will target so-called middle Ireland voters outside Dublin who are seen as key to ensuring th(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said chairing the Dáil was a “stressful” job. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil TDs are split on whether they should table a motion of no confidence in Mr Barrett if he does not withdraw his claim the party is trying t(...)