Olivia Mitchell:  “I think as an island country cut off from the rest of Europe, it’s a good thing that we have a certain amount of immigration.

A veteran Fine Gael TD has said immigration has been good for Ireland as the country needed to “expand our gene pool” . Olivia Mitchell claimed immigr(...)

Olivia Mitchell TD: ‘Funding of local government is dictated by the vagaries of the property market which is unsatisfactory.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Poor foresight in legislation will mean that Dublin residents will face huge increases in property taxes once the freeze on increases is lifted aft(...)

 Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: disagreed with  pro-choice view that women in Ireland did not have determination over their own bodies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has backed her party colleague Olivia Mitchell’s view that the eighth constitutional amendment should be put to a referen(...)

Olivia Mitchell: “The regime we have satisfies nobody’s aspirations and fails those involved again and again. The only way forward that I can see is to take [article 40.3.3] out of the Constitution altogethe. ” Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

A Fine Gael TD has said Ireland’s abortion regime is not working and a referendum to remove the eighth constitutional amendment is the only way to (...)

Thousands of rail passengers will have their travel plans disrupted again on Monday as staff at Iarnród Éireann engage in a second day of strike action 1:45

Thousands of rail passengers will have their travel plans disrupted again today as staff at Iarnród Éireann engage in a second day of strike action in(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: said  he would “cause havoc” if exchequer grants were reduced and diverted to other councils.  Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Government TDs representing Dublin constituencies have warned that local authorities in the capital should not be discriminated against because of hi(...)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: “Amazeyballs.”

It was the roll call of shame. A Dáil reform that caught a number of TDs on the hop and may actually be a reform that works.Environment questions – an(...)

Labour’s Pat Rabbitte canvassing in a Dublin shoe shop during the 2011 general election. A  9 per cent support level in Dublin would see Labour’s seat tally tumble into low single figures in the next general election. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin is an electoral roulette wheel. Nowhere else in the country can a party’s fortunes vary so dramatically. A bonanza of seats in one election can(...)

Crowds of protesters on both sides of the issue outside Leinster House on Wednesday night: “it is far to complex an issue for grandstanding”. Photograph: PA

I sympathise with the tongue-tied Dáil Deputies repeating “fatal foetal abnormality” at 3am in the morning. “Lethal chromosomal anomalies incompatible(...)

 Fine Gael TD  Brian Walsh: sharply criticised Coalition partner Labour as he warned the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill would herald a fundamental shift in the culture of care in Irish hospitals.

Sharp divisions have emerged between Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers during the Dáil debate on the controversial abortion legislation.Fine Gael TD B(...)