Olivia Mitchell: Thanked Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett and his predecessors for “their courtesy and guidance and indeed their friendship over the years”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Long-serving Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell became emotional as she thanked voters and colleagues, in her final speech in the Dáil before her retirement(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “Due to industrial action by staff of the Civil Registration Service in the HSE. . . the schedule of commencement has been affected,”she wrote. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The compulsory registration of fathers’ names on birth certificates has been due to industrial action by Civil Registration Service staff, Tánaiste Jo(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter was last night facing a battle at the Fine Gael selection convention to retain the nomination to run again for the Dáil in Dublin Rathdown. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has been selected to run again for the Dáil in the new three-seat Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was select(...)

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

Legislation on fatal foetal abnormalities should be considered by the constitutional convention, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.He(...)

The large number of young people living in today’s world has been said to present an opportunity to accelerate economic growth for decades to come. Photograph: Alan Betson

Every day 39,000 girls under 18 years will become child brides, while 36 per cent of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, according to th(...)

‘Not knowing one’s parents has many implications’: Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Unmarried fathers in Ireland had very limited rights and responsibilities, Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell told the Dáil.She said that whether a man was (...)

People gather to queue outside the Millers Glen new housing development in Swords, earlier this month. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that the Revenue Commissioners is reviewing its property tax guidelines to take account of escalating house values in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Revenue Commissioners is reviewing its property tax guidelines to take account of escalating house values in Dublin, Minister for Finance Michael (...)

Olivia Mitchell: “If cigarettes were wrapped in a dirty rag, not alone would a smoker smoke them but the tragedy is that he or she would grow to love the dirty rag, such is the nature of addiction.”Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Government backbencher has expressed concern that changing the packaging of cigarettes will do little to cut the number of smokers. Fine Gael TD Oli(...)

Finian McGrath says smokers are hit unfairly with ‘punitive’ legislation.

Smokers are the people who are always “hammered” with punitive legislation, compared to those with other addictions, Independent TD Finian McGrath has(...)