Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD during a launch of a new billboard. File  photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin is certain to have a good election and will build on its current tally of 14 TDs. The 12 deputies who are contesting again (with Cork’s San(...)

A migrant wrapped with her child in a thermal blanket waits for a train to Croatia at a train station in Presevo, Serbia, this week.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Fifty-nine Syrians and 139 Afghans were denied entry to the State by immigration officials last year. Figures released by Minister for Justice Franc(...)

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)

The welcome decision of the Government to ask former chief justice John Murray to review the powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc),(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald:  “There are 68,000 people waiting for inpatient treatment . . . well done!’’  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A bruising election campaign is in full swing despite the consensus that polling day will not be until late February, probably Friday the 26th. This (...)

Replying to questions from members of the Oireachtas justice committee on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Insp Mark Toland of the Garda Inspectorate said: “We are saying the time is right now. They have the people in place; they have the senior management team.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The time for root-and-branch reforms of the Garda Síochána led by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is “right now”, the Garda Inspectorate has told TDs a(...)

Willie Penrose:  ‘I have heard too many stories of suicide and attempted suicide, often for extraordinarily small sums.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government backbencher has claimed there is a failure to deal with “unresolved legacy debt”. Labour TD Willie Penrose said the bucket of debt “has (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: bill has delivered on Government’s commitment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

A Bill to create a single procedure for asylum applications has failed to incorporate a single amendment recommended by the working group established (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny : proper flood relief schemes took time to plan and implement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will look at the UK’s flood insurance scheme, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not sure it was as successful as predicted. He al(...)

 Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Conway,  who spoke in favour of the Sinn Féin proposal, were absent for the vote. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Government last night rejected a Sinn Féin motion calling for the State to grant ethnic minority status to Travellers by 58 to 39 votes. Labour M(...)