Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A Sinn Féin proposal to include advocacy groups on the board of the new independent legal services regulatory authority was rejected by Minister for (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Yes vote for same-sex marriage would be an affirmation that all Irish citizens should be “free, equal and happy”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald will begin notifying individuals of the outcome of reviews into their allegations of Garda malpractice after (...)

Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, speaking at the launch of a campaign to halt Irish arms trading with Israel, said: “We need to end collaboration with this Israeli government, who are occupying Palestinian lands and are engaged repeatedly in war crimes against the Palestinian people.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners have launched a petition urging the Government to cease all arms trading and research collaboration with Israel while blockades of Palesti(...)

On RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland on Wednesday, Sinn Féin  leader Gerry Adams said he believed Paudie McGahon was raped but, when asked if he had been brought before an IRA kangaroo court, he said he did not know. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

If the kind of scandal that has beset Sinn Féin over the IRA’s handling of sex abusers within its ranks had happened with any other political party, i(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the Bill allowed gay men and women, for the first time, to be equal citizens in their own country. “No exceptions, no caveats, no conditions,” he added. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has asked why marriage between two people who love each other should be for some and not for others.“I simply(...)

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(...)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said he wanted to send the message to businesses working with criminal gangs and to people buying black market cigarettes that “we need the taxes on cigarettes for the health services”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The IRA that supported the peace process has “gone away” and is not involved in diesel laundering, cigarette smuggling or petrol stretching, Sinn Féin(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue said “usual international practice is that such troops travel with their personal weapons. The weapons are unloaded and no ammunition is on board the flights.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the “vast majority” of exemptions granted for transporting weapons and war munitions through the State (...)

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(...)