Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher who plans to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to run in the  new five seat Donegal constituency. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister of state Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher is to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to contest the general election in Donegal. Mr Gallagher, who(...)

Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, chairman (front), and Derek Nolan TD, vice chairman, Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, visiting  the Great Western House direct provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction should be extended to the direct provision system for asylum seekers, an Oireachtas committee delegation has said.Adminis(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The plinth hit a purple patch in the afternoon. What happened verged on the historic – even if we’re getting a bit blasé in the milestone department t(...)

 Pádraig MacLochlainn put it most touchingly: “I know the character of Gerry Adams and I absolutely believe him.” It’s that “absolutely” that should alert those of us outside the party that we are in the realms of pure truthiness.  Photograph:  Collins

I owe Sinn Féin an apology. I have been judging the handling of child sexual abuse by the wrong standard. Like many equally mistaken people, I’ve been(...)

Gerry Adams: The IRA on occasion shot alleged sex offenders or expelled them,” he said.  “While this may have been expedient at the time it was not appropriate.”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night abuse victims were failed by the IRA policy of shooting alleged sex offenders. His admission came as T(...)

Backing the leader: Pearse Doherty  and Mary Lou McDonald listen to  Gerry Adams’s   address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2014 in Wexford Opera House earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, said he knew Maíria Cahill and believed she had been abused but rejected her allegation that the par(...)

A man sits on barriers erected to keep demonstrators away from Leinster House during the announcement of the 2015 Budget

The Government slicked on the gloss yesterday and got down to some long, slow and serious general election seduction.The Austerity Twins have left the(...)

The emergency department of Letterkenny General Hospital which was flooded again on Tuesday night.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ordered an investigation into the cause of a flood at Letterkenny General Hospital, the second in just over a ye(...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

The high number of spoiled votes in last year’s referendum on the Seanad has been described as a ‘matter that should cause great concern’, chairman of the public service oversight committee Pádraig MacLochlainn has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Concerns over high numbers of spoiled votes have prompted an Oireachtas committee to call for modernised ballot papers and the use of plain English in(...)