Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad he is putting “key building blocks” in place for universal healthcare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is putting “key building blocks” in place for the introduction of universal healthcare as quickly as possib(...)

Houses for sale in Dublin. Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford has criticised the State’s ‘fixation’ with home ownership. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State’s “fixation’’ with house ownership has to change, Renua Ireland Senator Paul Bradford has said. Mr Bradford said: “We need to look across t(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan: Islamic State’s barbaric violence and culture of hatred is a threat to freedom and human dignity. Photograph: The Irish Times

Islamic State poses a “limited threat” to the EU and Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Seanad. However, there could be (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin with Carlow-Kilkenny byelection candidate Bobby Aylward at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in  Dublin last month. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Fine Gael is making a late push in the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny as it senses its candidate could beat the current favourite, Fianna Fáil(...)

Independent Senator John Crown

There is an “unprecedented meltdown’’ in the health services, Independent Senator Prof John Crown has said.“Problems I identified 22 years ago, when (...)

A candle lit beside a portrait of Karen Buckley in the Hibernian Hotel,  Mallow, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

  Huge crowds spent over five hours yesterday paying their last respects to murdered student Karen Buckley as she lay in repose in Mallow (...)

 Lucinda Creighton at the launch of the new party Renua at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 12:26

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has given an undertaking that her new party will be the most open and transparent in the history of the State, (...)

 Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmins  at Leinster House to register the launch of  Renua Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 12:26

It was late one evening towards the end of 2014, and the Ten Thousand World Buffet, on O’Connell Street in Dublin, bustled with locals and tourists(...)

Simon Harris: a key to any discussions on the Greek debt programme will be the issue of debt sustainability

Ireland was in a decidedly different position to Greece, Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris told the Seanad.“This is not to make the flippant(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)