Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I do not anticipate the next government, if my party leads it, being able to change the funding model for healthcare substantially.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Significantly changing the healthcare funding model will not be completed in the next government’s lifetime, if Fine Gael is returned to power, Mini(...)

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane said: “The company talks about €2 billion being raised in revenue from residential customers by 2021. It ignores the fact that almost half of people have not paid.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water’s seven-year plan was not grounded on reality, Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane claimed. “There is no acceptance that this will be a big (...)

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rate of universal social charge (USC) paid by the self-employed would be brought into line with PAYE workers under proposals from Renua. The part(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Fine Gael has become Fianna Fáil, full stop. I don’t see any difference.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The optics are not ideal. The new party, determined not to be defined as the popish one, is sandwiched between a talk about thanksgiving letters to(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

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(...)