Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

Nominations for the position close this afternoon, and the contest follows last week’s promotion of former chairman Charlie Flanagan to Cabinet as Minister for Children. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

FIACH KELLYFine Gael TDs and Senators will elect a new chairman of the parliamentary party tomorrow, with calls for a strong figure who can stand up t(...)

Crashed cars placed on the Dublin-Belfast road outside Dundalk in a campaign some years ago to draw the attention of motorists to road safety issues. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Roadside devices to detect drugs use by motorists are to be introduced next year, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.He said a proc(...)

Kevin Humphreys, one of the Labour backbench TDs who wrote a letter published in  The  Irish Times today. “We will do as much austerity as is needed to secure the recovery. Not a cent more,” they say. Photograph: Davd Sleator

Budget tensions are escalating between Fine Gael and Labour as TDs in the two Government parties clash over the fiscal plan for 2014 . Amid pre(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has hardened the Government’s criticism of the troika over its insistence on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Oct(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Public Accounts Committee  chairman John McGuinness: “Having an opinion is not in itself a sacking offence.” Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fine Gael group on the Public Accounts Committee has indicated it will not seek the removal of the committee’s chairman John McGuinness followin(...)

Brian Walsh TD: has indicated he will break with Fine Gael over abortion

The first Fine Gael Deputy to indicate publicly he will not support the Government’s proposed abortion legislation has said he(...)