Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil last week that the Government was committed to achieving compliance with the provisions of the directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

It will be 2017 at the earliest before most non-consultant hospital doctors see their working hours complying with limits set out in an EU directiv(...)

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte accused the national broadcaster of being “lopsided”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former communications minister Pat Rabbitte did not mince his words when describing RTÉ as a “recruitment sergeant” for the far left and Sinn Féin on (...)

Paul Murphy: “Minister Kelly is swaggering around the place like Nelson from The Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Shades of the Dublin South West byelection in the Dáil yesterday when Sinn Féin raced into what looked like an unassailable lead, only for the Anti Au(...)

Gerry Adams TD: “In fairness, he was going to pay and he changed his mind,” said Fine Gael TD Ray Butler.

A modest contribution? That’s what the Taoiseach kept talking about yesterday.You don’t get many of those in the Dáil.But Enda wasn’t suggesting a sha(...)

Alan Kelly: If a household has not registered by this date, “it will not be able to receive this €100 grant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

June 30th will be the deadline for registering with Irish Water to be eligible for receipt of the water conservation grant this year, Minister for Env(...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

 Pádraic Maher claims the sliotar ahead Tipperary team-mate  Ronan Maher and Kilkenny’s  Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

TIPPERARY 2-22 KILKENNY 1-13 It’s always a bit pointless describing Allianz League matches the following spring as “revenge” or “consolation”(...)

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher tackle Martin McElhinney of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at Austin Stack Park in  Tralee. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 2-13 Donegal 2-11Somewhere along the 430km of road between Tralee and Letterkenny the Donegal players must have realised this was far from a wor(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Mulrphy tackles Galway’s Jonathan Glynn at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Kilkenny hurling team have become such a model of consistency that any time they suffer two defeats in a row eyebrows are raised. But as th(...)

Cork and Kerry players get involved in a melee  during the  Allianz League Division One clash at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 3-17 Kerry 2-9Defensive alignments went out the window in Páirc Uí Rinn this afternoon, as Cork recorded another big Allianz Football League win (...)