Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in which he outlined his reasons for appointing a non-Irish speaker to the post of Minister of State for Gae(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin alleged duplicity was at the heart of “the Clerys debacle’’. “All the [workers] have received from the Labour Party so far is a two-faced response,’’ he added. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government was undertaking “a very detailed examination of company law” following the closure of the Clerys store in Dublin, Tánaiste Joan Burton (...)

Emmet Stagg, chief whip of the Labour party, criticised the lone parent welfare cuts. 3:19

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil in a row over lone parent welfare cuts and comments by Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg in an email criticising t(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Department of Finance submission to the commission on low pay has warned of “serious risks” in increasing the national minimum wage, the Dáil has he(...)

Michael Noonan: “My great regret that Greece, which was on the cusp of recovery at the start of 2015, has now gone back into recession”

Political Correspondent Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the time frame for preventing a Greek default has become “incredibly tight”, with(...)

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash said the Bill would provide for a new framework to replace the former sectoral registered employment agreements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New industrial relations legislation was “a significant step forward for workers and employers’’, said Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash . “It pr(...)

’Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his party leader.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Toddler was away in Brussels on Wednesday. He left the Baby Brute in charge. Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his part(...)

A housing estate in  Dublin. Housing groups and the Opposition have criticised the Government’s proposals for reform of the mortgage-to-rent scheme. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Housing groups and the Opposition have criticised the Government’s proposals for reform of the mortgage-to-rent scheme announced today.The Government (...)

Peadar Tóibín TD:  Characterised the Minister for Finance as “Michael hands-off Noonan”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White has insisted that the investigation into the controversial sale of construction services company Siteserv will (...)

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 2:07

The Dáil was suspended on Thursday after a row over the standard variable rates charged by banks in Ireland.The five-minute suspension followed a row (...)