Colm O Gorman, Mary Murphy, Tom Arnold  and Michael Mc Dowell at the Convention on the Constitution in February 2014. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Only two of 18 recommendations for constitutional change made by the Convention on the Constitution are to be put to referendum. The Government(...)

When asked whether it was possible he could take over as ceann comhairle should Sean Barrett step aside, Pat  Rabbitte said: ‘You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.’ Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour is preparing to propose one of its own TDs for the position of ceann comhairle if Séan Barrett resigns before the end of this Dáil, with for(...)

More milk and water

The Government’s climate change legislation is as milk-and-watery as any of its backbench TDs could have hoped for: it has pushed the prospect of nece(...)

Lester Ryan, Kilkenny’s linchpin, is in mourning after the sudden death of his father, Johnny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A Kilkenny farmer has become the first farm fatality of the year in this State after dying in a machinery-related incident at his farm.Johnny Ryan, ag(...)

The Government has pledged to legislate for gay adoption rights before the same-sex marriage referendum. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year by then minister for justice Alan Shatter, with  a revised version  published last September by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May.Th(...)

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 was published on Monday afternoon by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three years behind schedule, after a myriad of consultations and drafts, the Government has finally published the State’s first climate change Bill to(...)

The Taoiseach after signing the book of condolence, at the French embassy in Dublin, for the victims of the shootings at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution will not be held during the lifetime of this Government, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan addressing the  IFA   in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers’ Association offered a masterclass in protest at its 60th-anniversary celebrations in Convention Centre Dublin, with a video of high(...)

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey: farmers getting inadequate return. Photograph: David Sleator

Sixty years after farmers came together to found a national farming association, farm families are again finding themselves under immense pressure to(...)

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan (centre) with IFA president Eddie Downey and deputy president Tim O’Leary at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Some 1,700 farmers and people involved in the industry are gathering at Dublin’s Convention Centre to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Irish Farm(...)