Independent TD Catherine Murphy launched a scathing attack in the Dáil on the Government’s handling of legislation dealing with water services

Independent TD Catherine Murphy launched a scathing attack in the Dáil on the Government’s handling of legislation dealing with water services. She sa(...)

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she would examine the supports available to all families with children in advance of the October bud(...)

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(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming: “Essentially, the Government is standing down the Dáil from its proper business for a week so we can discuss its financial envelope for the next general election.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael and Labour were yesterday accused of using the Dáil to launch their election campaign.Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Flemi(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett  has claimed that the Dún Laoghaire housing list is growing by 100 cases per month. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The housing list in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, was growing by 100 cases per month, local People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett told the Dáil.He (...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers. He had heard the heads of agencies ref(...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)

Fr Peter McVerry SJ Director of the Peter McVerry Trust: “The refusal to increase the rent allowance means that that sector is shut off to homeless people and to others who are dependent on the rent supplement.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government’s decision not to raise rent supplement payments, is a “disaster” that will “lock people into homelessness,” Fr Peter McVerry has warne(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)