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(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

A Fine Gael strategy document says “Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

 People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett. Mr Boyd Barrett, along with Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, was referred to gardaí  after missing a deadline to disclose donations to the Standards of Public Office. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two TDs were referred to gardaí recently after missing a deadline to disclose donations.People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Fine(...)

Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Tens of thousands of water charge protesters converged on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Saturday where a rally calling for the abolition of the planned(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said there was an irony in the No side’s argument that they wanted to protect children. Photograph: Alan Betson

Those opposing the marriage equality referendum were described as “a small but loud minority’’ by Independent TD Clare Daly. “The idea that the State(...)

Fore! Look out – the announcements will be flying for the rest of the year.Four! That’s how many years Fine Gael and Labour are in power. The sun went(...)