Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Acting Commissioner Noirín O Sullivan: “fully committed to improving the effectiveness and transparency of the penalty points system”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda penalty points regime has systemic weaknesses which result in up to 20 per cent of fines not being collected, a report published by the Publ(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: tabled a Dáil motion on the issue

A group of backbench Dublin Government TDs last night warned Ministers they would become “rebellious” if central funding for local authorities is div(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: said  he would “cause havoc” if exchequer grants were reduced and diverted to other councils.  Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Government TDs representing Dublin constituencies have warned that local authorities in the capital should not be discriminated against because of hi(...)

Public Accounts Committee chairmanJohn McGuinness on Thursday demanded the resignation of two senior civil servants over their handling of health spending. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Chairman of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness has defended his call for the resignation of two top health officials over thei(...)

The Public Accounts Committee is seeking to compel former Rehab chief Angela Kerins  to come before it.

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins has threatened legal action against the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in advance of an anticipated rulin(...)

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly  during his announcement that he will seek election as Labour Party deputy leader. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:20

Two new candidates have emerged as contenders for the Labour Party deputy leadership this lunchtime.Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)

For Fine Gael, a Garda authority or board has never been on its agenda, and it would be likely to resist such a move, even if it was pressed by Labour. Photograph: Frank Miller

Labour Ministers are expected to support an initiative by party backbenchers calling for a separate Garda authority to oversee the 13,000-strong fo(...)

The strength of opinion at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party was such that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arranged an immediate meeting between concerned TDs and Senators and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

There were sharp exchanges at a private meeting of Labour TDs and Senators last night over the post office network, as well as some criticism a(...)