At this stage the flatulent rat was snoozing in the Taoiseach’s breast pocket.

It is not widely known, but the first person a new taoiseach encounters upon entering Government Buildings after a general election is a doctor.The do(...)

Former minister for justice said because the new children’s Bill addresses such important issues it was important that it was given appropriate time for debate in the Dail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said the Government needs to reconsider the lack of reference to surrogacy in the Child and Family Relationsh(...)

Róisín Shortall: Government performing a “huge climbdown”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Plans to allow a legislative clause which would eventually allow for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports have been dropped.The Government is(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross says ‘the numbers are there’ for a new political party after he contacted 193 Independent councillors for their views. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent TD Shane Ross has said he believes the time is right for a new political party or alliance and that the numbers willing to run for elec(...)

Fionnuala Sheehan: defended her nomination to RTÉ board. Photograph: Frank Miller

A call has been made for Minister for Communications Alex White not to accept the nomination of the outgoing chief executive of Mature Enjoyment of Al(...)

James Reilly: . A spokesman for the former minister for health said: “In keeping with agreed Government policy, Minister Reilly was implementing a radical reform plan to end the current unfair two-tier health system.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Radical reform proposals for the health service criticised by senior Department of Health officials were in keeping with agreed Government policy, a (...)

Róisín Shortall. Photograph: Alan Betson

The level of State inspections of childcare facilities is “entirely inadequate”, said Independent TD Róisín Shortall adding there are also worrying i(...)

 Jonathan Irwin  of the Jack and Jill Foundation:  “Credit where credit is due. I am glad to see the HSE being given the political and financial support via €13 million in additional funding to cover the cost of returning the medical cards”

The Government’s decision to return discretionary medical cards taken from 15,300 people with serious medical conditions has been widely welcomed.The(...)