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 electio(...)

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(...)

Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams: asked if the Taoiseach agreed the embarrassing U-turn was further evidence that Dr Reilly and the Government were making up policy as they went along. Dr Reilly should go, he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sun shone down on Leinster House and its grounds yesterday, but it was the only light observed. In the Dáil chamber, the mood was dark.Taoiseach E(...)

Alex White: His roots are on the capital’s northside, where his grandfather was an active trade unionist and Labour Party candidate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Joan Burton: leadership contender The 65-year-old is the runaway favourite although there are still 4½ weeks to go to the poll. She is deputy l(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin ran twice for the leadership previously but was defeated by Ruairí Quinn and by Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Labour Party was an early adopter of the one-member one-vote system and it is the ordinary members of the party, not its parliamentarians, who wil(...)