Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Sinn Féin and anti-austerity movements on the “hard left” contain some who are politically active yet do not work or make a contribution to society, (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

Enda Kenny highlighted protests on Monday at the home of Fine Gael Meath West TD Ray Butler. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger accused the Government of trying to criminalise water charge protesters, while the Taoiseach said they were “terrorising (...)

 Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party:  In the Dáil she said gardaí and the courts were being used to “defend corporate interests and the establishment”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected as outrageous and completely untrue allegations that the Garda Síochána is operating in a political fashion in deal(...)

Ruth Coppinger: “Rather than showing solidarity over the years with the other bullied pupils in the troika classroom they joined in their mockery, with even the Minister for Finance making snide remarks about feta cheese two years ago.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny repeated his view that the Irish economy was “fragile’’ when answering questions on the outcome of the Greek election.Mr Kenny (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said legislation to strengthen existing laws on recruiting and training terrorists has gone through the Seanad.

Ireland is not soft on jihadist fighters Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has insisted, rejecting claims of a lack of appropriate counter-terro(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger  referred to the court hearing on turning off the life support machine for a clinically dead pregnant woman at Christmas.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again ruled out holding a referendum to reverse the eight amendment to the Constitution on the right to life of the unborn(...)

Ruth Coppinger TD:  said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest there was a consensus in the House against privatisation of water services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Controversial water charges legislation that has convulsed the State for more than a year, has been passed in the Dáil by 81 votes to 58. The Water S(...)