Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John McNulty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John M(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: made what amounted to an admission that the temporary appointment of Mr McNulty to Imma – he was a board member for only 13 days – should not have occurred and he undertook that it would never happen again . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accepted responsibility for the appointment of Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum o(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny missed last night’s meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party  as he is in New York.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to provide an explanation to his own TDs and Senators about the controversial selection of Fine Gael’s Seanad byelection candi(...)

Hugh McElvaney (FG), Ciara McPhillips (FG) and newcomer Eugene Bannigan (FG) celebrating yesterday in the Ballybay-Clones electoral area which will complete the shape of Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael defied recent local election trends when it took three of the six seats in the rerun of the election to the Ballybay-Clones electoral are(...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

The Government has denied that the late intervention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to widen the remit of a commission looking at two high-voltage transmission lines amounts to a climbdown.

The Government has denied that the late intervention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to widen the remit of a commission looking at two high-voltage transmissi(...)

Dara Calleary: “When the elections are over, nothing will change in the subsequent period.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he would like to see the proposed North-South electricity connector included in the review of EirGrid’s plans to erect a(...)

Kevin Humphreys, one of the Labour backbench TDs who wrote a letter published in  The  Irish Times today. “We will do as much austerity as is needed to secure the recovery. Not a cent more,” they say. Photograph: Davd Sleator

Budget tensions are escalating between Fine Gael and Labour as TDs in the two Government parties clash over the fiscal plan for 2014 . Amid pre(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has hardened the Government’s criticism of the troika over its insistence on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Oct(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)