New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd says TDs and Senators must put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd has told TDs and Senators to put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals.Mr O’D(...)

Members of the Defence Forces on Bray seafront before a rehearsal for the annual Air Spectacular show. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is committed to the policy of military neutrality, Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan told the Dail.“Our military neutra(...)

Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin):  said drugs taskforces had suffered funding cuts while having alcohol added to their remit

Drug-related deaths have increased by 50 per cent since records began in 2004, according to the Minister for Health. Leo Varadkar there had been a sl(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: options in helping combat sea piracy include sending a well-trained unit of 20 to serve on World Food Programme vessels, sending Air Corps personnel and an aircraft to improve surveillance capacity or deploying “a fully crewed ship for a period of three or four months to participate in the work the fleet is doing there”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is expected to decide within the next month whether to send Defence Forces personnel to the Indian Ocean to assist in tackling piracy.(...)

Lucinda Creighton: said she  was not from a political background and had no time for TDs who viewed politics almost as a family business Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s looking increasingly likely that Lucinda Creighton will take the plunge in the new year and set up a new political party.She may be talking about(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “tens of thousands’’ of undocumented Irish in the US could benefit from president Barack Obama’s immigration reform. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “tens of thousands’’ of undocumented Irish in the US could benefit from president Barack O(...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis introduced a Dáil debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to deal with an anomaly in existing legislation.

A Garda training programme on domestic violence, axed because of lack of funding, must be re-instated, the chairman of the Oireachtas justice committe(...)

Billy Kelleher: “I will be paid €100 by the  Government some time next year that I did not seek and which I do not really need.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conservation was on the minds of some TDs as water charges again dominated Dáil proceedings yesterday.Sinn Féin’s Seán Crowe attempted to be helpful. (...)

Paul Murphy makes his a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection at the count centre in the Basketbal Arena in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s victory in the Dublin South West byelection was a master stroke in political tactics and timing.Murphy, a former Socialist Party MEP, di(...)

Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance,  prepares a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy has won a sensational victory in the Dublin South West byelection.He defeated the hot favourite, Sinn Fe(...)