Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming: “It is introducing a series of amendments at the latest possible stage in the Dáil to a Bill that has nothing to do with water charges”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has been accused of trying to ram through “draconian laws forcing people to pay their water charges”. Minister for the Environme(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming (left) and Senator Darragh O’Brien during a press briefing outisde Leinster House on Monday. Photograph: Collins

The alleged leaking of a statement from the Oireachtas banking inquiry could undermine the work of the committee, Fianna Fáil said today. Former Secr(...)

Ann Heelan: the SEC’s view on what constitutes a reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability is “not up-to-date with modern technology”. Photograph: Lensmen

At least 1,000 students with a range of special needs – including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Asperger’s – have been denied access to Leaving C(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

A national women’s and infants’ health programme to improve maternity services is to be established by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He told th(...)

Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy was told the Department of Finance did not contact the stock exchange or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement about  increased share activity.

The Department of Finance does not have any records on Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to businessman Denis O’(...)

The Department of Finance had no records relating to Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to businessman Denis O’Brien.

The Department of Finance did not have any records relating to Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) to busine(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The prudent and right approach is to prepare for the exit in an orderly way.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said he was not in a position to predict when the talks on reversing public service pay cuts would con(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government and Opposition took exception to the line of questioning at a heated Opposition Leaders’ Questions.The chamber came to life, despite the cl(...)

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 2:07

The Dáil was suspended on Thursday after a row over the standard variable rates charged by banks in Ireland.The five-minute suspension followed a row (...)