Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald: “Any overall increase in supports is likely to require additional investment”.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A review of Government-sponsored childcare schemes that support more than 100,000 children aims to make them more effective but is un(...)

Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne. Said he knew of one prefab building which was leaking. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne said he hoped the Government would end “the scourge of prefabricated school buildings’’ by(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: The performance review process is being reformed

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has indicated there are too few staff in the Civil Service being officially assessed as (...)

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(...)

Brian Walsh TD: has indicated he will break with Fine Gael over abortion

The first Fine Gael Deputy to indicate publicly he will not support the Government’s proposed abortion legislation has said he(...)

 Galway West Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne: has signalled that the planning authorities may make a new application for the outer bypass, citing overriding public interest

A European Court of Justice ruling against a proposed Galway bypass has been described by An Taisce as “a huge leap forward for nature conserva(...)

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