Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin  today told the Dáil that as well as Childline there were many important helplines, which all requird funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An appeal for funding to keep the children’s helpline Childline operating at night will be discussed with the Minister for Children.Minister for Publi(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:28

A week of bitter exchanges between Sinn Féin and rival parties descended into chaos and farce yesterday when deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a (...)

Cill Urnaí voluntary housing association contacted the offices of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Garda Síochána, both of which have now initiated inquiries.

A long-standing Fianna Fáil councillor in Co Kildare has resigned from the party after financial irregularities were discovered at a voluntary housin(...)

Clare Daly: said the law purported to protect religions from blasphemy but it was actually encouraging division

Independent TD Clare Daly described the recital of a prayer at the beginning of Dáil business as “offensive’’.She said she did not think it had a plac(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says Government had not decided “definitely” to go ahead with sending more troops to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney is hopeful agreement can be reached soon on a UN statement confirming a structural change to the Golan Heights mis(...)

Glittering: the theatre on its opening night, in March 2010. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is now all but certain that the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the best-appointed performance space on the island, will be sold off by Nama-appointed re(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

 Members of the Irish language and Gaeltacht community protest outside  Government Buildings yesterday after the announcement Joe McHugh TD is to be the new junior minister for the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected a call to reconsider his appointment of two Ministers with responsibility for the Gaeltacht who are not fluent in I(...)

New junior minister Joe McHugh, who was appointed to the Gaeltacht post even though he does not speak Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

One person is not going to save the Irish language, Minister of State Joe Mc Hugh said in his defence after a blistering attack on the Government’s at(...)

The bigger, more interesting question to emerge from this minor political kerfuffle was this: what has Brian Crowley been doing in Europe for the past 20 years?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MEP throws in his lot with “a crowd of headbangers”. Then he ups and leaves Fianna Fáil anyway. That’s politics for you. Fianna Fáil was stunned by Br(...)