Tánaiste Joan Burton described the Dunnes Stores strike as “very regrettable” and said the way to settle it was through the State’s industrial relations machinery. Photograph: Collins

Employers will be obliged to enter collective bargaining discussions under legislation to be introduced after Easter and passed before the summer rece(...)

Dunnes Stores workers picketing outside a Henry Street outlet, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Griffin 2:04

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for Dunnes Stores management to engage with the State’s industrial relations machinery as more than 5,000 of its worke(...)

 Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil chief whip, has called for an independent inquiry into IRA sexual  abuse following claims made by Paudie McGahon. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has called for the Government to consider establishing an independent statutory inquiry into allegations of IRA sexual abuse to stop a “dr(...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett faces the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him in the Dáil after he did not allow a debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has demanded Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett withdraw his claim that the party attempted to undermine him as the row over his ruling a debate(...)

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(...)