John Halligan said it was “reprehensible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TDs have done well out of the budget and are better off than the people in poverty who elected them, the Dáil has heard.Independent TD John Halligan s(...)

 A group of women with their children outside the Four Courts yesterday in support of midwife Philomena Canning (centre) who had her insurance refused by the HSE. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After more than three decades of a professional life delivering children in their mothers’ homes, midwife Philomena Canning can no longer practise (...)

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches have already been made to him.

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches h(...)

Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: gave  insight into how the committee operates and what its real agenda is. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stephen Donnelly, the energetic Independent TD for Wicklow and east Carlow, is generally credited with having struck a severe blow to the credibili(...)

People taking part in the Ballyhea Bondholders Bail-out Protest. Photograph: Eric Luke

Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan has told the Ballyhea group campaigning for a writedown of Ireland’s debt that he will not recommend a me(...)

 Fianna Fail’s Senator Marc MacSharry – “appears to hold that the rot started in 2000 when Ireland entered the eurozone so that’s where the inquiry should begin ....”   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The irish Times

Thoughts turn to the banking inquiry and news that the projected spend is about €5 million while the budget is €3 million. Pfft to either, if that’s w(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Stephen Donnelly: no ratification of a State guarantee by the Dáil. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Opposition TDs have condemned as farcical and a joke the guillotining of debate on a Bill that contains potential liabilities of €4 billion in State (...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher insists that interest will have to be paid on the warehoused portion of a split mortgage.

Yesterday, the Oireachtas finance committee issued its report in relation to the mortgage arrears resolution processes. It contained no fewer than 47 (...)

Members of the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday: (from left) Pearse Doherty, Stephen Donnelly, Liam Twomey, Ciarán Lynch and Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government needs to overhaul the new insolvency regime and amend the mortgage-to-rent scheme to help resolve the mortgage arrears crisis in Irelan(...)