Thomas Pringle: said the east region could not continue to sustain the migration rate into it, which was happening because of the absence of jobs in the rest of the country

More than 50 per cent of the 90,000 jobs created in the past three years were outside Dublin and the mideast areas, Minister for Enterprise and Innov(...)

A former Dublin ‘headshop’ in 2010. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government rushed emergency legislation through the Dáil last night banning the possession of certain drugs.The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly was one of three men sentenced last November over the painting of political slogans on the walls. File photograph of Derry walls.

Dissident Republican Gary Donnelly has won an appeal against a six-month jail sentence in Derry Crown Court after being convicted of causing criminal (...)

Anti-water charge demonstrators pictured today during  the national water charge protest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A crowd of more than 7,000 turned out in Co Donegal today to send a message that locals will not pay water charges.The crowd marched from the Port Ro(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath

Dáil business was abandoned for the day yesterday afternoon and three TDs were suspended in a row over speaking time.Proceedings were adjourned three(...)

Dáil business was abandoned after a row over speaking rights. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

Business was abandoned for the day in the Dáil this afternoon following a row over speaking rights during which three TDs were suspended.The Dáil was (...)

A man sits on barriers erected to keep demonstrators away from Leinster House during the announcement of the 2015 Budget

The Government slicked on the gloss yesterday and got down to some long, slow and serious general election seduction.The Austerity Twins have left the(...)

Newly elected TD for Dublin West Paul Murphy is pictured outside Leinster House prior to taking up his seat in the Dáil today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The two TDs elected in Friday’s byelections took their seats in the Dáil chamber this afternoon in advance of the Budget.Independent TD Michael Fitzma(...)

Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle: said that in Ireland 4,300 asylum seekers were in 34 direct provision centres, living in “inhumane conditions not fit for the 21st century”. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Renewed calls have been made for the Government to abolish the system of direct provision for asylum seekers.Independent TD Thomas Pringle, introduci(...)