Tom Fleming: he said he was “lagging behind a bit in the north end of the constituency”

Independent TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming has announced he is not contesting the election. Scartaglin-based Mr Fleming said the redrawing of the Kerr(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

 David Begg: defending her decision to appoint Mr Begg as Pensions Authority chairman, Joan Burton said he “has an outstanding record in this area”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week over her decision to bypass a competitive process and appoint former trade (...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin : He said the budget was “the last throw of the dice by a deeply unpopular Government desperate to be re-elected”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As the end of the Dáil term approaches, the electorate will have to decide between stability and chaos, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. He said, “(...)

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

A recent report by the Alone organisation showed more than a third of older people in long-term nursing homes had low to medium dependency needs. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Independent TD Tom Fleming called for the provision of supportive housing and nursing facilities to allow the elderly live in their communities. (...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: joins TDs John Halligan, Finian McGrath and Tom Fleming in the grouping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator Feargal Quinn is to join the Independent Alliance, it has emerged. Mr Quinn is expected to confirm his decision at a press conference today. T(...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming

Approximately 25 per cent of young people between 18 and 35 years were unemployed, Independent TD Tom Fleming told the Dáil.“This figure does not incl(...)