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(...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming has called for the Government to increase funding for the national dementia strategy, given the ‘rapidly growing number’ afflicted by the disease. Photograph: Getty Images/VStock RF

A call has been made for the Government to increase funding for the implementation of the national dementia strategy.Independent TD Tom Fleming said a(...)

County council chairman John Brassil is based in the north of the constituency, while Norma Moriarty is based in the south. Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil is expected to add a second candidate to contest the new Kerry five- seat constituency, following the selection of county council chairman(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

Galway West TD Noel Grealish said he will not be joining any party or loose alliance of Independent TDs in the run-up to the general election.

Independent TD for Galway West, Noel Grealish, has confirmed he will not be joining fellow deputy Shane Ross’ s national alliance of Independents.His (...)