Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “We have not over-promised.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended his approach to the 2015 health budget and said he and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch had been “honest(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment years after the service has been provided.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

Hayden Thorpe: a unique vocalist. Photograph: Patrick O’Leary

**** There is a line in Wild Beasts’ most recent single, (...)

Wild Beasts:  Chris Talbot, Tom Fleming, Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little

When does a band go from being “good” to being “important”? For Wild Beasts it happened around 2011, when their third album, (...)

Michael Noonan: said biggest payout by the department was €1.72 million to Arthur Cox. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Legal and consultancy firms were the largest beneficiaries of the €7.6 million paid out last year by the Government’s two public finance departments.N(...)

John O’Donoghue: former ceann comhairle also served as a minister in two Fianna Fáil governments. Photograph: David Sleator

Can Fianna Fáil’s John O’Donoghue be stopped by the party nationally from securing a nomination to contest the next general election in the new Kerry (...)