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 TD Tom Fleming: ‘The inner parts of towns are becoming denuded of people because of the growth of large multiples on the outskirts.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD Tom Fleming claimed there was a “two-speed” economic recovery under way.He said while Dublin and some of the larger cities and urban ar(...)

Tom Fleming (Independent):    The technical group’s representative in the Dáil said  many staff in the sector were on low wages and had temporary contracts. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

An interdepartmental group examining childcare services will report to the Government in six months, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Nat(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter:  is “greatly concerned” the draft Bill hasn’t yet been published by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Alan Shatter made a brief appearance in the Dáil canteen on Tuesday night. Around the same time, the former minister for justice was appearing in the (...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming:  said  increase in pupil-teacher ratios in rural schools was exacerbated by Government policy.  Photograph: Don McMonagle

One-teacher schools are not in the best interests of pupils, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil. He said the issue was exacerbated by rural depopulati(...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming said court proceedings had led to “an alarming 46 per cent of cases” resulting in an order for repossession or sale of a property. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Independent TD Tom Fleming called for Government action to deal with house repossessions. He said it was speculated by reliable sources that up to 30(...)

Kerry South deputy Michael Healy-Rae said he had ‘grave concerns’ about the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

TDs with connections to the pub trade have expressed mixed views about the Government’s measures designed to reduce alcohol consumption. Kerry South d(...)

Tom Fleming TD (Ind): described his own county – Kerry – as an “industrial wasteland”, with major emigration and “no hope”.    Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The Government’s employment policy has been described as inadequate and the unemployment figures criticised for not reflecting the true number of peo(...)

Minister for the  Marine Simon Coveney says  there is great potential for all types of aquaculture around Ireland’s coast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six hundred applications for fish farm licences are under consideration by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney. He said he anticipated “significant (...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)